Culinary star Anthony Bourdain is bringing his "Close to the Bone Tour" to Houston. It's the second of ten stops in major cities across the United States. This is not the first time Bourdain has done a show in the Bayou City. He did one called "Good vs Evil" with chef Eric Ripert in 2012, and the "Medium Raw" tour was in 2010.
Bourdain, of course, is a popular author, world traveler and pundit. The former chef of Brasserie Les Halles in New York City first grabbed the world's attention with his unflinching look at kitchen life in the book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures In the Culinary Underbelly.
He was invited by Food Network afterward to host his own show, A Cook's Tour. He traveled the globe and shared his experiences communing with people and their cuisine, sometimes countries regarded as unfamiliar and "dangerous" by average denizens of the United States.
Bourdain's Food Network show came to an end and he's "enjoyed" a prickly relationship with the network ever since. He went on to have eight seasons of the clone show No Reservations on the Travel Channel. It ended after eight seasons, when the network decided to use Bourdain's likeness to sell Cadillacs without his permission.
These days, Bourdain is filming the fifth season of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown for cable news channel CNN. He also has a successful graphic novel called Get Jiro!, and soon there will be a sequel called Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi.
The show is on Wednesday, July 8, and is presented by Society for the Performing Arts. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 17. Prices range from $43 to $83 and can be purchased online at spahouston.org or by calling 713-227-4772.
There's an open question-and-answer session after the show.