Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tickets to The Chew ~ A Day in NYC with Friends

I recently requested tickets to The Chew, a TV show taped in NYC.  It’s a food variety show starring Mario Batali, Michael Simon, Carla Hall, Daphne Oz and Clinton Kelly!
When I received the confirmation e-mail for the July 10th show, I was thrilled.  One of the benefits of living an hour outside of NYC is being able to take advantage of the free tickets that TV shows offer!  When I called my friends, they were all game to join me on this adventure into the city!   We decided to take the train…it just makes the trip so much more pleasant. We also decided that after the show we would take a trip down to Eataly, grab some lunch and do some browsing! Yay!!
Show day.  I set my alarm for five thirty a.m., made a cup of tea and left my house by seven a.m. to pick up my friends.  We had to catch the 9:07 NJ Transit train to Manhattan. We arrived at the train station with plenty of time to buy our tickets.  For some reason that Master Card commercial popped into my mind…round trip train ticket ~ $28!

We boarded the train and immediately began to catch up with girl talk and neighborhood gossip! An hour and a half later we arrived at Penn Station, where we grabbed a cab and headed for the ABC studios.  If you’ve never been treated to a NYC cab ride…let me tell you…wear your seatbelt!!  We serpentined through the city streets with my heart in my throat! Cutting off anyone or anything that was foolish enough to get in our way and arriving at the studio with plenty of time to spare!  Cab ride ~ $13!

The line for The Chew was already pretty long when we arrived.  We waited about twenty minutes before they opened the doors, and then were ushered through security, and into an area to wait for show time!

Our tickets!
The show was a lot of fun, although our seats were not great. However, they did do two segments right in front of our section. One of my favorite parts of this experience was the warm up guy. His name was RC Smith, and he was tasked with pumping up and entertaining the audience…a job he did very well! He was very funny, making everyone feel at home and relaxed!

RC Smith 
Carla Hall

This stock photo shows the view from our not so great seats!!
Filing out at shows end!!

Carla Hall was a hoot!!  She was very friendly, and animated! During the breaks she would come into  the audience, dancing and chatting with everyone!  Clinton Kelly was also very friendly, interacting with the audience during the breaks.  One thing I was not aware of, was how many support people are working on the set while they are filming.  People moving tables and arranging the next segment…directors giving directions from the sidelines with little headsets…etc.  Before long the show was over and it was time to head to Eataly!  Another cab ride…oh no!!

Eataly, NYC...200 5th Avenue  
I've been to Eataly before and posted about it  here.  It’s a fun place to visit…a huge Italian market place.  We decided to have our lunch there! We ate at La Pizza~La Pasta, which is a pizza restaurant located on the ground floor in this gourmet Italian supermarket/food court.  We waited a mere 10 minutes and were ushered to a balcony section, which was very private and overlooked the lower restaurant/store.  It was a perfect place to sit! We sat, chatted and took our time eating for at least an hour and a half. No one bothered or rushed us.  Our waiter was really capable and was always at hand, checking to see if we needed anything! We all ordered personal pizzas which could have been shared…but were not! We also ordered a lovely salad to share! They started us off with some wonderful crusty bread with dipping oil!  Not being a wine drinker, I had my iced tea while my friends all enjoyed some wine!  Lunch with friends ~ $30!

View from our table in Eataly
After lunch we took some time to check out the store, selected a few goodies to take home, and then headed for Penn Station to catch the train back to NJ. We left NYC during rush hour which was not the most pleasant time to leave.  Settling into our seats we were all quite tired, but continued to reminisce about our day until we arrived at our stop!  A wonderful, exhausting day with friends ~ PRICELESS!!

One of the treats I brought home from Eataly….Chocolate Boulé

Several of these photos are stock photos…we were not allowed to take photos in the studio until we were leaving.  


  1. Awesome! That looks like so much fun!

  2. What a lovely day and Eataly too! Love that place but it can be a little overwhelming. I had one of my best meals ever there. I understand there is now one in Rome too which seems redundant to me but I'll still seek it out.

  3. Looks like you gals had a fun and entertaining day. :)

  4. Kathy,
    This makes me so happy to be back within an hour of NYC. I can't believe I've never heard of the show. We've been to Eataly before, but never sat in the balcony...perfect for people watching I imagine. I loved your "Mastercard" theme that you wound so cleverly throughout your post!!

  5. Oh what fun! I miss living on the East coast so close to things like this. I guess I'll just have to enjoy them through lovely posts like yours. I've only seen the show a couple of times since I'm usually working when it's on, but since I'm home now for the summer I'll have to check it out.

  6. Sounds like a fun trip! Wish I could've hopped on a train and joined the fun, too!! :)

  7. What a wonderful day with the girls:) NYC is always fun and exciting! Thanks for the great pictures.

  8. What a fantastic day out my friend, thanks for sharing with us :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  9. OMG-Kathy, love, love, your fun outing to NYC...and only a short train ride away, for $28 round trip?...What a spectacular time you had with your friends and watch the cooking show! I haven't seen Mario Batali lately anywhere on T.V. He must be so busy with other things these days, as I see it now!
    Thanks for sharing your fun photos, and your adventure:D

  10. What a wonderful and fun post, Kathy! Must have been quite an experience to be on the set of "The Chew". And "Eataly", I have heard so many raving reviews about this place, I would love to be able to visit one day. And thanks for sharing the lovely pictures!

  11. Wow, Kathy! This isn't the first time I've wished we lived closer to each other! What a fun outing with your girlfriends.

    I'm so glad you liked the Licor 43 - I can't understand why it's not more popular! Oh well, more for us.

    I thought Phyl was the administrator of the FFWD FB group, too, but Mary didn't get a response from him, so I had to add her. Crazy how this group has derailed! I hope they will accept some help from our fellow Doristas and get things back on track. We've got a long way to go, and it means so much to so many of us.

  12. What an amazing day! Thanks for sharing everything with us! I hope to get to Eataly the next time I'm in New York - it sounds wonderful.

  13. Oh Kathy, what a wonderful outing with friends. Since moving to PA, I often wish I lived a bit closer to the city. It was my favorite place to go when I lived on Long Island and yes, the train is the way to go!!!

    It sure sounds like you all had a wonderful time. Everyone looks quite pleased:) I've promised myself I will be going for a visit soon. I heard the New York Public Library has a wonderful exhibit about New York Lunch History. Let me know if you want the link.

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  14. Kathy,

    NYC is such a great place! I used to work in NYC...so I know what you refer to, my dear, about the taxi drivers! What a great day to spend with friends. Love the cast from THE CHEW.


  15. Going to NYC in a couple of weeks so this was an especially fun read for me! I remember your first post on Eataly and will have to get over there- also thinking about dining at one of the Mario Batali restaurants. Looks like a fun day was had by everyone;-)

  16. What a great day, Kathy, with your friends. Something to "chew" about for many days to come. Thank you for sharing the entire experience with us.

  17. Oh kathy, what a great day you spent with friends! Nice post!

  18. Sounds like a great outing! Love it when others are doing all the work and I get to watch, don't you?

  19. Wonderful dialoge, wonderful pictures, wonderful place to go with wonderful friends!! Wish I was there, sounds like you had alot of fun.xoxo

  20. Gosh, how fun, Kathy! A wonderful way to spend the day with friends...and I'm so glad you shared with us. Can't wait to see if your hubby ate barley :)

  21. Loved our day in the city! I love your mastercard reference!