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May 2, 2010

'Top Chef' and the Silver Spring Whole Foods

Top ChefA friend of a friend is sure she saw "Top Chef" contestants -- I'm all for made up words, but I think "cheftestants" is dorky -- at the Silver Spring Whole Foods.

Season 7 of the reality cooking show is reportedly filming in Washington.

My spy didn't see a bunch of chefs running around, filling grocery carts with camera crew in tow. She got there too late for that. 

What she did see was a whole bunch of people, and a whole bunch of camera equipment, getting loaded into three long vans outside the grocery store a few weeks ago.

Which, come to think of it, could have been any number of things. But she was convinced.

So the friend-of-friend ran inside and grilled one of the store managers, with whom she is friendly.

"Was that 'Top Chef?'" she asked excitedly.

He refused to answer, but his ear-to-ear grin seemed to confirm her suspicions.

I called the store myself to try to confirm it.

"It's a commercial," said the manager I got on the phone.

Hmmm. When was the last time you saw a Whole Foods commercial?


Tom Colicchio and Padma Lakshmi, judges on TV's "Top Chef." Bravo photo 
Posted by Laura Vozzella at 7:16 AM | | Comments (8)


When was the last time you saw a Whole Foods commercial? Um, never?

For the record, there's no 's' at the end of Silver Spring.

Oh, dang it! I'll fix it. Thanks. LV

You beat me to it, hmpstd. The city is named after a single spring that Blair "discovered", which prompted him to develop a home nearby and name it after the spring, Silver Spring.

From the Silver Spring Historical Society:

1840 - Francis Preston Blair, his daughter, Elizabeth, along with their thirsty horse, Selim, discover the spring after which Silver Spring takes its name. Sparkling flakes of mica in the water give it the appearance of silver.

Maybe it's the one in Florida?

Stevie Nicks saw a beltway sign for Silver Spring on a concert tour (I'm guessing Largo) and wrote the song because she liked the name so much. A bit of Sunday R&R trivia.

And, just for the food related tie-in, I'm wondering if anyone has been to the Havilah Inn in Taneytown since it re-opened with it's old name?

When was the last time you saw a Whole Foods commercial?

Top Chef is one big commercial for Whole Foods and Glad wrap – seals the flavor in.

I wrote Silver Springs uh, about Lindsey. And I ~ we were in Maryland somewhere driving under a freeway sign that said Silver Spring, Maryland. And I loved the name. ...Silver Springs sounded like a pretty fabulous place to me. And uh, 'You could be my silver springs...' that's just a whole symbolic thing of what you could have been to me.

~Stevie Nicks, Classic Albums: Rumours, video 1998

Last week I tuned in to DC101 on the way to work. A Whole Foods manager was on the phone with the deejay (I tuned in too late to hear exactly which Whole Foods she worked at.) She was saying that they were expecting the Top Chef crew there that day to shop for Restaurant Wars. She also described the contestants (lots of accents and swearing) and let slip the challenge from the first episode. Can't wait for September!

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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