Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

I’m On Television, Y’all!

Written by Patti on July 13th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

A week or so ago, I received an email from friend Laura Scholz of Scholz Communications, with the news that Fox News Channel was looking for people who had been laid off but were making the best of it. I am the poster child for FunEmployment! So after exchanging emails with Elizabeth Prann of Fox News, a time and date was set for she and her camera man to come by for an interview.

Um, I’ve never been on tv before. What to do? Why, call up my sweetie Eddie Ross and ask for pointers, of course! Eddie had just enough words of wisdom to get me through the willies. Pile on the make up, be yourself. Can anyone really be themselves with a camera in their face? I could certainly try.

The big day came and I whipped up some blueberry cobbler for our guests first thing in the morning. Elizabeth and camera man Tom were right on time.

The Charming Elizabeth Prann and Me

First things first. When you are speaking on camera, you have to be wired for sound. Like the stars on the talk shows. So, when David Letterman comes calling, I will be all ready.

Camera Man Tom Is Also Sound Guy Tom

Tom and Elizabeth are consummate professionals and put me at ease in no time. It didn’t hurt that Elizabeth and I are both Florida Gators, either. Or that Tom knew my buddy, CNN cameraman, Jonathan.

Just Act Natural!

Elizabeth asked me about being laid off in Los Angeles and what I’ve been doing since. And since you all read the blog, you know I’ve be up to plenty. The Design Is gig, writing stories about The Ritz-Carlton, giving dinner parties – you know, that sort of stuff. Having my sweet Eric taking photos and my Editor Walt show up, were pluses in my book, too.

Pretend That Huge Camera Isn't There....

And then…it was over. Poof, done! And so we ate cobbler.

There's Always Time For Blueberry Cobbler

A couple of friends have told me they have seen the piece on Fox News already. I enjoyed the process so much, I hate to spoil it with the actually seeing myself on screen.

Until The Food Network and David Letterman call, that is.

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to The Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star


11 Comments so far ↓

  1. Christina Loucks Ahumada says:

    YAY, Patti.



  2. Patti says:

    Thanks, Christina!! xoxoo, P

  3. WOW Patti,
    That’s awesome!!! I’m going to keep an eye out for your segment. If you happen to find it online, email it to me please 😉

  4. Patti says:

    Thanks, Erika!! It was so much fun.

    Would love to see you soon! oxxo, P

  5. Patti says:

    Carrie! We are going to party up in the mountains in August! Can’t wait! xoxo, P

  6. Jenniifer says:

    How exciting Patti! I’m glad it went well for you. It looks like you had so much fun! I’ll look for your segment… can’t wait to check it out!

    Missed you this weekend at Scott’s,

  7. Patti says:

    Hi Jen,

    Looked like you all had a boodle of fun!

    xoxo, P

  8. tami says:

    Congrats I know you had a ball! Once you do it, it becomes an old hat!

  9. Patti says:

    Thanks, Tami – you are a pro!! xoox, P

  10. Laura Scholz says:

    Patti, I’m just tickled for you! You’re a natural. Don’t worry–Letterman and the Food Network will be calling soon!

  11. Patti says:

    Aww, Laura, thanks!! If I do get seen, it’s all because of you! Thanks a million! oxxo, P