The Queen of Yummo and Delish made it to Franklin, TN yesterday. Here is my side of the story:
Katie and I got in line at 2:30pm. Our destination was the back of Williams-Sonoma, which is almost to the middle of the mall. After picking up our pre-ordered cookbooks, we got at the back of the line at Macy’s at the north end of the mall. If you’re unfamiliar with the Cool Springs Galleria, just picture a line spanning almost half of the mall.
We waited in line for just under an hour. Pretty good timing, considering the first insane person got there at 6am. (I really hope that person didn’t take off work all day just for 5 seconds of saying hello to Rachael. Give me a break.) The line moved quickly, and I kept myself occupied by looking through the entire cookbook and munching on some goodies the store’s staff gave us – all from the new cookbook (Macadamian nut cheese balls and roasted vegetable pesto dip). We learned that the older lady in front of us with frazzled bleach-blonde hair lives in Green Hills, couldn’t decide who to give the book to for Christmas, and that the free caramel suckers being passed out hurt her teeth – particularly those on the left side of her mouth where she has some crowns. Uh… TMI, lady. TMI.
While in line, I discovered that every staff person at W-S person I encountered was fabulous. The whole event was organized and professional (plus, they gave us free food – brownie points with me), even though I felt like I was in a herd of well-organized cattle.
Well, we finally got in the store, and the line snaked through the overly priced pots and pans on the road to The Rach. We’re almost there:
I thought we’d have at least a cordial exchange of words with her, considering we all just bought her book for more than we could get it on Amazon and waited in line for quite a while. However, she pretty much had her nose in the books signing away and occasionally looking up for a split second. I guess that’s how you roll when you’re famous, on a time crunch, and have been signing books for over 2 hours already. Here is the incredibly awkward picture of me and Rach:
Rachael observations: The woman is really short. Her hair is amazing. She doesn’t look 40. She seemed tired and stressed. She was not her bubbly TV self. She is a regular person just like the rest of us who was just doing her job.
Before Katie and I were shoved off the scene, we did say a happy “thank you!” which caused Rachael to look up, smile, and say “you’re welcome.” Well, that’s a step toward our friendship, don’t you think? Maybe the simple “thank you” set us apart from the other fans.
It was a fun experience, and I’m sure I’ll cook many wonderful dishes from the book. Maybe you’ll be the next taste tester!
After all that, I found out that one of my old college friends met her at Starbucks earlier in the day. Ahhh!