"As far as I know, this isn't going to be a throwdown," she said, a reference to the Food Network series Throwdown with Bobby Flay, a testosterone-fueled cook-off pitting the star against another chef. Oakes' husband, sausage-maker Bruce Aidells, is also slated to appear tomorrow in a steak-cooking demo. Oakes said she agreed to appear after being asked by friend Ed Levine, the New York food writer and publisher of the blog Serious Eats, and a festival organizer. "I said, 'Okay, Ed, I'll do it for you.' He's always been my go-to guy in New York whenever I've asked where to get the best sandwich, or the best whatever," Oakes said. "And so many people watch the Food Network, it'll be interesting to see who shows up."