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Friday, June 12, 2009

Boulevard Chef Calls Lineup for Tomorrow's Great American Food and Music Fest 'Interesting'

Posted By on Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Nancy Oakes: Fearing a throwdown? - BERNARDUS/FLICKR
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Nancy Oakes told SFoodie she's not sure what to expect at tomorrow's Great American Food and Music Fest, the sprawling Shoreline event that brings together Food Network personalities, local chefs, and rock bands. The chef and owner of Boulevard is doing an crab cake demo late Saturday. "I'm just going to play it as it goes -- I think it'll be interesting and fun for people," said Oakes. She acknowledged that the lineup, which includes Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri, as well as upscale chefs and food artisans Chris Cosentino of Incanto, Nate Appleman of A16, and Berkeley organic jam maker June Taylor, is "a very interesting collection."

"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."

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