Chef Chris Cosentino and John Waters; photo via Instagram.
Chef Mark Estee and John Waters at the on-ramp. Photo courtesy of Mark Estee.
The ~John Waters~ fun continues. Remember how last week I mentioned Mr. Waters was hitchhiking across the country? Well, it ends up that during his travels he stopped to eat at Campo in Reno last Monday evening, the new restaurant from my buddy Mark Estee (I was a big fan of his Truckee restaurant, Moody’s).
Well, Mark writes in to tell me, “Tuesday am, my wife and I are headed to St. Helena to run a few errands…knew JW was on the road because he ate with us night before…Who do I see at the on-ramp but the man himself…We pick him up and drive him to a rest stop at Vallejo…Here’s the line of the day: ‘Hi I am John Waters and I am hitching across the USA writing a book, thanks for picking me up.’ I say, ‘Hi I am Mark Estee and I served you your steak rare last night at Campo.’ We had a blast in the car for three hours…What a great, funny, cool cat!” Indeed.
That ~John Waters~, he really loves the slum it. According to this pic and post on Uptown Almanac, he of the pencil mustache “climb[ed] out of a mid-90s LeBaron limo” and hung out in the Uptown bar whilst in a smoking jacket. I guess now is as good a time as ever to wish a happy belated birthday to “The Pope of Trash!”
On his recent stop in San Francisco to perform, ~John Waters~ dined with a friend at Foreign Cinema. He is reportedly a regular when he’s in town, and told chef Gayle Pirie, “You have always fed me so well over the years. How can I resist coming here!? I love it!”
He started with the squid appetizer with poblano chilies, chickpeas, and aioli, and his entrée was the Grains & Greens (quinoa, sauce romesco, broccoli rabe, baby turnips, artichokes, pappadam). So healthy!