Toasting the 2017 Oscar Nominees With Flutes of Piper-Heidsieck, The Exclusive Champagne of the 2017 Academy Awards

A bottle of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne appeared in Laurel and Hardy’s 1933 debut film “Sons of the Desert.”  Over the better part of a century since, Piper-Heidsieck has continued to forge a close relationship with the global film community.

This morning we were delighted to be able to hear the 2017 Oscars nominations announced live at The Tuck Room at the iPic Theater in downtown Manhattan while sipping flutes of #PiperRed Piper-Heidsieck Champagne — which is yet again the sole Champagne to be served during the Academy Awards season.

iPic Corporate Sommelier Adam Seger, an alum of Chicago’s Tru and Napa Valley’s French Laundry, cheerfully sabered a magnum for guests to enjoy at today’s event.  (A multitalented professional, Adam told us he uses THE FLAVOR BIBLE regularly in the creation of The Tuck Room’s cocktails and spirits.)


This year marks the third year of a long-term relationship cemented between the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Piper-Heidsieck.  In addition to the Oscars ceremony on February 26th, Piper-Heidsieck is the exclusive Champagne poured at Academy Awards events in Los Angeles, New York City, and London, not to mention the Oscars Nominee Luncheon (February 6th) and the Governors Ball.

Piper-Heidsieck has also been the official Champagne of the International Cannes Film Festival for more than two decades.

As we were leaving today’s event, we chatted with Piper-Heidsieck’s importer Terlato Wines’ Mary Anne Sullivan, who told us she’d seen 2017 Best Picture nominee “La La Land” on site at the iPic theater.  “You’ve got to see a movie here!” she enthused.

Getting ready for the Oscars on February 26th, with a popcorn-box-shaped Champagne bucket and a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne near our animal print theater seats at home

She didn’t have to twist our arms.  While we’re currently planning to watch the 2017 Oscars in our own “in-home theater” (see photo above) with glasses of Piper-Heidsieck, we’re already looking forward to returning to iPic for a movie and to The Tuck Room to sample some of Adam’s cocktails.

Piper-Heidsieck is one of France’s oldest Champagne houses, created in 1785, and is part of the EPI Group.  The Champagne is imported to the U.S. by Terlato Wines.

The Tuck Room is located in the iPic theater at 11 Fulton Street at Fulton Market at the South Street Seaport, and is a destination-worthy venue taking great pride in its food and drink program, overseen by James Beard Award-winning chef Sherry Yard and passionate sommelier and mixologist Adam Seger.

Meet Our New Favorite Neighborhood Restaurant: NORMA Gastronomia Siciliana

NORMA Gastronomia Siciliana chef-owner Salvatore Fraterrigo, who goes by “Toto”

Every restaurant lover dreams of the day the perfect neighborhood spot opens near them.  For those times that even those of us who love to cook just don’t feel like cooking or getting in a cab, we require someone talented enough in the kitchen to keep us from regretting our decision to not eat at home.

So we’re especially grateful that talented chef-owner Salvatore Fraterrigo (or “Toto,” as his chef’s jacket states) took all the experience he gained from his days cooking in Italy, Paris, and New York City (including at Il Buco and  i Trulli) and channeled it into his charming and delicious new NORMA Gastronomia Siciliana.

How charming?  By our second visit, Leonardo (in the striped sweater, below) greeted us both by name and remembered our table and our favorite wines by the glass (which included their gently-priced Chardonnay and Frappatto).

How delicious?  Our leftover pizza (having sampled both the $16 eggplant-pepper-and-zucchini Ortolana and $19 Porcini versions), which we enjoyed for breakfast the next morning, was even better than the fresh pizza we’ve been served at other touted spots.

Top Left: NORMA Arancine, in front of the whole stuffed artichoke; Middle Left: Leonardo; Bottom Left: NORMA’s Ortolana pizza; Middle Right: Eggplant Parmesan Timbale; Bottom Right: NORMA’s desserts include miniature cannoli

The knife-and-fork-required NORMA Arancine ($12) is so filling we didn’t order this delicious stuffed cone of deep-fried rice on our second visit so we could force ourselves to try other dishes — which is how we discovered that NORMA also offers our favorite new “eggplant Parmesan” in the city.  It isn’t anything like any other version we’ve ever had.  Toto celebrates the flavor and texture of eggplant through his timballo di melanzane alla Parmegiana ($14), which is a timale featuring beautifully wrapped slices of tender eggplant on a bed of intensely-flavored tomato sauce.

NORMA is due to open for breakfast soon, so we’re already dreaming of having a new spot to enjoy our morning coffee and Italian pasticcio in the weeks ahead.

NORMA Gastronomia Siciliana is at 438 Third Avenue (bet. 30th & 31st Streets) in Manhattan.  212.889.0600.  Website:

Finding Inspiration In Energy + Color + Beauty — Sometimes Quite Unexpectedly


Last night at the Whitney Museum, visual artist Christina Lonsdale captured our auras on camera — which she’ll be doing all week long while she’s in residence at the Whitney through December 17th

When you’re researching /writing / photographing a new book on the subject of creativity (KITCHEN CREATIVITY | Little, Brown; Fall 2017), it can lead you to some pretty interesting places — especially if you’re able to keep your mind open to things it might not fully comprehend.

“One of the most sought-after psychics you’ve never heard of.”
–ABC News “Nightline,” on Paul Selig

Paul Selig absolutely blew my mind the first time I saw him… Goosebumps included.”
—Sammy Hagar, musician

iamthewordcoverYesterday, we had the pleasure of spending much of the day in the company of NYU and Yale graduate Paul Selig, an academic (who served on the faculty of NYU for more than two decades) and playwright who has emerged as a channel and author of multiple books including 2010’s I Am The Word We first heard of Paul less than a month ago, when we happened upon a very positive mention of him on a friend’s website, which led us to check out his segment on ABC’s “Nightline” and to buy a few of his books — which we’ve been finding intriguing, to say the least.  When we’d discovered that Paul would be making a public appearance in Manhattan yesterday, we made plans to attend with a fellow author friend and had an experience none of us will soon forget.

“Talk about good vibrations: Photographer and aura reader Christina Lonsdale uses electromagnetic currents to harness the energy behind some of fashion’s most spirited visionaries.”
–Harper’s Bazaar, on Christina Lonsdale’s portraits of designers including Tory Burch, Donna Karan, and Diane von Furstenberg

whitneymuseumlogoOur time with Paul left us vibrating and energized — which we had no idea that Portland-based visual artist Christina Lonsdale of Radiant Human would actually be able to capture when she photographed us last night at the Whitney Museum of American Art.  Christina is in residence at the Whitney (of which we’re proud Founding Members) through December 17th, taking portraits with her unique camera that photographs auras, translating human electromagnetic fields into colors.  Christina — the “daughter of an energy painter mother and a two-time commune founding father,” who was “raised on mysticism at the dawn of the digital age” — then translates the auras’ colors for her subjects:

Key to Interpreting An Aura Photo:

Above the head = state of mind
Andrew: playful & whimsical
Karen: visionary & loves to be inspired

Photo left = interior
Both of us: devoted & intuitive

Photo right = exterior
Andrew: results driven & works well with structure
Karen: nurturing & sensitive

While reservations to sit for a portrait with Christina are sold out, half the available spots are being reserved for walk-ins, so there is a pretty good chance you might still be able to score a portrait of your own aura.  (See the green box below for details.)


“All the energy and beauty at Untitled are on the plates. They throb with color. It’s not just decoration, either. The color mostly comes from fruits and vegetables so ripe they’re ready to pop. “
–Pete Wells, The New York Times

If you’re in search of energy and beauty, you can’t lose with a visit to the Whitney — because even if you don’t happen to land a coveted sitting with Christina, you can still avail yourselves of one of our favorite restaurants in the city.  We’ve been huge fans of Untitled at the Whitney since opening day (May 1, 2015), and are always amazed to see the restaurant — whose kitchen is headed by 2015 James Beard Outstanding Chef Mike Anthony, chef de cuisine Suzanne Cupps, and pastry chef Miro Uskokovic, with its drinks program overseen by beverage director Eduardo Porto Carreiro (pictured above) — get better and better with every visit.

How amazing is Untitled’s hospitality?  Eduardo Carreiro and his colleague Arjav Ezekiel (whom we’d enjoyed first meeting at Washington, DC’s Komi) managed to spy us outside the restaurant examining our aura photos, and during their busy Saturday night dinner service, came outside to say hello for a moment and to invite us inside.  While we were disappointed to have to take a raincheck, we’re making it a point to arrive hungry next time we’re anywhere in the vicinity of Untitled — as we were lucky enough to be last weekend, when we experienced an extraordinary lunch featuring some of New York’s best vegetable-based dishes, explosive with both flavor and color (as you can see from the photos above).


Top left: Empire State Building; Left: Karen Page

Despite last night’s cold December evening air, Andrew was still inspired to shoot outside on the Whitney’s rooftop, which offers some of our favorite views of the Empire State Building!


Paul Selig is the author of I Am The Word.  His website is

Radiant Human is the initiative of visual artist Christina Lonsdale.  Her website is

The Whitney Museum of American Art is hosting artist Christina Lonsdale in residence through December 17th, so there’s still a chance to walk in and have your own aura photographed.  Visit

Untitled is one of our favorite restaurants in New York City — and just so happens to be located on the first floor of the Whitney Museum, just steps from the aura exhibit.  Visit

Touch for Peace: Studying With World-Renowned Shiatsu Master Ohashi


Top Left: Andrew Dornenburg with shiatsu master Ohashi; Top Right: Ohashi demonstrates his technique on one of his teaching assistants; Bottom Left: With our classmates of Ohashi’s December 1-4 intensive course; Bottom Right: Ohashi with Karen Page

We learn the most from studying with the best:  whether studying cooking with Madeleine Kamman, or wine with Doug Frost, Keith Goldston, Greg Harrington, and Darrin Siegfried; or hospitality with Danny Meyer, or screenwriting with Robert McKee.  Studying shiatsu with Ohashi was no exception.

You’re looking at two of the least likely earners of certificates in shiatsu massage you’ve ever met.

Last Wednesday, our friend Cynthia sent Karen an email following up on a conversation we’d had over dinner a few nights before on the Indian system of ayurveda.  Cynthia referenced a class she’d discovered on the subject that was being offered at the Integral Yoga Institute in Manhattan.  When Karen visited the IYI’s website, something completely different caught her eye, however:  a four-day intensive course being offered with world-renowed shiatsu master Ohashi.

We’d been hearing about Ohashi for nearly a quarter of a century, including through Andrew’s restaurant-world colleague Joey Hoeber, who studied Ohashiatsu® — a special method of touch derived from traditional shiatsu, exercise, and Zen philosophy — with the master himself.  When Karen first experienced lower-back pain in the early 1990s, she finally tried her first shiatsu massage, having the massage therapist come to our home as the pain was so bad she could barely move.  Ninety minutes later, she could walk again.

Over the years, we remained huge fans of shiatsu massage, both for its healing properties as well as for its contributions to our general well-being.  We patronized two different locations of the Ohashi Institute in Manhattan (where all the massage practitioners were so gifted we happily took our appointments with whomever was available at the time) as well as when we visited various spas (including the Lodge at Woodloch in Pennsylvania and the Mayflower Inn & Spa in Connecticut) across America.  Invariably, the best shiatsu therapists had studied with Ohashi, and over the years they’d cumulatively brought us both so much extra qi (energy) and healing that we’d blessed Ohashi dozens of times for obviously being such a great teacher.  But we’d never met him.

Getting to study with Ohashi ourselves was a pleasure of a different order — one we refused to miss, despite the fact that the class started less than 24 hours after we’d first heard about it.  As our schedule had just opened up after a chef had to postpone our long-scheduled out-of-town visit (due to a request from a king!), we registered immediately.

Studying with a master of his caliber was as educational for being able to observe his teaching style as for receiving the instruction itself, and a great privilege. We learned in class that we were far from Ohashi’s only avid fans — and that his clients have included the likes of Muhammad Ali, George Balanchine, Ani DiFranco, Stan Getz, Martha Graham, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Ralph Lauren, Liza Minelli, Dr. Robert Thurman, and Michael York.  Indeed, our fellow classmates last weekend hailed from as far as away as Bermuda, California, Chile, Pennsylvania, Spain, Vermont, and Washington, DC.

Receiving our own private sessions with Ohashi himself thereafter was also an experience neither of us will ever forget.  This 73-year-old is both powerfully fit and miraculously tireless:  After four days of teaching, plus small-group tutorials, plus private sessions, it’s a mystery where he found the energy to give us such extraordinary shiatsu massages, let alone to keep going afterward to continue to provide even more treatments to others.  Seeing his unstoppable dedication to his eponymous art of healing was so profound it brought tears to Karen’s eyes.

As our 50-something-year-old knees were no match for the hardwood floors, we’re afraid we were no match for the impressive array of professional massage therapists and other healers who gathered to study with him, and with whom we had the educational pleasure of trading massages and feedback over the course of four days.

But we wouldn’t have traded the experience of learning directly from Ohashi for anything.  Arigatou gozaimashita, Sensei.

ohashigroupdec2016 is the international website of Ohashi, creator of Ohashiatsu. is the U.S. website of the Ohashi Institute.

To find Ohashi’s books, click here.

To find a Ohashi practitioner near you, click here.

30th Annual Citymeals Power Lunch for Women Honors Co-Founder Gael Greene at The Plaza


Top Left: Georgette Farkas of Rotisserie Georgette; Citymeals’ Beth Shapiro; Carla Hall of “The Chew”; Citymeals Co-President Bob Grimes; Katherine Gage Boulud; Citymeals’ Co-President Chef Daniel Boulud; and Karen Page; Top Right: “CBS This Morning” legal analyst Rikki Klieman and Karen Page; Bottom Left: Karen Page with Citymeals co-founder Gael Greene; Bottom Right: The ballroom at The Plaza

“In its 35th year, Citymeals has raised over $410 million to bring weekend, holiday and emergency meals to vulnerable older neighbors who can no longer shop or cook for themselves in the five boroughs of New York City.  Citymeals-on-Wheels will deliver over 2 million meals in the city this year and count 15,000 volunteers this year as the number of needy multiplies.”
–Citymeals’ 30th Annual Power Lunch for Women program

Would you like to feel happier right now, in less than two minutes from now?  Then please trust us, and do us this one favor:  Take a moment to click on this link, and make a donation of any amount at all — whether $5 or $5,000 — to Citymeals-on-Wheels.  We can promise you that 100 percent of your tax-deductible contribution will go toward the preparation and delivery of meals to New York City’s homebound elderly, and that you can rest assured that as a result more of your elderly shut-in neighbors will have something to eat during upcoming weekends and holidays.

Doesn’t that make you feel better already?

While we might not be able to solve all of the world’s problems in just two minutes, any one of us can absolutely make a significant, positive difference in another person’s life just 120 seconds.  The secret is to focus on what we can do and how we can help, and to take action to make a difference whenever and wherever we can.

Yesterday at The Plaza, more than 400 of the city’s most powerful women gathered together to raise more than $1 million for Citymeals-on-Wheels, which is headed by Executive Director Beth Shapiro, and to celebrate the organization’s 35th anniversary with its 30th Annual Power Lunch for Women.

citymealspowerlunch2016carlagaelThe event also honored co-founder Gael Greene, who started Citymeals with James Beard 35 years ago, and whom emcee Carla Hall and the crowded ballroom at The Plaza welcomed to the podium yesterday with a rousing standing ovation for her years of dedication to this organization.


Top left – top:  Citymeals Co-President Chef Daniel Boulud with Karen Page; Top left – bottom left: Karen Page with Maura Rose; Top left – bottom right: Gael Greene with designer David Rockwell; Top Right: Dirt Candy chef-owner Amanda Cohen with Karen Page and filmmaker Donna Zaccaro; Bottom Left: Rikki Klieman, Barbara Lazaroff, Ruth Reichl, and Karen Page; Bottom Right – Top: Diana Wyenn, Dee Soder, and Karen Page (top) and The Corcoran Group’s Sharon Baum with Karen Page and Marcia Stein


David Rockwell

This annual event is always one of the best days of the year, when synchronicities inevitably bring old friends and new friends together.  Seating is done by drawing a table number from a large silver bowl, as ably demonstrated by designer David Rockwell, who was one of dozens of $10,000 Men in attendance.

Karen had the pleasure of drawing Table 4 — which happened to seat both honoree Gael Greene and her niece Dana Stoddard, along with chefs Amanda Cohen (of Dirt Candy fame) and Elizabeth Falkner, designer/restaurateur Barbara Lazaroff, and Manhattan dentist Julie Cho.  Credit for catering the lunch’s lovely Poached Pear and Blue Cheese Marble with Toasted Walnut, Black Pepper Sable, and Winter Greens; Truffle Pot Pie with Lattice Crust; and Small Sweets goes to CEO Liz Neumark‘s Great Performances, paired with Justin Vineyards’ 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2014 “Overlook” Chardonnay.


Top Left: Karen Page with Carla Hall of “The Chew”; Top Right: Eli Pollard, Chef Zarela Martinez, and Karen Page; Karen Page with Food & Wine co-founder Ariane Batterberry; Bottom Middle: Karen Page with The Intrepid’s Susan Marenoff (top) and Citymeals board member Suri Kasirer (bottom); Bottom Right: Barbara Lazaroff, Ruth Reichl, and Karen Page

Yesterday’s lunch emcee was none other than the awesome Carla Hall, co-host of “The Chew,” of whom we’ve been a fan both for her contagious passion and positivity and, selfishly, for her admiration of our book THE FLAVOR BIBLE, about which she’s said the kindest things to Publishers Weekly and others.  After lunch, Karen was finally able to thank Carla for her kind words, and discovered that Carla manages to shine even brighter in person.  She is an absolute delight.


Top Left: Georgette Farkas, Beth Shapiro, Carla Hall, Bob Grimes, Katherine Gage Boulud, Daniel Boulud, and Karen Page; Top Right: Karen Page with Dana Stoddard (aka “Gael’s Niece”); Bottom Left: Donna Hanover with Rikki Klieman; Bottom Right: Karen Page with Laura Maioglio, owner of Barbetta, the oldest founding family-owned restaurant in NYC


Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Gael Greene’s lovely niece Dana Stoddard, a passionate yogi, and were touched by her two-page tribute to her aunt in this year’s event program, which closes:


Gael Greene, we join Dana and Citymeals in saluting you for “being Gael Greene” (well said, Steven!) and for your dedication to this extraordinary 35-year-old organization.  We’re both so happy to be a part of Citymeals’ extended family, and to be able to encourage others through their support and participation to become a part of this important New York City family, too.

Citymeals-on-Wheels provides meals to New York City’s homebound elderly; 100 percent of your donation supports this mission (as administrative costs are covered by New York City’s Dept. for the Aging and Citymeals’ Board), and it takes less than two minutes to make a contribution online here.



CULINARY ARTISTRY:  One of the “Best Cookbooks of All Time”
Food & Wine (March 2015)

One of the “Top 10 Must-Have Cookbooks”
Southern Living cookbook editor Sarah Gleim (2014)

“One of the top 10 must-have cookbooks of the past 25 years.”
Alison Fryer & Jennifer Grange of The Cookbook Store in Toronto, in the Toronto Star (2008)

“One of 18 Must-Own Cookbooks.”
TV’s “Chopped”

After more than a quarter century of marriage, we don’t have kids — we have books.

And as our book CULINARY ARTISTRY marks its 20th birthday today, we’re happy to celebrate this landmark day in its history.

We’re feeling enormous gratitude to everyone who has played a part in CULINARY ARTISTRY‘s life to date — including those who let the world know this book existed, all our readers who have told us how much the book influenced them, and especially all of the chefs who generously allowed us to interview and feature them:

Rick Bayless | Daniel Boulud | Terrance Brennan
Gary Danko | Susan Feniger | Susanna Foo
George Germon | Joyce Goldstein | Hubert Keller
Johanne Killeen | Gray Kunz | Mark Miller
Mary Sue Milliken | Patrick O’Connell | Bradley Ogden
Jean-Louis Palladin | Charlie Palmer | Francois Payard
Mark Peel | Michael Romano | Anne Rosenzweig
Chris Schlesinger | Jimmy Schmidt | Dieter Schorner
Lindsey Shere | Lydia Shire | Nancy Silverton
Joachim Splichal | Jeremiah Tower | Norman Van Aken
Jean-Georges Vongerichten | Alice Waters | Jasper White

Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have been a part of CULINARY ARTISTRY‘s ongoing journey — and who have helped to spread the good word literally around the world:

United States/East:

“Among all the ‘cookbooks’ in my collection, CULINARY ARTISTRY may well be the most beaten and battered…To this day, if I’m really stuck for a flavor pairing, I will still refer to CULINARY ARTISTRY for its charts of common, and not so common, matches.”
–Michael Laiskonis, 2007 James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Pastry Chef (NYC)

United States/Midwest:

“Most used cookbook: CULINARY ARTISTRY by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg.”
–Grant Achatz of Alinea, 2008 James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Chef, as quoted in the November 2006 issue of Chicago magazine, a month after Alinea was named America’s #1 restaurant in Gourmet magazine

United States/South:

CULINARY ARTISTRY is a great cookbook for everyone, but a revolutionary one for professional chefs…After almost 15 years of having my dog-eared copy, I still use it to spark my creativity. This is another core book in any cook’s kitchen.”
–Hugh Acheson, James Beard Award winner and “Top Chef” judge

United States/West:

Q. Favorite Cookbook?  A.CULINARY ARTISTRY….
It’s full of charts, and it has famous chefs’ recipes in it. It lists ingredients and gives you possibilities for other flavors that go with those ingredients. And it tells you how these chefs think about ingredients.”
–Michael Voltaggio, chef-owner of Ink in Los Angeles, and winner of Season 6 of “Top Chef”


“Favourite cookbook: CULINARY ARTISTRY.”
–Lachlan Colwill, chef, Grace the Establishment, named South Australia’s Best Chef – 2010


Epic. One that started it all.”
–Will Goldfarb, director of the pastry program at Ku De Ta and called “one of the finest chefs in the world to pass through the elBulli kitchen”


“Favourite cookbook:  CULINARY ARTISTRY.”
–Lynn Crawford, one of Canada’s best-known celebrity chefs


CULINARY ARTISTRY…seemed to pull together everything that was missing in my ideology of food.”
–Michelin two-star chef John Campbell


“Anoop Prakash, managing director of Harley-Davidson India…swears by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page’s book CULINARY ARTISTRY, which focuses on flavour combinations.”
–Rudraneil Sengupta, Wall Street Journal


“My current favourites…CULINARY ARTISTRY.  There are very few books that give readers a glimpse of how chefs develop their dishes.  This book is one of the few to explore this.  I’d recommend it to anyone wishing to learn about the creative process…A hidden foodie gem.”
–Mary Carney, winner of “MasterChef”


Twenty years after it was first published, CULINARY ARTISTRY is still available via and at better bookstores everywhere.

Remembering Our Friend, The Brilliant “Comic’s Comic” Kevin Meaney (1956-2016)

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“[Kevin] Meaney‘s fellow comics immediately took to Twitter to remember a man known for his humor on the stage and his kindness off it.
The Washington Post (October 22, 2016)

“While we were only married ten years, Kevin Meaney in many ways was always my soul mate — he knew how to make me laugh and delight in the moment. Together we also brought a beautiful young girl into the world — our daughter Kate. Kevin, thanks for always being an angel of love and laughter in my life on earth….”
–Mary Ann Halford (October 21, 2016)

We’re still shocked and deeply saddened to have learned of the sudden passing on Friday of our long-time friend, the brilliantly talented comic’s comic Kevin Meaney.  He was 60.

No one could make us laugh harder than Kevin.  We learned to bring Kleenex to his shows at Birdland and Caroline’s Comedy Club and other venues where he managed to bring us to tears with his stand-up comedy.

We also had the pleasure of seeing him perform as an actor — and had the great pleasure of hanging out with him before and after the Toronto production of “Hairspray” in which he starred back in 2004 while we were on book tour in Canada.  The photo above at left captures our first and only visit to a Hooter’s, which was at Kevin’s suggestion.  We’d thought he was kidding when he’d suggested getting together there, but we clearly had a great time.

We’d recently heard that Kevin had gone vegetarian, and were especially happy to be able to catch up with him at a show this past year at Birdland, during which he’d asked the packed audience, “Are there any other vegetarians here?  What’s the first question we always get asked?”  The two of us had shouted out, “How do you get your protein?”, which led Kevin to launch into his hilarious bit on the subject.  After the show, we stayed to say hello and catch up (as seen in the photo above, right), and Kevin loved discovering that we were the vegetarians who’d fed him the line during the show!  Before we left that night, we’d all agreed to get together for a vegetarian feast.

But we discovered that time passes more quickly than ever, and that feast hadn’t happened yet.  And now it can’t.  Yet even without being able to create that new memory with Kevin, we feel blessed to have so many other memories of him over more than two decades — including of how hard he made us laugh, time and time again, whether during public performances or private get-togethers.  The single funniest line we’ve ever heard as guests at a wedding was uttered by Kevin during his 1997 wedding to our long-time friend (and Karen’s fellow Harvard MBA) Mary Ann Halford, with whom he had a beautiful daughter Kate.  After having dinner with Kevin and Mary Ann at their home in Los Angeles, we were doubled over with laughter watching him demonstrate how a card-carrying member of the Potwashers Union washed dishes.

While Kevin and Mary Ann ended their marriage after Kevin’s 2008 announcement that he was gay, the three still managed to create a close-knit “modern family,” and Kevin’s love of both Kate and Mary Ann was still abundantly clear to all.  Our hearts go out to his beloved Kate and Mary Ann, and the rest of Kevin’s family, friends, and fans, on his sudden passing.

[Mary Ann shared via Facebook that “Kevin was supposed to show up at Parents Weekend at Kate’s boarding school on Friday — when he didn’t and then didn’t respond to phone calls, texts and emails, we knew something was wrong. With the help of his brother, a retired police officer, we got the police to get to his house where they found him expired on the couch watching [TV] on his laptop. We don’t know cause of death yet but assume a heart attack.”  Kevin’s last Instagram photo @bigpantspeople was one of a smiling Mary Ann eating ice cream at the New York State Fair, with the triumphant caption: “We found mini cones!”]

As The Washington Post reported, “[Kevin] Meaney‘s fellow comics immediately took to Twitter to remember a man known for his humor on the stage and his kindness off it.”  That’s exactly how we’re going to remember Kevin Meaney, too.

P.S.  And whether you’re among those who somehow weren’t ever exposed to his comedy or whether you’re looking for yet another fix of his gut-busting comedic bits, feast on a few of these….Two are sets from Kevin’s dozen appearances on Johnny Carson, one is of Kevin opening for Jerry Seinfeld on Broadway in 1998, and another is from the Peabody Award-winning animated show “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist”:

Kevin Meaney – “Why do you do this to your father and I?”

Kevin Meaney was an instant hit on this popular late-night TV show. He sets the stage brilliantly and with a style only he can pull off. He has a good singing voice, too!

Kevin Meaney On Broadway

Recorded August 6-9 1998 @ The Broadhurst Theatre, NYC while opening up for Jerry Seinfeld.

Kevin Meaney does “We Are the World”

In the mid to late 80s there was a big ‘phenom’ about the original “We Are The World.” Kevin Meaney poked fun at it here, mocking each performer. Look for Dan Aykroid – who was the odd man out in the original video. Kevin nails him, here.

Kevin Meaney on Dr. Katz

Clip of Dr. Katz Season 2 Episode “Bystander Ben” starring Kevin Meaney.


Tributes to Kevin Meaney (1956-2016):

Kevin Meaney was as funny as they get and the nicest man.  He could make you lose your mind laughing.  A very special person.”
–Judd Apatow

“Hail Hail:  A genius has vacated this realm.  #RIPKevinMeaney
–Roseanne Barr

“The sudden passing of my good friend and fellow comedian, Kevin Meaney, has me heartsick.”
–Joy Behar

“R.I.P. Kevin Meaney [with a link to the “I Don’t Care” song].”
–Steve Carell

“RIP Kevin Meaney.  I love you.”
–Margaret Cho

Kevin was the most naturally funny comedian I ever saw.  Every word he said was insanely hilarious. He had a funny voice, face and rhythm to his speech. But he had a childish courage that was goddamn inspiring. Whenever Kevin would bomb, and sometimes he would, he would start to sing a song ‘I don’t care! I don’t care! My jokes don’t go over I don’t care! I don’t care! I don’t care! IIII DOOON’T CAAARE!” I don’t care! I don’t care!’ and he would sing this song, in Ethel Merman’s voice, for sometimes 30 minutes. The crowd would be FURIOUS. I and any other comedian in the room would be literally on the floor, laughing, crying, gasping for air.”
–Louis C.K.

Kevin Meaney was on our show and the loveliest man.  So funny and sweet and unforgettable.  So sad.  Rest in Peace.”
–Kat Dennings

“RIP Kevin Meaney. You were insanely funny and an incredibly nice man.  My mother loved you and you were so kind to her.  Tell her I said hi.”
Paul Feig

Kevin Meaney was sweet, hilarious, and courageous.  A silly, wonderful man.  The best.  My heart goes out to his fans, friends and family.”
–Bobcat Goldthwait

“I adored Kevin Meaney.”
–Kathy Griffin

Kevin Meaney is gone.  THAT’S NOT RIGHT!!!!”
–Norm Macdonald

“Real life – real love – real loss.  From the ding ho to here – i love ya kev.”
–Rosie O’Donnell

“Always thought Kevin Meaney was a brilliant comedian.  Then we hung out in Ireland and I found out he was also a terrific person.  RIP.”
–Patton Oswalt

“Rest in peace, you marvelous loon.  Hilarious.”
–Martha Plimpton

“Dear Kevin Meaney:  You made me love you.”
–Paula Poundstone

“Remembering Kevin Meaney.  Only memories of delirious laughter.  Never any moments of meanness.  Just kindness.”
–Rob Schneider

The Chicago Tribune


Entertainment Weekly

The Guardian

Hollywood Reporter

New York Post – Page Six

The New York Times


Rolling Stone

USA Today

The Washington Post

Funeral arrangements for Kevin Meaney:

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
McMahon Lyon and Hartnett Funeral Home
491 Mamaroneck Ave.
White Plains, New York  10605

Mass of Christian Burial
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 10:30am
Church of the Transfiguration
268 South Broadway (Route 9)
Tarrytown, New York  10591

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to
The Trevor Project |


First and only wake we’ve ever attended featuring bowls of candy bars with signs asking, “Would you like a chocoleet?” (a classic Kevin-ism) #housekeeping