Guy Fieri Dives Into Denver

Celebrity foodie Anthony Bourdain recently appeared on the dignified stage of the Buell Theatre — but the cosmic balance will reassert itself when Bourdain's polar opposite, Guy Fieri, chews up the Paramount Theatre tonight with his Guy Fieri Road Show. As one of the Food Network's most visible (read: garish) and audible (read: loud) personalities, Fieri burst onto the scene as a winner on The Next Food Network Star — a title he more than lived up to when his cooking show Guy's Big Bite hit it big with its bold yet laid-back approach to the kitchen confidential.

Fieri really made it big, though, in 2006 with Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, a runaway hit for the Food Network. Although Fieri’s backwards shades and bleached-blond hair make him look like a Sublime roadie circa 1994, the big-mouthed star has used Triple-D, as he abbreviates it, as a platform to spotlight hundreds of idiosyncratic, small-time eateries across the country. (He’s never featured a Colorado restaurant, though, so will someone please take him to the Breakfast King while he's in town?) The show has also spawned two best-selling books, including the new More Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, which Fieri will be hawking during his live appearance and high-energy cooking demo at the Paramount. And opening for Fieri will be renowned local restaurateur Frank Bonanno, a man who's no stranger to the Food Network himself. The all-ages event starts at 7:30 p.m. at 1621 Glenarm Street; admission ranges from $25 to $250. For info and tickets, call 866-461-6556 or visit
Wed., Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., 2009