A couple of weeks ago, we asked via iReport for your stories of that person, place, book, restaurant or dish that made you sit up and start to see food as more than just a three times a day chore. You eat every day, and you've got a story to share.
Every so often, we're sharing the most hunger-inducing and heartfelt ones right 'chere.
You may recognize the gentleman in the video below from a little thing called the Food Network. Don't have cable? How about cookbooks like 'Molto Italiano,' 'Simple Italian Food: Recipes from My Two Villages' and 'Mario Tailgates NASCAR Style' or restaurants like New York City's Babbo, Esca, Lupa and Otto, Las Vegas' B&B Ristorante and Carnevino or Los Angeles' Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza? Not ringing a bell? Even the charitable Mario Batali Foundation or series of brightly hued cookware?
Okay, he's the red-headed dude in the omnipresent orange Crocs, star of the upcoming film 'Bitter Feast' and we managed to grab a few minutes with him at the Mario Batali Foundation's T-Bones & Tequila Event at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Consider this clip an appetizer.
So, Mario, how do we wangle an invite to Sunday dinner? For we are sure that can not be a grim, spare or joyless affair.
Got a story to share? Using iReport, share written words, videos and luscious photos if need be, and we'll include our favorite responses in upcoming features.