An offer I cannot refuse

by Andie Mitchell on November 2, 2011

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Celebrity Cruise Lines sent me an invitation last week. It read:

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“Hi Andie,

We want to invite you onboard Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Silhouette, for the cruise line’s first-ever Epicurean Adventure on November 4-6, as the ship makes her North American debut in New York City’s backyard. Celebrity Cruises is partnering with Gilt City to create an exclusive culinary experience to raise money for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and we’d like you to come onboard to experience the festivities alongside these guests. A 5-course dinner hosted by Jacques Van Staden, Celebrity Cruises Master Chef, will showcase the cuisine of top chefs Claudia Fleming, Andrea Reusing, Lee Anne Wong, Daisy Martinez, and Alex Guarnaschelli. 

It will also be a great chance for you to experience the innovative and exquisite culinary experience that Celebrity Cruises offers first-hand. Celebrity Silhouette boasts 12 dining venues onboard including The Lawn Club Grill, the first large-ship outdoor, interactive grill restaurant where guests can grill alongside a Celebrity Cruises chef and the uniquely unordinary Qsine, the first seagoing restaurant to feature a menu and wine list on an iPad® and an engaging food-as-theater dining experience.”

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And

and

I didn’t think twice.

Tonight I’m taking the red eye to New York.

{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

suki November 2, 2011 at 10:23 pm

omg omg omg! how exciting! :)

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Amy November 2, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Opportunities to adventure are too precious to waste. Have fun! I can’t wait to read the recap and see the photos :)

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Megan November 2, 2011 at 11:17 pm

You go girl;)

Have a blast!

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Krystina (Organically Me) November 2, 2011 at 11:48 pm

How exciting! Have a blast. :)

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Debra November 3, 2011 at 12:34 am

What a lovely and fitting honor. I’m certain this is one of many to come. Hope you have a wonderous experience.
Safe travels dear Andie. We’ll all be here waiting to hear all about it, complete with pictures.

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Tracy November 3, 2011 at 3:08 am

YAY so exciting! Have a blast!! <3

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Nicole November 3, 2011 at 3:43 am

What!?! That’s AWESOME!!!!! Take a ton of pics and have a BLAST! :)

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johnny November 3, 2011 at 3:47 am

You deserve it! Have fun! We’ll all pray for safe travel and a wonderful time!

Remember what I said about a year ago? One day I can tell my friends that I knew Andie (albeit by internet) before she became really famous!!!

Lots of Love goes out to you! :)

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Amy B @ Second City Randomness November 3, 2011 at 3:51 am

Oh girrrrrlllll… that is so exciting! You’re going to have an AMAZING time! Travel safe and can’t wait to hear about it!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 3, 2011 at 4:49 am

WOW Andie, you are one very lucky lady!! I hope you have a wonderful time and take LOADS of photos please! :)

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Trish November 3, 2011 at 5:02 am

Dang girl what an honor!! :)

Have a safe, exciting, tummy pleasing time!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) November 3, 2011 at 5:05 am

lucky girl! have fun!

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Evan Thomas November 3, 2011 at 5:34 am

Sounds fun! I’ve been wondering how these foodie cruises are. Now even Paula Deen has her own cruise.

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Catie November 3, 2011 at 6:06 am

HAVE FUN! that sounds like an awesome time!! :D

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Lizzy November 3, 2011 at 6:20 am

WOW….when I read that you were coming to NY I thought “how cool would it be to have a great big, casual dinner for all your fans that are local. But really, you should contact Dr. Oz and be a guest tomorrow while you are here…it is the perfect venue and audience !!!Enjoy the cruise and the entire experience xoxo

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Rebecca @ Miss Magnolia Munches & Moves November 3, 2011 at 6:26 am

Wow.I’m super jealous but so excited for you! I love Alex Guarnaschelli! I can’t wait to hear all about this!

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Carole November 3, 2011 at 6:29 am

I don’t have to tell you to have fun, I’m sure. :)
But take pictures!

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Claire November 3, 2011 at 6:35 am

So. Awesome. I’m thrilled for you :) Please take a million photos!

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Michelle H November 3, 2011 at 7:04 am

thrilled for you too! HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ali November 3, 2011 at 7:17 am

Cute pics! What an experience. Have fun!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 3, 2011 at 7:48 am

Omg, your life! I want it!!! lol Have fun :D

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Kristin November 3, 2011 at 8:21 am

JEALOUS! Have fun lady!!!!

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Leah @ Why Deprive? November 3, 2011 at 8:29 am

That sounds amazing! Have fun!! :)

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Brooke @ Waiting to Rise November 3, 2011 at 8:31 am

So jealous and how cool! I hope you have a blast! I know you will girl!

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Maria November 3, 2011 at 10:07 am

#1, You are so pretty!! #2, What awesome mail!H HAVE FUN!!

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Andrea November 3, 2011 at 10:12 am

WHAT!!? Sweet life, man! Have fun!

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Stephanie @cookinfanatic November 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Wow what an amazing opportunity!!! Have an amazing time!!

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Michele November 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Have a Blast! Please dont forget to share your experience when you get back!

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Lisa November 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm

That sound like so much fun! Have a great time.

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Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic November 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm

How fun! Have a blast!!

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Ruthiey November 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm

congrats! have a terrific time!

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Maggie November 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I was kinda hoping that you were coming to foodbuzz so I could stalk you (with love) in SF! But a cruise does sound loads better than a blogging conference…
Have a very lovely time!

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Sarah November 3, 2011 at 6:04 pm

You are so LUCKY…what a wonderful invitation to receive. I don’t blame you for hopping on that red eye! Have a blast!!

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Leigh November 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm

oh.my.god.

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Leigh November 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm

and might i clarify, that, i am so excited for you and i hope you have a blast!!

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brandi November 3, 2011 at 7:49 pm

wowza – what an awesome invite!! maybe mine got lost in the mail :)

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Wendy November 4, 2011 at 1:23 am

Fantastic invite – go and have a ball girl!

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh November 4, 2011 at 7:04 am

Luckiest. Girl. Ever!

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Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen November 4, 2011 at 10:14 am

Lucky girl!! Have fun!

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Jacqueline November 4, 2011 at 10:01 pm

What an amazing opportunity! Tell them I want to come along next time! Have such a great time.

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Melissa November 5, 2011 at 10:16 am

Andie –

Just came across your site…really have no idea how – long line of Pinterest posts, maybe?! Who knows – crazy internet!

Anyway, just spent the longest time reading up on you, your history, your fun life, and I just wanted to tell you how excited I am to have found your blog. I recently lost 50 lbs, and have 20 more to go. I’m at that point of “how on earth do I not get fat again?!” And your blog is a great source of ideas and inspiration.

Cheers to you and all you do!

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Sophie @ LoveLiveAndLearn November 5, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Oh wow. I am so jealous.
Have a really really amazing time lovely and take lots of beautiful photos for us to drool over!

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carrie November 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Just stumbled upon your website. You are so inspiring! Thanks for sharing your story.

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Kristin Murdock November 7, 2011 at 7:10 am

1. Ridiculously excited for you and can’t wait to hear all the dirty deets!
2. I love your scarf!

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Marian November 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Wow your right! that’s an offer you can’t refuse! I’m so happy for you, so many doors are opening up and you deserve every bit of it:)

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Lea @ Healthy Coconut November 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm

What a fabulous invitation.

I myself just returned from Carnival’s 9-day Mexican Riviera Cruise. It was a lot of fun and a ton of food and a plethora of desserts. We had a wonderful time.

I’m sure you enjoyed the trip and I can’t wait for you to post about your experience.

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