Michael Hebberoy is Back
For those who can’t stand the idea of life without news from Mr. Hebberoy, of the late Ripe , I’ll close with this. If you aren’t interested, stop reading here. keep in mind, by reading what follows, you will be participating in what “might be a fairly historic event”.
i think this might be a fairly historic event. It might be the first time a major cross section of “the underground food community” or whatever you want to call it have been connected through email.
please read on – there is some info below but also a request for pics and information.
if we haven’t met my name is michael hebberoy, and about six years ago I started a black market restaurant called family supper (aka ripe) in a portland rental house. things got bigger, and not unlike what happens when an indie favorite signs with a major label – shit blew up and I am now working on various independent projects. the project in question: kill the restaurant (a substantial book endeavor on the underground movement) is well underway. for more info on KTR read below.
what i need from you
1. if you have run, or are running an underground restaurant (we need a better name for these happenings) i would love to have menus, various pics, any information you think i might lack. I am in the middle of finalizing the first three chapters of the book and wrapping it up into our final book proposal to secure the publishing contract. in addition to the three chapters we are filming a short dvd that proves the depth and breadth of the underground movement. essentially i am going to lay out all of the pictures i have from around the country in a big white room, scatter menus around, names of establishments, maps with dots, and slowly pan over all of the accumulated information. this dvd will be used exclusively for the purposes of the book proposal and the imagery and menus will not be published in any way shape or form. All photography in the final book will be personally taken by my partner in the project Jeremy Bitterman.
I have hundreds of pics already – but am hungry for more.
you can upload pics and menus and whatever to www.box.net. just email me for password and login information
it is simple and easy to use. or if it is easier send me a cd at the address below…
2. if you know of any underground activity please shoot me over any details. information will not be published without the consent of the practitioners in question. so far I have identified about 75 “establishments” nationwide – and have yet to focus on the south, the midwest, or much of the northeast. I am not creating a tour guide, so no need to worry about locations being unearthed and busted, having run a speakeasy establishment I understand the importance of discretion.
Kill the Restaurant update:
for those of you unfamiliar with this project, kill the restaurant is a in depth chronicle of what has come to be called “the underground food movement”, which is best described as any individual or group that is operating a dining (and sometimes drinking) establishment without the proper consent of the various bureaucratic agencies that govern such things. essentially those that are working off of the radar, “illegal” is not a necessary descriptor as many of the food/liquor/business laws in this country are gray at best.
in addition to the book – a lovely website will also be launched (in a couple weeks) www.killtherestaurant.com – and I will be traversing the country giving lectures at colleges tentatively titled “how to start your own illegal restaurant now…” (thinking the word illegal while not neccesarily an apt descriptor will appeal to college folks).
our publishing contract should be finalized by january and then we will be headed out to capture the stories of about 20 of the leading practitioners in the country. documenting recipes, attending events, photographing every inch of the process, interviewing everyone, drinking heavily and causing much damage to self and country along the way.
this is not a tour guide – identities will be protected, locations obscured, names falsified if necessary – this is an all access pass to the public, a bit of gastronomic voyeurism meant to inspire the next generation of would be underground restauranteurs. the mainstream needs us – it is stale and nearly dead – every craft/every art needs a vital underbelly…
i think that is all for now, but if you do have pics, please upload them, or send them, the more the better…
will someone please show him where the “SHIFT” key is? By the time he gets this book written, the restaurant will be dead.