Okay, so we weren't really hanging out, but we did get to meet him at a book signing for the final book of recipes from his show Good Eats. The Food Network show has just ended after 13 years, but he says there are two episodes that have not aired yet. One should come out around the holidays and one probably around Valentine's day (on dark chocolate). The re-runs of his show is currently running on the Cooking Channel.
There were tons of people at the signing. We got our tickets a while back and were lucky enough to be one of the first 100 people, so we were guaranteed a seat. The rest of the people (I think there were another 100) had to stand. He spoke a bit and then answered lots of questions from the audience. He's just like you see him on his show, very funny and real. It sounds like he's still got a lot of things going on so even though Good Eats has ended, we'll still be able to see him a lot. Lance asked him if there would be any more Feasting on Asphalt shows, but Alton says Food Network doesn't plan to do any more.
All in all, it was a great evening and really fun to meet someone I've admired for a long time.