PX Me. by Abbe Diaz
By SMW Staff
In 2004, Abbe Diaz, the former Maître’d of several downtown hotspots, sent shockwaves throughout New York’s trendy restaurant circles by serving on a silver platter a heaping mound of dirt on “Personnes Extraordinaire” (French for VIP) who often dined the hot restaurant of the moment, and the questionable practices of certain celebrity chefs. In the humorous PX This—Diary of the “Maître d’ to the Stars, no celeb or restaurateur was safe from Diaz’s observations of their behaviors—the good, the bad and often the very ugly.
Now Diaz is back with the wildly entertaining sequel PX Me. (How I Became a Published Author, Got Micro-Famous, and Married a Millionaire). Just as in PX This, Abbe, who is a prolific journal writer, has taken her daily diary entries and published a ten volume eSeries.
In the first three volumes, which span the year 2004, Abbe continues with her sharp, funny, and biting scrutiny of the well-fed and famous, but several weeks after PX This is published, Abbe also gets “scooped” by Hue hostess Coco Henson Scales’s tell-all essay, “The Hostess Diaries: My Year at a Hot Spot” that appeared in The New York Times and was later included in The New Kings of Nonfiction book, edited by Ira Glass. It’s the veracity of Scales’s essay that comes into question and whether what occurred was actually true, but also the issue of how accurate The New York Times was in its fact-checking.
Abbe makes it her mission to find the truth, and now New York’s news media industry is on the grill, sparing no one—from Choire Sicha, former editor at Gawker, to former NYT restaurant critic Frank Bruni, to Gawker owner Nick Denton and Slacktory’s Nick Douglas—from her sharp one-line skewers.
VOLUME ONE picks up exactly where PX This—Diary of the “Maître d’ to the Stars”) ended. PX This is about to be published, and none of Abbe’s illustrious former employers, colleagues, friends, nor New York’s glitterati have the slightest clue that their “hash house” hijinks are about to be revealed to the world.
When Abbe Diaz published her journal, PX This–Diary of the “Maître d’ to the Stars” [née Diary of the Potted Plant] in 2004, she’d had no idea what she was in for. Sure, she expected the process would be difficult and she might never work in the fine dining restaurant industry ever again, but she never imagined the truth could be so controversial— in a book that’s essentially about HAVING DINNER.
Despite PX This being lauded by most of her colleagues (and some of the most illustrious names in the business) as “the bible of the [NYC] industry,” Diaz soon learned the politics of Food and/or “Culture” Media & PR is a game that’s dirtier than last night’s dishes. Finding herself under unjustified fire from various vastly popular and influential periodicals, news blogs, food press, online foodie communities, and other professional and aspiring writers, Diaz (a textbook Scorpio/Monkey) quickly realized [again] there were two things in her life she would never be willing to do: 1) Take unmerited bullshit, and 2) Kiss spiteful pretentious ass.
As you can probably imagine, that went over reeeally well. Mistruths, mudslinging, manipulation, misappropriation, corruption, censorship, and the tarnishing of her character— as well as the livelihoods of her friends and loved ones— are just some of the things she subsequently endured.
- June 17: Volumes 1-3
- July 11: Volumes 4 & 5
- July 25: Volumes 6 &7
- August 8: Volumes & & 9
- August 22: Volume 10
The PX Me Trailer: http://youtu.be/kX5COWeUtMU
About Abbe Diaz
Abbe Diaz is a freelance commercial-artist, designer/dressmaker, and restaurant consultant. She has worked in the restaurant/bar industry for nearly 25 years, with numerous stints throughout the New York dining/party scene that include: Limelight, Palladium, Tunnel, Club USA, Coffee Shop, Spy, Cafe Tabac, The Strand (Miami Beach), Mercer Kitchen, Ilo, Lotus, and Theo. She served as the opening maître d’ for The Park, Smith, and 66.
She is proud to have had the opportunity to work under such nightlife arbiters as: Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Brian McNally, Jonathan Morr, Peter Gatien, Eric Goode, and Sean Macpherson.
Diaz gained a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers College, Rutgers University – New Brunswick. She was further educated as a non-matriculated Design student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in NYC, where she currently resides.
Abbe has been featured in various media outlets such as The New York Daily News, The New York Post, msn.com, The Morning Show (Australia), CBS’s The Insider, The New York Observer, Blackbook, Time Out New York, Perez Hilton, Gawker, LXTV-NBC, NBC Chicago, New York magazine, Mediabistro, hamptons.com, and foodchannel.com, just to name a few. For more visit: http://abbe-diaz.com/books/. Twitter: https://twitter.com/pxthis. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PXthis
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