Appetizers
March 17, 2009
A personal chef for a week

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So 2009 is the year you were laid off. Well it could be exactly what you need to kickstart the dream that's been lingering in the back of your mind. Maybe necessity will force you to do whatever you've been putting off.

A full bottle of wine is a promise of a good time, an occasion to be toasted. But Houston chef Clive Berkman sees empty bottles as being much more poignant - those empties tell the real stories of the human spirit. Maybe it's a major life shift. Perhaps it's making success out of failure. Or maybe it's simply impacting someone else.

Berkman, whose cookbook "Creating Empty Bottle Moments: Cooking with Clive (Baxter Press, $30, 256 pages) was released earlier this month, promises to serve as the personal chef for three meals a day for an entire week to someone who shares the best "empty-bottle moment." If you were laid off this year, simply go to his Web site and share that moment that changed your life. The deadline is May 25.

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