The latest development in the effort to bring Top Chef to Boston is that the show's production company has offered The Boston Beer Company, maker of Sam Adams, "a high six-figure sponsorship proposal." That news comes from the Boston Herald, which also reports that the producers have met with the Mass. Film Office in an attempt to bring the state on board. Which once again begs question: just how far will Boston and the state of Massachusetts go to lure Top Chef? Will we, like the state of Texas and the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau, pony up $600,000 for the privilege of lending the show a backdrop? The Sam Adams offer is a reminder that Top Chef doesn't just pick a city based on a Twitter campaign.
And would we, the tax payers, be informed that this is how our money is being spent, which Texans were not? Again, Magical Elves, the show's production company, tried to block the release of portions of documents detailing negotiations with the Texas tourism board. Regardless, based on the developments reported by the Herald, it seems the show is seriously considering Boston for its next location, despite the best efforts of the mayor of Portland.
[Photo: The Suffolk Journal]