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Anne Burrell bowled with the best of them last night at her Rock & Bowl cookbook release party at Lucky Strike in New York City. Neon-colored lanes, plush seating and an expansive bar set the backdrop, while party goers snacked on plates of bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms and polenta from Anne’s Cook Like a Rock Star.
Donning an edgy black dress with her signature spiked hair, Anne traded in her high heels for bowling shoes and a bright pink ball. Food Network stars Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Forgione, Aarti Sequeira and Claire Robinson also joined in the fun.
Upbeat dance music pumped through the speakers while guests knocked down pins, played pool and sipped on margaritas and palomas — a mix of tequila and grapefruit juice — in the vast, luxe lounge.
After bowling for nearly four hours, Steve Morton from Florence, Ala., was crowned the Rock & Bowl champ with a score of 158.
New to bowling, Anne practiced a few times before the big night. Her strategy was a simple one: “Like everything I do, I just have fun,” she says. Dancing around after making her spare, Anne got serious for a moment when we asked her what she enjoyed most about the night.
“All the love from the fans,” she says. “Everyone has amazing, inspiring stories. That’s the real frosting on the cake.”