foodTALK, which launched in May, is the newest food show to come to the East End via LTV. The show is meant to educate, inform and excite viewers about local food, farms, restaurants and personalities on the East End. Each episode features three on-air personalities including yours truly and two guests from the local food and farming industries. I will chat with chefs, farmers, restaurateurs, food writers—basically anyone who is passionate about food. We’ll get to know some of the people behind the scenes, as well as demystify certain menu items. It’s not a cooking show, but an easy to prepare dish will be be featured each episode. The show is light, lively and features informative conversations. foodTALK will air on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and Fridays at 7:30 a.m.
In the first episode I got in the kitchen with notable restaurant duo Nick & Toni’s co-owner Mark Smith and executive chef Joseph Realmuto. Many people may not know that I bartended at Nick & Toni’s for seven years before starting my company, WordHampton PR. Mark, Joe and I shared some great stories of the early days at Nick & Toni’s, like the time a tired chef (Paul DelFavero) gave Uma Thurman a ride home in his VW bug—he had no idea who she was—and Joe’s story of dropping off his resume. We also gained some insight into Nick & Toni’s ground-breaking restaurant garden (they were one of the first restaurants on the East End to have their own garden), and what we might find on the menu this summer. We learned what an emulsion actually is and watched Joe whip up some fresh seared tuna with local greens. We got into the backstory of the creation of La Fondita and Townline BBQ and the research and development that went into creating these authentic restaurants. Finally, Joe and Mark tell us the five people they would invite to dinner (dead or alive). Check out the full episode.