foodTALK: When Business and Friendship Meet

Episode 2

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In our second episode I sat down with Sam McCleland, executive chef and co-owner of the Beacon Sag Harbor and Bell & Anchor, and David Loewenberg, who’s also a co-owner of the two restaurants as well as Fresno. Sam and David are good friends of mine. David and I actually became fast friends while working at Nick and Toni’s when we realized the same guy fired us both from the same restaurant in the ’80s, two years apart. Sam and I share the story of our golfing experiences and my hole in one.

David and Sam spoke of their recent five-day trip to London and their heavy food itinerary. “You never used to go to London for food, and now they’ve got a revolution going on,” says Loewenberg. We received some knowledge on the 14-month prosciutto process courtesy of some farm-raised Berkshire pigs. It’s not foodTALK without food, right? We whipped out our handy Food Lover’s Companion, while Sam put together a lovely fluke crudo – and we learned crudo means uncooked. The thread of this episode is about relationships with farmers or winemakers who live down the road, and the impact it has on business. Lastly, check out why Sam and David love all things pink from Channing Daughters Winery, and find out which three local wines they have on tap for the summer.