Friday, May 28, 2010

5/28 - Michael Psilakis, Steve Evans, Nancy Gardella,

Michael Psilakis, Nationally Recognized Chef and Food Network Personality
Wildly successful young chef and restaurateur Michael Psilakis – whose Anthos is one of only two Greek restaurants in the world with a Michelin star – refined his talent not in culinary school but in the kitchen beside his Greek mother during his childhood on Long Island. After earning a business degree, he found himself drawn back to the food world, where he worked his way up from waiter to owner of the Long Island restaurant Ecco. His subsequent enterprise with celebrated restaurateur Donatella Arpaia, called Dona, was one of Esquire's Best New Restaurants in 2006, but the place closed when the building housing it was sold to a developer.  Psilakis and Arpaia have now taken some of the concepts behind Dona, which featured Italian cuisine with Greek inflections, and recreated them as Mia Dona, a new restaurant on the Upper East Side with a genial ambiance, sophisticated but unpretentious menu, and reasonable prices. Psilakis spoke with us recently about his journey from TGI Fridays waiter to rock star chef, his forthcoming book, and his plans to bring his haute Greek cuisine full circle to Greece. . It’s that time of year again! With Memorial Day, the official kick-off to the summer and BBQ season right around the corner, who better than nationally recognized chef Aaron Sanchez provide tips on how to create a memorable Memorial Day party.  He will discuss everything from how to prepare your home with patriotic decorations, festivities and most importantly, will provide tips on what to eat, drink, and the latest party must-haves. So warm up the coals, pull out the cooler and let Aaron Sanchez help you lead the way to a sensational summer kick-off celebration! Michael Psilakis has accrued many of the food world’s highest honors in the short time  he has been part of the culinary world.  In 2008, Psilakis was awarded Food & Wine’s Best New Chef  and Bon Appetit’s Chef of the Year distinctions; nominated for AList  Chef by Bravo TV; and had his upscale Greek restaurant,  Anthos, nominated for a James Beard Award in the category of  Best New Restaurant. He was also deemed “Chef of the Year”  by Esquire Magazine and Anthos was awarded a Michelin star  and named the third of ten best new restaurants by The New  York Times restaurant reviewer, Frank Bruni. He appears on  Food Network’’s Best Thing I Ever Ate and Ultimate Recipe Showdown.

Nancy Gardella - Executive Director - Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce

Memorial Day kicks off the summer season on Martha's Vineyard. Beaches, bicyling, family vacations, fabulous food, romantic getaways, vacations for every budget, destination weddings, corporate retreats, dazzling arts culture, fishing, birding, sailing and so much more awaits you! Your Vineyard experience is just a short ferry ride or flight away, so welcome, explore and start planning your Island getaway . The island of Martha's Vineyard - it’s all here, for everyone!   Restaurant Week June 20-24th. .

Steve Evans - "The Movie Guy"
Tips on the best & worst this weekend at the Box Office. Steve reviews and comments on all the latest from Hollywood and gets the story behind the film.A veteran of the industry, "The Movie Guy" says exactly how he feels about the movies that you will be watching this weekend. Mike Horn comments on the lineup of big screen offerings but does not always agree with what Steve has to say. This is the movie review program to listen to every week and get the "real deal".