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by Katie Pizzuto

What best embodies the best of our food culture? Easy--a radio show called The Restaurant Guys, hosted by the co-owners of two NJ restaurants. Francis and Mark, who own Stage Left and Catherine Lombardi restaurants host a daily 1-hour radio show (available as a podcast) dedicated to "Food, Wine and the Finer Things in Life." Besides being well versed in all things epicurean, these guys are witty, intelligent and engaging. Topics range from interviews with famous chefs, restaurateurs and sommeliers, to discussions with authors/activists about sustainable agriculture, organics, marketing to children, farm-raised seafood, raw dairy, etc. They'll talk about Haagen Dazs and White Castles as proficiently as they'll talk about Chateau d'Yquem and foie gras!

They should be applauded not only for their pursuit of quality food and wine, but also for maintaining relationships with local purveyors. They champion artisan food/wine and sneer at industrial agriculture, and they do it passionately.

September 11th 2006

The Restaurant Guys

Who Are The Restaurant Guys? Every week, Francis Schott and Mark Pascal host the Restaurant Guys, a show that's as informative as it is fun. Francis and Mark own Stage Left Restaurant in the heart of New Brunswick's theatre district, and, along with their expertise in a wide range of fine dining and wine matters, they bring to the table humor and intelligent conversation, perfect for the midday listener. The show includes discussions and interviews with famous chefs, restaurateurs, wine and food writers, critics; and the Guys even give stuff away occasionally.