guru's take on little ol' bc Restaurant
- Post 16 November 2013
High - Crank it up man!
- Post 26 October 2013
High - crank it up man!
by Ellen Leahy, your host at bc
Have I somehow missed something? What's with all my dear home cooks using the temperature controls on your grills? I have witnessed this time and time again. Swing that dial to the Right - (AKA HIGH) and let it really heat up before you commence with the grilling. And, keep it there! Move the product not the dial.
I can't think of a professional kitchen that doesn't have a grill cranked on high - full steam ahead - at all times. Of course, one learns each grill's hot spot, and items are moved about. But to run a grill on medium or low or anything other than HIGH is NEVER done.
Guess which of these three people is our chef!?
Maybe the new fangled chefs are all girlie with their grills, but I hope not!
Ovens are also most often cranked up on HIGH on the firing line. These may be used at varying temperatures during pre-line preparation. You know, like when we are roasting a Prime Rib or baking a cake or a batch of cremes. But when it comes time for service - everything is on HIGH! Except, of course, us!
Shake up high, too! Barman James Hall Shakin' it up high ... by yoni diamond
Answer to pop quiz = b. Wayne, the dude with the beard, who looks like he knows how to handle fire, which he absolutely does!``
Tales of the Unexpected at bc
- Post 19 October 2013
Etching by Elizabeth Andrews.
Tales of the Unexpected
By Ellen Leahy - inspired by Elizabeth AndrewsOne late summer on the coast of Massachusetts, my family was remodeling our 200ish year old sea captains house. Our neighbors who spent early summer in Snug Harbor, Duxbury offered their cottage to my parents while our kitchen was under construction. Who does that?
That's the addition we built on the back of our half-house.
We had actually hooked up our white woody country squire station wagon to a back section of our house and pulled it down. That area happened to include my bedroom, so I was moved over to the back house.
This is an earlier model Country Squire than the one we hooked up to the back of the house, but you get the picture!
Moths like mine!I'm telling you this to explain how I ended up with a flock of moths as pets. You see, my temporary bedroom was lacking screens and I, being a bit of a fraidy cat, liked to sleep with the light on. Even though I had seen "Mothra," I was in no way afraid of these winged creatures that flew in and danced around the floor lamp that was standing near the window in my room.
Here is Mothra and Godzilla!
As a matter of fact, I was a bit of an accomplice as it was their natural predators that kept me on my toes - the spider. I could really feel the moths fright when it came to those eight legged web-dwellers. Okay, I know Charlotte was a good spider, but no matter how many times my mother read me that one E. B. White book, I still to this day am slightly nervous around spiders. I just don't trust them. Consider that their skill set includes trapping and disarming their prey, then wrapping them up to wait to be some future meal.
Nice talk for a restauranteur - right?
I guess Spiders have faces, too!
I am telling you this because October's featured artist, Elizabeth Andrews, is a kindred spirit (of mine, not Charlotte). As a matter of fact she has done a whole series on etchings on Moths called Moth-ers. Which is also the title of people study moths! Actually, in her study of these winged creatures, she has noticed that each moth has a different face. This detail is reflected in her series.Andrews doesn't stop there, she has created a body of work that hosts many fanciful figures both real and mythical. As our in house curator, Steve Nyland said, "Elizabeth has her own little world going on down there I was really charmed by it."
I hope you can take a little bit of your precious time to stop in this Friday October 18 between 5 and 6:30 to see Elizabeth's work for yourself. We will be offering refreshments and I am certain you will be charmed, as well!
For more on the artist: http://elizabethandrewsstudio.com/bio.htm
For more thinking on spiders and moths: http://everymagicalday.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/animal-connections-spider-and-moths/
Making Music in Syracuse – the Sinatra connection
- Post 19 October 2013
By Ellen Leahy, your host at bc
Did you know there is a national music magazine located in Syracuse? “Making Music!” The headquarters are upstairs above our restaurant right here on Fayette Street in Armory Square.
The reason I am writing to tell you this is that one night the editor in chief, Antoinette Follett, and several contributors were in for dinner at table #11 (that's a power table FYI). I was introduced to Bob Popyk, a prolific writer/author/columnist.
We started to discuss show business people and someone mentioned Vincent Falcone, Frank Sinatra's bandleader who was from Syracuse.
Let me back up:
I thought I was a bit of a Sinatra savant. I admit it is emotional, connected to my “Mad Men” childhood on the Jersey Shore. A childhood that often involved the local police showing up at our house to ask my dad to turn down his RCA stereo. A stucco house that happened to be wired for sound throughout its entire four stories. I believe it was the speakers out on the back rather large screened in porch that were the real culprit. But, seriously, if you were even a tiny bit romantic and from Jersey, Sinatra was part of one's soundtrack in the 1960s. The Chairman of the Board was way before the boss. That's one of Jersey's other musicians - who was more of a poet - Springstein from Asbury Park.
Born in the USA
Springstein was at one time hailed as a new Bob Dylan
So, I couldn't believe I hadn't heard of Sinatra's Syracuse connection! Is this common knowledge? I thought I would write and ask. Heck, I've lived in CNY since the 1970s. I was even at the tour Sinatra did in the 1980s with Wayne Newton. By the way, Newton was sporting the biggest belt buckle I'd ever seen. That was one unforgettable buckle! Gigantic!
Well, whether Sinatra's Syracuse connection is or isn't common knowledge, Popyk graciously gifted me with a copy of a book he wrote with Vincent “Vinnie” Falcone about Falcone's career in music. It is titled, “Frankly, Just Between Us: My Life Conducting Frank Sinatra's Music.”
“I loved the book!” And, would seriously recommend it to anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in the music industry. It was a great read and well written. And, most importantly, not sensational at all, which is refreshing in this day and age.
So, I'd love to know. Am I really the last one to hear about Sinatra's bandleader being from the 'Cuse? By the way, he wasn't only his conductor, but also a very fine pianist – who once worked at at the legendary Clark Music Store! http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2012/08/clark_music_in_syracuse_since.html.
Falcone has performed with a host of show bizgreats.
Every Friday we host live music at bc - check out our website for a schedule of players: http://www.bcrestaurant.com/happenings.
Experience "The SHAKES" at bc this Saturday Sept. 21, 2013
- Post 17 September 2013
The day after Anna Vogel's Third Friday Night Gig this week - there is a once a year experience here at bc. It's "The SHAKES" reunion at bc this Saturday Sept. 21 at 8 p.m.
A band so underground, we don't even have a picture!
You’ve got to see and hear “The SHAKES” for yourselves, as this is one indescribable band! And, they are literally un-google-able, too!
It has been said that “The SHAKES” defy comparison to any other singing / instrumental group in the history of show business. That's right folks, the whole history of show business including Henny Youngman, Bono, Bette Midler, Conan O'Brien, court jesters and Hannah Montanna!
Some say it is because of the way they get into the heart and spirit of a song. Actually, this is a band that often interprets material from the inside out. “The SHAKES,” who knew?
A bit of “The SHAKES” history:
It's a 30-year time-spanning band of five guys originally from Syracuse, New York and now back in Syracuse. Go figure? This band is known for the absolute spontaneity in showmanship … sometimes even at the risk of, “dare we say,” technique.
Nonetheless, when “The SHAKES” play, it’s with wild abandon and utter enthusiasm … and the way in which they give themselves over to a song, makes the outcome so personal it’s almost embarrassing. For them, not for you!
“The SHAKES” will play and sing almost anything, from combative roots-rock ‘n’ roll to spiritual ballads. In each song-style their magnetism is clearly inescapable. The electrifying elements that pull and hold audiences was witnessed by one fan who wrote, “We play your demo over and over until the record player gets too hot. Then take it over to a neighbor’s house, and guess what? Yep… we go and play it some more.”
“The SHAKES” are Dennis B. Friscia singing and playing rhythm electric, B ‘The Elf’ Elfenbein on lead guitar and vocals, Dave B Goldman on guitar, bass and vocals, Henry B Jankiewicz on bass and violin, and the exploding drummer is simply known as B. Not a word, as in "Cher" or "Prince", but just one simple consonant, "B".
“The SHAKES” reputation not only precedes but also follows them with clubs, spades, diamonds and lady hearts down the dark narrow annals of local rock ’n’ rolling legend.
There's more folks!
When “The SHAKES” are on, the dance floor often bends in a maddening pre-volcanic pulse. The hand that once rocked the cradle continues to shake and shimmy now to the all-ages population in spite of all support groups and more aggressive meds now available on the market; demonstrating time and again that incurable magic is indeed, impossible to cure, hence the moniker, incurable. What the heck does that mean? - Not sure, Maybe it's “The SHAKES!”
Do you hear what I hear? “Holy moly.….it’s…...'The SHAKES!'”
Experience “The SHAKES” for yourself at bc this Saturday Sept. 21 starting at 8 p.m.
After all this, we are not quite sure what to expect - but are just adventurous enough to give it a whirl. Hope you can make it!
Melissa isn't in "The SHAKES," but she's our friend and we had her picture available!