“Stoneface” Opening at The Pasadena Playhouse! DIO! Was THERE!!!

Anna Faris

Anna Faris

 

Prd. Michael Vinton on Tony Night with Tonies

Prd. Michael Vinton on Tony Night with Tonies

Heather McComb to star in next season Episode on DIO!!!

Heather McComb to star in next season Episode on DIO!!!

Our lovely Vanessa Claire Stewart invited us to the gala opening of her lovingly written “Stoneface; The Rise And Fall And Rise Of Buster Keaton” starring the wonderful French Stewart. And we have the pics to prove. (images courtesy of Getty , Earl Gibson III, and LAArtsonline.com )

Acclaimed playwright Vanessa Claire Stewart.

Acclaimed playwright Vanessa Claire Stewart.

Quality time.

Quality time.

Spats

Spats

French & Vanessa

French & Vanessa

As good as I look in this....

As good as I look in this….

Vanessa's Dad wore it better.

Vanessa’s Dad wore it better.

Paige from LAArtsOnline.com

Paige from LAArtsOnline.com

Da Papz, "Hi Paige, Hi Earl"

Da Papz, “Hi Paige, Hi Earl”

Mick and Spats at The Pasadena Playhouse celebrating the opening of "Stoneface"

Mick and Spats at The Pasadena Playhouse celebrating the opening of “Stoneface”

National Shrimp Day!

“Shellfish? No, she’s actually a very giving person.”

eat at Toe's

An old fave; Garlic Shrimp

Not to be confused with National Shrimp Scampi Day which was April 29th, today is National Shrimp Day!! Shriiiiimmmmppp!!! Tiny prawns of joy! The best prelude in a steakhouse experience. We love us some shrimp, in a big way. Every Christmas Aunty Lucy (aka Zia Lucia, Aunty Goosey, Aunty Alibi) would have a bowl of perfect shrimp cocktail out that my sister Carole and I would destroy. Shrimp tails would be in our hair (my mullet was good for something) cocktail napkins and in the sofa cushions. Cocktail sauce on the ceiling, it was a frenzy for two or more. As we got older, and our own jobs, we used to pad the amount of shrimp cocktail to a sickening degree. We would consume so many crustaceans that eating the actual dinner became challenging. This would be bad as Aunty Goosey would think we didn’t like something if we didn’t consume copious amounts. You don’t make an Italian aunt think you don’t like her food, it’s wrong. I am fairly confident that it’s in the Bible.

Karma Lounge LA's Popcorn Shrimp (click thru to site)

Karma Lounge LA’s Popcorn Shrimp (click thru to site)

Americans consume shrimp more than any other seafood, including salmon. Shrimp makes a salad a meal, a bloody mary a party and an allergist a practice. Shellfish is in the top eight food allergans. Shrimp can start a holiday meal and be equally dazzling as a romantic entree over pasta. In most guises shrimp is frequently found in the company of our very good friend, garlic. Shrimp grills, sautes, poaches, roasts and blackens. Shrimp is spicy, shrimp is sweet shrimp is versatile. Shrimp is a fantastic comedic device.

DIO! Producer Michael Vinton’s favorite buzz word is Shrimp. He’ll freely use it as an exclamation, declaration, nickname or adjective. “Shrimmmmp!!” “That’s shrimptastic…” “Hey Shrimp (anyone) I’ll need you on set by 9 am.” He freely poaches any kind of shrimp derivative to make conversation catchy (of the day).

Shriiimmmp

Producer producing hysteria

Some would say crazy, others might say genius. He will say, “Shrimp”. The source of his addiction has been traced to a classic “Golden Girls” episode. As with all masterpieces, “Golden Girls” needs to be studied to enjoy the layers and layers of comedic brilliance. This particular episode involves a dwarf, the Girls and a dinner party. Comedy ensues here.

Happy National Shrimp Day!! Go get a pound or two of some nice size nibblet, toss with our DCS! (Dish! Creole Seasoning) and sautee up in some butter/oil. Remember that shrimp don’t take long to prepare, or devour. Shrrriiiiimmmmmmmppppp!!!

DCS

(Dish It Out! Creole Seasoning)

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teasoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage

1/2 teaspoon fennel seed

1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

3/4 teaspoon white pepper

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon kosher salt

 

 

The JBCBCB!!! Happy St. Patrick’s Weekend!!!

“Corned Beef & Cabbage, makes an Irishman savage” – Mama Spats

Our mascot/accountant Ralph the Rubber Rat always on point

Our mascot/accountant Ralph the Rubber Rat always on point

Every year it would be the same, Ma chopping potatoes and carrots and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day Dinner. The heady smell of the boiling beef would fill the house, spilling outside down the back stairs. Dishes of mustard on both ends of the kitchen table. Come Hell, high water or Lent, there was an amazing one pot-dinner in praise of the green. It was a tasty little oasis as winter in New England would grind to a close. Every year this dinner popped up near the Ides, near St. Pats. It also coincided close to our Uncle Jimmy’s Birthday on the 14th.

Uncle Jim was a Murphy and as Irish as they come. On a pilgrimage to Caherciveen, near County Cork Uncle Jim traced the Murphy roots back generations. In the old family homestead the genealogy was listed on a wall. To which he added the New England branch of Murphys including the Spatafora name. This makes me Irish-adjacent to speak Angeleno to you all. Not the annual eating of the brisket or wearing o’ the Green, but absolutely sharing the spirit of family and roots makes St. Patrick’s Day special for us.

This heralds the introduction of our holiday classic “The JBCBCB”. It’s inspiration, Jon, is a family to us. He’s part of the Network of Informants and Thieves that we mention every so often Jon tinkered with the recipe and passed the ball to us where we gave it our spin. Jon has a voice like thunder and a smile a mile wide. He’s a great man to know, especially in a bar fight. If you  don’t like Jon B, you don’t like brisket. That sounds better than it reads. We love you Jon.

Enjoy your holiday, enjoy our recipe and the laughs that cross contaminate a good time. It’s what it’s all about right? Good times, family (chosen and biological) and good food. Come hungry!!

 

Grace.

Where we’ve been and where we’re going is a matter of Grace. We’ve had amazing meals and events for which we are extremely grateful. We are looking to the future with great friends and loyal family, Thank-you to All!!!  Hopefully our next season will be filled with brioche, ganache and the panache we relished last year. Dish It Out! experienced such great reception, we count ourselves blessed in its creation. People came hungry and are ready for seconds.

It should also make mention that both halves of the creative team mounted their weddings Season One’s inception, gracefully. Director Christopher Gregson and the lovely Operations Manager (muse) Marie Pettit

The newly minted Gregsons!

The newly minted Gregsons!

tied the knot in the great state of Texas among family and friends. Chris’s guiding eye has made DIO! a treat to the eye as well to the tummy. And the poor many has to hear Tony’s damn laugh ad nauseam in post production. Marie wears many hats in the studio, all of them in grande style. You also know Marie from her juggling garlic in Episode 5. Planning weddings long distance can be trying from the logistical stance, planning a wedding period is trying. The happy couple showed amazing verve on their first to day to taste a better life. Gracefully their exeunt flourish from the church was to the coronation music played at the end of first ‘Star Wars’ movie. Their humor resulted in a fantastic day of joy (Chosen) and jam sessions.

Producer Michael Vinton and Tony Spatafora gained a hyphen in the Blue state of Connecticut. Michael keeps all the visiting talent craftily entertained (Red Vines and Pellegrino) and the crew on schedule. Tony keeps getting in the way of the camera, for better or for worse. They married out doors by the CT River. The autumnal beauty behind them. Also not far behind them was a massive down pour driving guest to flee for shelter under tarps, gazebos and suit jackets. The happy grooms and invited loved ones accepted the blessing from above gracefully, and laughed all the way to the “I do’s”.

Rain plan? Oh, that's what we forgot.

Rain plan? Oh, that’s what we forgot.

It’s pretty terrific to be able to do what you love, with people you love. It’s a blessing really. And for this especially we say thanks. We are coming back to you full force in Season Two. Guests, Goblets and Elves will be filling your monitors as lustful as an episode of  ‘Game Of Thrones’.  Okay, maybe not that lustful, we’ve dumbed down the inbreeding, and still cook on natural gas. DIO! has been on a great journey, mostly tasteful. We’ve married, we’ve tarried. We’ve tried, and fried and plied. We’ve catered, belabored. and tailored many wonderful food events that we’re gonna share with you, oh are there some great stories to share. Sound good? Well than pull up a chair we saved you a spot for you and your friend. Glad to see you, we hope you came hungry…..

Grace. I said it.

Happy Happy, and nice nice.

If you haven’t already, we are so likeable on FB https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dish-It-Out-With-Tony-Spatafora/136142373142982?fref=ts

, and followable on Twitter, @GetDish

Our lives are open, so burn up those lines like a Baked Alaska……..operators are standing by.

DIO! Creative Team on The Sheena Metal Experience Tomorrow !!!

That’s right one and all, night listeners, informants and thieves DIO!  will rock the airwaves tomorrow 6pm PST!  Director Chris Gregson, Assistant/Script Supervisor Marie Pettit, and yours truly The Spatman are invited guests to the Sheena Metal Experience on LATalkRadio.com. In accordance with the prophecy, I mean, we’re very excited to welcome the arrival of Episode 6 “Chili’n With Sheena Metal”. The nice folks at LA Talk Radio hope you all will tune in for a fun hour of frolic, fennel and filming. Topics will run the gamut from Gregsonfilms to granola, petit filet to Pettit’s filly. Call hungry and Dish with us. You know you want to.

The Sheena Metal Experience

The Sheena Metal Experience

on the air, with some flair.

Tuesday 2/28

6pm PST LA Talk Radio

818-602-4929 

 

 

Unfortunately Producer Michael Vinton will be out on assignment and unable to lend his talents to tomorrow’s interview. And by assignment I mean, waxing nostalgic. And by nostalgic I mean his eyebrows. He’s busy, leave it as that.

Some Pic’s from the Episode 6 shoot;

as fun to guest as it is to host with Sheena!

Marie checking on the new 'baby' in the family

 

despot tyrant and crank, Chris

New camera, Happy director.

Rabbit, rabbit.

Now that has your attention, doesn’t it? A cooking blog raising your hare with a suspicious title. Can you say ‘pandering’? Can you say ‘pandemonium’? Can you spell hors d’oeuvres? Well if you can see and spell, I’m sure your power of speech is not far behind. So bring those lips over here and catch this little superstition, waking up on the first day of the month makes you say “Rabbit, Rabbit” to bring you good luck.

say it say it

a recipe for luck

I’ve long since done it. I’ve blogged on it. I’ve written on walls of hallowed halls. Not hallowed really, just a sawdust on the floor kind of place in Bermuda, but I digress. It’s an old New England superstition with tenets in Britain, I know that’s a shocker. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit_rabbit) Today I awoke and spoke the famous incantation with a croaking chest cold kind of voice. It was more “ribbit ribbit”, pun’s intended. . I later found out the producer of our show, Michael Vinton wasn’t much better. He had croaked out a “Monkey monkey, rabbit rabbit”, he confuses my blarney and blessings all the time. Heck, I do that myself as well. I wish you all luck for the month and the year to come and Happy Chinese New Year as well. The year of the Dragon will bring courage and blessings!

Exciting news around DIO. Our next episode, “Chillin’ With Sheena Metal”  is due to be up any day now. You’ll be able to read more of her in an upcoming post describing the filming and the history behind the great Salmon Chili recipe. With four more episodes to shoot in the season we’re very excited at the attention everyone has been giving the show. THANK YOU for all the kind words and great comments that everyone leaves here, on Facebook, Twitter and on the YouTube channel. It’s pretty damn great to read what recipes people have made and how they’ll come hungry next time. Remember “You Can Do This!” when making our food. Our stuff is easy, usually good for you and tasty tasty. Stuff yourself, please.

More good news, our show can be found on IMDB, we’re too legit too quit. Our little series is in the same company of Julia Childs, Ina Garten and Charo. I say this with love, I love me some Charo. ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2180911/) This is the go-to data base for all tv/film related searches. It’s a pretty great thing, THANKS to our producers and relentless talent involved in every aspect of making DIO.

So with a mouthful of chicken soup to clean out this chest cold, and love in my heart, I say Rabbit Rabbit to you for your new month and look forward to making you smile, inside and out with our little show here.

Episode 1; Squash In Time

Well here we go! The first of our webseries, DISH IT OUT!!! As I’m learning my way around WordPress I hope you’ll be patient. Uploading videos and I are still in negotiations on who’s the boss. Who’s the boss? Well Tony, Dancer. Hold me closer Tony Danza. I digress. We appreciate all the hard work and support we’ve been getting along the way and want to especially thank DP Chris Gregson and Assistant Marie Petit. These two playmates of ours make work so easy and collaborating, oxygen. Chris’ direction has brought this project to Life and his mad camera skills make me look godlike. Marie brilliantly juggles tasks as some of those tasks is Juggling. Thank you,  Producer Michael Vinton without whom all those test recipes would be for the birds. Or the neighbors. Or my neighbors The Byrds. Oh, and thank you voices in my head, for occupying my attention for so many fun years!!

So cop a squat, pour some wine, tune in and get some DISH IT OUT! Come  hungry we are full of ourselves and very excited to share it with y’all.