Talking With Chef Rick Moonen – January 31, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Chef Rick Moonen. To listen to the interview click below.


Chef Rick Moonen has devoted his career to being the country’s top culinary advocate for sustainable seafood.

A native New Yorker, Moonen graduated first in his class from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York in 1978.  He apprenticed at L’Hostellerie Bressane in Hillsdale, New York where he built both his confidence and experience working side by side with Chef Jean Morel.

From there, Moonen assumed the position of saucier at Manhattan’s La Cote Basque.  This experience was followed by two years at Le Cirque working with the legendary Alain Sailhac.  In the ensuing years, Moonen continued his career in New York, becoming executive chef at some of New York’s most iconic restaurants, including Le Relais, Century Café and Chelsea Central before joining Buzzy O’Keefe at The Water Club.

After six years, Moonen left to become executive chef and partner at Oceana where he helped garner the restaurant national recognition and three stars from The New York Times.  His next step was partnering to create Molyvos, a Greek fish house, further demonstrating the range of his culinary skills.  Here he brought Greek cuisine to another level, and Molyvos was the first Greek restaurant to earn three stars from The New York Times.

After five years Moonen decided to develop his own restaurant.  As executive chef and owner of New York City’s rm, Moonen earned critical acclaim and, once again, received three stars from The New York Times.  In 2005, he was drawn to the rapidly developing culinary scene in Las Vegas and closed his doors in New York City to bring his unique flavor and specialties of the seafood world to the West Coast with his  multi-level restaurant Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at Mandalay Bay.



Talking With Steinway Artist David Osborne – January 17, 2013


This week, Ira spoke with Steinway Artist David Osborne. To listen to the interview click below.


Steinway Artist David Osborne, currently performing at the Bellagio Resort and Casino, was born and raised in Miami, Oklahoma.  He knew he wanted to make music his life after hearing the church pianist at the age of four.  Osborne began taking formal piano lessons at the age of five.  After receiving his undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University, he studied classical pipe organ and piano performance, with a minor in French, at Indiana University.  At Pittsburg State University,  he completed a master’s degree in keyboard performance and music composition.

Known as the “Pianist to the Presidents,” Osborne has performed before Presidents Reagan, Clinton, both Bush administrations and President Obama. He is a regular performer for Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter in Plains, Georgia.  Osborne created and organized President Carter’s 75th birthday tribute in 1999. He will be performing a special concert for President Carter’s 89th birthday in October 2013.

Before the Bellagio, Osborne was a fixture at Caesars Palace for 12 years where he performed nightly on the Steinway owned by Frank Sinatra.

Osborne performs concerts worldwide with a trio. His music includes romantic,



Talking With Gordie Brown – January 10, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Gordie Brown . To listen to the interview click below.


Gordie Brown, who is currently headlining at the Golden Nugget, was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. He began working as a political cartoonist for the Ottawa Sunday Herald. After his co-workers entered him in an industry talent competition in which he took first prize, Gordie caught the entertainment bug. Shortly afterward, he pulled together $3,000.00, jumped in his car and headed south for Las Vegas. His goal was to break into the big time and work with fellow Canadians Paul Anka and Rich Little.

The gamble paid off. In less than two years, Gordie Brown was opening for both Anka and Little for more than a year. He went on to work with Jay Leno, Louie Anderson, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Barry Manilow, The Righteous Brothers and Jerry Seinfeld.

Gordie moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career in stand up comedy where he had his national television debut on A & E’s “Evening at the Improv.”  After co-hosting NBC’s “Friday Night Videos,” He  later wrote and sang the theme song for the Emmy award winning animated series “Life with Louie.” Gordie made several appearances on “Hollywood Squares,” and also landed the starring role of “Mr. Jones,” the caretaker of souls who encourages pivotal second chances, on Pax TV’s “Twice in a Lifetime,” a weekly hour-long drama series.