Yesterday I had the privilege of appearing on the radio program, On the Menu…. Live hosted by the charming and funny Matt Russell. The show was held at Jonathan’s Cork and co-hosted by chef Alan Zeman. Both choices were quite appropriate in light of the situation.
This isn’t my first time on the show but sadly it may be my last because the radio station that the show is on was bought out and the format is changing.
Matt is working on finding a new home and I along with the rest of the Tucson culinary community is hoping that happens soon. Not having Matt on the radio leaves a huge gap in Tucson.
For almost a decade, Matt has brought together the chefs, mixologists, food purveyors, food writers and a full menu of people who make a difference in Tucson hospitality.
His passion is clear. He loves food and drink and he loves to talk and write about all the wonders of Tucson’s dining scene. He and the show have promoted the food, restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries, events and people in town. He gets excited about a new cocktail. He waxes poetic about a new dish or new restaurant. He’s done wonders for people’s careers, mine included. He’s been the emcee at all sorts of food related events. In a word, he’s a gem.
People love him, not just because he’s so good at promoting Tucson’s dining options, but because he is sincere in his work. Filling an hour on the radio is harder than it looks (believe me I hosted the show once and it was fun but challenging) yet Matt handles each show with ease and enthusiasm.
For my part, he made a difference in people learning about my work. He introduced me to so many great people and we shared so many great meals together on the air and off. I know he’s done the same for others.
Matt will continue his column On the Menu in Inside Tucson Business
and no doubt will be hosting numerous culinary events around the city. He’ll continue his work with his company, Russell Communications.
And if we’re lucky we’ll soon be listening to the charming style of Tucson’s treasure, Mr. Matt Russell.