Nelson Starr on Itunes
Christmas Time Is Here

Just a little something that was recorded after the Thanksgiving meal.


Admin 11/30/10 . 02:49:25 pm . News, Music . 2022 views . . Send feedback .
Anthony Bourdain's Medium Raw Challenge

After getting as close as it gets to winning the No Reservation FANatic Contest in 2008, it'd be silly to think that lightning can strike twice - right?

Or can it?

Along comes Anthony Bourdain's Medium Raw Challenge: Essay Contest.

We'll see how it goes, but I did enter by writing an essay that you can read at:

I hope you dig it! If you do...

Please vote and and leave a comment at the site. You can vote once a day! I'd really appreciate thoughtful comments - or even share your experiences and thoughts. Who knows, maybe the tall man himself might weigh in!?

Thank you for your interest and support. And I hope you enjoy my essay, The Mark Inside.

~ Nelson

Admin 08/31/10 . 03:57:14 pm . News . 1965 views . . Send feedback .
Bourdain finds a ‘masterpiece’ in Buffalo

Some early press on the episode of No Reservations with Tony and I in Buffalo.

Bourdain says of Nelson Starr: “Now that James Brown is dead, (Starr) is the hardest working man in show business.”

In the 15-minute Buffalo segment, there is time for a little snowmobiling, to hear Starr perform and for a little fun with Zamir, who serves as comic relief. And in the end, Bourdain gives Buffalo his seal of approval, praising its “nice” and “cool” people.

Read the full article below!

Pergament: Bourdain finds a ‘masterpiece’ in Buffalo

‘No Reservations’about beef on weck
By Alan Pergament
Buffalo News TV Critic
July 23, 2009

The cable TV menu is so varied and so full that there is a good chance most Western New Yorkers never have sat down to watch an episode of the Travel Channel series “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.”

But Bourdain’s acerbic, salty style should get many new local viewers at 10 p. m. Monday when he airs a Rust Belt episode that features his visits to the beleaguered cities of Baltimore, Detroit and Buffalo.

If you’re not a regular, be warned: Parental discretion is advised. And it isn’t entirely Chamber of Commerce material. That’s really part of the fun.

=> Read more!

Admin 07/23/09 . 10:23:51 am . News . 5777 views . . 6 feedbacks .
Food Blog!

My musings about the food scene in Buffalo - and beyond. Blogs & Videos

Admin 07/23/09 . 01:12:09 am . News . 2159 views . . Send feedback .
ARTVOICE: Reporting from Taste of Buffalo, sodden and sated

Watch the video and read the story!

Smoke Gets in His Eyes
by Nelson Starr
(printed in ARTVOICE)

"Welcome to the 26th annual Taste of Buffalo,” or so the line was supposed to read. If only the rain would let us shoot! When you are hired to capture the essence of Western New York and its food scene, you really don’t want clouds, rain, and lightning bolts in the shot.

On Saturday, July 11, 2009 the crew, and the rest of the Buffalo culinary crowd, was engaged in a battle the likes of which Iron Chef Morimoto has never had to contend—a battle with the natural elements (of the meteorological, rather than metallic, kind). I was to be a judge for the Taste of Buffalo. As well, I was to trudge my ever-so-talented film crew around to capture the event: its diverse epicurean delights, the people, and the entire scene in and around Niagara Square. On top of all that, the big mission was to shoot the opening sequence for a flagship food tourism video for the Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau.

If the sky was a harbinger of anything, it was looking as if that mission might need to be aborted.

With cameras in tow, the team marched forward anyway—I had judging to do, after all. Facilitating my endeavor was Denise Drews, who loaned me an umbrella (which we predictably lost) and helped to point my mega-confused self in the right direction. My assignment was to select six (or more if I wanted) restaurants and to taste all their offerings. I then would give them a grade, 1-10. I would also review some wines if I could—and, again, film the whole thing for our network, as well as for Artvoice TV.

Things started out just fine with some excellent ribs and other smoky selections (including excellent smoke-infused red potatoes) at Donnie’s Smokehouse. I’d have to say that ’09 was a great year for barbecue and grilled meats—everything from smoked pulled pork to turkey legs—featuring 10 or more places with smokers on-site. It was a great fit for the festival, considering it’s summer, and grilled and smoked meats are a seasonal must-have! Okay, so maybe it wasn’t the best breakfast but, hey, isn’t that what a rock-and-roll food critic should eat for breakfast? That and a beer and cigarette!

=> Read more!

Admin 07/16/09 . 01:22:29 am . News . 3820 views . . Send feedback .
Tony Bourdain and Me Buffalo! Segment to air in July on Travel Channel

This story was in the Buffalo News earlier today

Bourdain’s Buffalo segment to air in July on Travel Channel

By Alan Pergament

Travel Channel host Anthony Bourdain’s visit to Western New York to sample the culinary delights here now has an air date.
According to the July programming highlights released by the cable network Friday, Buffalo will be included in a July 27 program that also includes stops in Baltimore and Detroit.

Here’s how the network summarizes the episode of Bourdain’s Emmy-nominated series, “No Reservations”: “During the dreary and bleak days of winter, Tony visits Baltimore, Detroit and Buffalo. With his always adventurous sidekick Zamir, Tony samples crab cakes in Baltimore, has a crash-course in Detroit’s pastime, Featherbowling, and meets up with FANatic Nelson Starr to try Buffalo’s signature dish, the beef on weck. Through his travels, Tony learns that these iconic cities have more to offer than just their factories and unique atmospheres. These three cities also hold great people, interesting cultures and amazing food.”

Starr is a local musician who, with filmmaker John Paget, created a three-minute video for a Travel Channel contest in which the prize was a Bourdain visit to the city of the winning entry. Starr was a finalist, which led Bourdain to promise he would eventually come here.

Bourdain, who made good on his promise and reportedly visited Ulrich’s Tavern when he was here, was quoted in January as saying he likes Buffalo.

“Now I see it as a very distinct personality, a very distinct culture with its own architecture, it’s own kinda feel,” he said. “It’s actually a weirdly wonderful place. Even in winter. I think it took me traveling the world to get to that point.”
The fifth season premiere of “No Reservations” is set in Chile and airs at 10 p. m. July 13. The Buffalo episode appears two weeks later.

We'll be organizing a premiere party... details to follow.

JULY 27, set your DVR to record!

Admin 06/22/09 . 01:37:56 pm . News . 2992 views . . Send feedback .