Joe Bartolotta, DC, Schwartz discussed on Jim Bohannon
Wisconsin nine hundred forty nine degrees on our way to a very very nice green day in Wisconsin. Seems like we've tapped into the good weather now, we're we're the snow's gone. We're getting some sunshine flowers are blooming. My daffodils are almost up speaking of flowering duties to my left any Schwartz. How are you? I'm good little a little thing in my in my throat, but you know, what you were kind enough. I think I think that our think you're you're listening to know this that you prepared me, a simply lovely charging CHAI tea. Do this morning is also lovely that. I made myself. To I I don't don't don't take away. So it's a couple of people have conversation. Enjoying a couple of nights. Chai? Teas absolutely at Jordan's twenty fifth birthday minutes. Something twenty-five member what you were doing when you're at twenty five where do we want to talk about good memories? Yeah. I was living in Washington DC. Very nice. Oh my gosh. What are you doing in DC? It was I was working for a newsletter called the for the council on hemispheric affairs, speak Spanish and English the same. So I went there, and I worked up work for that newsletter. That was so we're talking about nine hundred eighty five and that was when there was the first real sweeping immigration law that was coming through through the legislature. It was the Simpson was only Bill, and it's when they first introduced the H two guest worker program and all those kinds of issues and I- Washington DC when you are what's the first place you've been out of since college. I was living there it was. It was the dream. It was the Reagan administration. So everything was very if you went to a party, it was very fancy, and it was all over the top. And I'm trying to tell people what DC's like if you've never been there. The the the grandeur of the buildings just on their own just the size of the billions a lot of stone personally have the mall, which is kind of the centerpiece. Right. And framed by the White House to the north and east the capitol building to the west the Lincoln Memorial it. It is amazing. What it looks like and feels like, and it's not a cheap place to live. And I don't know if that's the reason you left us leasing I love San Francisco around the same time because it was just so expensive to live in these big cities. No, I left to actually move to New York to take a take another job. But I love DC then, but it has nothing like the DC now. So when I went back, I think I had been going for twenty years or something. And then when I finally went back after that long time, I didn't even recognize it. I mean, some I asked a friend. I said what are we going to go in and have? Dinner. She said, obviously, great places over on fourteenth street, and I said really near the product is that what they go. And she said, oh, Anna, she said, this is you have really been away a long time. She said fourteenth street is is like, you know, Times Square post Disney. Now, it is. It's just great restaurants, and very vibrant. And you mentioned restaurants there. We gotta talk about Joe Bartolotta. I knew a little bit just from going to restaurants, which were amazing and got get about twentieth. If you count them an animal up. I'm sure that you've met him on occasion, probably aided his restaurants. Your your thoughts about. Far too young sixty years old. I knew him. Well, his sister is the one who introduced Mark. And I and and he always loved that story. My memory of Joe Bartolotta is not a food memory though. It's a memory of there was a very unflattering article that came out with me once upon a time, I know tough to believe what the Google, I'm please, don't I beg you make it. So right now here, all right? But I I was I was in Barras in, you know, and I met a friend out that night Frederick at Bacchus, and we were sitting at the bar, and Joe came over to me, and he said, just the, you know, because you know, when this happens to you, you think the whole world talking about it, so busy with their own stuff, honest to God, they really don't care about you. But I thought, you know, everybody everybody was kind of giving you decide I and Joe said, you know, any he said. No one and nothing is ever what it seems to be. And he said, and then we shared a very personal conversation about something. And it was it was a moment for me. I'll never never forget it. I've I've seen him through the years certainly knew no, Jennifer, it's a it's a loss. It's a it's a real loss for for this community, not just in a culinary sense. Look how much I was very involved Carolina. The charity that he started. I believe as an offshoot of the of the restaurant business has done so much. I remember once I wish I wanted. I called up a Jennifer Jo, and I said, I'm kinda down coming get together for coffee, and she said great, I'll pick you up. I so she picked me up and took me to St. Marcus school where they were feeding. They were making food before people that didn't have enough enough to eat. And she said, and he said the same thing. This is what you do when you're all into yourself and your feeling and your feeling down you go and you do for someone else. That's that's the essence of Joe Bartolotta. So he will be missed. And of course, has restaurants will go on and his legacy you go on because of what you just said, he he's one of those people that understood it was more than just about yourself is about the community as well. So we both mourned the passing of Joe Bartolotta just an icon in Milwaukee and Schwartz joining in studio after the break, speaking of young people twenty four years old. I think he's worth about four hundred eighty eight million dollars or something like that. Now that Georgy that's not have been nicer Jordan's got about four hundred eighty eight dollars. We'll tell you that story after the.