SULLY – Your Private VIP Invite- CT Screening starring TOM HANKS

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BATV MOVIE INVITE

DEAR FRIENDS YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO THE BATV PREMIERE ADVANCE SCREENING OF SULLY – STARRING TOM HANKS AND DIRECTED BY CLINT EASTWOOD!!!

For your chance to download passes to the advance screening of SULLY on Tuesday, September 6 at 7pm at Cinepolis West Hartford click here: http://www.wbtickets.com/wCLor14417

Seating is first come, first served and not guaranteed so please arrive early!

 

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SULLY
In theatres and IMAX on September 9
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjKEXxO2KNE

(Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures)

Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer: Screenplay by Todd Komarnicki
Based on the book Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters,
by Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger
Producers: Clint Eastwood, Frank Marshall, Allyn Stewart, Tim Moore
Executive Producers: Kipp Nelson

Cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

Drama. On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

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Three Bloomfield Teens Summer at Hartford Stage

 

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THEATER: HARTFORD STAGE
BREAKDANCING SHAKESPEARE 10- Romeo and Juliet

Three Bloomfield Teens Summer at Hartford Stage
Summers were made for kids. When I was a child, all I ever looked forward too was dog-lazy days of my summer vacation and time away from school. I recall those days either spent at Ocean Beach Park in New London, CT., Bloomfield’s town recreation program making leather Keychains, or just languishing away in front of the Zenith TV as we very slowly awaited September and our return back to academia and its usual awaiting theme “What did you do this Summer”? For a trio of youths, from the beautiful hamlet of Bloomfield, Connecticut, this “Summer of ’16” will be one that they will truly remember. For Tamara Graham, for Jahleah Harris, for Asaundra Linette Hill- for these 3 girls – it will not be about the Summer Rio Olympics, nor presidential conventions, or even trips to the shore, but a summer remembered for when this trio of Bloomfield “ambassadors” took the center stage of the Hartford Stage, in an all teen production of “Romeo and Juliet”, and changed the world and themselves forever.

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Howard Steven Frydman, with Asaundra Linette Hill, Tamara Graham and Jahleah Harris.

From the get go- let me state this is not a review but a statement on hard work, achievement, and admirable commendation to an organization, “The Hartford Stage”, for offering such a rewarding introductory career path for young folks in theater. In fact for the past ten years “Hartford Stage Young Company”, in conjunction with the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s Neighborhood Studios, has put forth this creative 6 week summer “Breakdancing Shakespeare” program for area teenagers between 14-18, with its key concept – to stomp out acts of violence and replace it with dance- in this case breakdancing- what a novel idea! Speaking of novels, besides students learning dance techniques, acting, memorizing lines, and movement, they have all-day workshops with master teaching artists, including a career-building curriculum that teaches resume writing, financial literacy, interviewing, multimedia communication, teamwork, civic responsibility plus they also receive an intro to the “Bard” himself- William Shakespeare!

The cast of Breakdancing Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet photo credit : DEFINING STUDIOS.

The cast of Breakdancing Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet photo credit : DEFINING STUDIOS.

It fact it was just last year that the Hartford Stage presented “Kiss Me Kate” and we heard Cole Porter’s paean to the ‘”Sweet Swan of Avon” – (England not Connecticut) – “Brush up your Shakespeare, Start quoting him now, Brush up your Shakespeare, and the “folks” you will wow!!

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Who knew Porter was psychic. For those of you “fresh” to The Hartford Stage’s hip-hop take on “Romeo and Juliet” – here’s the “beef” – think a cross between – “West Side Story”, “Flash Dance” and ” Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo” and there you have it -“Breakdancing Shakespeare” – Gangs at conflict, be it the “Jets vs Sharks” or as presented, the breakdancing feuding “Montagues vs Capulets”. Stuck in the middle- our two star crossed young folks in love, “Romeo” (Jerry Hamilton) and “Juliet” (Jahleah Harris) and how their “young love” will cause tragic results for everyone involved.

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Howard Steven Frydman, with Asaundra Linette Hill, Tamara Graham and Jahleah Harris.

I am literally transfixed by these young folks, not only with their breakdancing skills but delivering flawless Shakespearean soliloquies – from Romeo’s “What light through yonder window breaks?” to Juliet’s “What’s in a name?” We and a beaming wide-eyed audience are impressed by the “good work” being done here and it translates to what is projected on stage. Please forgive me these observations – Asaundra Linette Hill who portrays Juliet’s Nurse, has an innate comedic timing whenever she is on stage- you can see she loves performing- and all eyes are on her whenever she appears. Both Jahleah Harris as our “Juliet” and Tamara Graham’s  portrayal of “Lady Capulet” offered compelling solid -stellar performances. I freely admit when all three of our Bloomfield student “ambassadors” appeared on stage together I definitely beamed with pride, both as a town resident and as a member of Bloomfield’s Board of Education, noting that these three young ladies are excellent examples of how all our students are successfully achieving academically in our schools and are well prepared to seek out fame and fortune wherever life will take them.

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I have such admiration for all these young adults, think about it- in just six weeks Director Nina Pinchin and Choreographer Brandon Couloute has taken “theater newbies” and turned them into rising stars. These young folks are standing on the same “Holy of Holies” stage as the likes of Hal Holbrook, Elaine Stritch, Kevin Bacon, Olympia Dukakis, Chita Rivera, Ben Vereen, Anastasia Barzee, Johanna Morisson, and Natalie Brown – Well let me tell you, besides Jahleah Harris (Juliet) 16, Asaundra Linette Hill (Nurse) 17 and Tamara Graham (Lady Capulet/Apothecary) 15 who all attend Bloomfield High School, they are joined on stage by cast-mates, Jerry Hamilton (Romeo), Isaiah Artis, Jarriel DeJesus, Jashaun Ford-Ryals, Marquise Hardwick, Marcus Infantas, Mu Kue, Geo Mantilla, Cristina Menendez, Saige Rago, Lili St. Amand and Emma Webb- these young folks are indeed “wowing” as Cole Porter decreed – a grateful cheering “full-house” audience of all ages!!

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Tamara Graham in Romeo and Juliet

When asked what the “Breakdancing Shakespeare” summer program has meant to her, “Juliet”, Jahleah Harris, who participates on the BHS track team and is an all-state champion for the long-jump and 4×400, excitedly extolled, “I loved this program, – it really opened my eyes to what else is out there for me. For the last several years besides my school work, I have lived track morning, noon and night – but now I have choices than just track that I can pursue including a career in acting and it all started here at the Hartford Stage”. Bravo all!

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Asaundra Linette Hill in Romeo and Juliet

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Jahleah Harris in Romeo and Juliet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more about Breakdancing Shakespeare, visit http://www.hartfordstage.org/education/bds. To learn more about Neighborhood Studios, visit https://letsgoarts.org/NeighborhoodStudios.

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at Howardbatv@aol.com.
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BATV VIP Premiere CT Screening of MECHANIC: RESURRECTION

BATV VIP SCREENING

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For your chance to download passes to the advance BATV screening of

MECHANIC: RESURRECTION

on Wednesday, August 24 at 7pm at Bow Tie Palace in Hartford

click here: http://www.lionsgatescreenings.com/nGJZq47223

Please note that seating is first come, first served and not guaranteed so arrive early!

MECHANIC: RESURRECTION
In theaters August 26
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF903RaKLvs

 

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Official Site: http://www.mechanic.movie/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMechanic/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheMechanic
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/Mechanic
Hashtags: #MechanicResurrection

Genre: Action
Rating: R for violence throughout and language

U.S. Release Date: August 26, 2016
Running Time: 98 minutes

Cast: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, and Michelle Yeoh

Directed by: Dennis Gansel
Screenplay by: Philip Shelby and Tony Mosher
Story by: Philip Shelby
Based on Characters Created by: Lewis John Carlino
Produced by: John Thompson and Robert Earl, David Winkler, William Chartoff

SYNOPSIS
Arthur Bishop [Jason Statham] returns as the Mechanic in the sequel to the 2011 action thriller. When the deceitful actions of a cunning but beautiful woman [Jessica Alba] force him to return to the life he left behind, Bishop’s life is once again in danger as he has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world.

Summit Premiere and Millennium Films present a Chartoff Winkler production and Millennium Films production.

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Bloomfield Village Pizza- Pizza, Pasta and much more!!

 

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Friends- I just had an absolutely outstanding dining experience in my own hometown-the beautiful hamlet of Bloomfield, Connecticut!! The restaurant- Bloomfield Village Pizza at 34 Tunxis Avenue!!! Owner and Executive Chef Maria Rosu Livanis is crafting amazing culinary delights in her kitchen- let me tell you!

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Maria Rosu Livanis, Executive Chef and owner of Bloomfield Village Pizza.

Bloomfield Village Pizza is much more than just pizza- and I do enjoy their always fresh from the oven Pizza Pies- I always gravitate toward my usual large cheese pizza.
But tonight was different- and Maria, went all out with some wonderful suggestions and offerings from their incredible menu.

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Pre-Dinner consisted of fresh summer salad with my favs Greek Olives and sautéed yellow peppers and then it happened- I truly believe Maria must have been reading my mind- she brought forth a “Howard Favorite” – lightly battered “Whole Belly Clams”- out of this world scrumptious!! Turn your head and I made those clams disappear into my awaiting tastebuds!

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My main course- Chicken Parmigiana with a side of hot, steaming pasta topped with home made meat sauce- I love when my food comes to the table still streaming with a bit of steam – don’t you?? The Parm- moist and delectable!

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Maria also prepared me one of her own secret recipes- Greek-style Baked Scrod- fresh, light and so tasty!!

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Thank you so much Maria and Bloomfield Village Pizza!! You will be hearing more about this incredible dining destination in a future “Howard Food Review Article” – think of these remarks as your appetizer!! Enjoy!!

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BATV Advance Screening of WAR DOGS – premiere invite

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BATV SUMMER OF MOVIES PREMIERES ’16

Hey you Guys! And Gals too!!!

WAR DOGS

For your chance to download passes to the BATV special advance screening of WAR DOGS on Monday, August 15 at 7pm at Bow Tie Palace in Hartford, click here:

http://www.wbtickets.com/FCEDB53172

Remember seating is first come, first served and not guaranteed so arrive early!

WAR DOGS
In theaters on August 19
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rwh9c_E3dJk

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Director: Todd Phillips
Writer: Screenplay by Stephen Chin and Todd Phillips & Jason Smilovic
Based on the Rolling Stone article “Arms and the Dudes” by Guy Lawson
Producers: Mark Gordon, Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper
Executive Producers: David Siegel, Bryan Zuriff

Cast: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas and Bradley Cooper

Comedic Drama [based on true events]. Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a $300 million deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.

This film has been rated R for language throughout, drug use and some sexual references.

wardogsthemovie.com

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Theater Review: I say Hello Hello to “Bye Bye Birdie” at Goodspeed

Theatre Review- Bye Bye Birdie

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In the summer of ’67, Songwriter Paul McCartney wrote these lyrics – “You say goodbye and I say hello-Hello Hello- I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello”. During this current Summer of ’16 I wholeheartedly invite you dear readers to say “Hello”- hello hello to The Goodspeed, Connecticut’s premier musical theater, and their absolutely inspired production of ‘the 60’s Tony Award Winning hit – “Bye Bye Birdie”! Yes- Say hello to an unforgettable outing of high kicking poodle skirted dancers, blue suede shoe wearing singers and a host of charismatic, gyra-matic, hydromatic actors, why its “greased lightnin” (ahem) – it’s “Bye Bye Birdie”- and its a “Blast”!!

Did they really get pinned?” The cast of Goodspeed Musicals’ Bye Bye Birdie, now playing at The Goodspeed through September 8. Photo Credit © Photo by Diane Sobolewski

Did they really get pinned?” The cast of Goodspeed Musicals’ Bye Bye Birdie, now playing at The Goodspeed through September 8. Photo Credit © Photo by Diane Sobolewski

From the get go let me state- this production is NOT based on the 1963 “forgettable” movie version starring Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh and centered on showcasing the many “talents” of rising star Ann-Margaret. There is no pill popping turtles, no Russian ballet, nor does it include TV Legend Ed Sullivan- well in voice only! This is “Bye Bye Birdie” the 1960 “far out fab” Broadway musical version which also starred Dick Van Dyke and Chita Rivera and in this present guise- showcases the many talents of rising star Janet Dacal- (she’s absolutely wonderful!) and does include the song “Bye Bye Birdie” written for the ’63 film- got all that? Good!!

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For all you “Bye Bye Birdie” newbies- the whale of the tale goes like this – the musical set in ’58 and originally titled “Let’s Go Steady” gets its “McGuffin” from the time when “The King of Rock and Roll- Elvis “The Pelvis” Presley was drafted into the US Army. In fact the name, “Conrad Birdie” is based on one of Elvis’s rivals, Conway Twitty- I tawt I taw a Tweedy Bird! Originally produced by Edward Padula with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Lee Adams and book by Michael Stewart – is indeed the tale of an Elvis-esqe Rock & Roller leaving for the military and his effect on a group of teenyboppers who have “a lot of Livin’ to do” in the uncomplicated hamlet of Sweet Apple, Ohio.

 “Put on a Happy Face” Rose (Janet Dacal) and Albert (George Merrick) in Goodspeed Musicals’ Bye Bye Birdie, now playing at The Goodspeed through September 8. Photo Credit © Photo by Diane Sobolewski

“Put on a Happy Face” Rose (Janet Dacal) and Albert (George Merrick) in Goodspeed Musicals’ Bye Bye Birdie, now playing at The Goodspeed through September 8. Photo Credit © Photo by Diane Sobolewski

Albert Peterson, (George Merrick) Conrad’s manager, who once dreamt of becoming an “English Teacher” is in trouble – mighty big trouble, with a capital T and that rhymes with B and that stands for Birdie- he’s Drafted! But leave it to Rose “Rosie” Alvarez – Albert’s secretary and long-suffering girlfriend to come up with the answer- a last-ditch publicity stunt- have Albert write a hit song for Birdie, “One Last Kiss”, and have Birdie (Rhett Guter) sing it to one symbolic, All- American, atypical girl- Kim MacAfee (Tristen Buettell) on coast to coast television – The Ed Sullivan show and give her one real last kiss- so what could go wrong?

 “There’s such a lot of livin’ to do…” The cast of Goodspeed Musicals’ Bye Bye Birdie, now playing at The Goodspeed through September 8. Photo Credit © Photo by Diane Sobolewski

“There’s such a lot of livin’ to do…” The cast of Goodspeed Musicals’ Bye Bye Birdie, now playing at The Goodspeed through September 8. Photo Credit © Photo by Diane Sobolewski

Now why see this musical? What’s so good about it you ask? Everything! Firstly, Kudos to Director Jenn Thompson, Choreographer Patricia Wilcox and scenic Designer Tobin Ost- for setting the outstanding sights, sounds and feel of “Birdie”! The Goodspeed stage transformed to the “Sweet Apple Civic Auditorium” features multiple 50’s television sets broadcasting vignettes of the era, everything from “Tang”, “Tony the Tiger” and even the “Toast of the Town” – Ed Sullivan. There are several musical productions that are truly brilliant bits of staging most notably, “The Telephone Hour”, where members of the ensemble are actually dancing in the aisles of the theater; the astral blue adorned Heavenly choral performing “Hymn for a Sunday”, and the Act Two showstopper- the high energy ‘Lot of Livin’ to Do”- it brought down the house in applause- simply breathtaking! By the way all the music receives a Howard Hummable Index of 10+, I’m still humming “Put On A Happy Face”.

That’s me, Spanish Rose” Janet Dacal (Rose) in Goodspeed Musicals’ Bye Bye Birdie, now playing at The Goodspeed through September 8. Photo Credit © Photo by Diane Sobolewski

That’s me, Spanish Rose” Janet Dacal (Rose) in Goodspeed Musicals’ Bye Bye Birdie, now playing at The Goodspeed through September 8. Photo Credit © Photo by Diane Sobolewski

I mentioned a showcase earlier- one of the reasons to see this production is actress Janet Dacal as “Rose”, she is not just good- she is darn Good! – singer, dancer, actress- a true triple threat – this is her show – and all eyes are on her when ever shes on stage – which is aplenty! I had a bit of trepidation on the selection of Rhett Guter as the military bound “Conrad Birdie” but by Act Two he had me won over-what a high-flying dancer! Warren Kelly is a comedic high point and perfectly cast as the TV dinner eating, put-upon father- Mr. MacAfee. I also want to send “Howard Stars of the Future” nods to both Dorcas Leung as “Ursula” and Ben Stone-Zelman – we noticed and ya did Good- you ALL did good!

Dorcas Leung as Ursula in Goodspeed Musicals’ Bye Bye Birdie.

“Bye Bye Birdie” as presented by Goodspeed is one of those rare musicals – that right after the current performance you want to get right back in line for the next one while you’re still humming away- yep it’s that kind of show – it’s just that good!!’ I say “Hello Hello” to “Bye Bye Birdie” and so will you! enjoy!

We’re going to be on Ed Sullivan…” Warren Kelley, Donna English, Tristen Buettel, and Ben Stone-Zelman (front) in Goodspeed Musicals’ Bye Bye Birdie, now playing at The Goodspeed through September 8. Photo Credit © Photo by Diane Sobolewski

We’re going to be on Ed Sullivan…” Warren Kelley, Donna English, Tristen Buettel, and Ben Stone-Zelman (front) in Goodspeed Musicals’ Bye Bye Birdie, now playing at The Goodspeed through September 8. Photo Credit © Photo by Diane Sobolewski 860-873-8664

“Bye Bye Birdie” ” will run till September 8th. Curtain times are Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available through the Goodspeed Box Office (860.873.8668), open seven days a week, or on-line at http://www.goodspeed.org.

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC.
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Food Review- It’s a “Nat-Nation” Nat Hayden’s BARBEQUE

Food Review:
Howard Steven Frydman

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It’s a “Nat-Nation” BBQ world

For the past several months I’ve heard the same mantra- “Mr. Howard when’s your next review? “Theater, Film, Music or Food”? I usually reply. The chant back – “Food Food FOOD!!!
“Yes, I’ve been unusually busy of late, but my next food review is a BBQ place in Windsor, Connecticut”, I relate. And again my “smarter than thou fellow foodies” have shot back the following, “oh It’s Nat’s”, or “It hasta be Nat’s or “so ya gonna do Nat’s “? Let me tell ya, from the beautiful northern hamlet of Bloomfield to the shores of Southern New London- all I hear is Nat’s Nat’s, Nat’s, Nat’s!! Well you “Nat-Nation” folks have spoken and I have heard your cry statewide. Well guess what fellow readers- Mr. Howard is going to Nat Hayden’s!!

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Chef Chris Rakyta of Nat Hayden’s BBQ

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“Nat Hayden’s Barbeque” is situated in Windsor – Connecticut’s first town settled in 1633, and named after the town’s revolutionary war hero Nathaniel Hayden. The eatery, itself a prominent dining destination since 2008 is located within a shopping plaza at 144B Broad Street, and is lovingly tended to by the mom and son team of Charlene and Chris Rakyta – Charlene serves as Bookkeeper and Chris as Executive Chef. In fact Chris has over 20 years of culinary experience, graduating from the illustrious CIA-The Culinary Institute of America, and has sharpened his skills serving under such culinary notables including: Executive Chef Jeff Jackson of the renown A.R. Valentien at Torry Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California; Ann Howard’s Apricots in Farmington, Ct, and now overseeing one of the most popular and always busy dining destination spots here in Connecticut- the “finger-licken – lip-smacking” tasty as all get out – Nat Hayden’s Barbeque.

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From the get go I freely admit to both Charlene and Chris that I am not “a know it all BBQ connoisseur”- but just a fan- I just enjoy it ALL- be it Oklahoma, Kansas City, Memphis or Texas style BBQ and its various sauces and spice rubs! As I’ve been telling my readers for years – I just know from one plain fact- I know when something is made fresh, clean, from hot, juicy and succulent when it comes to BBQ- Nat Hayden’s meets ALL my BBQ requirements and more!!

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Howard Steven Frydman and Chef Chris Rakyta

In regarding the Nat Hayden style, Chris remarks, “It’s a “Pan-Southern” style- a combination of BBQ styles highlighted by our use of “wood” – hickory, cherry and apple to give our smoked meats and poultry that special well-known Nat Hayden distinctive flavor”. Chris utilizes three in- house smokers, each one designated for either pork, beef or poultry with various smoking times of up to eight hours in length to achieve that perfect BBQ. By the way- everything – yes everything is made fresh daily in-house from the slaws to the cornbread – that’s dedication folks!!

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Chris and Charlene Rakyta

Charlene shows me to my table and hands me the so-enticing menu- I begin with a sampling of the “Louisiana Gumbo with Carolina Rice” and the “Pan Fried Crab Cakes”- two great choices. I must remark- the Gumbo immediately gets a “Howard’s Best Bet” – chock full with a flavorful mixture of shrimp, catfish, chicken, yummy andouille sausage and okra- topped with rice and served with a perfectly moist hunk of corn bread- Yummy!!! The Crab Cakes are the real -deal – two colossal plated golden brown crab orbs – massive amounts of fresh crab meat served with a tangy remoulade and mixed baby greens- delish!

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Louisiana Gumbo with Carolina Rice

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Pan-Fried Creole Crab Cakes

And now onto the reason I and thousand of “Nat-Nation” BBQ lovers have made a “B” line to Nat’s- the smoked meats- first up the “samitches” – we try two- The “Pulled Pork” and the “Smoked Turkey” Club. Both of these bread holders are huge!! Massive amounts of meat- that you truly need to use both hands as you journey it upward to awaiting tastebuds. The pulled pork is moist with nary any fat, in fact there is no need to add any sauce-just enjoy the rich smoky taste. The “Smoked Turkey Club” – is another Howard’s Fav- a mammoth amount of smoked turkey breast- served with rations of thick hickory smoked bacon on buttered “Texas Toast” topped with lettuce and sliced tomato! A Howard suggestion – sprinkle a bit of brown sugar over the hot bacon- will up the “sweetness” ante a notch. Both Samitches are grand slams!

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Pulled Pork Sammitches

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Smoked Turkey Club

Nat Hayden’s also serves several Combo Plates including the “Whole Hog”, “The Rib Taster”, “Rib “n Chick”, “Cajun Catfish Plate”, and “The Farmhand”, however for “little ol’ me” Chris creates the one and only “The Howard” – it’s literally everything on the menu- a hearty sampling of “a half rack of succulent St. Louis pork ribs, beef ribs, beef brisket, quarter chicken, Andouille Sausage, pulled pork, and all the fixings too- collard greens, the out of this world three cheese Mac, red beans and rice, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, potato salad, Cole slaw, and macaroni salad. I can see Folks at other tables are beginning to look at what I’m eating and pointing – I overheard one guy taking bets if I can finish off this massive meal! Three words have I “delicious, Delicious, DELICIOUS”!!!

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Howard Steven Frydman and Chef Rakyta presents the “The Howard” everything on the BBQ menu.

Haydens offers a wide assortment of locally produced beers, most notably from neighboring Bloomfield’s Hooker and Back East breweries plus for you Soda lovers- they have the Hosmer Mountain Beverages prepared locally in Manchester- I am addicted to the Black Cherry Soda!!

My final thoughts- this is a happening place- a lot of energy is going on here- A1 all the way- great food, friendly service, and the fact Chris takes the time to make everything fresh daily. At some point, I would enjoy seeing both a BBQ Pull Pork Taco plate plus a baked sweet potato topped again with Nat’s home made pulled pork added to a future menu or even as one of their daily “specials”. Friends, I am honored and proud to be part of the “Nat-Nation”- thousands of folks who have gathered together and have made Nat Hayden’s Barbeque their number 1 dining destination! Where am I going for BBQ? It must be Nat’s!! Enjoy!!

Howard Steven Frydman is General Manager and Executive Director of BATV – Channels 5, 95 & 96 and a member of the CCC. Please feel free to contact Mr. Frydman with your thoughts and ideas at Howardbatv@aol.com.

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