SoundBits: Getting Gastronomical (and Then Some) with Nancy Ancrum and Robbie Bell

Looking to get your grill on? Craving culinary delights? Eager to up your epicurean aptitude? If so, we’ve got just the show for you. Hosted by Nancy Ancrum and Robbie Bell, Join Us at the Table: A Culinary Lifestyle Show focuses not only on how national and regional traditions throughout the globe influence what we eat, but how to prepare all those sumptuous dishes. And with New York City native Nancy and San Francisco native Robbie now living in Miami – whence they broadcast – you can bet there’s no shortage of worldly experience behind the recipes, interviews and anecdotes they serve up each week. On that note, it’s time to sink our teeth into today’s delectable subjects.

Robbie (above): From the City by the Bay to the Sunshine State.

Robbie (above): From the City by the Bay to the Sunshine State.

Give us a 15-second pitch for your BlogTalkRadio show – why should listeners tune in?

We’re considered the Car Guys of food. We make food fun and entertaining – while also being informative. We’re all about food and the cultural influences on what we eat. That means we talk not just to chefs and cookbook authors, but also to writers, artists, museum curators, historians, gardeners, cheese makers. We’ve talked to chef Alice Waters, co-owner of Chez Panisse in Berkley, Calif., the original “California Cuisine” restaurant; chef Marcus Samuelsson, co-owner of Aquavit in New York City; and artist Judy Chicago. We set no limits.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

NANCY: I’m a quilter – it’s therapeutic, and I love working with fabric and color. Also, I’m an earring fanatic. I never leave home without them.

ROBBIE: I’m a professional model and actor. And this year, I’m celebrating 42 years of living breast cancer-free.

Nancy (above): From the Big Apple to orange-grove paradise.

Nancy (above): From the Big Bad Apple to orange-grove paradise.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

NANCY: Terry Gross, host of National Public Radio’s Fresh Air.  She’s thoughtful, challenging and makes sure the show is about her guests, not her.

ROBBIE: Tom Joyner, host of the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. He’s got a real Horatio Alger, rags-to-riches story. He is truly the hardest-working man in radio.

If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?

NANCY: Thomas Jefferson – from a food standpoint. We have had the curator from Monticello on, and it was fascinating to learn he probably was America’s first “foodie.”

ROBBIE: Oprah.

As we speak, what are you wearing?

NANCY: Gym clothes – ready to go workout on Power Plate.

ROBBIE: Jammies – ready to get my day going.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

We had one show on which we interviewed someone from Blue Bell Ice Cream, then another guest from Phifer Pavitt Winery. We also mentioned how much we loved a particular chef’s red-velvet cake. It was 9:45 in the morning and we ate red-velvet cake with Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream on top. We each drank a glass of Phifer Pavitt’s fabulous Date Night wine as a chaser. We love this food business!

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