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My View: A New Artist Makes His Debut At The Friars Club And The Crowd Goes Wild

My View: A New Artist Makes His Debut At The Friars Club And The Crowd Goes Wild

The crowd went wild with enthusiasm last night but it wasn’t for a comic, singer, or actor.  It was for the new Executive Chef Massimo Carbone who wowed the Friars Club’s special invited audience of friends and family with his culinary creativity.  There certainly weren’t any laughs for the Maryland Crabcakes, Apulia Burrata, Yellowfin Tuna Tartare, Bufala Mozzarella Bocconcini, Grilled Portuguese Octopus, Fried Baby Artichoke Hearts, Baby Kale, Italian Escarole, and Heirloom grape Tomato ….and that was the first act.  Next came the “middle course” of Carnaroli Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms & Black truffles which was just the teaser for the Main Course served family style consisting of Grilled Swordfish, Seared Faroe Island Salmon, Roasted Chilean Seabass, Braised Beef Short rib, Grilled Colorado Lamb Chops, and Slices Rib-Eye Steak with sides of Potato Rosti, Seasonal Ratatoulille, Smashed Caulifolower, and Sautéed Broccoli Rabe.  Massimo’s friend Chef David Burke stopped in to offer happy dining to the Friars.

It wouldn’t be a Friars evening without laughs and by dessert time which featured “Midnight Kiss” Crunchy hazelnut bar, almond bisquit, Valhrona chocolate mousse, and creme anglaise comics Gilbert Gottfried , Steven Scott, & Dave Attell  stopped in for a taste and offered some remarks that have to stay in the Friars.   Chef Carbone did take the microphone, but it was to introduce the food and the Chef de Cuisine, Anatacio Gonzalez and Executive Pastry Chef, Gianluca Cappuccio.   

It’s all about being with friends and being entertained at the Friars Club and the entertainment starts with the new menu.   Not to worry, Chef Massimo Carbone makes a great Matzah Ball Soup.      

Friars Executive Chef Massimo Carbone & Chef David Burke

The Menu

Executive Chef Massimo Carbone & David Burke

Massimo Carbone & Zavinta Kalvinskaite

The Frank Sinatra Dining Room….Friends & Family

Chef David Burke & Rinaldo Nistico

Rinaldo Nistico, Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Gyure, Executive Director

Inese Kobiaka, Stephen Sorokoff, Eda Sorokoff

The Friars


Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email:

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