The new television show launches tonight at 9 p.m. on the Cooking Channel, which is part of the same family as the Food Network, Food.com, HGTV and the Travel Channel.
A crew was in town earlier this summer to film Bartolotta co-owner Joe Bartolotta down at the lakefront talking to the show’s host, Sabin Lomac, about the seasonal frozen custard and burger stand at the foot of the Northpoint hill.
According to the Cooking Channel website, "Sabin visits a staple of Lake Michigan summer for there famous Quad burger with four patties and locally sourced cheese, served with cheese curds and custard for a true 'dairy state' experience."
For its premiere episode – called From Boardwalk Barbecue to Lazy Man Lobster – "Seaside Snacks & Shacks" also visited casual eateries in places like Long Island, New York – for a crab cake and bacon grilled cheese sandwich – Seaside Heights, New Jersey – for pulled pork – and Rockport in Lomac’s home state of Maine, for lobster rolls.
Northpoint Custard on the lakefront closed for the season on Sept. 4. The location in the main terminal at General Mitchell International Airport is open year-round.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.