Ethical Eating

Eat Dinner and Breakfast with Diane Rehm of National Public Radio

Public radio nerds assemble: Diane Rehm is coming to town and will be hosting morning and evening discussions, with breakfast and dinner, to benefit South Florida's public radio station WLRN.

On Feb. 8 from 7 to 11 p.m. she'll be speaking at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. The next morning she'll be at the West Palm Beach Marriott from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Tickets for dinner are $200 per person and those for breakfast are $150. Order tickets and get your tax deduction here.

No word yet from WLRN as to what they'll be serving, but we'll let you know as soon as we find out.

We spoke with Rehm after she wrapped The Diane Rehm Show earlier this week to find out what she plans to discuss while in town and what the radio icon likes to eat.

"What I normally start out doing is talking about the program, how we put it together and that sort of thing," she said. "Then whatever people ask me is what I respond."

Whether immigration or the overall state of the economy it seems Rehm is just about as fed up with congressional stalemates as the rest of us.

"I just think [immigration reform is] going to be another one of those great big fights," she said. "You've got differences of opinion on how best to go about [it], whether or allow people who've been here to stay or do a piecemeal deal, do it little by little."

When it comes to the overall economy "people are discouraged, primarily because they don't see Washington working," she added. "They don't see the congress and the White House being able to find solutions to the problems that they have to do deal with and they feel as though the economy has not recovered to a point where the jobs that they're qualified for are available to them."

As if that wasn't enough doom and gloom it turns out Rehm, who travels to member stations across the country each year to help raise money, doesn't get a chance to explore her surroundings, even for meal. We suggest she sneak away from whatever cocktail hour WLRN has planned and grab a meatball at Café Martorano and try to enjoy the beach.

When it comes to eating in Washington she's no stranger to the restaurants where it's easy to find politicians hobnobbing, but prefers something more quaint

"One of the restaurants here in Washington... I have been going to for years and years is DeCarlo's, she said, it's "a single-owner restaurant that's been there for about 30 years and they serve wonderful Italian."

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Zachary Fagenson is the restaurant critic for Miami New Times, and proud to report a cholesterol level of 172.
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