Mike Fadem is a drummer (Kevin Devine, Youngman Grand, The Jealous Girlfriends) and 10-year veteran of the NY food industry. He currently works at the Marlow & Sons group.
What was the food highlight of your year?
I went to Paris in October to visit my longtime bandmate who recently moved there. We ate amazingly well while I was there, which in its entirety was the highlight of my year. But the highlight of the trip was the dinner we had at Bones in the 11th. The space is serious yet comfortable, and feels very alive and vibrant. The food is pure, balanced, warm, beautiful. The wine list and house-made bread take it over the edge. It’s a perfect restaurant.
What was the music highlight of your year?
I think the comeback of Nine Inch Nails is pretty amazing. The new album is probably one of their bests and they put on the best live show. Trent Reznor is untouchable right now. I also love Kanye’s Bound 2, and the new record I made with Kevin Devine, Bubblegum.
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
Spiritualized came in to Marlow & Sons for food and coffee. In Brooklyn you see a lot of musicians but having Jason walk in was surprising and awesome. Getting to serve your heroes is usually great, and he and his band were really nice.