The NotAFoodie team is Mike Miranti and Tom Miale; two guys from Queens with a wide range of culinary and hospitality knowledge. Their passion for all things food ranges from the most extraordinary Michelin Star meal in Thailand, to the most awesome taco cart in Jackson Heights. They are on a mission to show that food and home cooking is something to be enjoyed; not something to be intimidated by. Come join them on a journey full of delicious food, incredible drinks, and lots of humor in between.
Tom is a seasoned digital media professional who has worked in a variety of roles in the industry. In 2010, just for fun, Tom started a food blog called http://www.notafoodie.com . The blog has a steady readership and, after a few months, had began to be featured in newspapers, magazines, and TV shows. Among other things, the blog has lead to him eating pig brains in the back room of a popular Manhattan restaurant, drinking moonshine with various rogue chefs in New Orleans, and finally learning how to properly dry cure a hog jowl. Tom regularly host pig roasts that have featured fire eaters, bouncy houses, boozy soft serve ice cream, and the best apple cider marinated pig you’ve ever tasted.
Tom also enjoys long walks on the beach, as long as there is a fishing rod in his hand and chum in the water.
Michael Miranti is a veteran of the restaurant industry with over a decade of experience. He has worked with titans of industry such as Joe Bastianich, Laura Maniec, and Alan Wartski. He has always been impassioned by food, wine, and the stories behind them
Michael Miranti cut his teeth in the hospitality industry at the age of 16 scooping ice cream at Eddie’s Sweet Shop in his hometown of Forest Hills, Queens. He became enamored with the hospitality industry and decided to pursue a Bachelors Degree in it. After graduating from Ferris State University he came back to intern with Master Sommelier Laura Maniec. Since his internship, he has worked with other Titans of Industry including Joe Bastianich, Allan Wartski and Mina Newman. He most recently helped open the critically acclaimed Nikkei Restaurant Sen Sakana, and catered 500+ Person weddings and events attended by M.Night Shyamalan, Anupam Kher, and Barbara Corcoran.
If you can find Michael on a night he isn’t working, he’s in the kitchen trying to perfect a pasta dish at his restaurant Mikey Pomodoro