The Feed Podcast

The James Beard Awards, yes, the food industry's "Oscars" are set to take place yet again in Chicago on Monday, May 7th, but you can bet a lot of industry people are in town the weekend before, and they all have one thing on their mind: where do we eat (and drink)? So, we're giving you the lowdown on where to do both, like a local, as we talk with Michael Gebert, the founder of the local food site that does quite a bit more than just listicles and Top 7 places to grab brunch. Then, we'll meet Sharon Bronstein, one of the women behind the first-ever Chicago Style, a cocktail conference going on for four days after the Beards. Talk about a hangover. We'll have all that, plus a note about pizza tours in Chicago. We're rolling out the red carpet, and you don't even need an invitation.

00:42:00 5/2/2018

Past Episodes

Dan Salls has worked in bars, did a two-year stint as a financial advisor, then took the leap and started a company called The Salsa Truck, which not only served busy Chicagoans lunch, but did catering as well. Since the summer of 2016, he has been the owner and driving force behind Quiote, one of the city's most dynamic, casual yet modern Mexican restaurants, with a serious mezcal program. Dan accepted our challenge this week, using potatoes as the main ingredient. He and Rick both attempt to make an easy weeknight meal in 15 minutes or less.
00:36:00 6/13/2018
We are talking coffee this week. First Rick and Steve welcome Metric Coffee's Xavier Alexander to the show. Metric Coffee is a collaboration between the owner of Caffe Streets in Chicago and the former Roasting Manager at Intelligentsia. It roasts all of its beans on a restored, 1961 Probat UG 15 coffee roaster. (Just now, a few coffee geeks listening got super-excited.) Then, they are joined by Hannah Neuschwanger, the Communications Director at World Coffee Research, whose mission is to grow, protect and enhance supplies of quality coffee while improving the livelihoods of the families who produce it.
00:44:00 6/6/2018
The annual Pizza Expo draws several hundred vendors and thousands of attendees, for a three-day conference. Steve Dolinsky is in the middle of writing a book on pizza, so headed to Las Vegas for the annual event. He wanted to take a more holistic approach to the subject of pizza, so he began by looking for someone who knows something about flour to make a great crust. Then he went in search of the perfect toppings to create a perfect pie.
00:37:00 5/30/2018
In the Midwest, Memorial Day is the serious start of the summer and grilling season. On this week's show: we talk grilling with Mr. How To Cook Everything, Mark Bittman. Then chat with Ethan Brown, the guy behind Beyond Meat, a company selling products in more than 20-thousand stores and restaurants in the U.S., including his Beyond Burger, the first plant-based meat to be sold in the meat aisle.
00:48:00 5/23/2018
On this week's show, a rhubarb challenge with Debbie Gold, the Chef of Tied House in Chicago, as she and Rick attempt to come up with an easy weeknight meal in 15 minutes or less, using just some rhubarb, plus five extra ingredients you can find pretty much anywhere.
00:32:00 5/16/2018
Belgium is a tiny country. You might think of chocolate as its most famous export, but beer is just as important, if not more so. There are nearly 200 breweries in this country of about 11 million people, so you know beer there is practically a religion. Belgian beers have been the go-to, the Valhalla, the king of the beer geeks' preferred beverage. Coming up on this week's show, we dive deep into the world of Belgian beers, with a few experts. We'll talk to a legendary bar owner, Michael Roper, carries more Belgians than just about any bar in the U.S. Then we'll meet a pair of brewers, each of whom are producing some Belgian-style beers, right here in the middle of the country. Claudia Jendron, the Head Brewer at Pipeworks Brewing here in Chicago. Claudia has worked has brewed beers for some of Chicago's best breweries. And Tom Korder is the Founder of Penrose Brewery in bucolic Geneva, Illinois gives us a lesson in Belgian-style session ales, aged in oak barrels with alternative fermentation.
00:39:00 5/9/2018
We do an annual cookbook show in December, intended as ideas for holiday gifts, but it seems like every week there's another book or two to check out. Coming up on this week's show, we dive deep into two books. Chef Bill Kim has been the driving force behind such restaurants as Urban Belly and Belly Q. He joins Rick and Steve to talk about his new cookbook Korean BBQ: Master Your Grill in Seven Sauces. Then we switch to kefir, that glorious fermented milk with Julie Smolyansky, CEO of Lifeway joins them to talk about her new book The Kefir Cookbook.
00:44:00 4/25/2018
Fennel has the potential to be as divisive as cilantro, in that either you love it or hate it. It's so closely associated with anise and licorice - another polarizing item. On this week's show, a fennel challenge with the Chef Jill Barron of Mana Food Bar in Chicago, as she and Rick attempt to come up with easy weeknight meals in 15 minutes or less, using just some fennel, plus five extra ingredients you can find pretty much anywhere.
00:34:00 4/18/2018
A taste of Chinese food from the source, but not the usual dim sum or Peking duck. This time, it's all about the fiery, chili-laced food of the Sichuan Province. Rick Bayless talks to a few chefs about what it's like to cook there, then Steve Dolinsky joins him for a visit to Chicago's Chinatown to see how the hot pot experience stacks up.
00:47:00 4/11/2018
On this week's show, we dive deep into the world of Italian rice, with the author of a new book on the subject. Chef John Coletta is a respected veteran in the Chicago food community as Executive Chef and Managing Partner of Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar. He is the author of the new cookbook, Risotto and Beyond. Rick and Steve talk about risotto of course, but also soups, one-pot meals and even dessert.
00:38:04 4/4/2018

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