The Feed Podcast

Chef, Restaurateur and TV Host Rick Bayless joins forces with James Beard Award-winning food journalist Steve Dolinsky, to bring the world of food and drink into your ears and have a little fun in the process.

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The holidays are a time for family get-togethers, office parties, entertaining and of course, some occasional toasting. A lot of people go straight for champagne, others might want to kick things off with a cocktail, and of course there are those bottles of Bailey’s or Irish Whiskey that get thrown into coffees in the winter time to cut the chill.

On this week’s episode, Rick and Steve are joined by Arthur Hon, the Sommelier from Sepia in Chicago and Natalia Cardenas, a Mixologist at Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits
 to share their top three drinks during the holidays, from an opening cocktail, to a favorite wine...and of course, one or two tastes from around the world that will lift your spirits with every sip.

Direct download: HolidayLibations.mp3
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Marcus Samuelsson has spent nearly his entire life surrounded by food. Born in Ethiopia, his mother died during a tuberculosis epidemic when he was just three years old. He and his sister were adopted by a Swedish couple, who raised them in the town of Gothenburg. Marcus attended culinary school there, then staged in Switzerland and Austria, before coming to New York City in 1991.

After apprenticing there for a few years, he became Executive Chef at the age of 24, and subsequently became the youngest chef to ever receive three stars from the New York Times. He has opened (and closed) a few restaurants, won “Top Chef Masters,” cooked the first state dinner of the Obama Presidency, won a couple of James Beard Awards and has written four cookbooks. His latest: “The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem.”

On this show, a look at Harlem through the eyes of a chef who decided - quite a while ago - to make the neighborhood his home. Rick talks with chef Marcus Samuelsson about his latest cookbook: a love letter to both the food and the unique personalities who inhabit his beloved Red Rooster.

Direct download: Marcus_Samuelsson.mp3
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On this week’s show, we tackle an ingredient everyone in the U.S. has plenty of at the moment.  “Top Chef” winner Stephanie Izard, the Executive Chef at three popular restaurants here: Girl and the Goat, Little Goat Diner and Duck Duck Goat.  She joins Rick Bayless in the Frontera Test Kitchen, as they attempt to create an easy meal using leftover turkey.

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Growing up in the Upper Midwest, you get used to cold weather dishes – lots of casseroles and pot roasts and hot dish. The Twin Cities has the largest Scandinavian population in the U.S., which may be why Marcus Samuelsson opened an Aquavit there over a decade ago.  Scandinavian traditions run deep, and a nascent movement is underway – at least at one restaurant – to try to label the region, and its food, as the “North.”

Native Minnesotan Steve Dolinsky heads back to Minneapolis to talk to a couple of chefs, as well as the city’s long-time restaurant critic, about how the new generation of talent in the kitchen is simultaneously adapting traditional Swedish techniques, but also breaking new ground.

Direct download: Minnesota_Swedes_Show.mp3
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Thanksgiving can be tricky, at least in terms of what to drink
Bubbles? Big, expensive reds? Sharp, angular whites?


On this week’s show: some great advice, at several price points, for what to serve at Thanksgiving, or, better yet, what to bring to someone else’s house for the big feast. Steve and Rick talk with Craig Perman, the owner of a relatively small, personal wine shop, who only sells what he loves to drink himself.

Direct download: Thanksgiving_Wine.mp3
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On this week’s show, covering the food world has certainly changed over the past decade, especially if you’re in the magazine business. We’ll talk with Bon Appetit Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Adam Rapaport and Deputy Editor Andrew Knowlton as they are in Chicago for the annual Chicago Gourmet event. Rick and Steve ask what some of their challenges are producing a magazine and hear about how the magazine staff selects its annual Best New Restaurants issue.

Direct download: Bon_Appetit.mp3
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Cameron Grant was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, developing his love of food from his mother. She ran a successful catering business out of their home, and combined with the family’s extensive fruit and vegetable garden, he learned to appreciate local produce at an early age.

A stint as Executive Chef of “Laudisio,” in Boulder, Colorado, led to a stage at a restaurant in Piemonte, Italy. Five years later, he and his wife moved back to Italy to open their own restaurant in the heart of Piemonte’s wine country.

Cameron returned to the U-S in 2012, opening Fresco 21 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. Then two years ago, he opened Osteria Langhe in Chicago’s Logan Square, where he still cooks the food he’s obsessed with from Northern Italy. Just a few months ago, he and his business partner opened Animale, with an emphasis on cooking authentic Roman and Italian dishes, which means plenty of offal.

This week, an autumnal challenge as Rick Bayless and Cameron Grant attempt to create an easy, weeknight meal using the fall staple, canned pumpkin.

Direct download: Canned_Pumpkin_Challenge.mp3
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On this week’s show How a pair of businesses have adapted traditional Eastern European Jewish recipes, and made them craveable to a new generation. Steve Dolinsky starts with the chocolate babka at Breads Bakery, and then he checks out how the Montreal-style bagels at Black Seed Bagels wound up on the Lower East Side.

Direct download: Babka_and_Bagels_Show.mp3
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Claudia Sandoval had a number of obstacles in her quest to become the “MasterChef” winner… not the least of which was she was trying to make ends meet as a single mom.

Coming up on this week’s show: what its like to compete on a cooking reality show, and how things really get done behind-the-scenes. Rick talk with the most recent winner of MasterChef about her experience and discuss her new cookbook, Claudia’s Cocina, which focuses on her Mexican heritage.

Direct download: Master_Chef_Show.mp3
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On this week’s show, a journey into the heart of Colombia. Steve spends a few days in the traffic-choked capital of Bogotá, eating a lot of corn and drinking some of the best coffee of his life.

Direct download: Colombia_Show.mp3
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