The Feed Podcast (beverages)

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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On this week’s show, the driving force behind one of Chicago’s premier cocktail lounges stops by, to talk about a category of spirits you’ve probably never heard of before. Don’t worry, it’s nothing to be bitter about.

While studying Italian and Journalism at DePaul University here in Chicago, Eden Laurin began moonlighting as a bartender, and fell in love with it.  After graduating, she headed to Guatemala to volunteer, starting a school for children. She returned to Chicago and continued her non-profit work, but stayed close to the bar, hosting and serving at The Violet Hour, in Wicker Park. Her persistence paid off there, where she became one of their first female bartenders.

In 2009, Laurin helped launch the bar program at their sister restaurant – Big Star – while still pulling shifts behind the stick across the street at The Violet Hour. Eventually promoted to General Manager there, she started SHE, a cocktail consulting company made up exclusively of ladies. In 2015, Laurin was part of the team that garnered a James Beard award for Outstanding Bar Program. In her current role as Managing Partner, she oversees both the bar as well as their off-site cocktail catering. 

Direct download: amari_cocktails.mp3
Category:Beverages -- posted at: 1:00am CDT

Nothing makes a successful summer party more than a punch bowl. Don’t worry, we’re not tossing a bottle of vodka into some frozen concentrate. And to help Steve and Rick with their summer sipper is Julia Momose, who began her Chicago career at The Aviary, the cutting-edge, molecular mixology bar in the West Loop. Momose then joined the opening team at Green River. Momose has garnered countless accolades for her use of exotic ingredients and unique menu presentations. She is also widely respected for her dedication to impeccable service, harkening back to the traditions of her native Japanese culture.

Direct download: Punch_Party.mp3
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Whether it’s from sugar cane or molasses, rum has captured the hearts of many, including our own Steve Dolinsky.  On this episode, Rick Bayless and Steve Dolinsky take a deep dive into rum with bartender Paul McGee.  He’s behind the successful Tiki themed bars Three Dots and a Dash and Lost Lake and the beverage director for Cherry Circle and the 8 seat Milk Room at the Chicago Athletic Association.

Direct download: Rum_Show.mp3
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On this week’s show, Steve and Rick welcome Aaron Zacharias, the owner of Fountainhead, here in Chicago.  Zacharias loves ciders so much, he had to create a completely separate cider bar, called The Northman, which is opening soon.  The 3 talk the trend for these refreshments, the trend towards Cider Bars and the upcoming Cider Summit in Chicago  Then, cidermonger Brian Rutzen brings a few for a tasting.

Direct download: Ciders.mp3
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Chicago has undergone a rebirth of craft beer production, with small breweries like Off Color Brewing and 5 Rabbit Cervecería. Steve and Rick sit down with Jim Cibak, Brewmaster at Revolution Brewing, crack open a few brews and sip suds while talking about the rebirth. They even taste a beer brewed just 4 hours ago.

Direct download: Revolution_Brewing.mp3
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Steve goes down under the Green Door Tavern on Chicago’s River North neighborhood to a legitimate speakeasy, The Drifter and speaks with owner Annemarie Sagoi about aperitifs. Then, back in the studio, Steve and Rick share some of their favorite aperitifs as an opener.

Direct download: Aperitifs_Final.mp3
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Rick heads to the mecca of bourbon, the Maker's Mark Distillery.  From distillation to aging in the barrel, he is joined by Roy Lee Wigginton for a tasting at each step in the process.

Direct download: Makers_Mark_Interview.mp3
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Travel to Oaxaca with Rick, as he sits down with Iván Saldaña, one of the master minds behind Montelobos Mezcal, to talk about the science behind making the alcohol, mezcal.

Direct download: Mezcal_Tasting.mp3
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We try to class up the joint and go a little Downton Abbey with some cognac.  James Bube, Director of Education at Heritage Wine Cellars joins Steve, Lindsey and Rick for some delicious sips.

Direct download: Cognac.mp3
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3 Red Wines for Lindsey

This week Jill Gubesch, Wine Director at Frontera Grill and Topolobampo explores Lindsey's drink of choice, red wine.


Direct download: 3_Red_Wines_-_2_28_15_9.59_AM.mp3
Category:Beverages -- posted at: 1:00am CDT