The Feed Podcast (general)

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.

The Podcasts

For the last 35 years, through different owners and corporate partners, the Editors and Publishers at Food & Wine Magazine have attracted the nation’s top culinary talent every June, with the promise of mountain breezes, stunning scenery and a seriously deep bench of winemakers and producers from around the globe. It’s also very good marketing for a magazine brand. It is commonly referred to as “The Classic” in Aspen, and having attained elder statesman status, it is still a showcase for the magazine’s top talent, as well as a chance to showcase their “Best New Chefs” issue that comes out in July.

Coming up on this week’s show: Why so many food festivals? A reflection from the granddaddy of them all, the Food & Wine Classic at Aspen, as Steve talks to some of the people responsible for putting on one of the nation’s biggest food events of the year, all tucked away, high in the Rockies.

Direct download: Aspen_Classic.mp3
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Father’s Day is this Sunday, so what better way to celebrate dear old dad than cooking a big juicy steak on the bar-b-cue. We are in prime grilling season across the country right now.  Coming up on this week’s show we talk steaks.  

Steve visits a beef distributor on Chicago’s West Side, to learn more about how cattle is processed and aged before it gets to your favorite steakhouse. Then off to one of those steakhouses that actually dry-ages their beef in-house.  Then head back to the test kitchen where Randy Waidner of Demistoks cooks up some choice cuts for from Niman Ranch for Rick and Steve to enjoy.

Direct download: Steaks_on_the_Grill.mp3
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On this week’s show, a trout challenge with the Chef John Hogan from River Roast here in Chicago, as both he and Rick attempt to come up with an easy weeknight meal using some trout we both got at a local grocery store, plus five extra ingredients you can find pretty much anywhere.

Chef Hogan is a fixture in the Chicago culinary community. He started his career at the four-star Everest, moving on to cook casual French at Kikki’s Bistro and then the Park Avenue Cafe. When he opened his own restaurant, Savarin, the Chicago Tribune named Hogan as one of the "Top 10 Chefs in Chicago" while Travel + Leisure honored the restaurant with a Top 50 in America rating. Just as steakhouses exploded across the country, Hogan took the helm at Keefer’s when it launched in 2001, developing a signature menu of Chicago-style dishes inspired by American classics. At River Roast, Hogan is sharing his straightforward but unique brand of cooking, and collaborating with chef Tony Mantuano, a friend for more than 20 years.

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From the urban bustle of Sydney, to the narrow alleys and coffee shops of Melbourne or even the laid-back wine country vibe of the Barossa Valley and Adelaide, eating in Australia is a lot more delicious than you might think.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants held its annual awards ceremony in Melbourne in early April. And since Steve was able to attend,  he spent a few days on either side of the event, first in Sydney, then in Adelaide.  It’s all worth biting into, even if it takes a few days to get over the jet lag.   

Direct download: The_Food_Scene_Down_Under.mp3
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Summer season is about to begin and Rick and Steve welcome the author of a fantastic new book all about ice cream.  The book is called “Hello, My Name Is Ice Cream”. 

Dana Cree has traveled the world creating pastries and deserts and she stops by to chat, cook and taste with us, sharing her unique passion and expertise.

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Coming up on this week’s show, Steve Dolinsky travels to the United Arab Emirates, exploring what Dubai has too offer.  The city is flush with cash, new construction never stops and the hometown airline is bringing in Europeans, Russians and yes, even North Americans, all with an appetite for tasting the best of the region and beyond.  From ultra high-end to food trucks and everything in between Steve tastes the offerings of this global city.

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Rick invites Chris Curren, Chef at Fulton Market Kitchen here in Chicago, as both he and I attempt to come up with an easy weeknight meal using canned tomatoes as the main ingredient.

Chris Curren has more than a decade of experience, cooking in a number of Chicago and Cleveland restaurants. Beginning his culinary career under the direction of James Beard-nominated chef Bruce Kalman, Curren first worked at “3 Birds” where he helped the team land a spot on Bon Appetit's "Top 50" list.

In 2008, Curren moved to Chicago and opened Blue 13, which eventually earned a Michelin recommendation. Chris is inspired by the flavors that come from locally-sourced Midwestern ingredients, and Fulton Market Kitchen's current menu displays that inspiration.

Direct download: Ingredient_Challenge_-_Canned_Tomatoes.mp3
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The Derby is this weekend, and a lot of people well be celebrating, the horse race with mint juleps. For a long time, if you wanted to see a bourbon distillery up-close you had to first get to Louisville, then either rent a car or hire a tour service to head out to one of the many distilleries in the rolling hills outside of town.

Now, Bourbon Country is getting a dose of competition. Gone are the days when you had to leave Louisville to see how bourbon was made. In addition to Whiskey Row and the Urban Bourban Trail, the city now boasts distilleries, such as the Evan Williams Experience, the Bulleit Frontier Whisky Experience and the massive Angel’s Envy Distillery, to name a few.

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Chicago is about to get a lot of hungry visitors over the next few weeks for both the James Beard Awards and the National Restaurant Show.  And while here, of course some people will try to squeeze a food tour.  Chicago Tribune’s restaurant critic Phil Vettel and staff food writer Nick Kindelsperger join Rick and Steve to come up with some of the most unique places to try in town.

Direct download: Where_to_Eat_in_Chicago.mp3
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Every city has its unique places. Restaurants or food shops that can’t be duplicated anywhere else. New York has Katz’s and Russ & Daughters. Legends. New Orleans: Galatoire’s and Commander’s Palace. Now, Chicago has some unique places, such as Topolobampo, Alinea and Arun’s.  Coming up on this week’s show,  we talk with Jenner Tomaska of Next and  Phillip Fos of El Ideas, two chefs in Chicago whom oversee startlingly original concepts, you are unlikely to find in any other city in America.

Direct download: Only_in_Chicago_-_Part_1.mp3
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