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

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.

Direct download: IC_-_Trout.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Ice_Cream_Season.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Dubai.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Louisville_Bourbon_Tour.mp3
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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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Coming up on this week’s show, a chicken thigh challenge with the Chef Sarah Rinkavage from Lula Cafe here in Chicago, as both she and Rick attempt to come up with an easy weeknight meal, in 15 minutes or less, using some thighs we bought at a local grocery store.

Direct download: Ingredient_Challenge_-_Chicken_Thighs.mp3
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Canada’s telegenic Prime Minister has been in the news lately, photographed at airports, welcoming Syrian refugees to his country. Much of Canada is colorblind, especially in places like Toronto – North America’s 4th largest city - where there’s not only a huge Chinese immigrant population, supporting two Chinatowns, but also the largest Sri Lankan diaspora anywhere in the world and a Little India along Gerard Street that puts most cities to shame. In fact, according to Statistics Canada, by 2036, nearly half of all Canadians will be immigrants or the children of immigrants. Places like Markham and Scarborough, a good 30 minutes outside of town, along the Northern edge of Lake Ontario host a number of ethnic restaurants.

On this week’s show,  deep-dive into the suburbs of Toronto, where a veritable United Nations of eating exists, in places like Scarborough and Markham. Eating around the world in pretty much one place. All you have to do is bring an appetite, eh?

Direct download: Ethnic_Toronto.mp3
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