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

Coming up on this week’s show vermouth takes center stage behind the bar. Not just in a supporting role, as a wingman in your favorite cocktails, but also as the star of the show, especially if you’re Spanish.

It’s kind of like the John C. Reilly of spirits – always playing a supporting role, rarely taking the lead. But if you’ve ever been to Spain or France, you know this is not the case. Peter Gugni is a Bartender in Chicago, as well as the Brand Ambassador for Fratelli Branca, and like a lot of spirits professionals, he enjoys the odd, the esoteric and the little-known.

Direct download: Vermouth.mp3
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On this week’s super-sized show, Steve and Rick travel to five cities in two countries for a major taco crawl. Some are traditional, while other versions are being reinterpreted by ambitious chefs.

When seeking out the best taco, why not head to the epicenter of taco culture.  Rick heads to Mexico City to meet up with Nick Gilman, author of “Mexico City’s Best Tacos.”  Steve is in San Diego for some fish tacos at Rubio’s before heading south to Ensenada, on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.  He then samples the Sonoran-style tacos in Tucson, before winding up back home in Chicago, where one chef is inspired to make tacos inspired by the best Midwest farms at Antique Taco.

Direct download: Grande_Taco_Show.mp3
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Born and raised in Chicago’s northwest suburbs, Edward Kim attended New York University, earning a B.A. in political science with the intention of becoming an attorney. Choosing, however, to go in a much different direction, he enrolled in Pasadena’s Le Cordon Bleu, where he rekindled his passion for food and cooking, and eventually graduated with a culinary degree.

After culinary school, he honed his skills in various New York and Los Angeles
kitchens under a number of acclaimed chefs. Starting out with a caterer in Pasadena, he moved on to an externship at Per Se, then the job of Garde Manger at Meson G in Los Angeles.

In 2011 he opened his first restaurant, Ruxbin, in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Two years later, Kim and his partners opened their second concept, Mott Street, a more casual restaurant that showcases family-style Asian street food in a relaxed environment. His restaurants have been honored with awards and accolades from Michelin, Bon Appetit and The New York Times.

Edward Kim accepted our Ingredient Challenge this week, using noodles as the main ingredient. Although I’m not sure which type he’s selected – dried, fresh… egg, rice or wheat... it’s up to him. He and Rick attempt to come up with a weeknight meal using the noodles of our choice, plus five extra ingredients. The challenge is, both have to finish our dishes in 15 minutes or less.

Direct download: Ingredient_Challenge_-_Noodles.mp3
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Part two of our North American Food Market Crawl, we talk to the experts in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, sample the best fare from favorite markets and food halls of Canada. Lesley Chesterman, Restaurant Critic at the Montreal Gazette strolls through the massive Jean-Talon Market; Suresh Doss, Editor of Foodism Magazine in Toronto takes us downtown to Village by the Grange and Lee Man, Food Writer at Vancouver Magazine joins us from Vancouver  to take us to Granville Island to explore their food culture of BC.

Direct download: Canada_Markets.mp3
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One of the most important things to do when traveling is to try to find out where the locals eat, and often times, that’s in a food hall or market.
Coming up on today’s show: we talk to the experts, and sample the best fare from the best food markets and halls in 10 cities.

Direct download: US_Food_Markets_Show.mp3
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On this week’s show, we celebrate 2016 by sharing some of Rick and Steve’s favorite moments from the past year.  They each select three of their most memorable segments, for Rick they focused on Cooking Baking and Drinking, while Steve’s topics are ingredient origins, an ethnic dish and a visit to a world class restaurant.

Direct download: Best_of_2016.mp3
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Leigh Omilinsky knew she wanted to be a chef at the age of 12.

At first, she thought she’d become a jazz pianist; at the same time, she grew up cooking for her family, even though they didn't eat a lot of sweets. At 15, she attended culinary camp and realized that was where she felt most at home was in the kitchen. So she attended culinary school in Denver, interned in Hawaii, then, after graduation, moved back to Chicago, because she was so inspired by what was happening at restaurants like Alinea.

She worked with Rick Tramonto and Gale Gand at Tramonto's Steak & Seafood, then at Tru. From there, it was stints at L-2-0 under Laurent Gras, then to the Hotel Sofitel, and most recently, to Nico Osteria in Chicago’s Gold Coast as Pastry Chef.

Leigh accepted our ingredient challenge this week, using persimmons as the main ingredient and attempt to make an easy weeknight meal in 15 minutes or less.

Direct download: Ingredient_Challenge_Persimmons.mp3
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The holidays are a time for lounging around the house, cooking, eating and maybe even flipping through the pages of a good cookbook to get inspiration. There are literally dozens of books that are churned out each year; so for the second year in a row, Rick and Steve thought they’d do some of the editing for you, with a list of some of our favorites.

Whether it’s for yourself, or for that person in your life who loves to cook, you’ll want to grab a pen and take some notes. Your holiday season is about to get a little bit tastier.

Direct download: Notable_Cookbooks_of_2016.mp3
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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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