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

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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Pretty much everyone agrees that fried chicken is delicious. It doesn’t matter where you’re from; the combination of crispy skin and juicy meat, sometimes doused in hot sauce and served with pickles is a true Southern delicacy that is hard to resist. But what are the origins of this dish, and more importantly, why have cooks all over the U.S. started opening fried chicken joints?

On this week’s episode, four very different views on fried chicken, through the lens of different regions in America. We’ll dredge up some history, then take a deep-fried dive into what makes the perfect platter.

Paul Fehribach is the chef and owner of Big Jones in Chicago, a restaurant dedicated to preserving the traditional Southern foodways; he’s probably as close to what John T. Edge’s Southern Foodways Alliance would consider legitimate, mainly because he’s both a historian and preservationist, when it comes to cooking Southern food in Chicago.

Then, Jared Leonard, the chef and owner of The Budlong, where they specialize in Nashville Hot chicken joins us in-studio.  And on to Memphis style at Gus’. They now have several franchises outside of their native location, including one here in Chicago which Zach Goodman owns.  

And finally we head to North Carolina courtesy of Joe Scruggs. He’s the guy who started out with a food truck, called Roost Carolina Kitchen, and eventually opened a restaurant of the same name. He now has two locations in Chicago, and in Steve’s opinion, makes some of the city’s best fried bird.

Direct download: Fried_Chicken_Final.mp3
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Sure, you can stuff yourself silly with all manner of slow-smoked short rib, brisket and ribs in and around Austin, but there are elements to the food scene there that defy stereotypes, namely, the fact that the casual dining scene there right now is as solid as anywhere.

Austin has come a long way from the days of breakfast tacos and barbecue. Sure, you can still find both of those components all over the Texas capital, but you can also find some of the most thoughtful, delicious food, from chefs who’ve put in their time working all over the world.

Steve was just down in Austin a few weeks ago, and managed to catch up with the one guy responsible for documenting every notable place to eat there. Coming up on this week’s show, we’ll talk about Austin’s highs and lows with a local food critic Matthew Odam who has earned his stripes.

Direct download: Austin_Food_Tour.mp3
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Labor Day is nearly here, and as you very well know, that means back yard barbecues, cook-outs and parades. If you want to end the summer right, how about throwing a full-fledged pig roast without a giant backyard?  On this week’s show, we’ve got the answers. Steve heads to Michigan to meet up with his friend Rick Cooper to take you step-by-step through the process, so you can become the pig roasting king of your neighborhood. We’ve got you covered, snout-to-tail.

Direct download: Pig_Roast.mp3
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This week, food lover’s trip to Italy, from the low to the high, including a stop at the world’s #1 restaurant, and of course, plenty of gelato. Steve Dolinsky just got back from a 8 day tour of Rome, Florence, Modena and Siena, with a crucial stop in the town of Panzano. That’s where Dario Cecchini plies his trade, as one of his nation’s most famous butchers. And I love that only in a place like Italy, is a butcher treated like a rock star.

Then, Steve visits other guy who is treated like a rock star in Italy is Massimo Bottura. The chef and driving force behind Osteria Francescana, in Modena, now sits atop the World’s 50 Best list, and whether you agree with that list or not, he is always talked about as one of the best chefs on the planet; even being featured in Episode One of Season One of Chef’s Table. Steve had a chance to dine at Mr. Bottura’s restaurant to learn a bit more about some of Tuscany’s most beloved dishes.

Direct download: Italy_with_Gusto.mp3
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