The Feed Podcast

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

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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On this week’s show, we tackle an ingredient everyone in the U.S. has plenty of at the moment.  “Top Chef” winner Stephanie Izard, the Executive Chef at three popular restaurants here: Girl and the Goat, Little Goat Diner and Duck Duck Goat.  She joins Rick Bayless in the Frontera Test Kitchen, as they attempt to create an easy meal using leftover turkey.

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Growing up in the Upper Midwest, you get used to cold weather dishes – lots of casseroles and pot roasts and hot dish. The Twin Cities has the largest Scandinavian population in the U.S., which may be why Marcus Samuelsson opened an Aquavit there over a decade ago.  Scandinavian traditions run deep, and a nascent movement is underway – at least at one restaurant – to try to label the region, and its food, as the “North.”

Native Minnesotan Steve Dolinsky heads back to Minneapolis to talk to a couple of chefs, as well as the city’s long-time restaurant critic, about how the new generation of talent in the kitchen is simultaneously adapting traditional Swedish techniques, but also breaking new ground.

Direct download: Minnesota_Swedes_Show.mp3
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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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