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Hungry Magazine - All Things Tasty
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Feature Archive 'Podcasts'

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05.25.09

Workin’ on the Nightwood

Podcasts, Profiles in Food: Interviews


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Nightwood (2119 S. Halsted St.), the second restaurant from Lula Cafe co-owner’s Amalea Tshilds and Jason Hammel and partners Kevin Heisner and Matt Eisler, is set to debut in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. I sat down with Hammel last December in anticipation of the opening to talk about Lula, his cooking philosophy, and the new restaurant. In the following podcast interview he talks about his old writing mentor, the late David Foster Wallace, the impromptu ping pong games in the basement during the early years at Lula, and the importance of the French Laundry cookbook. I apologize for the background noise on this one as we recorded it in the busy front room of Lula cafe. Enjoy.

If you have Adobe Flash installed, you can play the file right on this site, below, by pressing the play button. If not, download the file and play it on your PC or on an MP3 player here: Jason Hammel Interview

05.20.09

Strollin’ Down the Avenues

Podcasts, Profiles in Food: Interviews


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Is getting four hours of sleep a night the secret to staying young? What does snail caviar taste like? Can you wear a punk rock t-shirt and jeans to dinner at the four star restaurant Avenues at the Peninsula hotel? All these answers and more can be found in our recent podcast interview with chef Curtis Duffy of Avenues. Duffy, formerly of Charlie Trotter’s, Trio, and Alinea, is putting out food on par with those giants and is one of Chicago’s most promising young chefs.

If you have Adobe Flash installed, you can play the file right on this site, below, by pressing the play button. If not, download the file and play it on your PC or on an MP3 player here: Curtis Duffy Interview

11.24.08

A Dive in the L20 with Laurent Gras

Podcasts, Profiles in Food: Interviews


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l gras

L20 was recently named best restaurant in America by Esquire magazine. I sat down with L20’s chef Laurent Gras recently to see how things are going post-award. In this podcast, Gras talks about why French chefs come to America, his life-threatening bicycle accident, his gadget obsessions, and the technical and creative inspiration behind his cooking.

If you have Adobe Flash installed, you can play the file right on this site, below, by pressing the play button. If not, download the file and play it on your PC or on an MP3 player here: Laurent Gras Interview

10.22.08

The Captain of C-House

Podcasts, Profiles in Food: Interviews


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marcus samuelsson

If, as restaurant lore suggests, many chefs come from the ranks of artists, bandits and miscellaneous misfits, then Marcus Samuelsson, executive chef of C-House (166 E. Superiorr) and Marc Burger at Macy’s on State is, by comparison, a prince. The youngest chef to receive three stars from the New York Times, he’s also an entrepreneur, a TV personality, a cookbook author and a tireless ambassador for Swedish and African culinary and cultural heritage. He’s as much an intellectual as he is a master culinary craftsman. More importantly, those of you who read my burger round-up a few weeks ago know he also makes a mean grilled patty. Samuelsson was in town last week to work on some new dishes at C-House and I caught up with him to see what’s on his mind. Enjoy.

If you have Adobe Flash installed, you can play the file right on this site, below, by pressing the play button. If not, download the file and play it on your PC or on an MP3 player here: Marcus Samuelsson Interview

10.09.08

A Province All His Own

Podcasts, Profiles in Food: Interviews


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Everyone knows drummers are different, and Randy Zweiban, former cymbal sockin’ chef of the upcoming Province, is no exception. He’s no Food Network driven flash-in-the-pan blowing through job after job. Zweiban’s a serial monogamist who spent 7 years working with Norman Van Aken in Miami and a decade at Nacional 27. Now he’s about to debut Province, a Spanish and Latin influenced American cuisine based restaurant. In this podcast interview, Zweiban talks about his days gigging at CBGB’s, noshing in New York City, and opening a restaurant at the “worst time in 150 years”. Enjoy.

If you have Adobe Flash installed, you can play the file right on this site, below, by pressing the play button. If not, download the file and play it on your PC or on an MP3 player here: Randy Zweiban Interview

09.02.08

The Publican of The Publican

Podcasts, Profiles in Food: Interviews


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My name is Brian Huston and I will be your purveyor of pork.

As they say in the stock market, past results are no guarantee of future success. That being said, the crew from Avec and Blackbird seems to do pretty well each time out. As a result, the expectations for their newest venture The Publican (845 W. Fulton Market) which opens on September 15, are pretty steep. The man who will be helming that ship is chef Brian Huston. I recently sat down with Huston for this podcast to talk about his early days working on the opening crew at Blackbird, how ruining a Thanksgiving turkey almost ruined him, his love of Chicago sports, and how menu testing for The Publican at executive chef Paul Kahan’s house went awry after a few two many beers. Enjoy the interview.

If you have Adobe Flash installed, you can play the file right on this site, below, by pressing the play button. If not, download the file and play it on your PC or on an MP3 player here: Brian Huston Interview

08.28.08

Market Fresh Mixology

Podcasts, Profiles in Food: Interviews


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balbert

You wouldn’t throw a summer bbq and break out a can of Niblets for your guests during sweet corn season, would you? So why do you still drink that way? In this podcast I sit down with Bridget Albert, chief mixologist for Southern Wine and Spirits, and most recently author of the newly released cocktail book, Market Fresh Mixology, to answer that question. We also talk about the history of the Mojito, Albert’s bootlegging grandparents, and discuss the controversy over the terms mixologist and bar chef. Cheers!

If you have Adobe Flash installed, you can play the file right on this site, below, by pressing the play button. If not, download the file and play it on your PC or on an MP3 player here: Bridget Albert Interview

06.16.08

Commander of the Kitchen

Podcasts, Profiles in Food: Interviews


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Founded in 1880, Commander’s Palace in New Orleans is one of the most celebrated and revered restaurants in the United States. Paul Prudhomme, Emeril Legasse, and Jamie Shannon are just a few of the chefs to helm its storied kitchen. Chef Tory McPhail is the current captain of the ship. He was in Chicago last month for the National Restaurant Show and we caught up with him to talk about being a steward of such a culinary legacy, what it was like living on Bourbon Street as a 19 year old line cook with an endless supply of Abita beer, the impact of Hurricane Katrina and the untimely death of his mentor Shannon, and the house moonshine at Commander’s.

If you have Adobe Flash installed, you can play the file right on this site, below, by pressing the play button. If not, download the file and play it on your PC or on an MP3 player here: Tory McPhail Interview

03.19.08

Gabbin’ with Garces

Podcasts, Profiles in Food: Interviews


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Chef Jose Garces trained under Nuevo Latino master Douglas Rodriguez (chef/owner of DeLaCosta in Chicago) and Buddakan and Morimoto owner Stephen Starr forging an incredible knowledge of both the business and culinary sides of the restaurant industry. Now he’s building a boutique empire of his own. After a few restaurant openings in Philly, he’s landed back in his hometown (born and raised on the Northwest side and a Kendall college grad) to open a mod tapas style joint Mercat a la Planxa (638 South Michigan Ave. , 312-765-0524) in the Blackstone Hotel.

In this podcast, the Chicago born and raised Philly resident Garces answers one of the culinary life’s most savory questions: Which is superior, the Italian beef or the Philly cheesesteak?

If you have Adobe Flash installed, you can play the file right on this site, below, by pressing the play button. If not, download the file and play it on your PC or on an MP3 player here: Jose Garces Interview

02.18.08

TRU: The Next Generation

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TRU sommelier Chad Ellegood. Photo by Lara Kastner

With sommelier Scott Tyree’s departure for Hart Davis Hart last year and Rick Tramonto splitting time on his Cenitare restaurant projects (though he’s still very much involved at TRU), we wondered how TRU restaurant was faring. Turns out it’s in the able hands of chef de cuisine Tim Graham and wine director and sommelier Chad Ellegood. In this podcast I get to know Ellegood and Graham a bit and we discuss their new paradigm shifting wine service and the future of cooking at TRU.

If you have Adobe Flash installed, you can play the file right on this site, below, by pressing the play button. If not, download the file and play it on your PC or on an MP3 player here: Tim Graham and Chad Ellegood Interview

01.29.08

From California Surf to Chicago Turf

Podcasts, Profiles in Food: Interviews


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This month, I sit down with Chef Carol Wallack of Sola. On the eve of Sola’s second anniversary, we spoke about her old schoolmate, Nancy Silverton of La Brea Bakery and Mozza fame, the challenges women chefs face in a male dominated world, and Wallack’s attempts to become a pro surfer.

If you have Adobe Flash installed, you can play the file right on this site, below, by pressing the play button. If not, download the file and play it on your PC or on an MP3 player here: Carol Wallack Interview

01.15.08

The Man with the Mediterranean Plan

Podcasts, Profiles in Food: Interviews


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Chef Sean Eastwood earned unanimous critical acclaim with his first spot, suburban Geneva’s Isabella Estiatorio. Now he’s bringing his Mediterranean/Greek inspired cuisine to the big city. He and his partner Dean Georgelos are expected to unveil OLO (stands for Olives, Lemons, and Oregano - the holy trinity of Greek/Med cooking) in mid-February at 1152 W. Randolph St. In this podcast we talk about his travels abroad, the centerpiece of the new restaurant, a wood burning oven (from the same folks who made Chez Panisse’s wood burning oven), and so much more. Enjoy.

If you have Adobe Flash installed, you can play the file right on this site, below, by pressing the play button. If not, download the file and play it on your PC or on an MP3 player here: Sean Eastwood Interview

11.30.07

You’re Hired

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Trump’s man in Chicago

Chef Frank Brunacci was slinging shark bacon and olive oil ice cream at a restaurant in New Orleans way before most of today’s molecular gastronomists broke out the lasers and liquid nitrogen. Despite his innovative approaches, he’s more of a haute comfort food purveyor than a food scientist. One thing’s for certain, his alchemy was good enough to charm the Donald, and so Brunacci has been tapped to open the flagship restaurant 16 in the new Trump hotel and Towers in the loop this December.

In this month’s podcast, we talk about meeting Trump, innovating breakfast menus and so much more. If you have Adobe Flash installed, you can play the file right on this site, below, by pressing the play button. If not, download the file and play it on your PC or on an MP3 player here: Frank B. Interview

10.29.07

Top Brasserie

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Old Town Brasserie Chief Bob Djahanguiri

Like a baby boomer Justin Timberlake, Old Town Brasserie owner Bob Djahanguiri is on a quest to bring sexy back, or in his parlance, “romance.” In the ’80s and early ’90s, Djahanguiri—who opened hot spots like Toulouse and Yvette—was the grand master of the Chicago night circus, hosting visiting celebrities like Liza Minnelli and Harry Connick Jr. Once, Mikhail Baryshnikov and his posse danced on Djahanguiri’s pianos way past the 4 a.m. closing time.

In this month’s podcast, we talk about his new venture, his culinary partner, Chef Roland Liccioni and the offal selection at Old Town Brasserie. If you have Adobe Flash installed, you can play the file right on this site, below, by pressing the play button. If not, download the file and play it on your PC or on an MP3 player here: Bob D. Interview

10.09.07

Sepia

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Sepia’s chef Kendal Duque and owner Emmanuel Nony

Sepia restaurant (123 N. Jefferson) is located right around the corner from Blackbird and Avec. Based on the incredibly smoky octopus and creamy pork rillete with bacon pistachio brittle alone, we have the feeling Sepia might just join these two spots as another local fave. In our opinion, it’s one of the best restaurant openings of 2007. Enjoy a photo slideshow of the new digs from photographer Lara Kastner.

We caught up with Chef Kendal Duque and owner Emmanuel Nony in this month’s podcast. If you have Adobe Flash installed, you can play the file right on this site, below, by pressing the play button. If not, download the file and play it on your PC or on an MP3 player here: Sepia Interview

Also, we consolidated some of the highlights of the audio podcast in a video also shot by Lara Kastner.

08.30.07

Hot Mexx

Podcasts, Profiles in Food: Interviews


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For this month’s podcast, I sit down with chef Richard Sandoval of Mexx Kitchen at the Whiskey (1015 N. Rush St.) a man noted for Asian-inflected and modern Mexican flair at spots like Zengo in Denver and Maya in New York City. Sandoval’s genius is in his willingness to punch you with the heat of chilis and then sooth with a bit of citrus or sweet.

If you don’t have flash installed, you can download the interview here: Richard Sandoval Interview

Otherwise press play below and enjoy!

07.31.07

Sweet Something

Podcasts, Profiles in Food: Interviews


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This month I sit down with Natalie Zarzour, Andersonville’s Sicilian pastry queen. Zarzour breathes life into cannoli at her shop Pasticceria Natalina located at 5406 N. Clark St.. In this podcast, we talk about how native Sicilians respond to her pastry, her love of Sophia Loren, and the struggle to achieve authenticity.

If you have Adobe Flash installed, you can play the file right on this site, below, by pressing the play button. If not, download the file and play it on your PC or on an MP3 player here: Natalie Zarzour Interview

07.06.07

Jerry’s Wicker Park

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Mindy Friedler and Mark Bires, owners of Jerry’s

Monday, July 9th, Jerry’s Wicker Park (or as we’re calling it: Jerry’s 2:Electric Bugaloo) opens. While owners Mindy Friedler and Mark Bires derisively refer to Jerry’s I as a “Super Subway,” their attention to detail—like using an iceberg and arugula lettuce blend for both crunch and flavor, smoking meats and fish in a log-burning smoker and whipping up homemade condiments like chipotle chutney—make Jerry’s a palace of sandwich craft. Located at 1938 W. Division St., the new place features a more sophisticated design, with handcrafted chandeliers made from serving spoons and a flagstone-style fireplace, a community gathering space and a few anticipated additions to the menu: plated desserts and American craft beers. Enjoy a photo slideshow of the new digs from photographer Lara Kastner.

I also sat down with Mindy, Mark, and their manager Uriah a few weeks ago to talk about the nuances of the old place and their hopes for the new one in this week’s podcast. If you have Adobe Flash installed, you can play the file right on this site, below, by pressing the play button. If not, download the file and play it on your PC or on an MP3 player here: Mindy and Mark Interview

Also, we debut a little interview video here at Hungry magazine (shot by Lara Kastner). Watch Mark Bires explain how Jerry’s got it’s name:

07.02.07

Mon Ami Gabi

Podcasts, Profiles in Food: Interviews


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Ambria closed on Saturday after a strong 27 year run. This podcast is a tribute to the chef who built Ambria, and who also brought us Spanish tapas at Cafe Babareeba and French Bistro at Mon Ami Gabi, Gabino Sotelino.

If you have Adobe Flash installed, you can play the file right on this site, below, by pressing the play button. If not, download the file and play it on your PC or on an MP3 player here: Gabino Sotelino Interview

05.31.07

Kickin it with Kleiner

Podcasts, Profiles in Food: Interviews


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Jerry Kleiner and his bud, Michael. Photo credit: Chicago Scene

Chicago restaurant impresario Jerry Kleiner (Marche, Red Light, Opera, Carnivale) makes PT Barnum look like a cheap sideshow hack. Every spot he opens nowadays is a multi-million dollar extravaganza outfitted with his personal design aesthetic, one which I like to characterize as Moulin Rouge on acid. Kleiner’s newest project is Room 21, a glammed up American style bistro. In our podcast we talk about how his future goal is to bring the Kleiner flare to the common man (Kleiner diner anyone), the secrets to being an urban pioneer, and his ultimate dinner party guest list.

If you have Adobe Flash installed, you can play the file right on this site, below, by pressing the play button. If not, download the file and play it on your PC or on an MP3 player here: Jerry Kleiner Interview


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