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Ep. 120 - On November 9th we helped Castle Gourmet and Mack Sennett Studios put on the Eastside Food Festival here in Los Angeles to benefit PATH. There was great food, beer and wine from Angel City Beer and Silverlake Wine, and Zach podcasted live on stage in front of a standing room only crowd w/ Stella Mozgawa from the L.A. band Warpaint, Morgan Kibby from M83 and The White Sea, chefs Jessica Koslow from Sqirl, Ari Taymor from Alma, Craig Thornton from Wolvesmouth, and special guest host Evan Kleiman from Good Food on KCRW.  We recorded the talk and are releasing as this week's podcast.  Enjoy!  

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Direct download: Episode_120-Eastside_Food_Fest_Superpanel.mp3
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Ep. 119 - This week we bring you the final episode recorded at Life is Beautiful is Las Vegas. You may know our guest this week from Top Chef Masters, his New York restaurant Barbuto, or his famous roasted chicken.  But what many people may not know about Jonathan Waxman (the Obi Won Kenobi of the food world) is that he had a whole life as a professional trombone player before becoming a chef.  He tells us about seeing Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding in concert together, and the band he was in with Lenny Pickett called Lynks.  Plus at the end we talk about Music City Eats, the festival he started with the guys from Kings of Leon.  

This week's podcast is sponsored by our friends at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, who made it possible for us to go to Life is Beautiful this year and record all these great episodes.  

Direct download: Episode_119-Jonathan_Waxman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:55 AM

Ep. 118 - This week's episode is a two for one special! Recorded at the Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, we crossed a major guest off the bucket list in the first half of the podcast when we got to sit down with Questlove, the legendary drummer of The Roots.  We talked about the food he ate growing up, cereal (a lot about cereal, actually) and how he's turned his New York City apartment into a food salon.  In the second half of the episode our guest is Gus from the UK band Alt-J.  We talked to him about American junk food, his secret restaurant notebook, and the magic of a chip butty (naturally.)  

This week's podcast is brought to you by The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas ( http://www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com), who made it possible for us to go to Life is Beautiful and record these podcasts.  And UE Boom, who just comissioned us to create a series of posts featuring 5 music inspired family meal recipes from 5 amazing Los Angeles chefs. The first, featuring Chef Jeremy Fox from Rustic Canyon, is up now at http://www.makemusicsocial.com

Direct download: Episode_118-Questlove__Alt-J.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:52 AM

Ep. 117 - This past weekend we ate and podcasted our way through the Life is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas. Here is the first of the three episodes we recorded, featuring Eric & Bruce Bromberg- owners of the Blue Ribbon empire and Brooklyn Bowl, plus the curators of all the food at the festival. We talk about their fried chicken (which was hands down the best thing to eat at the fest), plus how the original Blue Ribbon in NYC was originally meant to be a late night spot for musicians to eat after playing in the clubs.  We also talked about their college bands, their extensive guitar collection, and how Bruce played on a Melvins record.  

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Special thanks this week goes out to The Cosmpolitan Las Vegas, who made it possible for us to be at Life is Beautiful.  Stay there next time to you go to Vegas... you won't regret it.  http://www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com

Direct download: Episode_117-Eric__Bruce_Bromberg.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:10 PM

Ep. 116 - New York Times columnist Mark Bittman took 30 minutes out of his book tour to talk music with us last week by the pool of his hotel in West Hollywood. He takes us through his childhood, from the Beatles (and knowing a bunch of the screaming girls in those classic New York photos), to Hendrix (who he saw five times.) And then talks about some of the music he listens to now, like tUnE-yArDs (yes, Mark Bittman dropped  a Tune Yards reference on us.)  Naturally we also talked about how much more political food has become, while at the same time music has seemlingly become less political.  

Mark's new book "How to Cook Everything Fast" is out now. 

Direct download: Episode_116-Mark_Bittman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:50 AM

Ep. 115 - This week we welcome Carnie Wilson to the podcast, who might be known best as 1/3 of the band Wilson Phillips and as host of one of the greatest daytime talk shows of all time (well, to Zach anyway.) But did you know she's also an accomplished cook, having won Chopped and come in 2nd on Rachael vs. Guy's Celebrity Cook Off.  Her latest project is making desserts at Vitello's in Los Angeles, where she was recently named the Executive Pastry Chef.  She tells us about the role food played in her life growing up (including one memorable bowl of cereal she had with her dad) and tells Zach what it was like to both win and lose on Chopped- and that's when the podcast gets dirty...  

Direct download: Episode_115-Carnie_Wilson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:04 AM

Ep. 114 - Curious to hear how a globe trotting, food loving, expensive sake drinking DJ lives?  Ali Shirazinia aka Dubfire (aka half of the house duo Deep Dish) is this week's podcast guest.  We talk to him about the Persian food he ate growing up, the restaurant he plans on opening with a chef from Tsujiki Fish Market in Japan, and his recent trip to Copenhagen to go to the MAD Symposium.  Plus he tells us the sad story of how he lost his extensive list of recommended restaurants after a phone sync gone bad.  Our friend Jeff Miller from Thrillist LA and the Black Crystal Wolf Kids joins as guest co-host.  

Direct download: Episode_114-Dubfire.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:50 AM

Ep. 113 - Joe Kwon is not just the cellist for the Avett Brothers, but he's also their resident cook and food blogger.  We talk to him about his Korean food filled weekly "family reunions" growing up in North Carolina, Dave Matthews' catering, and his favorite places to eat in Nashville, Raleigh, Portland and more.  Plus he weighs in on what BBQ is the best.  Spoiler: His favorite is from eastern North Carolina (which apparently is completely different than western North Carolina BBQ.) 

Direct download: Episode_113-Joe_Kwon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:31 AM

Ep. 112 - It's our very first podcast recorded live in front of audience!  This past weekend Zach went to Chicago for Food Network in Concert at Ravinia, and podcasted live on one of the side stages w/ Chef Wylie Dufresne (WD-50), Food Network personality Jeff Mauro, Chris Carrabba (from Dashboard Confessional & Twin Forks), Josh Kaufman (Winner of Season 6 of the Voice), and Lori Majewski (author of Mad World: An Oral History of the New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s.) We talk more Grateful Dead and Lou Reed w/ Wylie, hear about Jeff's first concert, find out what Josh feeds his kids, and hear about the kind of food Chris grew up eating. And then, towards the end, the discussion devolved into vegetarians vs. the meat eaters as we discussed the politics of food.  Can you guys who was on which side?

Direct download: Episode_112-Food_Network_In_Concert.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:06 AM

Ep. 111 - You likely know Alex Guarnaschelli from her triumph on Next Iron Chef, or as a judge on Chopped, or as the Executive Chef of Butter in New York City. But did you also know she is a huge fan of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden? And her mom, the famous cookbook editor, had a kick ass record collection? She also tells us about cooking for Prince (eat your heart out Marcus Samuelsson!), the time Nile Rodgers played at her restaurant The Darby, and the time she saw the Jerry Garcia Band at the Garden and left early to get a burger at Big Nick's on the Upper West Side. And then, her 7 year old daughter plays drums at the end of the episode to close things out. 

Alex will actually be one of the many chefs appearing with us at Food Network in Concert at Ravinia this weekend in Chicago, along with Anne Burrell, Jose Garces, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Jeff Mauro.  Plus musicians John Mayer, Phillip Phillips, Twin Forks, Josh Kaufman and more. We'll be podcasting live in the Bennet Gordon Hall from 3:45 to 4:30pm w/ Chef Jeff Mauro, Chris Carrabba (from Twin Forks and Dashboard Confessional), Josh Kaufman and more- so come say hi if you're in the Chicago area!  Get more info at http://www.foodnetworkinconcert.com

Direct download: Episode_111-Alex_Guarnaschelli.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:34 AM