Food is the New Rock

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
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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
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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

Direct download: Episode_111-Alex_Guarnaschelli.mp3
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Ep. 110 - Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz comes to Bronson Island this week to talk food with Zach and guest co-host Jeff Miller.  We talk about New Orleans, San Francisco burritos, and the beauty of lengua and tripe.  Plus we talk to him about his good friend Giada De Laurentiis and he tells about the greatest New Year's Eve dinner date of his life.

Direct download: Episode_110-Counting_Crows.mp3
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Ep. 109 - Matt Mira, Michelle Branch and Andy Milonakis are just a few of the friends that stopped by to podcast with us this week, our very first episode recorded live at an event.  It all went down this past friday night at the opening night party of L.A. Times' The Taste.  In addition to Matt, Michelle and Andy, we also talked to L.A. Chefs Bruce Kalman (Union) and David Lefevre (MB Post), Cofax owner Jason Bernstein, our pal Ray Suen (from Childish Gambino's band), and L.A. Times editor Russ Parsons, who rivaled Jonathan Gold with his stories about Muddy Waters and Buddy Holly's mom.  At the very end our guest co-host Jeff Miller stopped by in between sets, with his band Black Crystal Wolf Kids, to close out the show. 

Direct download: Episode_109-The_Taste.mp3
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