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First Aired - 02/21/2010 12:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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Christina Grace, Michael Hurwitz & Patrick Manning talk about the agriculture business and Bob Wyatt & Johnny Saunders explain a new methods digital book publication.
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First Aired - 04/18/2010 02:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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Anne talks with Angela Miller, author of "Hay Fever: How Chasing a Dream on Vermont Farm Changed My Life".
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Cheesiest show, Anne Saxelby, Sam Edwards Virginia Ham, Angela Miller, beautiful afternoon, literary agent, farmer, author, new book Hay Fever How Chasing a Dream on a Vermont Farm changed my life, self depricating, funny, not a memoir, not self righteous, pulls you into what farm life was like, comedy of errors, the most I think I know the less I really know because Nature throws you so many curveballs, we are all in the same boat, government definition of farmer is that you must have farmed for 10 years or more, tax breaks for property, if you keep farm a farm get 25% off property tax, American Farmstead Cheeses, they make a stellar product, writers take center stage, you don' take personal calls when at a meeting, but the farm is the farm - you always pick up when the farm calls, livestock on livestock murder, multi-faceted support system, your life is so insane you should write a book, as long as its a cautionary tale and funny, I don't make the cheese but have put a team together at Consider Bardwell, writing a book was really difficult, Ralph is my co-author, never wanted to hear from Ralph but I needed a disciplinarian, a deadline is a deadline, fear of God, The Great Recession, more dramatic than most years, from breeding to distribution, the Seasons of a Farm, breed goat in November, fresh chevre,
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Published by Wiley, now available in stores, the books focus is the year in the life of a goat farm, skill sets to bring a group of people together, what are you good at and what are you not good at, how did you decide cheese, dramatic switch the suddenly to cheese, The Cheese Plate, love that book, Peter Dixon, whole thing coalessed magically, nine goats we were milking, played with aged cheeses and chevre, in 2004 became the cheese maker, a whole other universe, world class cheese brand, new farmers can help multi-generational farmers, being face of the cheese is its own job, Vermont Institute of Artisanal Cheese, partying on Shelter Island, I needed a big project, this has added energy to my life, runner up in Best in Show American Cheese Society, won Jersey Cow Association Award in Europe, gratifying but scary, how has farmed change, it was a derelict cow dairy, has the biggest barn was all filled with debris, he designed the infrastructure, Cambridge alum, I organize and communicate, manage to make it all happen, Peter Dixon designed special two special cheese caves and will be designing two more, one huge one in the hay loft, no more romps in the hay, milk own goats, partner with Lisa Kaimen on Jersey Girl Farm, bring her milk over to make 3 cow's milk cheese, adding value, represent Jean Georges, he tasted West Pawlet aka Chester for the first time and loved it, is from the state of 'Vraimont', a badge of honor, seal of approval from a French chef, in Greenmarkets, one final question: if this book is made into a movie who would you cast to play us, too scary, who would you cast, Myrle Streep could work, some other classy lady, Glen Close, Diane Keaton, Cutting the Curd will come back to you next Sunday,

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First Aired - 08/01/2010 12:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on The Main Course, Patrick, Katy & special guest Dave Arnold pay tribute to one of the modern food revolution's biggest heroes, Michael Batterberry. Then, Mandy Oser stops by to share what it's like working with Eric Ripert and the team at Le Bernadin and to talk about her burgeoning wine bar, Ardesia. Finally, Chef Julia Jaksic drops in and recounts childhood stories of butchering and explains the philosophy of her restaurant, Employees Only. This episode was sponsored by The Barterhouse. For more information visit www.thebarterhouse.com

Photo 1: Michael Batterberry, Photo 2: Ardesia Wine Bar, Photo 3: Julia Jaksic

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The Main Course, Patrick Martins, Katy Keiffer, The Barterhouse, Mandy Oser, Ardesia Wine Bar, she is an assistant to Eric Ripert at Le Bernardin, Dave Arnold, Dave wouldn't be where he is today without Michael, he liked to do a lot of things behind the scenes, he knew everybody, a mentor to countless numbers of people, you can't put a number on Food & Wine magazine, Michael was an early champion of chefs, he was truly a man of the people, his knowledge was vast, he always looked like a million bucks and sounded like a gentleman, Patrick and Katy wouldn't have met if not for Michael, Michael assigned Katy to do a profile on Heritage Radio Network, Michael introduced Dave to Harold McGee, Food Arts, local distribution, farmers markets, Michael Batterberry tribute,
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Eric Ripert has been a mentor to many other chefs, Michael Vernon, Geisha New York, Eric cultivates creativity throughout the team, consulting businesses that help restaurants develop, Le Bernardin Restaurant keeps to itself, partnered with the Ritz Carlton, Alice Waters, you maintain quality by not spreading out too thin, Mandy worked in the Senate after college, Senator Robert Torricelli, there are similarities between politics and food service, it's all hospitality, Avec Eric, it just won an Emmy, he visited Alec Bradfords farm, Leaping Waters Farm, Sam Edwards, Edwards Ham, Alec is a great spokesman, Ancient White Park Cattle, the Ancient White Park loin was knighted by Richard I and thus called Sir Loin, Kitchen Confidential, Top Chef, how did Eric meet all of his fisherman friends, Rod Browne Mitchell,
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who is your power animal?, Katy: Otter, Mandy: bird or a fish, is it difficult to be a woman in the food industry?, is it still a male dominated world?, Julia grew up with 5 brothers and a father, how does child bearing play into a career in the restaurant business, Gabrielle Hamilton, Prune Restaurant, she worked deep into her pregnancy, Julia is a partner of Employees Only, when you build a trust with your team it allows you to do other things, there is a managerial side of being a chef, when people mess up and feel bad about it it's better, a lot of mistakes are rooted in miscommunication, Julia is responsible for 12 people, Mandy is responsible for 8 to 10 people, every human being requires clearly expressed expectations, lead by example, Sarah Obraitis, M. Wells,

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