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The US is the world’s largest producer of broiler chickens - raising just under 9 billion each year. Chickens account for 95% of animals raised within t he US. There are little to no regulations for the welfare of broilers instituted by the federal government. Compassion in World Farming is seeking to raise the bar for industry practices by engaging consumers and food businesses in their Better Chicken Initiative.

By Laura del Campo


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Tune in to a fun, friendly and informative episode of The Speakeasy as host Damon Boelte is joined by Jeffrey Morgenthaler, bar manager at Clyde Common and Pepe Le Moko in Portland, Oregon and author of The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique. Damon and Jeffrey talk shop and discuss the importance of technique over recipes, subjectivity in cocktail tasting and the state of drinks in 2014. Tune in and get some serious insight into the world of cocktails on another awesome episode of The Speakeasy. Today's show was brought to you by Rolling Press.

"Recipes and flavors are so subjective, which is great! We don't have to agree about the proper proportions for a whiskey sour because there are so many different palettes and preferences. One thing we can agree on is that we should strain the lemon juice before the whiskey sour so theres no pulp. The technique is more objective, which is fun for me." [13:00]

--Jeffrey Morgenthaler on The Speakeasy


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This week's featured guest on Chef's Story Katy Sparks, Executive Chef at Tavern on the Green. Dorothy Cann Hamilton is in Central Park this week as she chats with Katy, who's background includes cooking at NYC institutions like The Quilted Giraffe and Mesa Grill. Find out what it's like cooking at a restaurant that seats 700(!!) and comes with a storied reputation that rivals any other dining establishment in the country. From an early appreciation of food to her climb up kitchen ladders - find out how this Middlebury born culinary talent rose to the top in a candid and insightful look at her career. This program was brought to you by Whole Foods Market

"I was actually a hostess at a bar and little by little I just kept gravitating towards the kitchen because of memories of being in my mom's kitchen - the center of the house." [05:00]

"I learned that you don't have to be a food service to run a restaurant." [17:00]

"The first decision you make is important - but not fatal by any means." [22:00]

"My cooking is very personal. I'm not trying to cater to people's needs." [33:00]

--Katy Sparks on Chef's Story


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