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First Aired - 12/05/2010 12:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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Jonathan Russo, publisher of the Organic Wine Journal, joins Patrick & Katy on a passionate and informative episode of The Main Course. The three enter a heated discussion about the intersection of food, budget and politics in our nation. They also discuss our growing obesity problem in America in detail, outlining what is causing us to get fat as a nation and what might possibly save us. Later on the show, Daniel Holzman of the famed Meatball Shop drops by to promote his slow-food gone fast-food late night eatery. Also on the show, bartender & mixologist Damon Boelte. This episode was generously sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons. For more information visit www.surryfarms.com

Photo 1: Daniel Holzman (left) of The Meatball Shop, Photo 2: Mixologist Damon Boelte

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First Aired - 06/08/2011 03:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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Damon Celebrates his 30th birthday on a heady episode of The Speakeasy with friend, bar manager and reggae/dancehall DJ Shane Feirstein. Tune in as they talk about Jamaican rum, Jamaican music and the Jamaican lifestyle while sipping on rum and listening to some great tracks. This episode was sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons. For more information visit Surry Farms.


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First Aired - 11/30/2011 04:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on The Speakeasy, Damon chats with childhood friend and owner of Ba'sik Bar in Wiliamsburg, Jay Zimmerman. Hear what made him want to expand to Williamsburg and find out what challenges come along with opening a new bar in New York. This episode was sponsored by Roberta's


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