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First Aired - 07/19/2009 01:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on the Q-Report: Guest Co-Host Gabe Rosner, Patrick and Mark talk Beer with Brewmaster Shane from Six Points Brewery and Justin Phillips of the Beer Table in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
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First Aired - 01/22/2014 10:00AM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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Born and raised in the Detroit area of Michigan, Alexander took his first restaurant job nearby at Morels a Michigan Bistro in Bingham Farms. While his initial motivation was to pay for college, he found he was truly inspired by working alongside Morels’ Master Sommelier, Madeline Triffon. Yet another one of those opportunities came along as Dining Room Captain at Michael Mina’s Saltwater and Bourbon Steak in Detroit, MI. There Alexander met Michael Mina’s Wine Director, Rajat Parr, whose influence prompted him to take the next step in his career, and along with it, a move to the San Francisco Bay Area. When it comes to wine and food enjoyed together, Alexander believes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. He favors an approach to wine that minimizes complexity, emphasizes pleasure and makes people comfortable with their own taste, knowledge and budget. That said, he happens to be a Master Sommelier candidate and is also reaching for the Wine & Spirits Education Trust diploma. Alexander is hesitant to commit to a favorite wine. From crisp whites to earthy reds and even dessert wines, he claims to have no bias but is a fan of grower-producers. If truly pressed he’ll confess a weakness for Champagne, low in alcohol, high in acidity, refreshing and delicious with just about anything! This program has been sponsored by The International Culinary Center. Today's music provided by Four Lincolns.

"One of the most important things to us was to be non-pretentious in everything that we were doing, because you don't have to spend a lot of money to get good service or to get a great product." [24:00]

"I try to stay away from any dogma if I can. I believe in well made wine that's well executed and delicious." [28:30]

Alex LaPratt on In The Drink

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First Aired - 01/09/2014 10:00AM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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Welcome to the debut of Just Food Stories! Meet your hosts, Jacquie Berger and Alison Cayne. Jacquie is the Executive Director of Just Food, a NYC nonprofit that connects farmers and communities with the resources and support they need to make fresh, healthy, locally grown food accessible to all. Alison is the founder of Haven’s Kitchen, a cooking school, specialty food shop and event space in Manhattan. On this first episode of Just Food Stories, Jacquie and Alison are talking about starting CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs in New York City with Paula Lukats, CSA Program Manager for Just Food, and Dawn Rizzo of Staten Island CSA. Tune into this episode to learn why CSAs bring communities together and provide stable income for farmers. How can NYC residents start a CSA program in their neighborhood through Just Food? Later, Dawn talks about her role in starting two CSAs on Staten Island, and how the idea has spread throughout the borough. How are CSAs intrinsically linked with social justice? Find out on the first episode of Just Food Stories! Thanks to our sponsor, Route 11 Potato Chips. Music by The California Honeydrops.

"You don't have to reinvent the wheel. There are 115 CSAs out there in the city, so Just Food is here to make sure you don't have to start from scratch to start your own." [6:45]

"The CSA gives the farmer a consumer base that's committed to them... the food that they're growing will have a home. It gives stability in marketing, and farmers like knowing who they are growing for." [7:45]

-- Paula Lukats on Just Food Stories

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