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When it comes to cocktails, Dale DeGroff is literally king. Dale (aka King Cocktail) is the author of the award-winning "The Craft of The Cocktail" and "The Essential Cocktail" (Random House). Dale is most famous for having worked and managed the bars at New York's famous Rainbow Room. Dale was awarded the James Beard Wine & Spirits Professional Award in 2009, and the The Best Bar Mentor at Tales of the Cocktail 2010. He is a partner of Beverage Alcohol Resource (BAR), a partnership of six of the world's leading spirits and cocktails authorities who provide training and credentialing in distilled spirits and mixology. Dale is also the founding president of The Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans. Dale's most recent endeavor is his new Pimento Aromatic Bitters, a product he developed with renowned absinthe distiller Ted Breaux. Tune in for a lively discussion with Dale and host Joe Campanale on today's episode of In the Drink

"The art and craft of creating really good tasting drinks for in excess of 300 people over and over several hundred times a day has really been mastered." [03:00]

"It's challenging for young distillers to find ways to bring production costs down but I'm sure that will happen. if you look at the great spirits of the world - they're available in the marketplace for a third of what these artisanal spirits are sold for." [29:00]

"There are five basic sauces in the culinary world and we have our 5 basic sauces for the bar world too." [33:00]

--Dale DeGroff on In the Drink


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This week on Chef's Story, Dorothy Cann Hamilton chats with acclaimed chef Dan Barber. Dan is the co-owner and executive chef of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and the author of the forthcoming book, The Third Plate (May 2014, The Penguin Press). His opinions on food and agricultural policy have appeared in the New York Times, along with many other publications. Appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Dan continues the work that he began as a member of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture's board of directors: to blur the line between the dining experience and the educational, bringing the principles of good farming directly to the table. Barber has received multiple James Beard awards including Best Chef: New York City (2006) and the country's Outstanding Chef (2009).In 2009 he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. This program was brought to you by Heritage Foods USA.

"The third plate is the basis of all great cuisines." [04:00]

"We're a very young country and we have this freakish soil fertility." [05:00]

--Dan Barber on Chef's Story


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