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First Aired - 09/14/2010 06:30PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on Why We Cook Erica talks urban foraging and flavored honeys. A recent trip out to the northwest found Chef Erica in a wonderland of wild blackberries. These "Queens of the Berry World" grow like weeds out there, literally--many residents of Portland consider them to be thorny pests rather than a bounty of free wild treats, and they can often be found for sale at green markets a stones throw away from areas where they're growing wild. This episode also looks at carrot honey and Whole Foods's impressive new effort to spread awareness about conserving seafood. This episode was sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

New York City’s Craft Beer Week is just around the corner, beginning Friday, September 24th and running through Sunday, October 3rd. To kickoff the annual series, Whole Foods Market Bowery is hosting a beer and food pairing event in their Beer Room. Oskar Blues is on tap and Chef Jacques Gautier of Park Slope’s Palo Santo is cooking up one of his South American delights to accompany. Food tasting goes from 5 to 7 and beer will continue til 9. With a Craft Beer Week passport get $3 off a 64 ounce growler fill. Meet Chef Gautier Friday, September 24th and enjoy some special tastes, on tap and from the kitchen.

Photo 1: Green Figs, Photo 2: Blackberries


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First Aired - 01/29/2012 01:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on Straight, No Chaser, Katy Keiffer is joined by Michael Conard, the Assistant Director of the Urban Design Lab. Tune in for an intense discussion on re-imagining regional and nationalized food systems and implementing improved infrastructure into these systems. They also explore the links between food and health and the potential for venture capitalism in creating more regionalized food hubs. Hear about some of the change that could be possible with an overturn of many of the systems and political models when it comes to food in the United States. This episode was sponsored by Fairway Market.

"There people who are thinking about [venture capital]. It's just beginning to be directed and invested. We're working with people talking about regionalized food hubs attached to health care facilities. "

--Michael Conard, Assistant Director of the Urban Design Lab on Straight, No Chaser


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First Aired - 01/15/2012 01:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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You may think you've had extra virgin olive oil, but there's a good chance you haven't. Tune in to an informative episode of Straight, No Chaser as Katy Keiffer chats with Tom Mueller, author of "Extra Virginity", about the process of making and distributing olive oil. Learn what makes true extra virgin olive oil so expensive and how some labels are completely misleading. Hear about the many different varieties of olive oil and find out how the range of varietals are very similar to wine. Experts and novices alike can learn something new about one of the most integral ingredients in our culinary landscape. This episode was sponsored by Cain Vineyard & Winery.

"Real extra virgin olive oil is a fresh squeezed fruit juice. It's expensive to make, you have to take good care of the trees. Harvesting costs alone can be staggering."

"There is no such thing as second pressed extra virgin olive oil."

"Olive oil is a bit like wine, each varietal is completely different."

--Tom Mueller, author of "Extra Virginity" on Straight, No Chaser


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