First Aired - 01/30/2011 12:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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Betsy Pochoda headlines a jam-packed, informative and entertaining episode of The Main Course. Hear Betsy speak on her experience working at such media institutes as the NY Post, The Nation, Vogue, House & Garden, Antiques & more! Find out why The Nation CANNOT be compared to Fox News, and how Betsy got involved with the sustainable food movement. Later on, learn more about HACCP plans, inspections and regulations form Elizabeth Meltz, Directory of Food Safety and Sustainability for Batali/Bastianich. Also on the show: Sean Dimin of Sea2Table and Jonah Rhodehamel of Oliveto Restaurant and Cafe. This episode was sponsored by White Oak Pastures. For more information visit www.whiteoakpastures.com

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Betsy Pochoda (16:33)
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Betsy Pochoda, editor for Antiques, The Nation, The NY Post, NY Daily News, Entertainment Weekly, there are no ideas that couldn't be made available to everybody, Rupert Murdoch stranglehold, difference between working at magazines and newspapers, quick cycle for newspapers, tabloid newspapers think their readership is stupid, they edit accordingly, Entertainment Weekly was founded to only promote products, now it has become a tabloid, mixing populism and elitism to remove both, the NY Post used to be an intelligent persons paper, Dorothy Shift owned the paper when it was at its best, writers weren't allowed to be smart while writing for the Post, Patrick and Betsy met through Slow Food, she was with House & Garden back then, trajectory of slow food, it's become a lower case word, economies of scale, good food is more expensive, elitism issues, farmers markets, more diverse crowds, Carlo Petrini, Vanity Fair, Vogue, House & Garden, environmentalism, nothing has taken its place,
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Betsy Pochoda, illustrious publication career, Radio Bra Red Waves, bringing interesting ideas to the general population, educating the public about trends, Roberta's reminds Betsy of the 60's, alternative food began with the hippies, brutal and puritanical, France will change anybodys mind, Julia Child, Alice Waters, a moment in France that changed everything, Florence Fabricant, everybody eats well in France, that's the goal, Betsy cannot deal with elitism, financial issues facing organic food, economies of scale, we need something between hand raised locally raised and commodity, we spend 6% of our income on food, other countries spend 25%, Betsy comes from a farm family in Missouri, they ate good wholesome food that tasted great, Antiques Magazine, antique road shows, they go for the aw shucks moment, it's like playing the lottery, something for nothing attitude, food metaphors, Betsy is an omnivore, punitive aspect to food, populism, Fox News is irresponsible The Nation is not, Betsy wished she did more at the NY Post, Betsy likes spectrum of opinion, Betsy is a big Obama supporter,
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Elizabeth Meltz, pioneer of a new role in the food industry, playing the games of the US government, Directory of Food Safety and Sustainability for Batali/Bastianich, B&B, there are different codes for different states, compliance A-Z, every inspector has a different personality, changing inspectors every two months, some small places have horrible inspectors that ruin their lives, Fantasma's, Paradise Locker Meats, every regulatory agency claims to be getting rid of this problem, HACCP, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points, reserved for specific things in restaurants, sous vide, low temp cooking, sushi rice, cured meats, bleaching meat, what would you change at the USDA?, restaurants vs slaughterhouses, restaurants are not federally regulated, depends on local inspectors, restaurants in NYC are not that big,


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