On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, we ask Luke Holden and Ben Conniff of Luke’s Lobster about what makes Maine great. Yeah it’s got those pristine coastlines perfectly situated for hauling in the freshest seafood, those wild blueberries which make for the tastiest pies, but what made two guys from “Vacationland” decide to open up a little lobster shack in NYC. In their cookbook “Real Maine Food”, they travel around their home state, searching for beach clambakes, the best chowders, and whoopie pies that will make you say “ayuh”, with the rest of them Mainers. Oh, and how about you finally learn to crack that lobster the right way.
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Joe Carroll, proprietor of barbecue restaurant Fette Sau, and New American steakhouse, St. Anselm, joins co-author Nick Fauchald in their book about meat cookery called “Feeding The Fire”. Hear how a $40 Weber grill, one dry rub, and a slow and low mantra, not only changed the urban BBQ landscape, but also elevated the cuts of meats we smoke and/or throw on the grill. Yes, there’s Texas, Kansas City, Memphis, and the Carolinas, but did you know about upstate New York’s Cornell chicken, California’s Santa Maria Valley tri-trip, Western Kentucky and mutton, and Maryland Pit Beef? Learn that BBQ is more technique than recipe, and contemplate the choices you’ll have to make for that coveted smoke ring (pinkish meat under the bark) and perfect doneness.
*photo by Claudio Gallone
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Adam D. Tihany has made quite a mark on the interior of New York City. He’s designed some of the top restaurants and hotels in the world, but it all begin here in 1981, when Tihany designed La Couple, New York’s first grand café. Since then has worked on Sirio Maccioni’s Le Cirque 2000, Thomas Keller’s Per Se, Daniel Boulud’s namesake Daniel. His book, TIHANY: Iconic Hotel and Restaurant Interiors archives, and celebrates projects from around the globe like the Westin Chosun in Seoul, Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner in London, One & Only Cape Town South Africa, and the Mandarian Oriental in Las Vegas. But what does Tihany first see when he walks into a restaurant? Where’s his favorite seat to dine at? What modern materials are being used to build beautiful new dining spaces? Now, Tihany sets his sights on the sea, designing the future in ultra-luxury cruise liners. What will Tihany design next?
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Sarah Simmons Southern sense of hospitality, may have turned her Sunday suppers into New York City’s culinary salon better know as City Grit. A win as Food & Wine’s America’s Home Cook Superstar, may have proclaimed her food worthy, but nothing prepares you for the business that comes with owning a restaurant. Luckily, years working as a retail strategist for Fortune 100 companies, gave Sarah the insight she needed to become a successful chef and restaurateur. Her second venture, Birds & Bubbles, focuses on fried chicken and champagne, because, really, what’s better than that pairing?! Now working with Williams Sonoma, Sarah curates gourmet gifts, scouts out up and coming chefs in cities across the USA, and begins to focus back on her Carolina roots, with possible brick and mortar culinary experiences making their way back South. So much for just being a home cook.
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Aarón Sánchez grew up on the Mexican border town of El Paso. He learned to cook from his mother Zarela Martinez, who would come to be one of the first female Latin chefs in New York City, if not the nation. At age 16, Aarón was accepted for master class with Chef Paul Prudhomme, which launched his career, through schooling at Johnson & Wales, and under the tutelage of other nuevo-Latino chefs like Douglas Rodriquez. In 2001, Aarón’s own voice was heard, opening Paladar in New York City’s Lower East Side. Gritty and true to his roots, it helped define the kind of cooking Aarón would continue to perfect. His understanding of chilis, salsas, chorizo, and moles, made Aarón a go to authority for Mexican cooking, landing him a judges seat on Food Network’s Chopped, and in front of many other food television shows, like Cooking Channel’s Taco Trip. When the cameras, and Aarón heads home, he still longs for his mother’s famous arroz con crema.
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Jud Mongell & Ken Addington, are partners in Brooklyn cornerstone all day cafe Five Leaves, and it’s adjacent Latin inspired bar/restaurant Nights & Weekends. Recently they’re gone west, opening L.A. Chapter at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, and King’s Highway in Palm Springs. How did a place on the edge of hipster Williamsburg, find manifest destiny in a Grass Fed Burger with Fried Pineapple, Pickled Beets, Harissa Mayo, and a Sunny Up Egg? Can you believe it all started on two islands, oceans apart from each other? Jud’s upbringing in New Zealand, and Ken from the St. Thomas US Virgin Island, both eventually calling New York City their homes. While Ken’s mom worked for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, organizing bus tours of the borough decades before it was popular, he found himself in a Manhattan kitchen at 15 years old, working for the likes of Thomas Keller. Jud, just really wanted good strong coffee, and planned on serving Oceania fare. A bus now passes by Five Leaves every day, people get on, people get off. This reminds both Ken & Jud, that their spots are for everyone, everyday, just as a neighborhood joint should be.
*photo by Andy Ford
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Anna Jones, a cook, writer, stylist, and vegetarian, only meant to cut out meat for a 6 week trial. Seven years later, she’s still at it, and inspiring other to join in. In her cookbook, “A Modern Way To Eat”, Anna uses her many years in London with Jamie Oliver as a chef and creative, as well as working with Yotam Ottolenghi, Sophie Dahl, the Fabulous Baker Brothers and more, to guide us through a vegetable based cuisine that can still be indulgent and delicious, make you feel and look good, leave you feeling light yet satisfied, help lighten the footprint on the planet, that’s quick and was and won’t cost the earth, and still impress your family and friends. From the Really Hungry Burger, which finally offers us a worthy veggie patty, to a more worldly approach with Turkish fried eggs, Dosa-spiced potato cakes, and Indonesian gado gado, Anna provides us with tutorials on how to make a great salad, variations on soups from the base up, all while elevating vegetable underdogs like turnips, chard, and rutabagas. You too may never turn back to your past eating habits.
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, April Bloomfield, chef of contemporary New York classic The Spotted Pig, her restaurants that bookend the Ace Hotel, The John Dory and The Breslin, and the famed revive of the Tosca Cafe in San Francisco. In April’s second cookbook, “A Girl and Her Greens”, she celebrates vegetables seasonally, with all the adoration she has for those not-so-nasty bits oh so loved in London. Growing up in England with her nan’s Sunday roast and her mum’s garden, hear how April traded in bacon sandwiches with HP sauce and a side of frozen peas, for salad sandwiches and crushed spring peas with mint. Don’t worry, this show isn’t just for vegetarians, there’s still a bit of lardo between every slice of hasselback potatoes. From pot-roasted artichokes with white wine and capers, boiled asparagus with ramp béarnaise sauce, watercress soup with spring garlic, swiss chard cannelloni, kale polenta, and broccoli raab morning buns, you too will be eating your vegetables from the top to the tail.
*photo by Gabriela Herman
On today’s THE FOOD SEEN, Chris Fischer is a 12th generation Martha’s Vineyard resident. When his grandparents bought Beetlebung Farm in 1961, it was inevitable that Chris would return to this small island south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. What “The Beetlebung Farm” cookbook documents is not only the seasons, but the legacy that his family has made in Chilmark. They raise and butcher their own cows, sheep, and pigs, grow their own produce on 5 acres, and host dinners in their greenhouse. True transparency of not only the their processes, but also the Beach Plum restaurant’s ideals. Griddled squid, bluefish in parchment, lobster pan roasts, spring panzanella and strawberry shortcake. Chris’ New England cuisine consists of open fires, and the brine of Great Pond oysters, just as his family’s always has.
Today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN marks 5 YEARS on HeritageRadioNetwork.org. It only makes sense to return to where it all began. Hear New York Times food photographer Andrew Scrivani on our first show ever:
Now we have Scrivani revisit, with an update about the current state of food photography. Tips on light, styling, props, how to photograph your own dish, what gear is worth investing in, how to find your own style, and what are the most challenging foods and cooking situations to capture, and why more and more still photographers are turning to motion pictures.