Heritage Radio is the food-focused, listener-supported internet radio station that broadcasts from a studio attached to Roberta's in Bushwick. Every week, many of the big players in the food world host and appear on shows, and oftentimes they reveal interesting tidbits about their work. Here's a guide to five notable pieces of recent programming:
1) Roberta's Radio Premiere:
Roberta's Pizza finally steps into their own backyard for a free-form radio show about the goings-on at the restaurant. Host and Executive Producer of Heritage Radio Jack Inslee kicks off the show, that will ultimately corral stories, interviews and DJ sets from and about the 100+ staff of Roberta's with an interview with Roberta's co-owner Brandon Hoy and a DJ set from one of their back waiters. Here's Hoy on why they recently opened a new takeout space next door:
It became a place where you were having very long wait times and it's difficult to get in, and it's a little disheartening to us when your friends start telling you, 'I haven't gone for a few years because it's so hard to get in,' it's like 'that sucks, that's not why we made the place.' We didn't make the place so people from Pennsylvania and Australia and wherever they're coming from…we made the place for people in the neighborhood…if you want pizza and beer, here's a place where you can get pizza and beer.
2) The Slice Harvester:
Pizza Party, a new entry in the HRN lineup from host Talia Ralph focusing solely on pizza, features an interview with Colin Hagendorf of Slice Harvester. Hagendorf notorious ate and blogged his way through every slice shop in NYC. Here he is on the fun he had reaping za:
[Slice Harvesting] helped me because I had something to do that was exciting and I also had something to do that was sociable because I would take friends with me slice harvesting. I had an outlet to be social and creative with my pals that wasn't going to the bar or drinking a forty on a stoop.
3) Good Old Moonshining:
Cathy Erway of the food book talk show Eat Your Words spoke to Jaime Joyce, author of Moonshine: A Cultural History of America's Infamous Liquor. Here's one story from the long-lost age of Sugar Shine:
There's this story about this sugar executive who takes a train down to Virginia, and he got off the train, he looked around, he saw that there was smoke coming from the hills, and he realized, 'oh, these are moonshine stills operating in the mountains.' And he got right back on that train and headed back, because he realized that millions of pounds of sugar were not being used to make cake or pie or for making jellies and jams.
4) Amanda Cohen on The Modern Vegetarian:
Julia Turshen of Radio Cherry Bombe spoke with Chef Amanda Cohen about plans for her restaurant's new location, and where her restaurant sits in the discussion of vegetarian cooking as a lifestyle:
We don't have a philosophy behind what we do [at Dirt Candy]. It's not a lifestyle restaurant. I don't care what you had for lunch, you don't have to tell me that you're a carnivore when you come into the restaurant. I just want you to like the food that I'm serving.
5) Joshua David Stein on Eggs:
NYT and Munchies food writer Joshua David Stein opened up a season of his new show, The Joshua David Stein Variety Hour…Half Hour by discussing LES newcomer The Egg Shop and the further complexity and importance of the egg sandwich. Michael Ruhlman phones in his opinion on the perfect egg sandwich:
[The egg sandwich] is all about not losing the flavor of the egg, so I think minimal ingredients, very thin, shatteringly thin bacon, a minimum of cheese, soft bread, and some good mayonnaise.
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