Best of Spring!

Heritage Radio Network's Best of Spring 2017

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Break out the sunnies and pour yourself a glass of rosé! It's finally spring. We're so happy to share with you our top episodes of the spring 2017 season. We've even put together a handy playlist to bring along on your warm weather adventures!

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The Food Seen, Episode 314: W&P Design
On today’s episode of The Food Seen, University of Virginia roommates Eric Prum & Josh Williams spent their collegiate years infusing bourbon with peaches, their apartment strewn with mason jars in the process. What was part preoccupation, lead to a professional career in catering; Williams attended culinary school in Italy, while Prum furthered his studies in design and manufacturing. From that first joint venture, they created W&P Design, a food & beverage company that has made over 200 original products in the barware space. It all started with the Mason Shaker, the base of which is literally a mason jar with a screw on shaker top. Aimed to demystify the art of crafting great cocktails, they followed this up by “Shake“, their first in series of service book titles now published in-house by Dovetail Press. This dynamic duo also constructed Carry On Cocktail Kits (which are TSA & FAA compliant at 30,000 feet), and continue to improve drink aesthetics, and functionality, whether at a home bar, or on the road.

What Doesn't Kill You, Episode 219: Panhandle Fire Relief
This week on What Doesn’t Kill You, host Katy Keiffer is joined by Will Carey and Lesha Pierson, volunteers for the 2017 Panhandle Fire Relief organization. On March 6, wildfires swept through an estimated 1.5 million acres in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado. Thousands of cattle were lost, and homes were destroyed, yet this story remains largely underreported in the mainstream news media.

Snacky Tunes, Episode 300: Cherry Bombe Jubilee & Color Collage
EPISODE 300!! To celebrate this milestone we’re joined by our dear friends Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu of Cherry Bombe Magazine. It’s their annual visit with us, and they’re here to tell us all about the expanded Cherry Bombe Jubilee.

Magnifeco Radio, Episode 25: A Smaller Footstep– Urban Homesteading with Summer Rayne
With her many hats: model, scientist, activist, entrepreneur and author, one thing has remained constant for Summer Rayne Oakes, her urban oasis. Nestled into her Williamsburg apartment, Summer has over 500 plants and has now turned her attention to helping others become more attuned to nature in the city. Kate sits down with Summer to discuss this new endeavor, how to have a smaller footprint, and how to grow a salad in a closet.

The Farm Report, Episode 314: Save Ron Finley's Gangsta Garden
This week on The Farm Report, host Erin Fairbanks is joined by “Gangsta Gardener” Ron Finley and environmentalist & entrepreneur Nell Newman. Ron Finley is a creative phenomenon: a gangsta horticulturalist, with a strong vision for community gardening and the eventual creation of “a school of nourishment and change”. Nicknamed the “Gangsta Gardener” and the “Renegade Gardener”, Ron Finley planted organic vegetables in the parkway in front of his South Los Angeles home and a revolution was started. Ron’s belief that gardens build communities has blossomed into a quest to change how we eat and the eventual founding of the Ron Finley Project, an organization dedicated to changing culture and growing people.

Speaking Broadly, Episode 10: Ellen Bennett, Founder of Hedley & Bennett
Apron entrepreneur Ellen Bennett knows how to make things happen. Ever since she figured out how to pay for culinary school in Mexico (sell canola oil, become a radio announcer, model) she has pursued her dreams with an ebullient intensity. Bennett’s first customer was ready to buy aprons before she even had a prototype. She just knew that she could improve both the utility and beauty of kitchen workwear. Ellen’s energy is electric. After listening to this episode, listeners will be ready to tackle any project.

All in the Industry, Episode 135: Peter Kim of MOFAD
On this week’s episode of All in the Industry, Shari is joined by the Peter Kim, Executive Director of the Museum of Food and Drink. In 2011, Peter began working with Dave Arnold on launching MOFAD. Since then, he has overseen all aspects of the project’s development, including the opening of the museum’s first brick-and-mortar space in October 2015. He and MOFAD have been featured in The New York TimesThe New Yorker, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has spoken widely about the museum’s dynamic approach. He has worked as a hunger policy advocate, public health educator, and international litigator, and he founded and directed L’Art de Vivre, an arts education nonprofit in Cameroon. He holds a BA from Brown University, a JD from the University of Pennsylvania, Master’s degrees from both Sciences Po and the Sorbonne in Paris, and an amateur certificate from the French Culinary Institute.

Japan Eats, Episode 76: The Quilted Giraffe: A Japanese Legacy
On this week’s episode of Japan Eats, host Akiko is joined in studio by restaurant industry legend Barry Wine, former chef and owner of The Quilted Giraffe Restaurant, one of the most important restaurants in NYC’s history. Tune in and listen to Barry share a few of his many stories of years working as a restauranteur in the city.

Radio Cherry Bombe, Episode 104: Melissa Clark
The cookbook queen with a good appetite is in the studio today! Melissa Clark has written 38 cookbooks, many of them in collaboration with some of New York’s most celebrated chefs. Her latest cookbook, Dinner: Changing the Game, proves she isn’t stopping anytime soon. Dinner was designed to help anyone figure out what to make any night of the week, without falling back on what you’ve eaten before. Melissa is a favorite around our office and her effortless work ethic a inspiration to food writers around the world.

Fuhmentaboudit!, Episode 198: Shochu Want to Know About Shochu? Stephen Lyman Will Shochu!
Stephen Lyman, Cool Japan Ambassador – Honkaku Shochu, Certified Shochu Adviser – Sake School of America and founder of, joins Mary, Chris and Rachel in the studio. We delve into the fascinating world of shochu, a traditional distilled beverage from Japan. Shochu is made from a variety of sources, including barley, rice, sweet potato and chestnut, koji, yeast and water. Tune in to find out how shouchu is made, how to taste it and much, much more.

The Grape Nation, Episode 25: Paul Grieco, GM of Terroir Wine Bar, Tribeca, NYC
Paul Grieco of Terroir Wine Bar in NYC has been on the New York wine and restaurant scene for over 30 years. He is a true prophet of Riesling and wines that deserve their due. He is the father of “The Summer of Riesling” We’ll talk to Paul about Riesling, under appreciated wines, and hospitality and service in the wine and restaurant business.

Eat Your Words, Episode 306: The Reducetarian Solution
This week on Eat Your Words, Cathy is joined in studio by Brian Kateman, President of the Reducetarian Foundation. A vegetarian tired of feeling guilty for eating the occasional turkey breast on Thanksgiving, Brian came up with the idea of reducing but not eliminating meat from his diet. He was inspired by his research on the impacts of animal farming on the environment and human health and became a reducetarian and author on the topic. His book The Reducetarian Solution will be available in stores on April 18.

Cooking Issues, Episode 288: Bag Juice Blunders
This week on Cooking Issues, Dave and Nastassia are joined by Arielle Johnson of the MIT Media Lab, and food media impresario Peter Meehan to talk Lucky Peach‘s impending lethal injection, Dave’s forays into bagpipery, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, foam, sous vide bag juices, garlic knots, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the film Commando, SodaStreams, and more!

A Taste of the Past, Episode 263: African American History Through the Lens of Food 
The recently completed Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. Within the museums’ exhibits are five forms of cultural expression including “Foodways: Culture and Cuisine.” Author and historian of African-American foodways Jessica B. Harris was a consultant on the project, and talks about range of influence of African-Americans in the foods and cooking of the United States. And she gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the careful planning of regional foods offered in the museum’s Sweet Home Cafe.

The Front Burner, Episode 36: The Last Magnificent
Three of the biggest names in chef-land join us to discuss the new documentary JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT, which opens in New York and Los Angeles this Friday, April 21. Executive producer Anthony Bourdain, director Lydia Tenaglia, and legendary chef Jeremiah Tower.  Over a far-reaching hour we discuss the film, Jeremiah’s landmark achievements at Chez Panisse and Stars, the politics of the food business, and how the movie came together. What else need we say? Enjoy this one … we did!