Beyond the Plate

Beyond the Plate

Join Andrew “Kappy” Kaplan as he sits down in-person with the world’s culinary elite to explore their journey into the industry, their career ups and downs, and the social impact they have made in their community. Every episode will share inspiring stories and anecdotes of what it means to be in today’s bustling hospitality industry, 15 million employees and growing… Beyond the Plate.... Show More

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February 10, 2021 55 min
She is a chef, TV personality, author, podcast host and former model! You might recognize her from her time as a contestant on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” or from her co-hosting the former series “The Chew,” or even as a judge on “Crazy Delicious” (Netflix). Chances are you’ve come across Carla Hall on your tv and have enjoyed her sincere love of food! In this episode, we discuss how bringing lunch to a friend at work in Washington DC kick...
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For our season finale of Beyond the Drink, we’re joined one last time by one of the leading mixology minds in the industry. Tony Abou-Ganim is back and is sharing a signature drink he created for the new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV. If you missed his first two episodes, check out Season 5 / Episode 02 and 10. Enjoy this episode as we go Beyond the Drink… with Tony Abou-Ganim. (cocktail recipe below) Big Fonzie Makes 1 drink...
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February 3, 2021 62 min
She is a chef, TV personality, author and passionate teacher. These days Anne Burrell may be most notably known as the host of Worst Cooks in America. In this episode, we discuss her recent engagement, her culinary career throughout Italy and NYC, her competitive side and more. She fights for causes she believes in ranging from feeding hungry kids to her work with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Enjoy this episode as we ...
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This week, we’re taking a short break from our regular schedule to share a special bonus episode featuring our partners at Keurig. At the start of Covid-19, Keurig decided to collaborate with five local coffee roasters from across the country that had been financially impacted by the pandemic to develop  a new limited edition, Keurig Love Blend™, with proceeds benefiting each roaster involved in its creation. Join us as we discuss ...
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Caitlin is back sharing her third and final cocktail of the season and schooling us on sangria! If you missed her first two episodes, check out Season 5 / Episode 04 and 14. Enjoy this episode as we go Beyond the Drink… with Caitlin Smith. (cocktail recipe below) (Summer) Sangria Makes 1 pitcher (large format drink) 1 cup of vodka, such as Deep Eddy Lemon or Peach flavor ½ cup strawberry syrup (recipe below) ½ cup orange juice ½ ...
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January 13, 2021 52 min
He is a baker, craftsman and owner of Zak The Baker in Miami, FL. Zak started baking bread in his friend’s garage with a $2,000 investment and selling it at a local farmer’s market. He quickly outgrew the garage and has not slowed down since. In this episode, we discuss his journey as a kid from Miami to learning and honing his craft around the world. He discusses why he’s turned down dozens of opportunities to expand his business,...
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Caitlin is back sharing another delicious cocktail. This time, she’s drawing inspiration from the traditional Hot Buttered Rum, using coffee. If you missed her first episode where she breaks down one of the most delicious cocktails we had all year, check out Season 5 / Episode 02. Enjoy this episode as we go Beyond the Drink… with Caitlin Smith. (cocktail recipe below) Warm and Fuzzy Makes 1 Drink This drink is inspired by my New...
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January 6, 2021 59 min
He is a chef, author and food equity advocate residing in Fairfield, Connecticut. Michel Nischan has hosted a dinner for the Dalai Lama and owned a restaurant with the late Paul Newman. He is the author of three cookbooks and was honored by the James Beard Foundation as the 2015 “Humanitarian of The Year.” In this episode we discuss his journey into the culinary world and lessons learned working with Hollywood royalty Paul Newman. ...
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Lynn has a long and extensive career in the beverage industry, currently serving as National Spirits Specialist and Portfolio Mixologist for Heaven Hill Brands and Deep Eddy Vodka. She served as Chief Mixologist at Blackbird Restaurant in Chicago, among many other coveted establishments. She’s received numerous accolades throughout her career and was an inaugural member of the Dame Hall of Fame, which celebrates women in the bevera...
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December 30, 2020 42 min
He is a chef, dad, author and TV host based in Harlem, NY. JJ Johnson is a James Beard Award-winner for his cookbook “Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day.” He is the chef/owner of FIELDTRIP restaurant in Harlem (with other locations), which recently received the coveted title as one of the “Best New Restaurants in America” by Esquire magazine. In this episode we discuss t...
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He’s back for another episode of Beyond the Drink and schooling us in a Hot Toddy-esque drink. Tony Abou-Ganim is one of the pioneering and leading bar professionals in the world. He’s the founder of The Modern Mixologist and the author of two cocktail books. If you missed his first episode, check out Season 5 / Episode 02. Enjoy this episode as we go Beyond the Drink… with Tony Abou-Ganim. (cocktail recipe below) Glogg Makes abou...
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December 23, 2020 51 min
He is a chef, restaurateur, TV personality, author, educator and so much more. Jet Tila is internationally celebrated for his culinary expertise. In this episode we discuss how he launched his culinary career by hosting cooking classes in his backyard, how he executes his culinary vision, how he deals with obstacles both in and out of the kitchen, and how his kids and family help keep him grounded. He supports a number of organizat...
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Gui is an award-winning beverage pro out of Miami and co-founder of Unfiltered Hospitality (check out last week’s guest for the other half of Unfiltered). He is a partner in Chinola Passion Fruit Liqueur and the beverage guy at Baby Jane Cocktail House and Eatery in Miami. In this episode, he walks us through a drink called Sunshine State of Mind, a vodka-based cocktail he created during his time at Broken Shaker in Miami. He’s joi...
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December 16, 2020 53 min
She is a mom, cook, author and tv personality from Deep Run, North Carolina. In this episode we discuss Chef Vivian Howard’s journey growing up on a farm, what she learned in and out of kitchens in NYC, and her move back to Eastern North Carolina (ENC), where she has been shining a national spotlight on the region’s food and culture. Howard shares her ups and downs of her personal and business life and what inspires her to keep goi...
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Ben is an award-winning, innovative beverage expert out of Miami. He is the co-owner and creative director of award winning bars The Sylvester and Beaker & Gray, as well as co-founder of Unfiltered Hospitality. In this episode, he does a deep dive on one of the many vodka-based cocktails he created for the menu at Broken Shaker in Miami called Judge Judy. He’s joined by business partner Gui Jaroschy who we’ll hear more from nex...
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December 9, 2020 65 min
He is a chef, podcast host and father. In this episode we discuss Chef Eli Kulp’s journey from growing up in a trailer in Washington, through kitchens in NYC and Philadelphia and how a tragic Amtrak crash in 2015 which left him paralyzed, changed his life. Kulp is an advocate for sustainable agriculture and many other causes. Most recently, he was named one of the most influential chefs of the past decade by the Philadelphia Inquir...
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After a recent trip to Austin, TX, we were wow’ed by her creations. Her corn-based cocktail not only leaves no waste behind, it’s freaking delicious! Enjoy this episode as we go Beyond the Drink… with 20-year bar veteran Caitlin Smith. (cocktail recipe below) Que Masa? This cocktail was inspired by heirloom corn used in the restaurant I worked in. There was no waste and every bit of the corn was utilized. The component recipes wil...
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December 2, 2020 62 min
He is a chef, restaurateur, author, TV personality, philanthropist... and a Cleveland native. You may know him from “The Chew,” from one of the many Food Network shows he’s starred in, or by his infectious laugh. In this episode we discuss how growing up around food helped shape his life and career, and how he and his wife successfully managed to open their first restaurant together, and much, much more. Symon continues to do extra...
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He is one of the pioneering and leading bar professionals in the world. He developed the cocktail program at the Bellagio Las Vegas, creating original cocktails for their 22 bars, and is one of only two Americans to win the Bacardi Martini World Grand Prix. He’s the founder of The Modern Mixologist and the author of two cocktail books. Enjoy this episode as we go Beyond the Drink… with Tony Abou-Ganim. (cocktail recipe below) Luce...
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November 25, 2020 64 min
He is the winner of sixteen James Beard Awards, a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award and author of twenty-nine cookbooks including Jacques Pépin Quick & Simple, A Grandfather's Lessons, and Essential Pépin. He has starred in twelve acclaimed PBS cooking series and was awarded France's highest distinction, the Legion of Honor. In this episode we discuss what it was like cooking for three Heads of State of France, ho...
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