St. Petersburg Foodies Podcast

St. Petersburg Foodies Podcast

Learn things you never knew, and get to know the people behind the restaurant scene in St. Pete, as we delve into their backgrounds, find out what brought them into the industry, and what's literally, and figuratively cooking at their restaurants. The St. Petersburg Foodies Podcast features interviews with chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, bartenders, and more, and covers the burgeoning food scene in St. Petersburg, Florida. Episodes air every Tuesday.

Episodes

August 24, 2021 64 min
We interview Chef and Restaurateur Mike Crippin. Mike was the chef at The Moon Under Water for 20 years, and now he has his own place, Studio Public house. We discuss whether The Moon Under Water is coming back or not, learn Mike's trick for making a Guinness taste like a Bud Light, and the good news that you can still get the old Moon curries at Studio Public House, plus much more. After the interview we talk about the beef ra...
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We interview Chef Jon Robben. We met Jon a few years ago at Tryst, and for the past few years he has upped the food game at Trophy Fish. Talking to Jon, we learn some things we never knew about fish and seafood, and he schools us (no pun intended) on fresh vs. frozen, and farmed vs. wild. At the top of the show we'll talk Pork Butt, Dinosaur Chicken Nuggets, and the evolution of American cuisine.
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We interview Kelly & Alex Rodriguez. Kelly and Alex own Lolita's Wine Market, and we'll talk about their new place, Sammy & Paco's Cafe. After the interview we make pork carnitas with a recipe from IAmAFoodBlog.com using pork butt and pork belly from St. Pete Meat & Provisions.
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We interview Joel Sanchez. Joel is the General Manager and Partner at Matteo Trattoria & Pizzeria. They just opened last month in the Grand Central District of St. Petersburg, and they have fantastic food from several different regions of Italy. We talk about Joel's inadvertent start in the business at an early age, some favorite menu items at Matteo, and Italian food and cooking. At the top of the show, we have Abby Allen ...
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We interview Max Blowers. Max is the General Manager & Beverage Director at Social Roost. He is a St. Pete native, but spent 15 years living in NYC, and has worked for celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck and David Burke. We talk about his time there, and then hear about the wild rollercoaster ride it's been upon his return to St. Pete. After Max, we recap our grilling and meat filled weekend with Juicy Lucy Burgers, Grilled Chick...
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We interview Brian Levine. Brian is a life-long Disney aficionado, having worked at Disneyland in college, and is now working at a Disney Store 34-years later. He's been to Disney World innumerous times, and will be telling us what to eat, and what not to eat at all of the Disney parks in Orlando. At the top of the show we will discuss the real Fettuccini Alfredo vs. The American Version.
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We interview Allan Bishop and Cristian Uguzzoni from Tutto Bene, which is a quaint Italian eatery in Gulfport that has quickly become quite popular. Allan is the co-owner with his wife Michelle, and Cristian is the GM hailing from Modena, Italy. After Tutto Bene, we make the most famous steak in Brazilian steakhouses, Picanha, provided by St. Pete Meat & Provisions.
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We interview Liz Senyak. Liz is the Director of Operations for Feed and Seed Hospitality, which owns Trophy Fish, Mandarin Hide, and Mandarin Heights. Liz got her start in the business bartending at Datz in Tampa. Her leadership skills got her promoted to manager, and she joined Feed and Seed in 2018 just after Trophy Fish opened. At the top of the show we have Abby Allen with her recipe for Curry Chicken Salad sandwiches + avo...
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We interview Bill Brown from William Dean Chocolates. You'll learn which celebrity endorsed his chocolates on her TV show, which upscale chain of grocery stores, and which Las Vegas casino put William Dean Chocolates on the map by placing orders the first year they were in business. At the top of the show we will discuss the dichotomy of restaurants being super busy, and not having enough help, or experienced help.
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We interview Matt Bonano. Matt is the former owner of Brooklyn South, and is now one of two butchers at St. Pete Meat & Provisions. After Matt, we take his suggestion to make the hanger steak from St. Pete Meat, which turned out to be a succulent flavor bomb.
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We interview Robin Sussingham. She is the Publisher & Editor of the newly re-launched Edible Tampa Bay Magazine. She is a long-time award-winning journalist in several areas, and especially in food. Robin is also the former host, and creator of The Zest Podcast at WUSF, Tampa Bay's NPR station. At the top of the show, Lori and Kevin discuss Food Inflation, Chili with Beans (or without), and Restaurant Server's Pet Peeve...
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We interview Christine Cutler. She is the President of The International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association. They will be having their 2021 conference in downtown St. Pete this November. Chris is also an expert on travel to Italy, Italian culture, and cuisine. Did you know that Spaghetti Bolognese does not exist in Italy? Neither does Fettuccini Alfredo, or Pepperoni Pizza amongst other things that we discuss. After Chris, Ke...
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We interview Thomas Miller from The Treasure Coast Foodie. Just like us, he does reviews of local independent restaurants. He also does restaurant awards like us, has a wine club, dining club and more. He visited a few St. Pete restaurants for a feature article he is working on. He is also debuting a new video series reminiscent of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. At the top of the show we have Abby Allen with her recipe for St. Louis ...
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We interview Chef Susan Burdian. Susan is an acclaimed chef from NYC, and is now heading up the kitchen at Social Roost. She has cooked for Anthony Bourdain, and at The James Beard House, and is experienced in over ten different types of cuisine. After Susan, we have the best lamb we've ever had in our lives. We made the Colorado Rack of Lamb from St. Pete Meat & Provisions. It blew us away! We ate double portions, and ther...
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We interview Dean Hurst. Let us say this: Dean is just fun! He is the Beverage Director for The Datz Group, and today we have an extensive conversation on all things tiki and tiki culture with an emphasis on tiki drinks, and some tiki history. On the second half of the interview we get into the carefully crafted recipes for the drinks at the new Burnt Ends Tiki Bar. At the top of the show we will be talking about three news stories...
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We interview Chef A.J. Lambden. A.J. has worked at several Tampa Bay area, and downtown St. Pete restaurants with most of his hours being logged at Cassis on Beach Dr. He started his catering business two weeks before the first pandemic shutdown. Then he pivoted by taking several business courses, and is now launching his new culinary-tech crossover - Kiosk Kitchen. After A.J., we'll tell you about the best Baked Boneless Chick...
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We interview Chef Olive Davis. She's been a charter boat chef in the Caribbean, appeared on Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" with Guy Fieri, was the chef at Stella's in Gulfport, and was part of the opening team for Locale as the in-house butcher. Currently, Olive is the chef at Salty's Sandwich Bar in Gulfport, and we love the food. At the top of the show, for Cinco de Mayo, we have Abby Allen-L...
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We interview Don Nguyen in this special episode solely dedicated to Asian cuisine. Just a few of the things we talk about include, the evolution of Asian cuisine, hidden gem hole in the wall local Asian eateries, fish sauce, myriad types of soy sauce, Asian cooking, why there is no cheese in Asian cuisine, or is there?, and a whole lot more in this extended longest episode ever on all things Asian cuisine. After Don, we make Korean...
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We interview Chris Ciarcia. He was the GM and sommelier at Annata for five years, and he is now opening his own place named Sauvignon Wine Locker & American Trattoria. They are in a 100-year old building on the first block ever built in St. Pete, and they will be serving Italian-inspired New American cuisine including homemade pasta and gelato, Creekstone Farms steaks and more. To start they will have 177 bottles of wine, inclu...
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We interview Florida food expert Heather McPherson. She doesn't bill herself as a food expert, but that is what we are calling her after we found out how much she knows about farms, livestock, fish, and produce that has its origins in our state. A few interesting things we found out during this interview are that olives and blueberries love old citrus soil, Florida is in the top five cow producing states, and there is real stur...
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