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

May 4, 2021 53 min
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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We interview Rich Hollenberg. Rich is a TV sports personality calling college basketball on ESPN, and the pre and post games on Fox Sports for The Rays. He is also a former TV food show host, and has cooked on live television with the likes of Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Cat Cora, Art Smith, Scott Conant, Michelle Bernstein, and Roy Yamaguchi amongst many others. Rich's first culinary lessons came from the late Tom Pritchard...
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We interview Celebrity Chef Art Smith. He has been Oprah's personal chef. He has cooked for the Obamas, Lady Gaga, Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana, and many more celebrities. He owns several restaurants, and occasionally visits St. Pete. Some of the things you'll find out on this show are who Art's secret friend is in St. Pete that takes him around to local restaurants, and several other St. Pete locals that he is friend...
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We interview online cooking coach Chef Michal Kováč from The Czech Republic. We talk about the fine dining establishments he has worked in in London and Czech, as well as his personal one on one live coaching. At the top of the show we talk about Tik Tok's Feta Pasta craze and failures, and Kevin & Lori's blind soy sauce tasting. We try and compare Chinese, Japanese, and American made soy sauces.
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We interview Maggie Prittie from Prittie's Chocolates. You'll learn everything you ever wanted to know about chocolate, and didn't even know to ask about. Most importantly, the best, and healthiest chocolates have just four ingredients, and you won't find them at your chain super market. We also discuss a chocolate tasting we did with Maggie earlier. After the interview, we have lunch at Greenstock, which is a Chef-...
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We interview Jason Gordon & Ashley Simmons from 727Prep, 3Rivets Catering and St. Pete Salmon Co. Jason is an award winning chef that created spectacular menus for two different St. Pete eateries before starting his three new businesses. His philosophy is that anyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status, should be able to eat good, healthy food. At the top of the show we have Abby Allen straight out of the St. Pete Foodies...
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We interview Ashley Haywood. She is the CEO and founder of Embrew Sweetened Artisan Tea Bags. They are the first tea bags in the world that have sweetener already added. They use the highest quality teas that are responsibly sourced, and have some great unique flavor combinations. After Ashley, we talk about the handmade spicy Italian sausage, and scratch made pasta dinner we made from St. Pete Meat & Provisions.
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We interview Jim Pachence about how Serious Foodie explores the regional cuisines of the world and brings them to your kitchen with quick, easy, healthy sauces, spice rubs, recipes, and more. At the top of the show Kevin and Lori discuss how fried chicken sandwiches are all the rage, someone accidentally buying enough paprika to last until 2040, food companies lying about vanilla, Subway's alleged fake tuna, and a great story o...
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We interview Chef Erik Youngs. We talk about his video podcast, his start in the business as a teenager, his work as a culinary instructor, and about his line of sauces, and rubs, VooDoo Chef. Part of VooDoo Chef proceeds go to funding culinary education. VooDoo Chef is also the official spices and rubs of Gasparilla. After Erik, we'll be raving about the best steak we ever had in our lives that we got at St. Pete Meat & Pr...
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We interview Sea Salt St. Pete's Sommelier & Beverage Director, Jackie Eash. We talk about the wonderful wine pairing tasting dinner we recently had at Sea Salt. We discuss many wine topics, such as; how to pair wine with food, how and why did we go from Champagne flutes to drinking sparkling wine in white wine glasses, cliches we'd like to banish from the wine world, unusual pairings that work, what determines if a win...
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We interview Chef Jeffrey Jew about Lingr, his new restaurant opening in March / April in downtown St. Petersburg. The eatery will provide a unique combination of Norwegian and Chinese cuisines. They will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. After chef, we talk about the incredible St. Louis Style Ribs we got from St. Pete Meat & Provisions. They provide restaurant quality meats, and other items for cooking at home. They hav...
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We interview Rob Bowen & Jason Teabout. They are the owners of the latest restaurant to open in downtown St. Pete, Social Roost. They specialize in serving up amazing renditions of all types of chicken dishes from around the world from many different cultures. At the top of the show we talk about Mexican oregano, the reality TV chef competition show "Hell's Kitchen", why Kevin says to NOT call him "Chef", an...
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We interview the new co-owner of Annata Restaurant & Wine Bar, and Alto Mare Fish Bar, Jacob Linzey. After the interview, we have lunch at Greenstock, which is a Chef-driven and ingredient-focused salad and wraps, fast casual eatery right in the heart of downtown St. Pete.
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We interview David Benstock. He is the Co-Owner and Executive Chef of IL Ritorno, Greenstock, and St. Pete Meat & Provisions. At the top of the show we have Abby Allen with her new recipe for a slightly healthier version of Zuppa Toscana, and boy is it so delicious!
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We interview the Co-Owner and Head Brewer of Green Bench Brewing, Khristopher Johnson. After the interview, we talk about our weekend lunch at Greenstock, which is a Chef-driven and ingredient-focused salad and wraps, fast casual eatery right in the heart of downtown St. Pete.
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We interview Shannon O'Malley and Brad Doyle from Brick Street Farms. Kevin and Lori discuss book "The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu".
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We interview Kristen Hess from The Artful Gourmet. She has several degrees and certifications as a Food Stylist, Food Photographer, Food Writer, Recipe Creator, and Chef. She does work for large national brands, and local St. Pete food companies, and restaurants. After the interview, we have lunch at Greenstock, which is a Chef-driven and ingredient-focused salad and wraps, fast casual eatery right in the heart of downtown St. Pete...
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