Having A Night

Having A Night

Having A Night is a podcast dedicated to reviving the lost art of the dinner party. Sophie von Haselberg and Ariana Venturi are obsessed with both the micro and the macro of the all-important question: how to throw the absolute, supreme, no holds barred, remember-it-forever-unless-you-were-too-drunk dinner party.

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May 6, 2021 58 min
Ian Cauble is the wine guy you want to have in your ear. And by "wine guy" we mean just one of 269 Master Sommeliers in the WORLD, and the recipient of the Best Young Sommelier in the World and TOPSOMM awards. If you saw the documentary SOMM, you know exactly who we're talking about. (Blonde. Lots of flash cards. Passionate as hell.... Is that ringing a bell? ) And if you didn't, then please stop reading and turn on...
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Marc and Phil Covitz were born into a beloved Beverly Hills chocolate family. When they eventually took over the business, they decided to re-conceptualize the cocoa-kingdom their mother had built and bring in some modern flavors and techniques with the help of acclaimed pastry chef Kriss Harvey. &Sons is now leading the luxury chocolate game and making some of the most beautiful, delicious, and creative sweets that money can b...
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April 22, 2021 52 min
You may recognize Sheldon as the chill dude from Hawaii who was voted Fan Favorite on not one but two seasons of Top Chef. But he's also part of a brigade of chefs shining light on Hawaiian cuisine and gently insisting that it be given its due. His new book, COOK REAL HAWAII goes way beyond poke and Kalua pig, and delves into the people and cultures that make Hawaiian food such a unique fusion. After all, where else but on the ...
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April 15, 2021 50 min
We know you've had fried chicken. Maybe you even love to douse your crunchy bird in hot sauce. But that is NOTHING compared to what Kim Prince is doing at her LA restaurant, Hotville Chicken. Born into the family that invented Nashville Hot Chicken, she is carrying on the Prince tradition, bringing their famous (and, naturally, secret) recipe to the West Coast. Just how hot are we talking? Let's put it this way: one of the ...
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April 8, 2021 54 min
"Psssst, do you party?" asks Meghan McNeer on the homepage of one(!) of her marvelously curated party companies, Standard Party Supply. We've never loved a question more. If Having A Night had a magical sorceress sister who could make all of our dinner party dreams come true... it would be this gal. This week, we had the absolute honor of speaking with the tablescape queen and maximalist party maven herself. After years...
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April 1, 2021 56 min
Time to finish what we started! This week we're diving head first into the freezer.... aka, "where food goes to die" or "a blackhole of the space/time continuum." Remember folks, your standard Frigidaire does NOT have medical-grade cryogenic powers! It's time to face the music and toss out all that freezer burn hath touched. Get out your painters tape and sharpie and join us as we get ruthless with the chick...
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March 25, 2021 49 min
Food promoter? Culinary entrepreneur? Pizza partner? Whatever you call him, Lawrence Longo is carving out his own unique path in the food world. He is the founder and CEO of the Off The Menu app, a producer of food festivals; he brought restaurant Burgers Never Say Die from a pop-up to brick-and-mortar establishment, and is single-handedly responsible for giving the good people of LA their very own outpost of NYC's famous Princ...
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March 18, 2021 40 min
Past-due condiments, unknown substances covered in a layer of mold, a nearly-full bottle of something unidentifiable you bought while you were tipsy.... These problems are a tale as old as time, if you ask us! We are diving into the deep, mysterious world of the coldest room in your house, aka your refrigerator. To Store the Milk or Not to Store the Milk in the fridge door... Low vs high humidity drawers... Which section of the fri...
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Sheila Marikar is a prolific journalist whose work is featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Forbes, and tons more. She describes herself as a generalist, but when we say this woman knows her way around food and wine, we aren't kidding! We are generally under the impression that we have pretty good knowledge when it comes to food & drink, but Sheila absolutely schooled us! And truly -- that's the joy of getting...
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March 4, 2021 62 min
Well, we wish we were dining with Dorie! If you listen to our podcast regularly, you know Dorie Greenspan needs no introduction, because we've been talking this episode up for weeks... She has five (count 'em FIVE) James Beard Awards, for pete's sake! If you are a frequent visitor to the NYTimes Cooking website, chances are you've cooked one of her recipes and loved it. And if you are a cookbook person, chances are ...
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February 25, 2021 47 min
Raise your hand if you're sick of doing dishes every goddamn night! This week, we are simmering our best ideas for one-pot meals to give your precious paws some relief! We're building out a formula for stews of every shape and color, from beef braises to bean baths and everything in between. If you've been stuck making the same ol' chicken chili verde, listen up! Because there's nothing more soothing than a warm...
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February 18, 2021 54 min
Eamon Rockey is the mastermind behind Rockey's Milk Punch (more on that including a history lesson that blew our minds in the episode), but he's also a heavyweight in the fine dining industry. He's helped open several restaurants in NY, spent time behind the bar at places like as Eleven Madison Park, and is the beverage director at the Institute for Culinary Education. Needless to say, we have a LOT to learn. In this ep...
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February 11, 2021 35 min
In honor of Valentine's Day, we're feeling a bit scandalous and rating our romantic flings: 67...72...85.... we're CHOCOLATE PERCENTAGES, not men!! This week we're sans guest for the first time in ages, and it's time to get intimate as the original Having A Night couple, just the 2 of us. We're nerding out on the epic love story between Vday and chocolate, and creating an insane cocoa-dusted menu along the w...
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February 4, 2021 46 min
Andi Murphy is the voice behind Toasted Sister, a podcast she helms about Native American food and foodies. With a background in journalism, she covers it all with aplomb and a keen ear -- brewing, cooking, farming, and in her latest, incredible episode, the intersection of death and food. We spoke with Andi about her favorite restaurants near where she lives in New Mexico (must plan road trip ASAP), the things she's learned si...
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January 28, 2021 58 min
Those uproarious vocal stylings you've heard on Love Island US come fresh from the jaws of Matthew Hoffman -- actor, writer, producer, and host extraordinaire. While the contents of his fridge may bring you to tears (one lone bottle of champagne), you'll find yourself cackling while he opines on everything from Cheez-Its (yah) to brunches (any self-respecting homosexual man must be able to throw one) to forced fun (non merc...
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Ever wander through a grocery store in the dead of winter, pick up a pineapple and say to no one: WTF is happening?!? It's easy to feel depressingly disconnected from the earth these days, and if you live in a city like NYC? Having a "green thumb" basically means you have decorative succulent slowly dying on your windowsill. Enter Sophia Samuda, a Culinary Educator, holistic nutrition specialist and NYC urban gardener c...
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January 21, 2021 50 min
Say goodbye to granola bars and mini bottles of Poland Spring! This week we are honored to speak with Gaiana Joseph and Allegra Massaro, founders of Fuel the People, a non profit that provides delicious, nourishing food from local Black and POC-owned restaurants to protestors out on the front lines. Using the tenets of mutual aid, FTP sustains activists out on the streets while supporting the restaurant workers, small business owne...
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Welcome to our very first BoNuS EpIsOdE! We're sitting down with Yola Robert, host of the podcast 'I Suck At Life' who knows a thing or two about partying and having some serious NIGHTS. A Senior Contributor for Forbes and lifestyle writer for The Zoe Report and Elite Daily, Yola focuses on mental health, wellness, lifestyle, skin/beauty and fashion. As a first-generation American Egyptian, she is always highlighting he...
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January 14, 2021 50 min
If your idea of a perfect day is hitting up 22 restaurants in 12 hours, then you're just like us, and just like our guest Jenn Harris. Jenn is a senior writer at the LA Times and a connoisseur when it comes to all things Angeleno and all things fried chicken. A woman after our own heart, she brings a cooler with her whenever she goes out to eat and has fried chicken at least -- at least! -- once a day. Simply put: legendary. Sh...
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January 7, 2021 51 min
Karley Sciortino is about as fun as a guest can possibly get. Hysterical, scintillating, and whip smart, she writes Vogue.com's Breathless column, hosts a show for Vice, and founded the website Slutever. She's our icon in more ways than one, and that's putting it mildly. On this, the maiden episode of 2021, we dive into food, sex, and the things we hope never to be confronted with on a date. Spoiler Alert: Soylent is st...
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