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Food Talk with Mike Colameco

Chef and industry insider Mike has spent his entire career working in the food business. In this one hour program he'll pick up where he left off at his previous New York based AM talk radio gig. Each hour is a stand alone multi-themed program featuring live interviews with a myriad of guests. He'll talk shop with chefs, restaurateurs, cook book authors and food writers, with discussions around ingredient sourcing, cooking, baking, wine, equipment, mixology, beer, farming, foraging, fisheries, sustainability, chocolate, food trends, travel, diet, health, music and his take on the many restaurants he frequents.

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Episode 77: Fish and Wine with Bobby Demasco and Savio Soares

This week on Food Talk, host Mike Colameco sits down with Bobby Demasco and Savio Soares. Bobby Demasco is the owner of Pierless Fish, Brooklyn’s premier fresh seafood purveyor. Savio Soares is the president and founder of wine importer Savio Soares Selections, one of New York’s premier wine importers. Together, they discuss fine wines, Florida imported fish legs, and the best ways to buy fish. “Every fisherman thinks their fish is the best, just like every parent thinks their kid is the greatest.” [10:00] – Bobby Demasco “Natural wine, organic wine, biodynamic wine, has been to me the best that ever happened to the wine world. We are lucky to have that, I think this is so exciting. No other wine is healthier.” [55:10] – Savio Soares

1hr 5mins

25 Feb 2016

Rank #1

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Episode 3: Alice Feiring & Anthony Giglio

Welcome to Food Talk with Michael Colameco! On today’s first segment, Michael speaks with Alice Feiring, who is a wine writer that has been published in multiple publications, such as the New York Times, New York Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and more. She has also won a James Beard award for a wine piece in the New York Times business section. Her wine newsletter, titled The Feiring Line, has been rated highly among America’s leading wine blogs, and contains in depth information about multiple wines on the market today. On today’s episode, hear Alice talk more about Georgian wine, The Feiring Line, orange, and more! Later, hear from Anthony Giglio, is one of the most entertaining wine and spirits authorities on the planet. Anthony is a writer, educator and raconteur who motivates countless wine drinkers to trust their own tastes and simply relax the rules. Together, Michael and Anthony taste a variety of wines on the show – hear them talk about the specific characteristics of each one, and where you can find a bottle near you. This program has been sponsored by Cento, King Arthur Flour, and Colavita. “When making wine – it’s really all about commitment.” [14:10] — Alice Feiring on Food Talk with Mike Colameco “You don’t need to teach them wine-making, but you can teach them how to polish it.” [55:10] — Anthony Giglio on Food Talk with Mike Colameco


24 Oct 2013

Rank #2

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Episode 82: Chef Bill Telepan and Master Sommelier Hristo Zisovski

At the top of today's Food Talk with Mike Colameco, Mike speaks with Chef Bill Telepan of Telepan Restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Since 2008, he has been the Executive Chef of Wellness in the Schools (WITS), a non-profit organization dedicated to making school food healthy. As the first chef to join the WITS team, Bill has served as a leader of the WITS Cook for Kids program by developing nutritious school menus, training cafeteria workers and teaching culinary and nutrition concepts to students, parents and teachers. In 2009, Bill was honored with a selection to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to School task force and preliminary conferences. In the second half, Mike is joined in the studio by Hristo Zisovski, an Advanced Sommelier based in New York City. Hristo spent seven years as Chef Sommelier of the three Michelin-starred Jean Georges. Under his tenure, the restaurant received the 2010 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine Service. In November 2010, Hristo joined the Altamarea Group at Ai Fiori, and in 2014 he was named one of Food & Wine’s Sommeliers of the Year.

1hr 2mins

7 Apr 2016

Rank #3

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Episode 86: Alice Feiring, Ana Diogo, and Richie Allen

This week on Food Talk with Mike Colameco, writer and natural wine advocate Alice Feiring returns to the show to talk about chemical farming, growing grapes with very little rain, the Natural Wine Award at Vinitaly, and more. After the break, Mike is joined by winemakers Ana Diogo-Draper of Artesa Vineyards & Winery and Richie Allen of Rombauer Vineyards.

1hr 4mins

19 May 2016

Rank #4

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Episode 95: Fuchsia Dunlop & Alice Feiring

In the first half of this week's Food Talk, Mike chats with Fuchsia Dunlop, an English writer and cook who specializes in Chinese cuisine. She was an East Asian analyst at the BBC World Service, and was the first westerner to train as a chef at the Sichuan Institute of Higher Cuisine in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Her latest book is Land of Fish and Rice: Recipes from the Culinary Heart of China. After the break, Alice Feiring is back in the studio to talk about natural wines and the recent RAW Wine Fair in Brooklyn.

1hr 4mins

10 Nov 2016

Rank #5

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Episode 87: Cannabis Cocktails with Warren Bobrow, and Ryan Sutton of Eater

Mike Colameco is back from Champagne with a new episode of Food Talk! Joining him in the first half of this week's show is Warren Bobrow, a mixologist, chef, and writer known as the Cocktail Whisperer. His latest book is Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks and Buzz-Worthy Libations. After the break, Ryan Sutton of Eater is back to talk restaurant reviews, (no) tipping, wine, and more.

1hr 5mins

9 Jun 2016

Rank #6

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Episode 110: Chambers Street Wines

This week on Food Talk with Mike Colameco, the full hour goes to father and son David and Eben Lillie of Chambers Street Wines, one of Mike's favorite wine stores on planet Earth. Chambers Street Wines has been selected as one of the first recipients of the Slow Food NYC Snail of Approval, for its contributions to the quality, authenticity and sustainability of the food we eat and the beverages we drink in the city of New York.


13 Apr 2017

Rank #7

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Episode 103: Oil, Cheese, and Truffles

First up on this week's episode of Food Talk with Mike Colameco is Stanton Barrett, a professional stock car driver and Hollywood stuntman. He is also the president of Ojai Energetics, an ethics-driven health and wellness lifestyle company specializing in CBD hemp oils. Up next is Alice Loubaton of Loubaton Imports LLC to talk about Cheese Week in New York, which takes place February 21 through 26. Some of the scheduled events include wine and cheese tastings organized by The French Cheese Board (for more information and to make a reservation email cheesesoffrance@thebaddishgroup.com), and a special 4-course Winemaker Dinner on Monday, February 27 at Madison Bistro (for reservations, call 212-447-1919). Finally, Mike is joined by Ian Purkayastha, founder of Regalis Foods, New York City's leading importer of fresh truffles, rare foraged edibles, caviar, and other delicacies. He is also the author of the book Truffle Boy: My Unexpected Journey Through the Exotic Food Underground, tracing his career from foraging for mushrooms in his small hometown in Arkansas, to becoming a force in the world of fine dining.

1hr 8mins

16 Feb 2017

Rank #8

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Episode 93: Virgilio Martinez

This week on Food Talk with Mike Colameco, Mike is joined by the acclaimed Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez, whose restaurant Central is currently ranked #4 on the World’s 50 Best list and #1 in Latin America. He has also written a book (also called Central) which follows the restaurant’s innovative tasting menu, where Martinez’s dishes are organized by the altitudes of Peru, demonstrating the biodiversity of his native land—from below sea level in the Pacific Ocean to the peaks of the Andes and beyond. Motivated by a curiosity and interest in conveying the complexity of his land, Martinez creates elaborate dishes made from previously unknown ingredients and elevates Peruvian cuisine to new heights.

1hr 8mins

27 Oct 2016

Rank #9

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Episode 90: Tia Keenan & Ryan Sutton

This week on Food Talk with Mike Colameco, Mike is joined in the studio by Tia Keenan, a New York City-based cook, cheese specialist, writer and food stylist. Tia has worked on a broad range of creative, food-based projects, from concept development for Walt Disney and Bien Cuit Bakery, to restaurant and retail programs for Murray’s Cheese and Lucy’s Whey. Her new book is titled The Art of the Cheese Plate: Pairings, Recipes, Style, Attitude. Also in the studio is Ryan Sutton, chief food critic for Eater NY, discussing his latest reviews of Le Coucou, Olmsted, and Emmy Squared.

1hr 1min

6 Oct 2016

Rank #10

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Episode 101: Ryan Sutton of Eater

For his ninth appearance on Food Talk with Mike Colameco, Eater's Ryan Sutton gets the full hour to dish with Mike about the latest happenings in the New York restaurant scene, the usefulness (or lack thereof) of the Michelin guidebooks, discrimination against curly fries, and more!

1hr 2mins

2 Feb 2017

Rank #11

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Episode 94: Jeff Harding of the Waverly Inn

This week on Food Talk with Mike Colameco, Mike is joined by Jeff Harding, beverage director and sommelier for the Waverly Inn. Harding has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years, as a server and bartender with such chefs at Daniel Boulud and Norman van Aken. Harding got his start in the hospitality industry working as a server at van Aken’s a Mano in Miami Beach, and it was during this time that he first discovered that food and wine culture was a reflection of history, geography, and regional culture. A move to New York, and too many years bartending at the B Bar in Manhattan’s East Village, encouraged Harding to pursue sommelier training at the American Sommelier Association and beverage management positions. He currently writes a regular column about wine for StarChefs.com, and is the beverage director at the Waverly Inn.


3 Nov 2016

Rank #12

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Episode 106: Fred Dex, Master Sommelier

This week on Food Talk with Mike Colameco, Mike is joined in the studio by Fred Dex, one of only 210 Master Sommeliers in the world, and the only one holding that honor in the Carolinas. Fred spent fifteen years in New York City working in some the the top gastronomic and wine savvy temples in the city. In 2013, Fred relocated with his family to the Triangle, a region in the Piedmont of North Carolina, to continue building his consulting business around the region’s burgeoning food and wine scene.


9 Mar 2017

Rank #13

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Episode 92: Jenny Lefcourt & Aurelio Montes

This week on Food Talk, Mike Colameco speaks with Jenny Lefcourt of and Aurelio Montes. Jenny – of natural wine importers Jenny & François Selections – first discovered wine in Paris (of all places!) before deciding to make a career in it. Then Aurelio Montes jumps in to tell us about his vintage's natural wines, in Chile.

1hr 2mins

20 Oct 2016

Rank #14

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Episode 102: Dinner, Cheese, and Chocolate

On a packed episode of Food Talk with Mike Colameco, Mike first sits down with Andrew Tarlow and Anna Dunn, co-authors of Dinner at the Long Table, followed by a cheese tasting with Michele Buster of Forever Cheese. And after the break, Daniel Sklaar talks about his conscious confections at Fine & Raw Chocolate.

1hr 3mins

9 Feb 2017

Rank #15

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Episode 100: Wine and Cheese with Hristo Zisovski

On the 100th episode of Food Talk with Mike Colameco, Mike is joined by Hristo Zisovski, wine director for the Altamarea Group. Tune in to hear them sample a spread of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Chablis and, of course, cheese.

1hr 1min

26 Jan 2017

Rank #16

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Episode 96: Abe Conlon and the Fat Rice Cookbook

This week on Food Talk with Mike Colameco, Abe Conlon is on the phone from Chicago to talk about the new book he co-authored with his business partner Adrienne Lo, The Adventures of Fat Rice: Recipes from the Chicago Restaurant Inspired by Macau. With 100 recipes, this is the first book to explore the vibrant food culture of Macau—an east-meets-west melting pot of Chinese, Portuguese, Malaysian, and Indian foodways—as seen through the lens of the cult favorite Chicago restaurant, Fat Rice.


1 Dec 2016

Rank #17

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Episode 99: Megan McClune of Domaine Jessiaume and Chef Andrew D'amico of Nice Matin

This week on Food Talk with Mike Colameco, Mike is joined in studio by Meghan McClure of Chateau Jessiaume and Chef Andrew D'amico of Nice Matin. Meghan tells us details about the joys and challenges of producing wine in Burgundy, France, while Chef D'amico shares a bit of his vast experience working as a chef and managing restaurants in NYC.

1hr 2mins

20 Jan 2017

Rank #18

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Episode 108: Giovanni Colavita & Jerry Turci

This week on Food Talk with Mike Colameco, Mike is joined in the studio by Giovanni Colavita of Colavita Olive Oil and Jerry Turci of Jerry's Homemade in Englewood, New Jersey. Tune in to hear them discuss last fall's poor olive harvest in Italy, skyrocketing real estate costs in New York, the olive oil production process, and more!


30 Mar 2017

Rank #19

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Episode 104: Whisky Live & Rouge Tomate

On a brand new episode of Food Talk with Mike Colameco, we first dial up Dave Sweet, Chicago-based director of the Whisky Live events that promote the drink around North America. After the break, Mike is joined in the studio by Pascaline Lepeltier and Andy Bennett – master sommelier and executive chef, respectively – of Rouge Tomate in Chelsea.

1hr 3mins

23 Feb 2017

Rank #20