The CONSUMED podcast stokes candid conversations about life and flavor with people from the hospitality industry and beyond. Each season, host Jaime Lewis drops ten conversations with eaters, drinkers, makers and thinkers from California’s Central Coast. The goal? To hear the stories of those who care deeply about flavor and culture, in their own words. Listen and subscribe at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you like to listen.
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Chef and owner of Ember Woodfire Brian Collins comes by to talk about the serendipity of getting a job at Chez Panisse, about learning his trade under multiple talented chefs, and about returning to his hometown to establish a warm, casual eatery with just $2,000 in the bank.
Owners of Flour House Pizza Bar + Pastaria Gessica and Alberto Russo stop by to discuss the cultural significance of pizza napoletana, what the Old World and New World can teach each other, and the Godfather series.
Meet Santa Barbara wine journalist Matt Kettmann, and hear stories from his globe-trotting career.
Distiller Trevor Peterson discusses what it was like to build his own pot still to produce Bixby Gin, his fear of leaving his day job after 12 years , and how the scent of Bourbon transports him to memories of his grandfather.
Commercial farmer Zack Andrade discusses the challenges of working in the fresh vegetable industry, the idea that turned his business around, and his Crossfit habit.
San Luis Obispo cook and food blogger Sheila Spector discusses how her potato salad became famous in Chicago, how Dean & Deluca bought her rugula to sell in its Georgetown shop, and about how her mother influenced the way she sees food. She also shares how she launched her popular blog, called Dinner at Sheila’s.
James Sparks swings by to talk about how growing up Mormon in Idaho led him to become a winemaker in Santa Barbara County, what it’s like to be one of eight children, and the inspiration behind his label, Kings Carey Wines.
Hayley Thomas Cain describes the five years she spent writing about SLO County’s food and drink industry and talks candidly about the business of writing as a freelancer. She also shares about her ongoing book project as well as her band, Hayley and the Crushers, which tours all over the country.
I talked with winemaker Vailia From about how she got into wine, her roaming childhood…and the first time she heard opera.