It's the final episode of Season 1 so we called in the big guns: Ina Pinkney, the legendary restauranteur known as "The Breakfast Queen" who served Chicago the most important meal of the day for 30+ years from her spots in Lincoln Park and the West Loop. Learn how she got her start, her battle with polio as a young child, how obsessing over the details helped her stand out (33:00), her brief foray into local politics and civic engagement (47:03), how she helped get the citywide smoking ban passed (52:00), fun stories from her life like dancing with Fred Astaire (1:00:35) and her advice for restauranteurs (01:05:00, seriously though listen to this if you own a restaurant or plan to one day). Thank you all for listening to Season 1!
Earlier this fall, Ari and Maggie spent some time at Washburne Culinary Institute, one of the oldest culinary schools in the country. In this special episode, they talk with Associate Dean Greg Beachey and current student Jose Cruz about the venerable culinary school's history and how it provides opportunity for members of marginalized communities to become chefs.
Ari & Maggie are joined by Jenni Wagoner, the superstar somm extraordinaire behind the wonderful wine lists at Chicago's Proxi and Sepia. Learn about her history as a singer(!!!), making wine more accessible to all, and offers tips on how to navigate a wine list if you're a beginner.
This might be the funniest episode we've ever done. Chef Brian Jupiter of Chicago's Frontier and Ina Mae's Tavern stops by to discuss his upbringing, the gang goes in-depth on mayonnaise (7:00), and Chef Jupiter shares the secret to A++++ gumbo (24:08)
MICHELIN MADNESS kicks off this episode with Ari and Maggie recapping the 2020 Chicago honorees (2:00) before diving into a chat with Paul Kahan (10:20), the Chicago hospitality legend behind Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star, Publican Quality Meats, Nico Osteria (and many more) and the author of the new cookbook Cooking for Good Times: Super Delicious, Super Simple. This one is a must-listen!!!
Ari & Maggie sit down with Geoff Watts, a man who knows more about coffee than most people know about anything. Hear about his travels and experiences searching for the best coffee in the world, the culture of coffee in other countries and learn once and for all what "direct trade" actually means!
Looking back at some of our favorite openings of the past year, and those we can't wait to try before we close out 2019...also, Maggie's in the Hot Seat this week!
This week's episode is a deep dive into the world of tea. Rodrick Markus might know more about the subject than anyone else alive today and he joins Ari and Maggie to talk about his history, the business of tea in the hospitality world and suggestions for tea drinkers whose experience begins and ends with Lipton or Sleepytime.
No guest this week! Instead, Maggie puts Ari in the hot seat to reflect on his time founding Eater Chicago, the shift in Chicago food + drink writing in the early 2010's and more.
Ari and Maggie chat with Adrienne Lo, co-owner of Chicago's Fat Rice, The Bakery at Fat Rice and The Ladies Room. Hear about how her family tradition influences her work, the "backlash" around the restaurants tipping policy and more.
Ari and Maggie flip the normal format this week for a long interview with Curtis Duffy and Michael Muser, the team behind the Michelin Star-winning Grace and Avenues (and the subjects of the “For Grace” documentary on Netflix) to talk about their start, what happened with Grace, and what to expect from their forthcoming concept, Ever.
Overserved puts a non-Chicago chef in the hot seat for the first time! Join Ari & Maggie as they chat with Kish, the Top Chef Season 10 Winner and Head Chef of Arlo Grey in The LINE Hotel Austin. She talks her upbringing, how she handles conflict in the kitchen and much more.
Ari & Maggie chat with Rob Levitt of Publican Quality Meats about the butcher's relationship in a community, his start and why you shouldn't be scared of beef hearts.
Ari & Maggie are joined by Chef Jennifer Kim of Passerotto. The 2018 Eater Chicago Chef of the Year shares her upbringing, speaks out against toxic restaurant culture and much more.
Ari & Maggie welcome Chef John Manion of Chicago's La Sirena Clandestina and El Che Bar to talk his upbringing in Brazil and introduction to food, how the West Loop neighborhood has changed over the years since opening La Sirena and how he juggles being a parent and a chef.
Ari and Maggie are joined by Chef Erick Williams of Hyde Park's Virtue to discuss the difference between southern food and soul food, his unique start to the business and his philosophy of "service vs servitude".
Ari & Maggie welcome you to Overserved, talk DJ Khaled's new spot in Chicago, entitled food writers & debut a segment called "Sip This"!