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Hosted by Rachel Wharton, the deputy editor of Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn, Meet Your Maker is where you get to hear from the people behind our food. That means not just bakers, picklers, cheesemakers, candysmiths, chefs and butchers, but hopefully kitchenware designers, builders, glass-blowers, bourbon distillers and even those behind the way we think about food.




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Meet Your Maker - Episode 36 - Three Letters

Three Letters is bringing back French cuisine in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn! This week on Meet Your Maker, Rachel Wharton is joined in the studio by co-owners Pip Freeman and Cam Honsa- Chef and Beverage Director at Three Letters, respectively. Listen in to hear how and why Pip and Cam decided to open their own restaurant, and the processes involved with procuring a space. Why did Pip become fascinated with old French cooking, and what were some of the inspirations for Three Letters' menu?...

Duration: 00:31:33

Meet Your Maker - Episode 35 - Cool Commodities

Coffee, bananas, chocolate, and tea- and it's all fair trade! This week on Meet Your Maker, Rachel Wharton and John Taggart are speaking with Rodney North, "the Answer Man" for Equal Exchange. Tune into this episode to learn about the roots of Equal Exchange twenty-seven years ago in Latin America! Learn how Equal Exchange and other fair trade organizations provide alternative market avenues for for small producers all over the world. How has the idea of fair trade spurred change in the...

Duration: 00:28:40

Meet Your Maker - Episode 34 - Heavy Metal

Meet your metal-maker! On this week's episode, Rachel Wharton in joined in the studio by Erin Daily and Brian Weissman of Brooklyn Metal Works. Tune into this episode to hear Rachel, Erin, Brian talk about getting started in working metal. Find out how Erin and Brian toy with the delicate balance of form and function to create truly unique pieces of tableware. How do Erin and Brian use metal to make statements about disposable culture and functionality? Hear how Brooklyn Metal Works...

Duration: 00:31:13

Meet Your Maker - Episode 33 - Out East Foodie

Tune in as Out East Foodie blogger Laura Luciano joins Rachel Wharton on this week's episode of Meet Your Maker! Laura discusses sustainable living out in Eastern Long Island and the process of building a sustainable home while keeping up with her popular food blog. Listen in as she talks about the local foods, farms, and fisheries that have inspired articles and dishes in her blog as well as her geothermal and solar home that will be self sustaining and the perfect place for the Out East...

Duration: 00:31:53

Meet Your Maker - Episode 32 - Food Is Love

Antonella Rana brings authentic Italian pasta to the Chelsea Market via Giovanni Rana Pastifico and Cucina! This week on Meet Your Maker, Rachel Wharton sits down with Antonella to talk pasta-making, opening a restaurant, and Italian tradition. Learn about the Rana family history and regional fresh pasta in Italy. Hear about Giovanni Rana Pastifico and Cucina's late opening due to Superstorm Sandy, and how they dealt with the potential loss of fresh food during the storm. How does fresh...

Duration: 00:30:48

Meet Your Maker - Episode 31 - The Sisters

Megan O'Connor and Tricia Keels cook across the Midwest on their blog and podcast entitled No Chefs Allowed! This week on Meet Your Maker, Rachel Wharton and John Taggart sit down with Megan and Tricia to talk about how they came up with the idea for No Chefs Allowed after discovering horseradish root in the grocery store. Why did they choose podcasts as the medium for their message? What are some of the more interesting ingredients that Megan and Tricia featured? How has the radio show...

Duration: 00:33:18

Meet Your Maker - Episode 30 - Whole Grain

Why is flavor neglected when considering flour? This week on Meet Your Maker, Rachel Wharton and John Taggart are joined in the studio by Bob Klein of Community Grains and Olivetto in California. Community Grains offers whole grain flours, pastas, and polenta. Tune in to hear Bob talk about the development of corn varieties across continents, and how whole grain wheat provides not only nutrition, but full flavor. Why are wheat varieties often not considered in the professional kitchen for...

Duration: 00:35:56

Meet Your Maker - Episode 29 - Cochon 555

Brady Lowe has a passion for pork! On this week's episode of Meet Your Maker, Rachel Wharton is interviewing Brady Lowe, the mind behind the national food events known as Cochon 555. Cochon 555 is a whole hog cooking event that uses heritage breed pigs exclusively. Learn about Brady's idea for a sustainable barbecue joint. How can fine dining chefs compete with traditional barbecue prices? Tune in to hear Brady talk about the menu as a storytelling medium, and find out how he selects chefs...

Duration: 00:30:52

Meet Your Maker - Episode 28 - Hot Dog

Ever wonder what goes into making the perfect hot dog? This week on Meet Your Maker, Rachel Wharton and John Taggart are joined in the studio by Tony Fragogiannis and Bull Mulholland, the owners of The Brooklyn Hot Dog Company. Learn how to get that nice 'snap' in your dog, and find out what blends of meat make for juicier bites. Listen in to hear Tony and Bill talk about their idea for The Brooklyn Hot Dog Company, and how the crowd at Mulholland's bar likes their dogs to be fixed. Hear...

Duration: 00:31:13

Meet Your Maker - Episode 27 - Street Meat (Defend the Vend)

Sean Basinski is standing up for the street vendor on today's Meet Your Maker. Rachel Wharton and John Taggart sit down with Sean to talk about The Street Vendor Project, an organization designed to protect the rights of street vendors in New York City. Hear about Sean's law background, and how he uses his skills to "defend the vend". How did September 11th affect the moneymaking abilities of many food vendors? Tune in to hear Sean talk about his history as a burrito vendor; how did Sean's...

Duration: 00:36:18

Meet Your Maker - Episode 26 - The Takedowns

Rachel Wharton's former HRN co-host is her guest on today's Meet Your Maker! Matt Timms has been responsible for the food competitions The Takedowns for the past ten years. Matt's next event is the Meatball Takedown, taking place on January 27th, 2013 at Brooklyn's The Bell House. Hear why Matt decided to start hosting food competitions, and some of the roadblocks he hit during his earliest Takedowns. Find out why roller girls are the ideal contestants in Matt's competitions. Listen in to...

Duration: 00:31:08

Meet Your Maker - Episode 25 - Plated Stainless Aluminum Stainless

This week on Meet Your Maker, Rachel Wharton and John Taggart are talking with Craig Weinand, the VP of Operations for Americraft and 360 Cookware. Tune in to learn how German metal-working immigrants made Wisconsin the capital of cookware production. Craig talks about all of the different metals and techniques that go into Americraft's pots and pans. Find out why Americraft's developments allow for greener production! Hear why the company feels that it's important that Americraft products...

Duration: 00:31:34

Meet Your Maker - Episode 24 - Mister Mustard

Today On Meet Your Maker, host Rachel Wharton is joined by chef Tin Dizdarevic, the founder of Tin Mustard in Brooklyn, NY. Dizdarevic talks about the creation of his whole grain mustard recipe that has been praised as the best mustard on the market. He discusses the use of simple ingredients that he sources from local vendors here in Brooklyn to create a truly unique product. Dizdarevic tells the story of his culinary journey that led him to beginning Tin Mustard and the process of making...

Duration: 00:31:21

Meet Your Maker - Episode 23 - The Flack

This week on Meet Your Maker, Rachel Wharton and John Taggart are talking with Ana Jovancicevic, the owner of Handcrafted PR, Inc. Ana has a storied history in the food world; tune into this episode to hear about Ana's experiences at Windows on the World, Wired Kitchen, and Slow Food USA. Hear how Ana's international upbringing introduced her to so many different cuisines, and fostered her love of food. Hear how Handcrafted PR, Inc. got started, and why the company is a labor of love for...

Duration: 00:32:42

Meet Your Maker - Episode 22 - XXX Rated

This week on Meet Your Maker, Larry Wellington Cauldwell III, also known as the food porn star, storms into the studio in his SnugWow to talk about Zima-based drinks, food movies, and poetry. Rachel Wharton and John Taggart sit down with Larry and listen to one of his Zima cocktail recipes how-to guides! Larry speaks to his love of Snuggies, malt liquor, and chocolate. Later, Larry's alter-ego, Charles Grantham - actor and food blogger. Tune in to hear Charles, Rachel, and John to talk...

Duration: 00:34:58

Meet Your Maker - Episode 21 - Ambur Alert

Have you ever wondered how restaurants keep track of all of their orders? How do cooks know when to fire up a meal or what table to send it to? Many restaurant's are using Ansar Khan's Ambur App as their point of sales system. Now, servers are sending orders to the kitchen using their smartphones and tablets! Ansar Khan is the guest on this week's episode of Meet Your Maker, hosted by Rachel Wharton and John Taggart. Tune in to hear how Ansar and his partner, James, developed the app out of...

Duration: 00:30:03

Meet Your Maker - Episode 20 - Fdbk and SandyBaggers

Rachel Wharton returns to Meet Your Maker this week! Joined by co-host John Taggart, Rachel sits down with entrepreneur Jonathan Swerdlin. Jonathan has been innovating since the age of eight, but his two most recent endeavors are Fdbk and SandyBaggers. Fdbk is a mobile web app that allows real-time conversation and discussion between businesses and customers. Hear how it was used during the Vendy Awards, and how you can implement it in your business! Jonathan also is a co-founder of...

Duration: 00:31:38

Meet Your Maker - Episode 19 - Tchoup Shop

On this week's episode of Meet Your Maker, co-host John Taggart once again takes over for Rachel Wharton, and he's sitting down in the studio with Simon Glenn. Simon is known for his New Orleans-style food at Tchoup Shop, and is currently the Executive Chef at Dean Street in Prospect Heights. Tune in to learn how Simon went from using Dean Street as a prep kitchen for Tchoup Shop, to becoming the chef at the restaurant. Hear about Simon's inspiration for his biscuits. (Hint: they're...

Duration: 00:30:58

Meet Your Maker - Episode 18 - Dieselboy

Rachel Wharton is suspiciously absent today on Meet Your Maker, but co-host John Taggart takes the reigns and sits down with Damian Higgins AKA DJ Dieselboy. Dieselboy is a Drum and Bass DJ with an intense passion for food. Tune into this episode to hear Damian and John discuss the food that they grew up on, and how their palates have refined since those days. Hear Damian talk about his favorite food cities, and how his schedule as a DJ allows him to eat out in most towns where he plays....

Duration: 00:31:24

Meet Your Maker - Episode 17 - The Food Film Festival

On this week's episode of Meet Your Maker, hosted by Rachel Wharton, meet George Motz and Seth Unger, the guys behind the Food Film Festival - now in it's 6th year! Through documentaries, features and short films, the Festival showcases the best, and the most memorable, of the world’s favorite foods. Along with a heaping helping of mouth-watering films, they actually serve up the food that guests are watching on the screen for a multi-sensory, full-bodied experience. Tune in to learn more...

Duration: 00:37:32

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