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Savor the conversation. Every other Monday, a roundtable of culinary media insiders discuss today’s hot-button topics in national food and beverage culture, and analyze how these issues affect the world at large. This fun and fast-paced program is hosted by Katherine Cole and presented by OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting).

Savor the conversation. Every other Monday, a roundtable of culinary media insiders discuss today’s hot-button topics in national food and beverage culture, and analyze how these issues affect the world at large. This fun and fast-paced program is hosted by Katherine Cole and presented by OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting).
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Savor the conversation. Every other Monday, a roundtable of culinary media insiders discuss today’s hot-button topics in national food and beverage culture, and analyze how these issues affect the world at large. This fun and fast-paced program is hosted by Katherine Cole and presented by OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting).

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Episodes

Ep. 36: Molly Wizenburg | Paul Clarke | Matthew Amster-Burton

1/16/2018
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Episode 36, recorded live at PodCon in Seattle, is a freewheeling look at beverage trends for 2018. We kick things off by reminiscing about the faddish beverages of decades past that are ready to for revivals this year. Next, we predict the drinks that will die this year. Finally, our three pundits share their personal desert-island drink picks.

Duration: 00:44:07


Ep. 35: Bonnie Frumkin Morales | Deena Prichep | Michael Zusman

1/1/2018
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Episode 35 goes live on January 1, 2018, so we will kick off this three-course show by learning about the surprising ways in which the New Year is celebrated in Russia. Next, we’ll review the world’s best hangover foods. And finally, tongue is a classi...

Duration: 00:39:59


Ep. 34: Bronwen Percival | Francis Percival | Christian Debenedetti

12/18/2017
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"Raw" cheeses are demonized... but could they be less harmful for you than raw fruits and vegetables? How are home brewers leading the backyard biologist movement? And those who work in artisanal food industries are asking themselves: Is the conversa...

Duration: 00:51:15


Ep. 33: Jami Curl | Michelle Lopez | Kyra Bussanich

12/4/2017
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How did our guests build businesses selling candy, cupcakes and chronicles to adults? Next, what’s the magic formula for making a visual splash with a food startup? And finally, there’s a sense of tension in the American food scene, with raw veggies an...

Duration: 00:50:29


Ep. 32: Jeff Alworth | Erin James | Jeff Smith

11/20/2017
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Why is cider the fastest-growing segment in the American drinks industry? Next, what's the deal with professional beverage tasting? And finally, craft beverage producers are constantly being solicited for donations.

Duration: 00:46:37


Ep. 31: Christopher Kimball | Matthew Card | Carrie Welch

11/6/2017
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With food media increasingly fragmented, why are some brands staging live IRL events? Next, do you sous vide at home? And finally, what are food entertainment personalities really like when the cameras turn off? We discuss on Episode 31 of The Four Top, online from Nov. 6.

Duration: 00:50:15


Ep. 30: Hannah Wallace | Andy Kryza | Jeff Alworth

10/23/2017
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Did you know that the hospitality industry is the profession with the highest rate of substance abuse? What's the deal with the new crop of beer spritzes, with names like Radler and Shandy? And finally, how did a brewery open in Flint, Michigan, during...

Duration: 00:40:27


Ep. 29: Diners Gone Wild | Food Cart Backlash | Marijuana on Menus?

10/9/2017
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How rude can restaurant patrons be? Very. Next, food cart vendors and restaurateurs are battling. What role should city legislators play in this war? And marijuana can't be served in dining establishments—yet—so how are chefs working around the laws to...

Duration: 00:31:38


Ep. 28: Andrew Knowlton | Khushbu Shah | Hillary Dixler Canavan

9/25/2017
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What are the implications of a food journalist deeming a so-called "ethnic" cuisine a "trend"? What accounts for Portland's attraction to food tourists and tastemakers? And why is the restaurant industry such an unwelcoming world for women?

Duration: 00:47:22


Ep. 27: CRISPR Over GMOs? | Endangered Foods | Banking Seeds in Vaults

9/11/2017
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Could a new gene-editing process called CRISPR win over the NO GMOs contingent? And which of the foods we eat every day may become extinct during our lifetimes? Finally, we crack open the confusion regarding the Global Seed Vault and its sibling seed b...

Duration: 00:44:36


Ep. 26: When Critics Go Viral | Food Journalism 2.0 | Reservations Re: No Reservations

8/28/2017
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When you get three food writers and critics in a room together, you get Episode 26 of "The Four Top," in which our panelists unpack the dining reviews that explode on social media, the new state of food journalism, and why some restaurants don't take reservations.

Duration: 00:40:44


Ep. 25: Pregnancy Food Warnings | The State of Fake Meat | Dirt on Clean Eating

8/14/2017
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Episode 25 overturns mainstream thinking on nutrition. Should pregnant women really stay away from verboten foods? What's up with the surprising new forms of faux meat? And what's the dirty truth about 'Clean Eating'? Our panelists pick these questions...

Duration: 00:46:10


Ep. 24: Figurative Salads | Cookbooks as Literature | The Ideal Kitchen

7/31/2017
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In Episode 24, we overturn our assumptions about everyday things. What do you picture when you hear the word "salad"? What is a cookbook for? And what does the ideal kitchen look like? Hear our panelists' surprising answers to these questions, and more.

Duration: 00:51:29


Ep. 23: Au Courant Canned Beverages | Nudist Natural Wine | Nutrition Info on Booze?

7/17/2017
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Have you noticed all the new craft beers and wines being sold in aluminum cans? We discuss this trend and taste a couple of examples. Next, the author of "Naked Wine" gives us the lowdown on the Natural Wine movement, and we explore its counterparts in...

Duration: 00:50:07


Ep. 22: Kombucha Madness | Unraveling The Mystery Of Q | Get Your Politics Out Of My Food

7/4/2017
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How can we explain the kombucha craze, and why are some people going to prison for selling it? What’s the mysterious Taiwanese concept known simply as ‘Q’? And get your politics out of my food, will you?

Duration: 00:43:20


Ep. 21: Cannabis in the Kitchen | Will Marijuana Wreck Restaurants? | Truthiness in Labeling

6/19/2017
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With more and more states legalizing it, foodies are putting pot in their pots. But according to "the Martha Stewart of Marijuana," cooking with cannabis is not as easy as it looks. Next, does the growth of the ganja industry threaten restaurants and b...

Duration: 00:47:55


Ep. 20: The Evolution Of Grocery Stores | Does Cured Meat Kill? | Serious TV Chef

6/5/2017
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From corner store to Costco, the grocery has changed over time. What's the future of food retail, and how do today's supermarkets deceive their customers? Next, the World Health Organization has warned us not to eat processed meat. Does that mean we have to give up artisanal salumi? And finally, a couple of new culinary shows are taking the genre in a more serious direction. Our panel ponders these questions in episode 20 of "The Four Top."

Duration: 00:49:25


Ep. 19: 6 Seasons | Why Salmon Matters | James Beard On Film

5/22/2017
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We kick off Episode 19 with a discussion of the ... six seasons of the food year. And you thought there were only four, didn’t you? Next, why is salmon the most important fish to travel from ocean to plate? And finally, a new film on food provocateur James Beard has us thinking about this big man’s great legacy.

Duration: 00:36:39


Ep. 18: Sanctuary Restaurants | Undocumented Labor In Food | Peruvian Cuisine

5/8/2017
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First, there were sanctuary cities. Now there are sanctuary restaurants. This fast-growing movement launched in January and is already making an impact. How can restaurants protect marginalized people? Our panelists discuss.

Duration: 00:48:34


Ep. 17: Ab-Fab Lady Food Bloggers | The Language Of Flavor | Online Wine Clubs

4/24/2017
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If you're addicted to sites like Goop and The Pioneer Woman, you know how addictive it can be to follow the impossibly perfect lives of lady food bloggers. But do we honestly enjoy these sites, or are we hate-reading them? For our second course, we cha...

Duration: 00:51:46

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