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Ep. 200 - It's only fitting that our 200th episode is at Outside Lands, one of the best music and food tests in the country. We caught up with Chef Stuart Brioza, who runs the acclaimed SF restaurant State Bird Provisions along with his wife Nicole Krasinksi, to chat about music behind the Gastro Magic stage.
Ep. 199 - This week's guest is artist and Hip Hop producer extraordinaire, Dan the Automator (Deltron 3030, Gorillaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School). He's not only worked with a ton of artists over the years, but he's befriended a bunch of chefs- including David Chang, who appears on the latest Deltron 3030 album. We met up with him at a coffee shop in SF just before Outside Lands to talk all about that, plus he tells us about the time he introduced Michael Stipe to Momofuku.
Ep. 198 - Comedian Jimmy Pardo, host of the Never Not Funny podcast, is this week's podcast guest... our very first for the Headgum Podcast Network (our new home!) Zach unlocks all of Jimmy's food issues, before they bond over their shared love of Chicago and Styx.
Ep. 197 - Singer/Songwriter (and Nickel Creek fiddler!) Sara Watkins is this week's podcast guest. We talk to her about licorice, what the food is like at Prairie Home Companion, and whether or not shrimp belongs in jello- a topic brought up due to the crazy food enhanced video for "Move Me", the first single off her new album.
Ep. 196 - Comedian/musician/internet celebrity Ali Spagnola is this week's podcast guest. We talk about what it's like to eat five dozen oysters in one sitting, buffet strategies, Pittsburgh sandwiches, and how she stays incredibly ripped.
Ep. 195 - Country music star Jason Aldean's drummer Rich Redmond is this week's guest. He's not just a drummer, but an actor, author and motivational speaker who does drummer seminars called Crash Courses (which you can learn about at He also likes eating, and we talk to him about what it's like finding food on tour and in Nashville- where he spends most of his time.
Ep. 194 - Jiro Dreams of Sushi director David Gelb is this week's podcast guest. We talk to him about how music and food came together in a magical way for his breakout hit documentary about sushi (that was really about so much more than sushi.) He also tells us about growing up in NYC with a dad who was not only a big part of the classical music scene, but ended up Managing the Metropolitan Opera House. He also gives us a sneak preview of Season 2-4 of Chef's Table, the new series he's working on for Netflix and a special documentary involved Steve Aoki that he just finished. Season 2 of Chef's Table premieres May 27th with episodes about Grant Achatz (Alinea), Alex Atala (Dom), Dominique Crenn (Aterlier Crenn) and more.
Ep. 193 - Comedian Jensen Karp is this week's podcast guest to promote his forthcoming book "Kanye West Owes me $300: And Other True Stories About a White Rapper Who Almost Made it Big". He's known as a comedian, an art gallery owner (Gallery 1988) and author, and in the late 90s he was an up and coming rap star named Hot Karl, with a $1 million dollar record deal w/ Interscope Records. We talk Passover, Hot Karl's rider, eating at Mel's Diner w/ Kanye West and Jensen's favorite spots in L.A. This episode is brought to you by Casper Mattresses. Go to for $50 towards any mattress.
Ep. 192 - We spent this past weekend eating our way through Coachella and figured we'd bring you along for the ride. To recap the weekend food food and music as it happened, Zach was joined by Jeff Miller from Thrillist LA and Josh Scherer, the Associate Food Editor of Los Angeles Magazine who before this weekend HAD NEVER BEEN TO A CONCERT. (Yes, you read that right.) So naturally we ask him about that.
Ep. 190 - Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio is this week's podcast guest, the last of our conversation recorded live at SxSw. We talk about London food, and his obsession with gummy candies, plus ask him whether or not he's gotten to eat Rostam's mom's cooking (she's a world famous cookbook author.)Create a fantastic-looking website using WEEBLY. Join the over thirty million people who are already dreaming big - get started today for FREE at
Ep. 189 - The Infatuation has become an influential food voice over the past few years, thanks in large part to their widely used #EEEEEATS hashtag on Instagram. But what few of their fans realize is, just like Zach, their founders got their start in the music industry. Andrew Steinthal and Chris Stang created The Infatuation while working at major record labels in New York. In fact they're responsible for getting us our very first podcast guest- Mike D from the Beastie Boys. We talk to them about that, plus have them recount the story of the creation of Infatuation and find out what lessons they learned from the music business that they translated to the food business. And then, of course, at the end we ask them for Instagram tips. This episode was recorded live @ SxSw in front of small audience as part of Southbites.
Ep. 188 - Comedian Jon Gabrus (High & Mighty, Comedy Bang Bang) returns to the show this week for his very own episode recorded LIVE at SxSw. We eat Salt & Straw chocolate tacos and talk about how years ago he lost out on the Man vs. Food hosting gig to Adam Richman. Plus he treats us to an amazing imitation of Guy Fieri.
Ep. 187 - We're giving you two episodes this week!!! How lucky are you? This past weekend we recorded 4 episodes live at SxSw, which we'll be releasing over the next few weeks. But we didn't want you to have to wait an entire week to hear the first one... so here it is, our conversation with Chef Aaron Sanchez (of Chopped fame) live at SxSw. He tells us about how he got to grow up surrounded by musicians eating at his house (his mom is famous chef in her own right) before having a serious conversation about how difficult it is to run a restaurant these days. And we recreate the cannibalism conversation we had the first time we podcasted (an interview we did with Aaron a few years back that famously didn't record).
Ep. 186 - This week's guest is not just famous for hosting season 2 of PBS' Mind of a Chef, or winning a James Beard Award, or even his Charleston restaurant Husk- which is famous for its effort to preserve heritage southern ingredients and dishes (and now has a second location in Nashville.) He's famous for all of those things! Plus an incredible knowledge of bourbon. We talk about all of that plus his love of folk art, outlaw country music, and late 80s hip hop. Plus he admits to something involving Vanilla Ice that will shock even the most knowledgeable Sean Brock fans. Big thanks to the All Star Chef Classic for bringing him to L.A. last week so we could get a chance to sit down with him and chat music.Create a fantastic-looking website using WEEBLY. Join the over thirty million people who are already dreaming big - get started today for FREE at is the meal kit delivery service that makes cooking fun, easy, and convenient! For $35 off your first week of deliveries, visit and enter FOOD when you subscribe!
Ep. 185 - Actress Kiernan Shipka is this week's guest, who you likely know as Don Draper's daughter Sally from Mad Men. But what you may not know (unless you're a creepy Instagram stalker like Zach) she's also a LEGIT food fan. We talk donuts, dim sum, Paris, and L.A. restaurants, plus she shares with us her most recent bang bang (which involved donuts and dim sum.) She also starred in the ABC Family movie "Fan Girl" where she played the part of a teenage girl obsessed with the band "All Time Low", so we asked her about that too... you know... because music. Create a fantastic-looking website using WEEBLY. Join the over thirty million people who are already dreaming big - get started today for FREE at
Ep. 184 -Writer Allen Salkin is this week's podcast guest, and we change things up a bit. Normally we talk to a chef about music or a music about food, but this week Zach goes off script a bit to chat mostly about the food business. Salkin's New York Times article about New York food blogging in 2007 put Midtown Lunch on the map, so the conversation starts there, before veering into the Food Network (he wrote the definitive book on the subject), the Jonathan Gold documentary City of Gold (which both he and Zach are in) and then at the very end they talk a little about music.
Ep. 183 - Chef Craig Thornton returns to the podcast to tell us all about his brand new project at MOCA. Titled Wolvesmouth: TAXA, it's a combination restaurant/art gallery featuring works of art created by Craig himself. It runs from March to July and is pretty much the longest regularly scheduled food thing he's done in a really really long time. Get more info and tickets at
Ep. 182 - This week we welcome hip hop sketch comedians Jeff and Eric Rosenthal aka itsthereal to the podcast. They've got their own podcast "A Waste of Time w/ itsthereal" where they have rappers over to their apartment and cook for them- so naturally we talked a lot about that. Plus a lot of other stuff. If you like hip hop, And Jews you'll love this episode.Create a fantastic-looking website using WEEBLY. Join the over thirty million people who are already dreaming big - get started today for FREE at
Ep. 181 - New York Chef and Food Network personality Amanda Freitag is this week's podcast guest. We talked about how she hopped from extra curricular activity to extra curricular activity in high school before finally settling in on home-ec as her calling. We also talked about Bowie (seems to be a theme these days), Springsteen, her parents 8 track collection, and her love of Portugal the Man. Then, at the end of the episode, she plays the piano for us. Let Selfie Station be the Picture taker, Ice breaker AND your money maker. As a special introductory offer, get $500 off the professional package. Go to and enter promo code FOOD.Create a fantastic-looking website using WEEBLY. Join the over thirty million people who are already dreaming big - get started today for FREE at
Ep. 180 - Wine Enthusiast's 2014 Winemaker of the Year, Charles Smith is this week's podcast guest. We talk about his early days as a tour manager for musicians as well as the music he grew up listening to, all while drinking some of his delicious wine. We also found out how he got Jerry Lee Lewis to play the opening of his brand new urban winery Jet City in Seattle. Get more info about his wines at **********************Special thanks to our - Get a free 30 day trial and free audiobook today by signing up at Station - Get $500 off the professional package at using the promo code FOOD.
Ep. 179 - VICE host, Toronto Chef, and walking tattoo gallery Matty Matheson is this week's podcast guest. We talk about all the metal shows he went to growing up, all the partying he did with his friends' bands on tour, and how he's tried to recreate that atmosphere at his restaurant in Toronto (Parts and Labour.) Plus he tells us all about the time he was punched in the stomach for an album cover. Thanks to this week's sponsor, Selfie Station. Go to and use the promo code FOOD to get $500 off the professional package.
Ep. 178 - Jona and Claire from Yacht, or as Zach likes to call them "my favorite vegans of all time", return to the podcast to talk about the future of food. They talk fake mayo, Baroo (this incredible new restaurant in Los Angeles), and their app 5 Everyday- which is a must download for anybody who lives or is visiting Los Angeles. Thanks to this week's sponsor, Selfie Station. Go to and use the promo code FOOD to get $500 off the professional package.
Ep. 177 - You might know this week's guest Phil Rosenthal as the creator of the long running sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, or the star of the hilarious documentary Exporting Raymond. But his real passion is food, and nowhere is that more apparent than on his brand new PBS TV show "I'll Have What Phil's Having". We talk to him about his Mom's love of opera, his obsession with Springsteen, and the time he met Paul McCartney.
Ep. 176 - If you know Dexter Holland, it is likely as the spiky haired lead singer of the seminal pop punk band The Offspring. But did you also know that he has his own line of hot sauces called Gringo Bandito? Zach sits down with him to talk all things hot sauce, including how he got into the business and what his thoughts are about other hot sauces. Then, half way through the interview our friend Jeff Miller (Editor of Thrilist in L.A. and lead singer of the Black Crystal Wolf Kids) shows up with a dozen donuts from Blue Star, and the podcast turns into anarchy as the three of us just start stuffing our faces with hot sauce topped everything.
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Created by
Zach Brooks
Podcast Status
Apr 24th, 2012
Latest Episode
Aug 31st, 2016
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour

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