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The Bite Goes On – Radio Misfits

Sondra Bernstein, Brian Casey, Radio Misfits

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The Bite Goes On – Radio Misfits

The Bite Goes On – Radio Misfits

Sondra Bernstein, Brian Casey, Radio Misfits

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Sondra Bernstein, owner of “the girl & the fig” restaurant in Sonoma, hosts this weekly podcast along with her friend Brian Casey, veteran of the Hospitality industry for over 30 years. They discuss all aspects of the food world, from seeds and beans to fries and foie gras. “If you can eat it, we want to talk about it”. Guests include famous chefs, food critics, local farmers, cheese makers and mushroom foragers. No subject is “off the table”. Sometimes controversial but always delicious.

Latest Episodes

The Bite Goes On – Harveys Donuts

It’s all about donuts in this week’s episode with Harvey Cohen, mastermind behind the cutest mini donuts you have ever seen and yes they are quite delicious. We talk about his process, his very unique machines, his recently reopened cafe and his new project just off the Sonoma Plaza. We spend some time talking about his corporate business as well as how things are going during the pandemic. [EP98] https://www.harveysdonuts.com on Instagram at @harveysdonuts

61 min1 d ago
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The Bite Goes On – Harveys Donuts

The Bite Goes On – Maggie Cameron

The Hatch About 6 years ago I was introduced to Maggie through a good friend. She was working on her business plan for a restaurant and was looking for advice. Fast forward, as a successful restaurateur, she could now give me some good advice!! Brian and I have both been to her restaurant in Paso Robles a few times and loved it and revisiting her website, I was drooling over the menu. It is always so wonderful to see a friend succeed in this very challenging business. It was great to catch up and revisit how her story started (she is one lucky lady -the stars were aligned) how things are going during Covid, how her protocols have changed, how it works to work with her husband and what she sees for the future. [EP97] Next time you are in Paso Robles visit the Hatch at 835 13th Street, visit the website at hatchpasorobles.com/ and on Instagram at @thehatchrotisserie

77 min1 w ago
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The Bite Goes On – Maggie Cameron

The Bite Goes On – Tanya Holland

Brian and I were grateful to steal Tanya away from her very busy schedule. She was extremely generous with her time and we were able to go way back in Tanya’s journey to becoming a Chef/Restaurateur. We briefly spoke about the Black Lives Matter movement and how it has affected her and how she feels about the attention that the movement is getting. We were jealous to hear about her first few guests on her own podcast and loved getting to know her more than we did. Tanya Holland is the Executive Chef and owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen, where the food reflects a unique interpretation of soul food influenced by Tanya’s family history of entertaining, her formal training at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine and her love of food from around the world. Tanya is also the author of Brown Sugar Kitchen Cookbook and New Soul Cooking and recently launched her own podcast called ‘Tanya’s Table’. [EP96] BrownSugarKitchen.com Tanya on Instagram Tanya’s Podcast, Tanya’s Table

56 min2 w ago
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The Bite Goes On – Tanya Holland

The Bite Goes On – Bernard Guillas

It was great catching up with Chef Bernard Guillas at the Marine Room in La Jolla. I had almost forgotten what a wonderful positive, uplifting person that he is and funny too. He brings us up to date about what is happening in San Diego, how he is managing things through the pandemic, the shifts that he has made during this time and his continual love for food and fresh ingredients. Chef Bernard Guillas joined La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, Inc. as executive chef in June 1994. Right at home in La Jolla, Guillas’ affinity for the coastal lifestyle reminded him of his home in Brittany. “When I lived in France, the smell of the sea and the lure of its bounty were constantly part of our table,” Guillas recalls. “I’m inspired by the variety and quality of the local produce and seafood found throughout our region. I love to use my classical training and my love for Pan Pacific flavors in all our restaurants.” Guillas is responsible for directing the resort’s three restaurants and all catering operations for the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, the Shores Restaurant at the La Jolla Shores Hotel, and the landmark Marine Room Restaurant. On Instagram @chefbernardguillas You can enjoy his food at www.ljbtc.com

67 min3 w ago
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The Bite Goes On – Bernard Guillas

The Bite Goes On – Chris Cosentino, Cockscomb

They say three times is a charm and it certainly was when we finally pinned down chef Chris Cosentino for an up close and personal, laughter filled, fun episode. We try to figure out how Chris and Sondra met way back when. Our conversation drifts from subject to subject, beginning with his early start in the business to his rise in popularity. He opens up about his personal challenges as a boy and how he ended up a chef. His honesty is humbling and could be a motivator for those with learning disabilities and not sure about a career direction. We touch on the hardships of business during covid and how he is making things work, including his very entertaining cooking videos on instagram. This is a fascinating episode with Chris and between the laughter, distractions and some interesting stories that makes it worth listening to. Be warned – it is a long one. Find Chris at his restaurant at http://cockscombsf.com/ On instagram at https://www.instagram.com/cockscombsf/ and his personal instagram account – https://www.instagram.com/chefchriscosentino/

84 minAUG 21
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The Bite Goes On – Chris Cosentino, Cockscomb

The Bite Goes On – Professor Dustin Rogge

It was great to catch up with Culinary Institute of America alumni turned Professor Dustin Rogge. Dustin worked for the girl & the fig over 15 years ago just a few years after he graduated from the CIA. He started at the Sonoma restaurant and was the opening General Manager of the girl & the fig in Petaluma. Though the restaurant was short lived Dustin was an amazing asset to the team. We were sad when he left the country for the big city to work at Farallon restaurant for a few years before he helped open the Waterbar Restaurant. Dustin will be known by many as simply one of the best in the restaurant business. After many years transitioning from a working manager to a Professor was a welcome adjustment. He was determined to take his passion for pleasing guests to instill the knowledge and ability for his students to carry on his expertise in hospitality. We learn about the adjustments of teaching during Covid, listen to a few stories of the past, his love for the outdoors and just...

84 minAUG 15
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The Bite Goes On – Professor Dustin Rogge

The Bite Goes On – Ari Weiswasser, Glen Ellen Star

It was long overdue to catch up with Ari Weisswasser, Chef and co-owner of the Glen Ellen Star with his wife Erinn Benziger in Glen Ellen. As Sondra’s restaurant neighbor in Glen Ellen, we started the conversation about how Ari proceeded during the lockdown and how after a quick peek on email en route to Paris, the family vacation took a u-turn to come back to see what the situation was all about. Returning to Glen Ellen, Ari and a minimal team began serving it up for both lunch and dinner. He has been grateful and pleasantly pleased with the support from the neighborhood, his regulars and his ability to roll into another disaster focusing on the task at hand. We didn’t go back into Ari’s culinary training which has included some stints with some important names in the restaurant world including Thomas Keller at the French Laundry. He has culminated what he has learned and created his personal style by concentrating on simplicity and sourcing the absolute best products he can find. About 25% of the Glen Ellen Star’s restaurant comes from the family farm, Glentucky farm also in Glen Ellen. The menu is heavy on farm fresh vegetables with good reason. We converse about some of the inner workings and challenges that restaurants are having in maintaining reasonable margins, PPP, attracting staff and tipping, balanced life and guest perception. To be noted, not long before the whiff of Covid, Ari and his wife Erinn purchased a partnership in a local catering company only to deal with the fact that 2020 in the event world has moved to 2021 with hope. Learning a new side of the business during this time will clearly be an asset when it is time to reopen. Read more about Ari and the Glen Ellen Star at www.glenellenstar.com

63 minAUG 7
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The Bite Goes On – Ari Weiswasser, Glen Ellen Star

The Bite Goes On – Sondra & Brian

With a small snafu in our scheduling, it actually gave Brian and I a chance to get caught up, especially since he has finally been called back to his real job. Other than talking about the changes in his workplace, he also told us about CALI-FORNO STREET EATS which is the Sonoma Fairmont Hotel’s new airstream food truck that just opened. Situated on the driveway of the hotel, guests and locals can order from the bar, get some truck food and drinks and relax in a physically distanced outdoor dining area with minimal service on Friday and Saturday. It was great to hear of something new happening in this crazy time. Always nice to catch up with Brian on our weekly calls! [EP91]

34 minJUL 31
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The Bite Goes On – Sondra & Brian

The Bite Goes On – Mia Sebastiani

Hailing from one of the oldest wine families in California, Mia gravitated to food much more than she did wine. She realized that she liked to cook and carry on the traditions that her Nonna started. She started with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and found herself selling it out of her car to all of the local markets and specialty stores. Having the advantage of a family with the greater understanding of supply chains and distribution, she has turned her focus on the fabulous California tomato, producing tomato sauce in many flavors as well as a couple pizza sauces. She has grown her company Mia’s Kitchen, and you can now find her products in mainstream grocery stores from coast to coast. In regards to branding, authentic has a strong meaning in spreading the word for this ultra premium tomato sauce. Local.fresh ingredients to recreate the flavors of her family’s heritage shines a light on a brand that is made by a person that you can relate to and not just a large company. She w...

72 minJUL 25
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The Bite Goes On – Mia Sebastiani

The Bite Goes On – Avidan Lebenthal

With fond memories of Mexico City, Sondra reached out to Avidan Lebenthal or better known as “The Taco Mensch”. He was Sondra’s guide on her first day in Mexico City and have remained in touch. Wanting to find out what is happening with him during C-19, we actually tracked him down at his parents in Tel Aviv. In this episode you will hear Avidan’s story of how and why he is the Taco Mensch and how he became one of AirBnB’s top experiences (with over 175 5 Star reviews) all to be put on hold at least until October. True to form, Avidan was cheery, formidable if not slightly tired of having surfed for most of the afternoon into the evening, and it was great to catch up from him. The conversation dances around from Mexico City, Tel Aviv, Sondra’s trip to Mexico City, Avidan’s new business plan and much more. We hope you enjoy this episode and the next time you are in CDMX, you must do his tour. AirBNB Instagram [EP89]

72 minJUL 17
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The Bite Goes On – Avidan Lebenthal

Latest Episodes

The Bite Goes On – Harveys Donuts

It’s all about donuts in this week’s episode with Harvey Cohen, mastermind behind the cutest mini donuts you have ever seen and yes they are quite delicious. We talk about his process, his very unique machines, his recently reopened cafe and his new project just off the Sonoma Plaza. We spend some time talking about his corporate business as well as how things are going during the pandemic. [EP98] https://www.harveysdonuts.com on Instagram at @harveysdonuts

61 min1 d ago
Comments
The Bite Goes On – Harveys Donuts

The Bite Goes On – Maggie Cameron

The Hatch About 6 years ago I was introduced to Maggie through a good friend. She was working on her business plan for a restaurant and was looking for advice. Fast forward, as a successful restaurateur, she could now give me some good advice!! Brian and I have both been to her restaurant in Paso Robles a few times and loved it and revisiting her website, I was drooling over the menu. It is always so wonderful to see a friend succeed in this very challenging business. It was great to catch up and revisit how her story started (she is one lucky lady -the stars were aligned) how things are going during Covid, how her protocols have changed, how it works to work with her husband and what she sees for the future. [EP97] Next time you are in Paso Robles visit the Hatch at 835 13th Street, visit the website at hatchpasorobles.com/ and on Instagram at @thehatchrotisserie

77 min1 w ago
Comments
The Bite Goes On – Maggie Cameron

The Bite Goes On – Tanya Holland

Brian and I were grateful to steal Tanya away from her very busy schedule. She was extremely generous with her time and we were able to go way back in Tanya’s journey to becoming a Chef/Restaurateur. We briefly spoke about the Black Lives Matter movement and how it has affected her and how she feels about the attention that the movement is getting. We were jealous to hear about her first few guests on her own podcast and loved getting to know her more than we did. Tanya Holland is the Executive Chef and owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen, where the food reflects a unique interpretation of soul food influenced by Tanya’s family history of entertaining, her formal training at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine and her love of food from around the world. Tanya is also the author of Brown Sugar Kitchen Cookbook and New Soul Cooking and recently launched her own podcast called ‘Tanya’s Table’. [EP96] BrownSugarKitchen.com Tanya on Instagram Tanya’s Podcast, Tanya’s Table

56 min2 w ago
Comments
The Bite Goes On – Tanya Holland

The Bite Goes On – Bernard Guillas

It was great catching up with Chef Bernard Guillas at the Marine Room in La Jolla. I had almost forgotten what a wonderful positive, uplifting person that he is and funny too. He brings us up to date about what is happening in San Diego, how he is managing things through the pandemic, the shifts that he has made during this time and his continual love for food and fresh ingredients. Chef Bernard Guillas joined La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, Inc. as executive chef in June 1994. Right at home in La Jolla, Guillas’ affinity for the coastal lifestyle reminded him of his home in Brittany. “When I lived in France, the smell of the sea and the lure of its bounty were constantly part of our table,” Guillas recalls. “I’m inspired by the variety and quality of the local produce and seafood found throughout our region. I love to use my classical training and my love for Pan Pacific flavors in all our restaurants.” Guillas is responsible for directing the resort’s three restaurants and all catering operations for the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, the Shores Restaurant at the La Jolla Shores Hotel, and the landmark Marine Room Restaurant. On Instagram @chefbernardguillas You can enjoy his food at www.ljbtc.com

67 min3 w ago
Comments
The Bite Goes On – Bernard Guillas

The Bite Goes On – Chris Cosentino, Cockscomb

They say three times is a charm and it certainly was when we finally pinned down chef Chris Cosentino for an up close and personal, laughter filled, fun episode. We try to figure out how Chris and Sondra met way back when. Our conversation drifts from subject to subject, beginning with his early start in the business to his rise in popularity. He opens up about his personal challenges as a boy and how he ended up a chef. His honesty is humbling and could be a motivator for those with learning disabilities and not sure about a career direction. We touch on the hardships of business during covid and how he is making things work, including his very entertaining cooking videos on instagram. This is a fascinating episode with Chris and between the laughter, distractions and some interesting stories that makes it worth listening to. Be warned – it is a long one. Find Chris at his restaurant at http://cockscombsf.com/ On instagram at https://www.instagram.com/cockscombsf/ and his personal instagram account – https://www.instagram.com/chefchriscosentino/

84 minAUG 21
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The Bite Goes On – Chris Cosentino, Cockscomb

The Bite Goes On – Professor Dustin Rogge

It was great to catch up with Culinary Institute of America alumni turned Professor Dustin Rogge. Dustin worked for the girl & the fig over 15 years ago just a few years after he graduated from the CIA. He started at the Sonoma restaurant and was the opening General Manager of the girl & the fig in Petaluma. Though the restaurant was short lived Dustin was an amazing asset to the team. We were sad when he left the country for the big city to work at Farallon restaurant for a few years before he helped open the Waterbar Restaurant. Dustin will be known by many as simply one of the best in the restaurant business. After many years transitioning from a working manager to a Professor was a welcome adjustment. He was determined to take his passion for pleasing guests to instill the knowledge and ability for his students to carry on his expertise in hospitality. We learn about the adjustments of teaching during Covid, listen to a few stories of the past, his love for the outdoors and just...

84 minAUG 15
Comments
The Bite Goes On – Professor Dustin Rogge

The Bite Goes On – Ari Weiswasser, Glen Ellen Star

It was long overdue to catch up with Ari Weisswasser, Chef and co-owner of the Glen Ellen Star with his wife Erinn Benziger in Glen Ellen. As Sondra’s restaurant neighbor in Glen Ellen, we started the conversation about how Ari proceeded during the lockdown and how after a quick peek on email en route to Paris, the family vacation took a u-turn to come back to see what the situation was all about. Returning to Glen Ellen, Ari and a minimal team began serving it up for both lunch and dinner. He has been grateful and pleasantly pleased with the support from the neighborhood, his regulars and his ability to roll into another disaster focusing on the task at hand. We didn’t go back into Ari’s culinary training which has included some stints with some important names in the restaurant world including Thomas Keller at the French Laundry. He has culminated what he has learned and created his personal style by concentrating on simplicity and sourcing the absolute best products he can find. About 25% of the Glen Ellen Star’s restaurant comes from the family farm, Glentucky farm also in Glen Ellen. The menu is heavy on farm fresh vegetables with good reason. We converse about some of the inner workings and challenges that restaurants are having in maintaining reasonable margins, PPP, attracting staff and tipping, balanced life and guest perception. To be noted, not long before the whiff of Covid, Ari and his wife Erinn purchased a partnership in a local catering company only to deal with the fact that 2020 in the event world has moved to 2021 with hope. Learning a new side of the business during this time will clearly be an asset when it is time to reopen. Read more about Ari and the Glen Ellen Star at www.glenellenstar.com

63 minAUG 7
Comments
The Bite Goes On – Ari Weiswasser, Glen Ellen Star

The Bite Goes On – Sondra & Brian

With a small snafu in our scheduling, it actually gave Brian and I a chance to get caught up, especially since he has finally been called back to his real job. Other than talking about the changes in his workplace, he also told us about CALI-FORNO STREET EATS which is the Sonoma Fairmont Hotel’s new airstream food truck that just opened. Situated on the driveway of the hotel, guests and locals can order from the bar, get some truck food and drinks and relax in a physically distanced outdoor dining area with minimal service on Friday and Saturday. It was great to hear of something new happening in this crazy time. Always nice to catch up with Brian on our weekly calls! [EP91]

34 minJUL 31
Comments
The Bite Goes On – Sondra & Brian

The Bite Goes On – Mia Sebastiani

Hailing from one of the oldest wine families in California, Mia gravitated to food much more than she did wine. She realized that she liked to cook and carry on the traditions that her Nonna started. She started with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and found herself selling it out of her car to all of the local markets and specialty stores. Having the advantage of a family with the greater understanding of supply chains and distribution, she has turned her focus on the fabulous California tomato, producing tomato sauce in many flavors as well as a couple pizza sauces. She has grown her company Mia’s Kitchen, and you can now find her products in mainstream grocery stores from coast to coast. In regards to branding, authentic has a strong meaning in spreading the word for this ultra premium tomato sauce. Local.fresh ingredients to recreate the flavors of her family’s heritage shines a light on a brand that is made by a person that you can relate to and not just a large company. She w...

72 minJUL 25
Comments
The Bite Goes On – Mia Sebastiani

The Bite Goes On – Avidan Lebenthal

With fond memories of Mexico City, Sondra reached out to Avidan Lebenthal or better known as “The Taco Mensch”. He was Sondra’s guide on her first day in Mexico City and have remained in touch. Wanting to find out what is happening with him during C-19, we actually tracked him down at his parents in Tel Aviv. In this episode you will hear Avidan’s story of how and why he is the Taco Mensch and how he became one of AirBnB’s top experiences (with over 175 5 Star reviews) all to be put on hold at least until October. True to form, Avidan was cheery, formidable if not slightly tired of having surfed for most of the afternoon into the evening, and it was great to catch up from him. The conversation dances around from Mexico City, Tel Aviv, Sondra’s trip to Mexico City, Avidan’s new business plan and much more. We hope you enjoy this episode and the next time you are in CDMX, you must do his tour. AirBNB Instagram [EP89]

72 minJUL 17
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The Bite Goes On – Avidan Lebenthal
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