Hi All – Here’s our show from Thursday, September 1. I welcome Nick Detrich and Braden LaGrone of the group that owns Cure, Cane & Table, and the newly-opened Café Henri. Nick joins first and we talk a bit about the flood relief efforts in Louisiana and how his company and others in the service industry have lent a hand.

Braden then joins and we kick-off our “What’s in Your Bottle/What’s in Your Glass” segment (dedicated to discussing social, economic, cultural, and environmental issues in the drink and food world.) Specifically, we discuss Agave production in Mexico. We emphasize Mezcal and talk about how, in various styles and varieties, it is made, its cultural importance, and some of the barriers and challenges – including the political – that producers there face. We also discuss an initiative, the Tequila Interchange Project, that is an effort on both sides of the border to help. Of course, we do some tasting – both Braden and Nick brought in two different Mezcals both produced by Mezcal Vago (pictured at left)!

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Always happy to share a “copita” of Mezcal with these guys. Nick Detrich (center), and Braden LaGrone (right) of Cure & Co. with Bryan Dias (left).

We then move to our “At the Bar” segment – a casual round table-style chat about trends, topics, and other concepts in the industry. We talk a bit about what happens with their establishments in the summer and other concepts. We then take a break and chat by phone with Executive Chef of Café Adelaide & The Swizzle Stick Bar. She talks about their Coolinary menu and how they have extended it through mid-September to span Restaurant Week here in NOLA. She also talks about some of the fresh, seasonal ingredients she is utilizing as summer closes and fall approaches. We then close out with more of “At the Bar” with Braden sticking around to talk about Cure.

Here’s the podcast –

 

Be on the lookout for the specific segments – “What’s in Your Glass/What’s in Your Bottle” and “At the Bar” – that will be broken out and posted separately soon!

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