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On this edition of the NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias we talk with talented New Orleans pastry chef and current Spring Baking Championship contestant on the Food Network, Ruby Bloch. We talk about her new business, Salt and Light Pasty Co., her stint on the TV show, and more! We also talk with two Bloody Mary experts and book authors, Shelley Buchanan of the Drunken Tomato and Dr. Brian King of Bloody America.

Pictured above from left – Ruby Bloch of Salt and Light Pastry Co. and Bryan Dias of NOLADrinks.

NOLADrinks Show – 3-29-18 – Pastry Chef Ruby Bloch – Dr. Brian King and Shelley Buchanan on Bloody Marys

We start things off in the first two segments talking about today’s show and some other programming notes, including two new ways you can get the NOLADrinks Show on podcast – on the new National Food and Beverage Foundation podcast platform and on Spotify! We also talk about two great events that went on last weekend – The Bloody Mary Festival and Hogs for the Cause.

Above left, from left – Bryan Dias of NOLADrinks, Julian Douglas of Listen-Journey-Savor, and Shelley Buchanan of Drunken Tomato. Above right from left – Dr. Brian King of Bloody America and Bryan Dias of NOLADrinks.

Next up, we talk with Dr. Brian King, comedian and Bloody Mary book author. We talk about his book, A Field Guide to the North American Bloody Mary as well as his Bloody Mary group, Bloody America. Then, Shelley Buchanan of the Drunken Tomato joins the show. We talk about her four books, all regional Bloody Mary guides, as well as what the Drunken Tomato community is all about. With both Brian and Shelley, of course, we talk Bloody Marys, regional variations, and the Bloody Mary Festival New Orleans.

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In the second half of the show, we welcome Ruby Bloch of Salt and Light Pastry Co.- a verytalented pastry chef here in New Orleans. We discuss her background, how she got into being a pastry chef, her approach to flavor, ingredient use, and more. We also talk about her current stint on the Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship. The show, though taped last fall, it’s currently airing on Monday evenings.

It’s a super interesting chat with Ruby where we cover the differences between being a “baker” and a “pastry chef,” what she’s up to with her new business, and we even get some inside scoop on the TV Show! Special thanks to our friends at Louisiana Music Factory for letting us tape this interview at their spot!

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Cheers, You All!

~ Bryan