17 episodes

Overserved is a podcast about the stories behind the stories of people involved in the culinary world. Hosted by Ari Bendersky & Maggie Hennessy, the show spotlights the reality behind food and drink culture.

Overserved Ari Bendersky & Maggie Hennessy

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Overserved is a podcast about the stories behind the stories of people involved in the culinary world. Hosted by Ari Bendersky & Maggie Hennessy, the show spotlights the reality behind food and drink culture.

    Ina Pinkney, The Breakfast Queen of Chicago

    Ina Pinkney, The Breakfast Queen of Chicago

    It's the final episode of Season 1 so we called in the big guns: Ina Pinkney, the legendary restauranteur known as "The Breakfast Queen" who served Chicago the most important meal of the day for 30+ years from her spots in Lincoln Park and the West Loop. Learn how she got her start, her battle with polio as a young child, how obsessing over the details helped her stand out (33:00), her brief foray into local politics and civic engagement (47:03), how she helped get the citywide smoking ban passed (52:00), fun stories from her life like dancing with Fred Astaire (1:00:35) and her advice for restauranteurs (01:05:00, seriously though listen to this if you own a restaurant or plan to one day). Thank you all for listening to Season 1!

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Back To (Culinary) School

    Back To (Culinary) School

    Earlier this fall, Ari and Maggie spent some time at Washburne Culinary Institute, one of the oldest culinary schools in the country. In this special episode, they talk with Associate Dean Greg Beachey and current student Jose Cruz about the venerable culinary school's history and how it provides opportunity for members of marginalized communities to become chefs.

    • 32 min
    Jenni Wagoner, Sommelier for Proxi and Sepia

    Jenni Wagoner, Sommelier for Proxi and Sepia

    Ari & Maggie are joined by Jenni Wagoner, the superstar somm extraordinaire behind the wonderful wine lists at Chicago's Proxi and Sepia. Learn about her history as a singer(!!!), making wine more accessible to all, and offers tips on how to navigate a wine list if you're a beginner.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Brian Jupiter, chef/owner of Frontier/Ina Mae's Tavern

    Brian Jupiter, chef/owner of Frontier/Ina Mae's Tavern

    This might be the funniest episode we've ever done. Chef Brian Jupiter of Chicago's Frontier and Ina Mae's Tavern stops by to discuss his upbringing, the gang goes in-depth on mayonnaise (7:00), and Chef Jupiter shares the secret to A++++ gumbo (24:08)

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Partner/Executive Chef Paul Kahan of One Off Hospitality

    Partner/Executive Chef Paul Kahan of One Off Hospitality

    MICHELIN MADNESS kicks off this episode with Ari and Maggie recapping the 2020 Chicago honorees (2:00) before diving into a chat with Paul Kahan (10:20), the Chicago hospitality legend behind Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star, Publican Quality Meats, Nico Osteria (and many more) and the author of the new cookbook Cooking for Good Times: Super Delicious, Super Simple. This one is a must-listen!!!

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Geoff Watts, VP of Coffee for Intelligentsia

    Geoff Watts, VP of Coffee for Intelligentsia

    Ari & Maggie sit down with Geoff Watts, a man who knows more about coffee than most people know about anything. Hear about his travels and experiences searching for the best coffee in the world, the culture of coffee in other countries and learn once and for all what "direct trade" actually means!

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

ospeeeeeena feliiiipe ,

A must !

Maggie and Ari are extremely passionate and share unreal things that people should know about our Hospitality Industry.

Felipe Ospina.

dignan100 ,

What a gem

As someone who has followed the Chicago food scene for years, this podcast made me jump up and down and grin from ear to ear. Maggie and Ari have such an easy natural rapport and they make your mouth water with every episode. It’s so much fun to listen to and learn from them. Love this!

NatSlavin ,

The perfect food(ie) podcast!

The hosts have an amazing rapport, a creative approach to discussing the business of the food and beverage industry and are right up there with the best podcast interviewers (Glass, Maron, Koppelman) that dive deep into what drives creativity and passion. And has the added benefit of introducing the audience to "finds" that underscore the importance of listening all the way to the end. A new must listen.

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