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On Pan Con Podcast, we take on big ideas in conversation with Miami chef Michael Beltran (Ariete, Chug's, Leña, etc.). We'll also bring on guests — many, but not all, from the world of food and beverage. It's a behind-the-curtain look at restaurants, craft, creativity, entrepreneurship and more.

It's an opportunity for DADE (DADEmag.com) to bring you a new voice in service of the same old goal: great stories, fresh perspective, from DADE, for all.

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    • 5.0 • 56 Ratings

On Pan Con Podcast, we take on big ideas in conversation with Miami chef Michael Beltran (Ariete, Chug's, Leña, etc.). We'll also bring on guests — many, but not all, from the world of food and beverage. It's a behind-the-curtain look at restaurants, craft, creativity, entrepreneurship and more.

It's an opportunity for DADE (DADEmag.com) to bring you a new voice in service of the same old goal: great stories, fresh perspective, from DADE, for all.

    Drinking Pig BBQ's chef Raheem Sealey hasn't "been so pumped about food in a long time."

    Drinking Pig BBQ's chef Raheem Sealey hasn't "been so pumped about food in a long time."

    Miami chef Raheem Sealey has an impressive résumé, with his most recent restaurant gig as the executive chef at Kyu being the one he’s best known for. Raheem parted ways with Kyu — which he’d helped open about six years ago — a month before this recording. These days, he says he’s as excited about food as he’s ever been.

    He’s got projects in the works that he wasn’t ready to talk about publicly. One thing he did say, though: he’s on the hunt for permanent home for Drinking Pig BBQ, the unassuming smoked meat popup that, according to Infatuation editor and past Pan Con Podcast guest Ryan Pfeffer, has “evolved to become the best barbecue in South Florida.”

    In this conversation with Michael Beltrán, Raheem talks about his favorite foods, his upbringing in St. Croix, why he chose to move out of the Virgin Islands, and some of the lessons he’s learned about the restaurant business over the years.

    In a special Patreon-only extended cut of this episode, Mike and Raheem talk doughnuts, fried fish, and cookies.

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    • 2 hr 23 min
    Screenwriter Nick Zayas on Star Trek, grinding in Hollywood, meeting your heroes

    Screenwriter Nick Zayas on Star Trek, grinding in Hollywood, meeting your heroes

    This episode was a long time coming; screenwriter Nick Zayas and eighth grade basketball MVP Mike Beltrán have been friends since kindergarten. Nick has been living in L.A. for the last 16 years or so, where he spent years working for movie producer Scott Rudin before making a tansition to writing for TV, including series like Major Crimes and Star Trek: Picard (to name just some of the work that comes up in this conversation).

    Nick and Mike also talk about how Miami is portrayed in movies and TV; the time Nick met Jon Favreau and embarrassed, then redeemed himself; their matching childhood haircuts; and whether Hollywood’s professional culture is a healthy one or in need of change, especially for young talent.

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    • 2 hr 14 min
    Refreshing the Chug's Diner menu, Mario Cristobal's Miami homecoming, and gold chicken wings

    Refreshing the Chug's Diner menu, Mario Cristobal's Miami homecoming, and gold chicken wings

    Mike and Nick didn’t do any planning for this episode, so it’s all over the place. We talk about changes that are coming to the Chug’s Diner menu, Mario Cristobal’s being hired as the University of Miami’s football coach, boxing’s renaissance, golden chicken wings, what kind of lettuce belongs on sandwiches, and more.

    In the Patreon-only extended cut: Mike takes lightning round questions and we talk monsters, pizza chains, hot PB&J, and Jacques Pepin’s fried eggs.

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Mike on the Culinary Institute of America, The French Laundry, Napa, Michelin Stars

    Mike on the Culinary Institute of America, The French Laundry, Napa, Michelin Stars

    We’ve mentioned on the podcast that Mike was invited to travel to Napa to speak and demo his food at the Worlds of Flavor International Conference & Festival at the Culinary Institute of America.

    In this episode that we recorded in an awkward new set up in Mike’s house, Mike recaps his experience with the conference along with some of the meals he had and people he met while in California — including a bucket-list dinner at chef Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry.

    We also talk about the impact of the news that the Michelin Guide will be coming to Miami, Tampa and Orlando.

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    • 1 hr 53 min
    Psychologist and musician Carlos Escanilla on mental health, playing covers and finding a tribe

    Psychologist and musician Carlos Escanilla on mental health, playing covers and finding a tribe

    Carlos Escanilla is a psychologist and a musician; we delve into both mental health and music — along with his and Mike Beltran’s experiences with weight loss — in this episode of Pan Con Podcast.

    Along the way, the podcast is crashed by past guest John Falco, whose restaurants and brewery also serve as a frequent venue for Carlos’ gigs.

    In the Patreon-only extended cut, Carlos answers lightning round questions about food and we learn about some of his preferences and his unusual Wendy’s hamburger habits.

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    • 3 hr 8 min
    Tattoo artist Jessica "Pooka" Suárez on creativity, apprenticeship and palos

    Tattoo artist Jessica "Pooka" Suárez on creativity, apprenticeship and palos

    Tattoo artist Jessica Suárez — better known as Pooka, a nickname whose origin she explains in this interview — has some of her work on our host, Mike Beltrán, including a pine cone that Mike admits he got for the sake of getting in Pooka’s good graces and a mamey hanging from a branch on his arm.

    In this episode, Pooka talks about her creative process and what it’s been like for her to strike out on her own — she just opened Great Oak Tattoo — and create a tattoo shop culture that reflects her own style. She and Mike also talk about how they train others in their skills, and past guest Dave Arvelo’s t-shirt ideas.

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    • 1 hr 53 min

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