Welcome to Shift Drink! Long hours on sore feet and wearied coworkers cramped side-by-side in the pursuit of perfection is typical in the service industry. But it isn’t until the final diner has gone and the last tab is closed; when there are no more pots to scrub or glasses to polish; that’s when the first shift drinks are poured and the stories start to flow. Every week, Eddie Kim and Mathew Ramsey will share a shift drink and swap war stories from behind the line with chefs, bartenders, bakers, brewers, and anyone who touches this all-encompassing industry. Un-edited, no-holds-bar, and personal, these brief moments bleed into life stories, past and future aspirations, philosophy, life lessons and every shot in between.
This show records and broadcasts LIVE on Full Service Radio from the lobby of the LINE DC in Adams Morgan, Washington DC.
Opie Crooks & Jill Tyler: #ShutUsDown, But Not Out
This week, notorious locavore Opie Crooks - executive chef of A Rake’s Progress, and hospitality hero - Jill Tyler, co-owner of Tail Up Goat and Reveler’s Hour, join us from the frontlines of what’s been an emotional week, to discuss their closings of their restaurants in response to the COVID-19 emergency. We call for action and legislation that will affect D.C.’s restaurant industry in the interim (#ShutUsDown). Opie dabbles in baking bread, Jill gets swole with push-ups, Mathew grows his homesteading, and Eddie moves into his parent’s basement. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
Rising Star Paola Velez’s Passion of the Fruit
This week, Executive Pastry Chef and confection Domini-queen of Kith and Kin, Paola Velez, joins us in our Corona-free recording bubble to discuss how she caught baking fever. From a cacao-farming family to fine chocolatier, Paola draws upon her Dominican roots and NYC training to simplify and showcase childhood ingredients. Rum cake, arroz con dulce, and ugli fruit get honorable mentions, Eddie runs into a “Florida man,” and Mathew gets insatiably hungry. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
Ruben Garcia: Can’t Fight Nature
This week, Shift Drink alum Boby Pradichith continues to do the heavy lifting by bringing us chef, and mentor, Ruben Garcia. Freshly funemployed, we look back at Ruben’s 16-year legacy with Think Food Group and how that translates into future plans (think mezcal), “fighting nature,” and the cycle of culinary maturation and creativity. Ruben goes all George Clooney, Boby goes all Benjamin Button, Eddie goes all Julia Roberts, and Mathew tries to go all Daniel Day Lewis. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
Francesca Arienzo: Baking the Law
This week, we are joined by Francesca Arienzo, mother-baker and dough-puncher of the Mexican-German — Filos Bakery. Francesca pinches off a piece of her therapy dough over Putin’s favorite shifty, dives into the universal love language of freshly baked breads, and mediates dueling doting grandmothers. Eddie Kim hones in on the perfect concha and Mathew gets some much needed assistance in German phonetics. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
Ann Limpert: The 101 on D.C.’s 100 Best
This week, Ann Limpert, Executive Food Editor of the Washingtonian keeps it cool on the hot seat, as she divulges her pastry past, serves up some “crispy” personal pizza predilections, and offers a deep dive into some of the food-critique-calculus behind the recently released “The 100 Very Best Restaurants.” Eddie buddies up with Hippocrates and Heisenberg, and Mathew apes out over wet martinis. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
Robin Ha: Korean Hand, American Girl
This week, the kimchi jar lid is popped on Korean food and the American experience with comic illustrator Robin Ha — just ahead of the release of her new graphic novel, Almost American Girl — and guest host Peter Chang of No Kings Collective. We geonbae (cheers) over some unexpected mezcal as we parse out the meaning of Korean son-mat (hand-taste), the commonalities between Mexican and Korean cooking, and the disparities between the Korean immigrant and Korean-American experiences. Robin is OK with Kraft cheese, but not K-dramas, Peter exalts the sacred Shin ramen, and Eddie chastises on drinking etiquette. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
Proud of ya!
Tidbits of local and national industry news open the show, a variety of guests introduce listeners to incredible individuals (and their work) from this “all encompassing industry,” and silly quirks bring humor. Informative and fun. Great weekly listen!
My favorite parts are when Eddie makes an awful pun and then everyone makes fun of him.
Interesting, informative, drinks!
Really fun, interesting podcast about drinks and folks who visit or love DC, or just like drinks. Both dudes are funny and I like the special guests. Well curated you might say if you like that word. Also my mom likes it.