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The Feast presents delectable stories from the dining tables of history. Our stories immerse you in the sights, sounds, & tastes of a meal from the past. Make bread with medieval monks; share a martini with Churchill. Find out what wars were won & which kingdoms were lost, all for the sake of a good meal. Email suggestions for episodes to thefeast@thefeastpodcast.org

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    • 4.8, 131 Ratings

The Feast presents delectable stories from the dining tables of history. Our stories immerse you in the sights, sounds, & tastes of a meal from the past. Make bread with medieval monks; share a martini with Churchill. Find out what wars were won & which kingdoms were lost, all for the sake of a good meal. Email suggestions for episodes to thefeast@thefeastpodcast.org

    Dinner in Camelot

    Dinner in Camelot

    Almost sixty years ago to the day, President John F Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline hosted the largest state dinner of the Kennedy Administration. Invited to the White House for a special "brains dinner" in April 1962 were 49 Nobel laureates, along with Pulitzer Prize winners, noted actors, and Poet Laureates. What happened the night Robert Frost dined with J. Robert Oppenheimer? How did James Baldwin get on with Mary Welsh Hemingway? On this episode, we speak with Joseph A. Esposito, author of "Dinner in Camelot: The Night America’s Greatest Scientists, Writers, and Scholars Partied at the Kennedy White House” to discuss the dinner and its impressive guest list.
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    • 44 min
    Brewing with Fire: Carillon Brewing Company

    Brewing with Fire: Carillon Brewing Company

    This week, the Feast is heading to Ohio to visit a brewery entirely dedicated to making beer like they did in the mid-19th century. Located in Dayton, Carillon Brewing Company is not your average craft brewery. Instead of wrestling with stainless steel tanks, you’re more likely to find these brewers chopping wood and discussing 19th century recipe books. We spoke with head brewer Kyle Spears and assistant brewer Dan Lauro to learn what it takes to brew beer like they did in 1855. Here’s a clue: the first thing you’ll need is a really big fire.
    Written and produced by Laura Carlson
    Photography and digital direction by Mike Portt
    Special guests: Kyle Spears and Dan Lauro of Carillon Brewing Company
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Serving Up Wisconsin's State Secret: The Supper Club

    Serving Up Wisconsin's State Secret: The Supper Club

    In an era of celebrity chefs, fast casual chains, and meal delivery services available at the touch of a button, it may be hard to imagine a state where people drive out of town to go to a pyramid-shaped restaurant to enjoy a nice brandy-based cocktail, a relish tray, fried fish, and prime rib. Where the host lets you linger at a bar for hours before even thinking of being seated for dinner. Where you might know everyone in the restaurant, including the owners. And you may be back in a few days to dine at the same place all over again. 
    But this magical state does exist, my friends. It exists at the Wisconsin supper club.
    On this week’s episode, we speak with Holly L. De Ruyter, writer, producer, and director of Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club, the definitive documentary the explores the rise and enduring tradition of this dining legacy of the midwest.
    Written and produced by Laura Carlson
    Photographer and Digital Director: Mike Portt
    Special Guest: Holly L. De Ruyter
    Find out more about The Feast at www.thefeastpodcast.org
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    • 50 min
    The Lost Women of America's Hop Industry

    The Lost Women of America's Hop Industry

    This week, we’re featuring another interview from our trip to the first-ever Beer Culture Summit, held in Chicago in October 2019. This time, we’re heading to the Chicago History Museum to learn about the forgotten women that helped shape America’s beer industry in the 19th century. We speak with Dr. Jennifer Jordan, a professor at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, who has spent the last few years researching and writing about the forgotten hop industry and specifically the women who were often at the forefront of hop harvesting in states like Wisconsin and California. We chatted about Dr. Jordan’s research, which has taken her from the archives to the back roads of rural Wisconsin in search of the evidence for this once powerful industry of the area. We also talk about her research into the life of Ella, one of the many hop harvesting Wisconsin women of history.

    For more information and show notes, please visit https://www.thefeastpodcast.org
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    Cover image via the Wisconsin Historical Society
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    • 41 min
    Beer is Culture: A Conversation with the Brewseum's Liz Garibay

    Beer is Culture: A Conversation with the Brewseum's Liz Garibay

    This week, we're taking you to the heart of the Windy City itself, Chicago, to chat with the founder and executive director of the one of the only museum's dedicated entirely to the history and culture of beer: the Chicago Brewseum. At its helm is Liz Garibay, who has spearheaded the organization's programming and events for the last several years. In October 2019, the Brewseum hosted the first-ever Beer Culture Summit, dedicated to enhancing the cultural understanding of one of the world's oldest beverages. We chatted with Liz at a Chicago craft brewery, Metropolitan Brewing, about how she got into the beer history game, the origins of the Brewseum, and why history and beer go so well together.
    Find out more about the other great breweries we mention in this episode:
    3 Sheeps Brewing
    Eris Brewery and Cider House
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    • 41 min
    Feast & Fast: How Clean Eating Came to Early Modern Europe

    Feast & Fast: How Clean Eating Came to Early Modern Europe

    The Feast is back! Just in time for the month of healthy New Year’s resolutions, our season premiere features a rich discussion on the history of feasting and fasting in Europe. We talk to Dr. Victoria Avery and Dr. Melissa Calaresu, co-curators of the exhibition “Feast & Fast: The Art of Food in Europe 1500–1800” at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, to learn some of the questions early modern Europeans were asking about what to eat and where their food came from: How can I eat clean? What is a moderate diet? Should I adopt a plant-based lifestyle?
    Such questions might sound very 21st century, but these topics wouldn’t have been out of place in the 17th or 18th centuries as Europeans wrestled with the idea of how to adopt a moderate and nutritious diet. We’ll also look at some of the most epic feasting traditions of early modern Europe, from architectural sugar sculptures to ten-foot tall pineapples, but we’ll also uncover the questionable and often dark histories that lay at their root. Join us for a feast and fast of epic proportions on the Season 4 premiere of The Feast. 
    Learn more: www.thefeastpodcast.org
    Cover Photo by James Berrill
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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
131 Ratings

131 Ratings

LMB153 ,

What a great idea this pod cast is!

I’m a Foodie, so a name like The Feast would attract me, but your podcast has so much more than recipes! The history and culture lessons are the best. I can’t wait to go to Wisconsin to try some supper clubs and go to the renovated Waldorf Astoria! Thank you Laura!

HelloandNo ,

Awesome show

Love this show. Always keeps me interested and always look forward to new episodes. Can’t recommend it enough. Love learning and listening.

-Tabby from Your New Best Friends podcast

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Dinner with Georgia O’Keefe

I was lucky to go to Santa Fe in 2019 for my birthday! Visited Ghost Ranch! Enjoy your Podcast because I could picture the ranch and Ms O’Keefe’s home there! The problem with listening to this Podcast is that the narrator Ms Laura Carlton speaks too fast. It was interfering with the pleasure of picturing the description of all being described ! I think even Ms O’Keefe would agree. Savor the words like life should be savored. That is obviously what Ms O’Keefe did in her life.

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