Heard Podcast, Episode 28 Will Detroit Hospitality Blossom at Prime & Proper?

Liz Martinez, sommelier of the soon to be open luxury steakhouse Prime & Proper, joins us to talk about her style of hospitality, how she writes a wine list, and how she’s been trying to figure out Detroit’s wine scene. Liz’s nomadic lifestyle is explored as she talks about her time in Denver, San Francisco, Chicago (including a stint working with Rick Bayless), and now Detroit. Also, the intricacies of naming the fried onion apps at chain restaurants – it’s bloomin’ awesome!


Episode 27 Interviewing the Interviewer

Hillary Sawchuk, creator and host of A Drink With, joins us to discuss how her desire to have a drink with industry leaders turned into a successful website, video series, and now podcast. Joe tries his first Bloody Mary using Detroit’s own Stout Bloody Mary mix.

Episode 26 – Discussing the Detroit Pastry Scene

Ben Robison, pastry chef of Bistro 82 and The Morrie, joins us to talk about the burgeoning Detroit pastry scene. We discuss his path to becoming head pastry chef at Bacco, his move to Local Kitchen in Ferndale, and his current position at Bistro 82 and The Morrie. As with many of our episodes, we talk in depth about staffing issues and the challenges in making dessert an important part of the meal. Also, Joe tells us about the time he (unknowingly) almost ate glass.

Episode 25 Going from Pop Up to Permanent

Jesse Knott (a/k/a CorktownJesse), former executive chef at Standby, joins us to discuss his move from Standby to a new food cart that will be in The Belt Alley. While he’ll still be in the Standby kitchen, the food will completely different, think food you would eat while watching baseball in North India.

Heard Podcast, Episode 24 – Telling Tales about Tales of The Cocktail

Heard Podcast, Episode 24 – Telling Tales about Tales of The Cocktail

Liz Cosby, president of the Greater Detroit chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild, joins us to discuss her recent trip to Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. Also, it’s Lobster Roll Week at Mudgie’s so we most definitely are eating lobster rolls as we talk.

Heard Podcast, Episode 23 – Tea Time with Joseph Wesley Uhl

Heard Podcast, Episode 23 – Tea Time with Joseph Wesley Uhl

Joe Uhl of Joseph Wesley Tea Importers talks with us about the storied history of tea, one of the world’s most popular beverages. We discuss the traditions, politics, and economics of tea and how Joe started a tea brand focused only on the best teas in the world.

Photography in the Age of Instagram


Photographer Jacob Lewkow joins us to discuss how he became a photographer and how the photography business has changed in recent years. We also discuss a recent Eater article entitled, “Instagram Food is a Sad, Sparkly Lie,” and how influencers have changed the way restaurants market to potential guests.

The Wine Counselor

Joe talks with “The Wine Counselor” Michael Schafer about making the shift from lawyer to sommelier, teaching the consumers and tourists about wine, and we drink a couple of bottles of refreshing white wine (of course).

Bigalora Expansion, Vertical Integration, and Buying a Brewery

Chef Luciano DelSignore and Michael Chetcuti, partners in Bigalora, Baia Estate, and Arbor Brewing, join us to discuss brand expansion, vertical integration, and the nuance of purchasing a beloved brewery. We sip on a couple special beers from Arbor Brewing and the wonderful new rum from Two James, Doctor Bird.

Heard! is a food, beverage, and hospitality podcast featuring interviews with leading industry professionals at the local and national level. The concept is a Detroit based collaboration between the Detroit Optimist Society, the Hungry Dudes, and NickDrinks.com.

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