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!


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.

Live from Michigan Wine Showcase at The Rattlesnake

Joe, Nick, and Jason storm the Michigan Wine Showcase at the The Rattlesnake in Detroit to talk to some of Michigan’s best wine makers.


Lee Lutes – Black Star Farms

James Lester – Wyncroft

Mark Johnson – Chateau Chantal

Charlie Edson – Bel Lago

Claudia Tyagi – Master Sommelier

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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