Taking It to the Streets

June 20, 2018

Welcome Back Faithful Listeners!

We’ve invited a couple of real social justice warriors on the show this week!

Sue Mobley might be the busiest person I know. Her primary hustle is Public Programs Manager at Tulane University’s Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design, which works, “with community-based organizations to provide design services for constituencies who are underserved by the architecture and design professions.” In addition to that mouthful of a job title, Sue works with Paper Monuments, WWOZ, the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans, and St. Claude Main Street, among others.

Our second guest, Corinna Yazbek, is the Senior Associate for Strategic Partnerships at the Vera Institute of Justice, where she explores, “the intersections of economic justice, mass incarceration, and reproductive justice.” Corinna’s recent work has been on the criminalization of sex work, so she’s been involved locally in fighting the state and local crackdown on stripclubs, which we discussed a few weeks ago on the episode “What’s Your Real Job”.

We had a great, wide ranging conversation that touched on a lot of topics. Street protests, the ethics of tip-based-income systems, using of “social justice warrior” as a pejorative, and so much more. It’s a long one, but worth the trip, so strap in and enjoy!


Vodka Pays the Bills

April 27, 2018

Welcome Back Faithful Listners!

Some of y'all might not be aware, but there are many instances in the liquor industry the companies producing and selling spirits make extended efforts to give back to local communities. Among these initiatives is the (relatively) local Cathead Vodka, which, since its creation, has made sure to support local charitable organizations for musicians wherever their products are sold.

Here in New Orleans, Candace Frosch is the face of the Cathead brand. Candace, many head bartenders' favorite brand representative, is a local who was always passionate about the food and beverage industry. She fell into an internship with Cathead while in college and has been helping them grow their brand ever since.

The local charity supported by Cathead is the New Orleans Musician Assisstane Fund. NOMAF's mission is to support the health and wellness of musicians as well as anyone who works to support the thriving New Orleans nightlife scene. Erica Dudas joins us to discuss her role at NOMAF as well as the many great initiatives championed by this organization.

Anywho, thanks for tuning in as always! We'll catch you soon.


What’s Your Real Job?

March 28, 2018

Welcome Back Faithful Listeners!

I hope y'all didn't miss us too badly.

On this episode, we explore two aspects of two different jobs in the service industry and discuss the perception and dual nature of each job. Do help us navigate those dualities, we (fittingly) have two guests shedding light on navigating both sides.

First, we have well known cocktail whisperer Nick Jarrett. Having worked at some extremely well regarded cocktail bars in New York City, Nick moved to New Orleans to work at the bastion of late night dive bars: The Saint. He would soon supplement this by working at Cure, striking a balance between making "fancy" cocktails and molding the controlled chaos that can be found at The Saint on a typical weekend.

Our second guest, Angie Zeiderman, is a burlesque dancer and singer who moved to New Orleans to participate in our wonderful burlesque scene. The costs of participating in the burlesque world and living in the French Quarter being substantial, Angie decided to try her hand at stripping on Bourbon St to ensure that she could make it work. As it turns out, she likes the job a lot and it allows her to be more successful in her other endeavors.

Personally, I found this episode fascinating and enjoyed drawing parellels between different corners of the service industry. There's a lot more in common with these pursuits then one may initially think, and in the end we're all doing the same thing: providing a service and experience in exchange for money.

So sit back and enjoy! We're glad to have you back and will definitely catch you soon.


In the Nick of Time

February 28, 2018

Hey Y'all,

After a brief break to enjoy a wonderful Mardi Gras, we're coming in hot!

Our guest this week is Nick Detrich, one of the most celebrated bar professionals in our community. Nick cut his craft cocktai teeth working at multiple Cure Co. projects including Cure, Bellocq, and Cane & Table, where he was a partner.

Over the years, Nick has developed a reputation for wanting to have fun with his cocktails and service while also pushing the envelope. This approach to bartending will lend itself well to his newest upcoming project Everywhen. And, if opening one bar wasn't enough, Nick and his partners are also opening a much anticipated Cuban-style bar called Manolito, which could be open as soon as the next could of weeks!

With two projects in the pipeline, we definitely appreciate Nick taking the time out to chat with us about what brought him here to New Orleans, his career to date, and a wide variety of subjects.

Anywho, check it out and let us know what you think! Thanks as always for listening, and we'll catch you next time.


Meet Me at Mardi Gras

January 25, 2018

Happy Mardi Gras faithful listeners!

With the first major parade of the season just a couple of days away, we thought that it would be appropriate to talk about some of the things that we love about Mardi Gras.

On the first half of our show, Andre Bohren​ joins us to talk about being a musician and also a 610 Stomper. Andre performs with the bands Johnny Sketch and The Dirty Notes​ and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers​ and has some side projects, but he feels most like a rockstar when he's getting down in a red satin jacket.

On the second half, we take our studio on the road to Bakery Bar where to chat with Charles Mary and Jeff Schwartz​ about king cake, Krewe de Vieux, and Mardi Gras Balls.

Anywho, we've got a plus-sized carnival episode here for your enjoyment. Thanks as always for tuning in!


Tall Tales

January 11, 2018

Welcome Back Faithful Listeners!

Well, it had to happen eventually. Since starting this podcast, there has been one subject that we haven’t really had a chance to properly address: the controversy surrounding Tales of the Cocktail that came to the forefront a little over a year ago and sent shockwaves through the industry.

After the dust settled, the founders of Tales had stepped down from their roles running the business and were preparing to sell the event. While this transpired, many of us in New Orleans were left holding our breath and hoping for a favorable outcome. Everyone agreed that changes needed to be made, but the economic impact of losing Tales would have been disastrous.

There was a collective sigh of relief when it was announced that a local philanthropic group, the Solomon Family, would be purchasing the event and making sure that it remains a New Orleans institution. Along with the Solomon Family, Neal Bodenheimer, CureCo owner and friend of the show, is one of the partners in this venture.

A lot is still up in the air, but in and of itself the new ownership is extremely good news. The Solomons are interested in deepening the nonprofit mission of Tales, and Neal has invaluable perspective when it comes to the New Orleans service industry.

Anywho, we cover a lot of ground here about our past experiences with Tales and some of what we would like to see with future Tales programmng. As always, enjoy the episode, and let us know what you think!


From Moderate to Sober

December 27, 2017

Welcome Back Faithful Listeners!

We've got a real doozy of a show here for your today. To preface, this is an episode that Cole and I have wanted to do for awhile, but we were not sure the most responsible way to address the issue of addiction and sobriety.

Cole drinks in a highly moderate amount, and I have pretty much completely quit drinking. That may sound strange to some of you, as we are bartenders and our livelihood involves alchohol. Indeed, that is what made this episode a bit tough to approach.

Luckily, we are joined by two excellent guests who help drive the conversation.

Brad Smith, General Manager of Latitude 29, joins us to discuss his past and ongoing issues with alchohol. Brad is constantly striving to physically and mentally better himself, and a large reason for this is to handle being sober in such constant close proximity to people who drink.

Dr. Arwen Podesta also joins us to lend a profesional opinion. Arwen specializes in addiction treatment and counseling. Her viewpoint is particularly important because she does not condemn alchohol as some intolerable vice.

Anywho, this was a somewhat heavier issue to tackle as we ring in the New Year. Remember to take care of yourselves during this holiday time, and if any of this seems to sound a little close to home, don't feel like you're alone out there.



Barstool Politics

December 14, 2017

Welcome Back Faithful Listeners!

As the political landscape shifts drastically across the nation, New Orleans has elected Latoya Cantrell as our first female mayor. Counicilperson Cantrell has been active for years, bringing about change to a city that she clearly cares deeply about. It's an exciting time, and all of us here in NOLA are anxiously awaiting to see what changes are coming.

To shed some light on this, John Pourciau joins us to talk about his experiences in politics and the work that he has done as Mayor Elect Cantrell's City Council Chief of Staff.

In the second half of the show, the three of us are joined by Derrick Freeman, a modern day renaissance man here in New Orleans. Among other skills, Derrick is an extremely talented musician. We're such big fans that we made one of his songs the theme music to this show! Derrick brings important perspective from someone who is not just a musician but also a long time citizen of New Orleans.

Anywho, I know they say not to talk about politics in a bar, but we're going to break that dumb rule. As always, thanks for tuning in.




Going All Gin

November 29, 2017

Welcome Back Faithful Listeners!

Another fresh, tasty episode is here for you to enjoy. Our topic this week is gin, but from two very different perspectives.

In the first half of our show, Fred Parent joins us to talk about his role as brand ambassador for Hendrick's gin. Fred is no stranger to bartending and has honed his craft over the years in New York City. We get the chance to pick his brain about what it's like making the transition from the bar to brand work, as well as get his perspective on the role of a modern brand ambassador in the liquor industry.

Gus and Ed Haik join us in the second half of our show to chat about what it's like to be on the forefront of the boom in craft distilling in New Orleans. The Haik brothers own and operate Cajun Spirits and produce several great products including 3rd Ward Gin.

Anywho, pour yourself some gin for the win and enjoy this week's episode. Thanks as always for tuning in!


No Laughing Matter

November 15, 2017

Welcome Back Faithful Listeners!

On this episode we have the chance to pick the brains of two local comedians and get their take on the state of the New Orleans comedy scene.

Our first guest, Brock LaBorde, is a veritable jack of all trades. He's one of the owners of the New Movement Theater (with locations in New Orleans and Austin), organizes Hell Yes Fest, and is the personal assistant of a legit Hollywood bigwig. By providing nightly improv shows and classes, Brock and his theater provide a invaluable resource to a city where humor comes naturally to so many.

In the second half of this week's episode, Laura Sanders joins to provide insight into what it's like being a stand-up comedian in New Orleans. Laura hosts the Bear With Me open mic at Twelve Mile Limit every Monday night at 9 PM, and she regularly performs both locally and around the country. Her quick wit and knowledge of how to properly showcase a diverse group of comedians always makes for a great show.

Anywho, I'm grateful for the chance to get to know the folks who make us laugh a little bit and learn about the hard work that it takes to bring that laughter to the stage. I really feel like this should be ending on some sort of punchline...