Posts by Debi Saltzberg

#032 – Nicole Jolly: How the Fork Does Food Grow?

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You’re in the kitchen, and you’re about to slice into an incredibly juicy piece of fruit – then, like a flash of lightning, you wonder, “How the fork does this grow?”

 

If you’ve ever tried to find the answers to these head-scratching questions, then you probably know about TRUE FOOD TV, the web’s most-watched series dedicated to food and agricultural education (and other stories that connect us with our food). If you’re not familiar yet, then you’re in for a treat because my guest is Nicole Jolly, the gracious, intelligent, and beautiful co-creator of TRUE FOOD TV.

 

This episode is sponsored by Ora Organic, my favorite supplement company because they use only organic and sustainable ingredients in ALL of their supplements, the products forking work, and who doesn’t love sexy packaging, right? I am so excited for you all to experience Ora Organic for yourselves with a SWEET discount! Go ahead and please enjoy a 15% discount off your ENTIRE order, always! Not just one and then done! At Checkout use JustForkingAround for your code and happily receive your 15% discount, forking awesome! (I have been using and am obsessed with the Trust Your Gut Probiotic Powder and the Omega 3 Spray called Nothing Fishy Here. The Organic Greens Powder, Easy Being Green, is also a crowd pleaser). ENJOY!

Check out Ora Organic Here

 

 

Nicole’s first show on TRUE FOOD was How Does it Grow? I’ve been watching it for years, and it never ceases to impress: it’s fun, educational, and looks forking great! She co-writes the show with her husband and business partner, Mark Jolly, who also directs.  

 

Keep your eyes peeled: the dynamic Jolly duo is preparing to launch a brand new, top secret show called the TRUE FOOD TV Challenge in the very near future!

We also discuss:

  • Nicole’s childhood dinner table
  • The mission of TRUE FOOD TV
  • Helping farmers tell their stories
  • A few of Nicole’s delicious recipes
  • Fun facts about food

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#031 – Matthew Biancaniello: Crafting the Biodynamic Mixology Philosophy Behind Eat Your Drink

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Matthew Biancaniello is an absolutely inspiring self-made individual – he wrote Eat Your Drink: Culinary Cocktails (and has a second book on the way), hosted the Good Spirits TV series, and has traveled around the world making unique cocktails with unfamiliar ingredients… and he’s only been a mixologist for about seven years!

 

This episode is sponsored by Ora Organic, my favorite supplement company because they use only organic and sustainable ingredients in ALL of their supplements, the products forking work, and who doesn’t love sexy packaging, right? I am so excited for you all to experience Ora Organic for yourselves with a SWEET discount! Go ahead and please enjoy a 15% discount off your ENTIRE order, always! Not just one and then done! At Checkout use JustForkingAround for your code and happily receive your 15% discount, forking awesome! (I have been using and am obsessed with the Trust Your Gut Probiotic Powder and the Omega 3 Spray called Nothing Fishy Here. The Organic Greens Powder, Easy Being Green, is also a crowd pleaser). ENJOY!

Check out Ora Organic Here

 

 

I met Matthew during an incredible AirBnB Experience called Sea to Fork, hosted by previous guest Nicole Landers (check out episode 19 if you haven’t already), and I immediately fell in love with his forking awesome mixology philosophy. Matthew actually hosts his own amazing AirBnB experience, too, which highlights our mutual love of biodynamics! You get to go foraging in Malibu for herbs and other plants, harvest them, and then craft cocktails using your natural bounty.

We also discuss:

  • Big family dinners full of delicious Greek food
  • Cooking with fresh ingredients from a very young age
  • How Matthew started bartending (and lost money buying better ingredients out of pocket)
  • How a family history of alcoholism influences the way he makes cocktails
  • Matthew’s mixology philosophy
  • How he marries new flavors with old ingredients
  • Why he got rid of his menu
  • How Matthew makes every dining experience a journey
  • Combining the alcohol world and food world
  • How Matthew’s upcoming book reflects his future, and his first book reflects where he’s been
  • Being more specific with our intentions

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#030 – Robert Dahut: The 21st Century Gentleman Wine Farmer

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Today we toast to grapes, and the people who grow them! A few weeks ago, I anchored the boat and drove up to Sonoma to chat with Robert Dahut. Robert is a modern-day gentleman farmer, or a person who engages in farming but doesn’t depend on it for his living. He started growing a world-class Pinot Noir on his six-acre property about seven years ago. It takes a lot of work to farm on the rocky volcanic terrain, but the vines love it!

 

We also discuss:

  • What it’s like to grow and harvest grapes for wine
  • Why Pinot Noir grapes are especially tricky to grow
  • The 2019 wine from Saintsbury that will use this harvest
  • An audio tour of the vineyard
  • Farming equipment
  • Grafting plants & clones

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  • Keep your eyes peeled for the 2019 Saintsbury Pinot Noir using this the 2017 Dahut Vineyard grape harvest
  • Remember To enjoy Flowers Winery’s 2014 Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, that is, if you can still find it!

Robert Dahut’s Bio:

Robert​ ​Dahut​ ​​is​ ​a​ ​serial​ ​entrepreneur​ ​who​ ​works​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Bio​ ​Tech​ ​Industry.​ ​He​ ​has​ ​no​ ​formal training​ ​in​ ​viticulture​ ​but​ ​has​ ​been​ ​able​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​a​ ​highly​ ​sought​ ​after​ ​hillside​ ​vineyard​ ​that grows​ ​ultra​ ​premium​ ​Pinot​ ​Noir​ ​in​ ​Sonoma​ ​County.​​ ​It​ ​really​ ​started​ ​with​ ​a​ ​dream​ ​and​ ​a​ ​passion to​ ​do​ ​something​ ​great​ ​with​ ​their​ ​property​ ​for​ ​which​ ​they​ ​would​ ​be​ ​proud​ ​of.​ ​

They​ ​are​ ​surrounded by​ ​world​-class​ ​Pinot​ ​Noir​ ​and​ ​Chardonnay​ ​vineyards,​ ​so​ ​they​ ​knew​ ​they​ ​had​ ​the​ ​correct​ ​soils​ ​and appalachian​ ​to​ ​make​ ​their​ ​vineyard​ ​stand​ ​out.​ ​The​ ​Dahuts​ ​treat​ ​their​ ​vines​ ​with​ ​loving​ ​care​ ​and strive​ ​to​ ​be​ ​good​ ​stewards​ ​of​ ​the​ ​land​ ​and​ ​the​ ​environment,​ ​believing​ ​what​ ​makes​ ​for​ ​a​ ​great place​ ​to​ ​live​ ​also​ ​produces​ ​the​ ​highest​ ​quality​ ​grapes.​ ​

Robert’s​ ​second​ ​passion​ ​is​ ​growing​ ​olive trees.​​​ ​He​ ​grows​ ​over​ ​8​ ​different​ ​varieties​ ​of​ ​Tuscan​ ​Olives​ ​to​ ​produce​ ​extra​ ​virgin​ ​olive​ ​oil.​ ​Like their​ ​vineyard,​ ​everything​ ​is​ ​organic​ ​and​ ​keeps​ ​to​ ​the​ ​highest​ ​standards​ ​of​ ​best​ ​farming practices.​ ​Robert​ ​has​ ​gained​ ​all​ ​of​ ​his​ ​experience​ ​learning​ ​from​ ​others​ ​in​ ​the​ ​industry​ ​for​ ​their vineyard​ ​and​ ​olive​ ​orchards.​ ​“What​ ​I​ ​have​ ​learned​ ​in​ ​the​ ​vineyard​ ​is​ ​growing​ ​grapes​ ​is​ ​no different​ ​than​ ​running​ ​a​ ​great​ ​business​ ​enterprise.​ ​It​ ​always​ ​takes​ ​hard​ ​work,​ ​dedication​ ​and​ ​a lot​ ​of​ ​passion!”​ ​Robert​ ​lives​ ​with​ ​his​ ​wife​ ​Jennifer​ ​and​ ​his​ ​fruitarian​ ​chocolate​ ​lab​ ​Ozzie.

#029 – Lindsey Simcik & Krista Williams of Almost 30: Empowering Women Through Transitions

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Let’s raise a glass and toast to the creative, excited people that inspire us! Lindsey Simcik and Krista Williams, the Almost 30 Podcast hosts, are two absolutely forking amazing women. On their podcast, they have real, raw, and honest conversations about transitions, and shine a spotlight on people who are doing amazing things in their community.

This episode is sponsored by Ora Organic, my favorite supplement company because they use only organic and sustainable ingredients in ALL of their supplements, the products forking work, and who doesn’t love sexy packaging, right? I am so excited for you all to experience Ora Organic for yourselves with a SWEET discount! Go ahead and please enjoy a 15% discount off your ENTIRE order, always! Not just one and then done! At Checkout use JustForkingAround for your code and happily receive your 15% discount, forking awesome! (I have been using and am obsessed with the Trust Your Gut Probiotic Powder and the Omega 3 Spray called Nothing Fishy Here. The Organic Greens Powder, Easy Being Green, is also a crowd pleaser). ENJOY!

Check out Ora Organic Here

 

Unsurprisingly, Lindsey and Krista do awesome stuff outside of their podcast, too. Krista keeps it 100 at The Hundred Blog, where she offers her no BS perspective on wellness, fashion, and travel. Lindsey is an actor, fitness & lifestyle model, and SoulCycle instructor (join a class when you’re in LA!), and you can follow all of that at LindseySimcik.com.

 

We also discuss:

  • Finding Almost 30’s WHY
  • A whole lot of astrology
  • Staying healthy
  • Growing up in the middle of the U.S.
  • Fashion & beauty tips
  • Eating clean and natural
  • Living the dream

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Lindsey’s Bio:

Lindsey is an actor, podcast host, fitness and lifestyle model, and SoulCycle instructor. She moved to Los Angeles from New York City in 2014. The change in environment, the shift in energy, and her breakup with her favorite bagel joint on 1st Ave in Manhattan, inspired mhere to commit to creating. NON-STOP.

Whether she’s recording an episode of Almost 30, developing comedic sketches with talented friends, training for her next fitness shoot, or teaching high-energy, inspiring SoulCycle classes in Brentwood or Santa Monica, she’s committed to my growth and that of those around her.  Also, if you have LA bagel shop recommendations, please let her know.

Krista’s Bio:

Krista lives in Venice, California, but she grew up in a small town in Ohio. After that, she spent a good chunk of her post-grad life living in both Chicago and New York City. She’s really into growth and personal development, a few passionate causes, and is a lover of all things that evoke a feeling or action. In her quest for mind/body/soul mastery, she’s become bit of a fitness freak, too.

If she’s not blogging or podcasting, she’s usually planning a trip, polishing off a jar of peanut butter, or reading her horoscope.

#028 – Jennifer O’Neil of Wood & Vine: An Executive Chef at 26-Years-Old

Jennifer O'Neil, executive chef at Wood & Vine
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This episode is sponsored by Ora Organic, my favorite supplement company because they use only organic and sustainable ingredients in ALL of their supplements, the products forking work, and who doesn’t love sexy packaging, right? I am so excited for you all to experience Ora Organic for yourselves with a SWEET discount! Go ahead and please enjoy a 15% discount off your ENTIRE order, always! Not just one and then done! At Checkout use JustForkingAround for your code and happily receive your 15% discount, forking awesome! (I have been using and am obsessed with the Trust Your Gut Probiotic Powder and the Omega 3 Spray called Nothing Fishy Here. The Organic Greens Powder, Easy Being Green, is also a crowd pleaser). ENJOY!

Check out Ora Organic Here

Today we toast to women – women taking over and stepping up their game, and my guest sets an inspiring example. I am on the boat with the amazingly talented and beautiful Jennifer O’Neil, Executive Chef at Wood & Vine. She shares her absolutely incredible life story, gives us a peek behind the curtain into the life of an executive chef and discusses what it takes to achieve such a high level in the culinary world (is it as glamorous as it looks on TV?).

To give you some perspective on just how awesome Jennifer is: she’s only 26, and she’s in charge of a whole kitchen (and she’s been dreaming of this since she was seven)! One person who helped Jennifer make her dream a reality is chef Nyesha Arrington, who not only taught her technique but also how to treat and respect every person in the restaurant like family. So thank you, Jennifer, and thank you Nyesha because we can always use more badass, inspiring women!

We also discuss:

  • Rosé all day
  • Family, friends, and food
  • The many, many responsibilities of an executive chef
  • Working every position in the kitchen
  • The women who pushed us to do more
  • Empowering others
  • Feeding the Hamilton rush
  • Competitive cooking TV shows
  • Dreams for the future

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Executive Chef Jennifer O’Neil’s Bio:

Jennifer was born and raised on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She went to Cape Cod Regional Trade High School, then worked her way up the ladder in the restaurant business. She traveled to many states to learn first-hand the about the cuisines that people ate while growing up.

At the age of 25, she took her first executive chef job, working at Leona, a Jonathan Gold 101 restaurant, after being Nyesha Arrington’s CDC. Her food is based off global inspiration, consolidating different cuisines together, and making high-end comfort food that brings people together to enjoy the art of conversation away from their busy lives. Jennifer has also worked under chefs like Carlos Enriquez (pastry/bread chef), the Drago Brothers (Italian Cuisine), and Jason Fullilove (soul food cooking).

Jennifer hopes to own a restaurant someday. She loves to work with young chefs and help them grow and learn to become the best chefs they can be. She always states to her chefs, “if I can’t make you better then me than I’m not doing my job.” By staying humble, and continuing her growth in this industry, this chef has no limits on what she will do.