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66 minutes | Apr 26, 2016
Episode 25: Emancipation Snacks and the War of Legume Pronunciation
A hearty Four Courses re-welcome to guest host Tiffany Greenwood! Spring has officially sprung, and we’ve got all sorts of refreshing food topics to cleanse your palate. First, in the Appetizer, we’ll light a fire under you with a talk about the charcoal-infused cuisine at Weber Grill. Then in the Intermezzo, we hang out with America’s favorite legume with a chat about how to incorporate peanuts and peanut butter. Our Entree dives into the starchy realm of potatoes. And finally, for Dessert, we’re talking about the food traditions of spring’s religious holidays.
57 minutes | Feb 24, 2016
Episode 24: Culinary Segregationists and the Sugar-Frosted Con Job
A very special Four Courses welcome to this month's guest host: Pamela Merritt For our Appetizer, we’ll chat about the steaming broth and spicy sauce of Pho Grand. Then in the Intermezzo, we’re talking peppers, from the mildest bell to the hottest ghost. Our Entree deals with a favorite of Midwestern winters: Casseroles. And finally, for Dessert, we tackle the tricky matter of Upscale Comfort Food. Enjoy!
11 minutes | Feb 3, 2016
Small Plate #4: Bloody Mary Vs. Mimosa
In the Dessert segment of Episode 23, guest host Kyle Kratky and I were talking about how the ritual of brunch is often just an excuse to get in some highly enjoyable day drinking. But what should you drink when you go to brunch? If you're in the vast majority of people, you'll probably opt for a Bloody Mary or a Mimosa. Kyle and I are on opposing sides of this divide, so gladiators, enter the arena! Round 1...FIGHT! Even when we disagree, I love having Kyle over to talk food and drink, so thanks to him for stopping by to fight with me! And please, feel free to stop by our Facebook page to vote on which drink should reign supreme.
57 minutes | Jan 27, 2016
Episode 23: Evening Egg Espionage and the #BrunchLivesMatter Movement
A special homecoming welcome to Four Courses co-founder and Host Emeritus: Kyle Kratky! Since it’s January, and everyone’s talking about beginnings, we’re kicking off our third year with an episode all about breakfast. For the Appetizer, we’ll start off the day with the aptly named Goody Goody Diner. Then in the Intermezzo, we get into the wide and wonderful uses for biscuits. Our Entree takes a broad look at how breakfast fits into modern society, while Dessert will focus on a very breakfast-y trend: The Complications of Brunch. Enjoy!
17 minutes | Dec 27, 2015
Small Plate #3: Acero Executive Chef Adam Gnau
For the Appetizer segment in Episode 22, guest host Chris Romer and I discussed Acero, a remarkable Italian restaurant in the Maplewood neighborhood of St. Louis. Before the evening of our meal, though, Chris got the opportunity to go over to Acero and interview executive chef Adam Gnau about his background and his style of cooking. Thanks so much to Chris and to Chef Gnau for his time! Enjoy the interview, and be sure to stop by Acero and order some of these dishes to see all this talent in action.
52 minutes | Dec 21, 2015
Episode 22: Nuptial Libations and the Lentil Seduction
Join me in giving a hearty welcome to this month's guest host: Chris Romer! For this month’s Appetizer, we fend off the cold with the warm welcome at Acero. Then in the Intermezzo, we’ll sweeten your lives by talking about the various uses of honey. We’ll wrap up the holiday season in the Entree, with a talk about holiday bread-baking, and finally, our Dessert segment takes aim at one of America’s more distressing trends: Food Waste
60 minutes | Nov 23, 2015
Episode 21: Child-Repellent Delicacies and the Neanderthal Cupcake Hankering
A warm welcome to this this month's guest host: Dana McDonough! For this month’s Appetizer, we find a bit of the country in the midst of a city by visiting Farmhaus. Then in the Intermezzo, we’ll add some spice to your life by talking about the best ways to incorporate paprika. The holiday season gears up in the Entree with a chat about the annual Thanksgiving feast, and finally, our Dessert broaches a pretty hot-button topic in modern society: Gluten-Free Diets.
11 minutes | Nov 6, 2015
Small Plate #2: The Great British Baking Show
Welcome to Small Plate #2! Last time it was a game, but this time, we're going for a review of The Great British Baking Show, the most welcome European import since Emily Blunt. Guest host Tiffany Greenwood (Episode 20) joins in to talk about a program that has us gnawing at our TV screens. Enjoy!
54 minutes | Oct 23, 2015
Episode 20: Pita Hoarding and the Environmental Booze Hounds
A hearty Four Courses welcome to this month's guest host: Tiffany Greenwood! For October’s Appetizer, we’re jetting across to the Mediterranean for a Greek dinner at Olympia. Then in the Intermezzo, we’ll enthuse over the best uses for pickles. We’ll roll out an Entree about the massive world of breads, and for Dessert, we’ll get boozy by discussing the recent trend of abandoning corked wine for the modern convenience of twist-off caps.
7 minutes | Oct 3, 2015
Small Plate #1: Cheese or Band Name
Small Plates are mini-episodes of Four Courses that will pop up from time to time between the main episodes. They can be anything from games to interviews to reviews. Guest host Jeffrey Ricker (Episode 19) joins in for Small Plate #1, which is a quiz: Cheese or Band Name? It's harder than it sounds! Play along and see how you do!
52 minutes | Sep 19, 2015
Episode 19: Dairy Delights and the Gift of the Fungi
For this month’s Appetizer, we’re breaking out the soy sauce for a sushi feast at Kampai. Then in the Intermezzo, we’ll talk about the best uses for an herb abundant in Missouri this time of year: Basil. Our Entree will be udder-ly delightful, as we dive into the wide and wonderful world of Cheese. And finally, in Dessert, a chat about the challenges of Falling off of the Vegetarian Wagon. Join Andy and this month's guest host (Jeffrey Ricker) for a brand spaking new Four Courses!
49 minutes | Aug 27, 2015
Special Episode 2: Kyle's Appetizer Platter
This month, we have a very special episode, for both good and bad reasons. Bad news first: This will be our esteemed host and Four Courses co-founder Kyle’s last regular episode. The good news is that his impending departure led to the idea of an All-Appetizer episode, comprising some of Kyle’s favorite St. Louis restaurants. So we hit the town and got some really remarkable food and drinks to send him off into his next venture. We started off at Pi (P-I), a pizza parlor that has gotten attention from some very important quarters. Then we headed to the Royale for some booze in the garden. Our third stop was at the Kitchen Sink for some Cajun-inspired comfort food. And finally, we hit up two popular places for dessert: A cupcake shop called “The Cup” skews modern, but we also hearkened back to some traditional desserts with a visit to The Fountain on Locust.
55 minutes | Jul 28, 2015
Episode 18: Crustacean Crushes and the Futuristic Sugar Robot
For this month’s Appetizer, we’ll kick back by the seaside to talk about the oceanic delights of Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. Then in Booze, we wrap up the last of our climate-based drinking habits with Our Favorite Drinks: Summer Edition. Our Entree will embrace both patriotism and rib racks, as we talk about the regional differences of American barbecue. For Dessert, we’ll brave the icy blast of air conditioning in our local multiplexes to talk about the best and worst snacks to eat at the movies. Finally, in the Carryout, another summer treat will be hotly debated as we devote our Sell Me On… challenge to ice cream flavors that deserve a second chance.
64 minutes | Jun 22, 2015
Special Episode 1: Just Desserts
Both of your Four Courses hosts have a lot of Big Life Events going on in June, but we didn’t want to leave you high and dry. So instead of a new episode, we’ll be flashing back to segments of episodes past. But not just any segments! We’re especially interested to see how discussions about food trends change over time. That’s right; it’s an all-Dessert episode. Sharing food pics on social media, the pitfalls of the restaurant business, the irritating buzzwords of the food world, and the contentious issue of No-Reservation Restaurants are all revisited. Has anything appreciably changed since we talked about these issues? That's something you'll have to decide for yourself. Enjoy!
55 minutes | May 27, 2015
Episode 17: Tofu Conundrums and the Veggie Ultimatum
This month, we're doing something special! We're ditching meat, and devoting Episode 17 entirely to the wonders of vegetarian eating. For our Appetizer, we'll climb up the ladder to hang out in Treehouse, a vegetarian restaurant in the South Grand neighborhood. Then in Booze, we'll talk about the fruits, veggies, and herbs that will provide you a pleasant buzz while giving you your daily vitamin requirements. In our Entree, we'll talk about the best ways to incorporate vegetarian dishes into an omnivorous diet without going overboard. Then in Dessert, we'll get into the tricky etiquette of what vegetarians' social obligations are, and what meat-eaters owe them in return. Finally, in the Carryout, we attempt to cajole each other into giving a hated vegetable another try. Enjoy!
42 minutes | Apr 29, 2015
Episode 16: Unpronounceable Entrées and the Ethics of Cake Destruction
For this month’s Appetizer, we dip beneath the equator to check out the Brazilian delights of Yemanja Brasil. Then in Booze, it’s time for the Spring Edition of Our Favorite Drinks. For our Entree, we walk down the aisle to discuss the foods we’re served to celebrate American nuptials. Then in Dessert, a thorny question: How should you tip when you’re not being served at a table? Finally, in the Carryout, this month’s "Sell Me On" is all about Springtime Herbs! So kick off your shoes, fling open your windows, and settle in for another edition of Four Courses.
51 minutes | Mar 28, 2015
Episode 15: Aquatic Adoration and the Greaseball Banishment
In this month's Appetizer, we head to Juniper, a restaurant so nice we visited twice! Once for a crawfish boil, and once for their regular menu. Then in Booze, we slip on our eyepatches and sing a shanty about rum. Set aside a bowl for discarded shells for our Entree, which focuses on one of our favorite food families: Shellfish. In Dessert, we put some famous names under the microscope to decide if they're a Cook or a Personality, and what that might mean for the culture. Finally, we dive back under the waves for a nautical Sell Me On... Enjoy!
47 minutes | Feb 25, 2015
Episode 14: Salmon Fury and the Tower of Spice
Winter was pretty mild this year...until now. Ice, snow, and frigid winds have become constant nuisances on our daily commutes. It's no accident that when the weather is less than companionable, our food thoughts turn inward to heavier dishes that are either highly convenient, or easily accomplished at home, so we don't have to poke our heads out into the elements.
46 minutes | Jan 25, 2015
Episode 13: Fireside Spirits and the British Literary Deception
We start our January episode with a meal from the far East; for our Appetizer, we discuss Vietnamese food at a restaurant called Lemongrass. After that, for our Booze segment, we dive into the next edition of Our Favorite Drinks: the Winter Edition. For our Entree, we explore a food family that gets very popular around this time of year: Roasts. Then in Dessert, slip on your reading glasses and explore how the worlds of food and literature intersect. And finally, with the start of the new year, we renew our tradition of offering up our food resolutions for the year. Goals will be set and a wager will be wagered. Throw another log on the fireplace and shake off the ice, it’s time to chow down on Four Courses!
48 minutes | Dec 23, 2014
Episode 12: Blackened Tongues and the Christmas Calamity
For December’s Appetizer, we get intimate at Elaia, a St. Louis restaurant that puts as much thought into the atmosphere as the food. Then in Booze, we give a thematic nod to the end of the year by talking about the perfect drinks for winding down. After the wind down, we'll dive into our Entrée, in which we ruminate upon food mishaps – whether witnessed or perpetrated by us. From there we will venture out into a very hot topic for Dessert: restaurants that do not take reservations. Finally, in the Carryout, we revisit our 2014 Food Resolutions to see how we did! So please, raise a glass and join us as we close out the first year of Four Courses!
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