Interview with Maxwell Britten of Maison Premiere

Maxwell Britten of Maison Premiere

 

With its rigorous cocktail program, romantic environs, and dapper staff, Outstanding Bar Award nominee Maison Premiere is an oasis of Old World style in Brooklyn’s Pabst Blue Ribbon country. Below, beverage director Maxwell Britten tells us about his favorite drink on the current menu, the first recipe he mastered as a young barkeep, and how to make a great mint julep for your Kentucky Derby bash.   

 

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JBF: How would you sum up the Maison Premiere philosophy?

 

MB: I think the overall goal is to have a transporting experience for our guests. We try to do this through both visuals and the menu. As you walk in the door, the first thing you see is the horseshoe bar. You see the absinthe fountain made of green marble, and the pristinely dressed bartenders with suspenders and slicked-back hair. And then there's the menu, which is like an archive... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Coffee with Dan Shafer

Dan Shafer of Crop to Cup on Taste Matters

 

On this week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis perked things up with a show devoted to coffee, featuring Crop to Cup's Dan Shafer. As the company's director of operations, Dan sources high-quality, sustainable coffees for buyers who value authentic connections to the farm. To learn more about growing communities, direct trade models, how terroir affects flavor, and tips for buying, storing, grinding, and even roasting your own beans, listen to the full episode.

 

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JBF on the Air: Nancy Harmon Jenkins

Nancy Harmon Jenkins

 

On this week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis chatted with Mediterranean cuisine expert Nancy Harmon Jenkins. The cookbook author and New York Times writer offered insight on olive oil, pasta, health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, and even ancient Egyptian maritime technology. Click here to listen to the full episode.

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. However much we talk about where our food comes from, how it’s produced, who prepares it, or what sorts of socio-cultural-political implications our food choices and eating behaviors have, taste is fundamental... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Miriam Arond

Miriam Arond on Taste Matters

 

On last week’s episode of Taste Matters, JBF’s Mitchell Davis was joined by Miriam Arond, director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. Founded in 1900, before there was an FDA, GHRI is the foremost consumer products evaluation laboratory in the country. To learn how GHRI tests products and recipes, the history of Good Housekeeping magazine and its work in food advocacy, and how the roles of women and food have changed over the past century, listen to the full episode.

 

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JBF on the Air: Hasia Diner

Hasia Diner on Taste Matters with Mitchell Davis

 

On this week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis spoke with Hasia Diner, author and professor of Hebrew and Judaic studies and history at New York University, about the food culture of Irish, Italian, and Jewish immigrants. The pair discussed assumptions about American cuisine, authenticity, and the cultural, social, and economic practices relating to the production and consumption of food in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Click here to listen to the full episode.

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. However much we talk about where our... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Erika Davis

Erika Davis

 

On this week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis invited chocolatier, pastry chef, and Minority Chef Summit founder Erika Davis into Heritage Radio Network's Brooklyn studios. Erika filled Mitchell in on the upcoming four-day summit, which will take place in the Bahamas during May and is designed to serve as a platform for minority chefs to converge and participate in educational seminars, demonstrations, and specialty dining events that celebrate the minority culinary community. Click here to listen to the full episode.

 

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JBF on the Air: Myra Goodman

 

On this week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis took a field trip to the TEDx Manhattan conference to speak with Myra Goodman, who was there to present "In Praise of Big Organic." As co-founder of Earthbound Farm, Myra oversees the operations of the largest producer of organic produce in North America and has recently authored the cookbook Straight from the Earth: Irresistible Vegan Recipes for Everyone. Click here to learn more and listen to the full episode. 

 

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The Bookshelf: Pandora’s Lunchbox

 

From Subway sandwiches that contain more than 100 ingredients to packaged cheese that won’t spoil for eternity, processed food accounts for 70 percent of America’s caloric intake. In Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal, former New York Times reporter Melanie Warner explores the depths of engineered food and its implications for our health and society. We got in touch with the author to learn about her investigation to uncover the truth, her most shocking discovery, and her advice for changing the way America eats.

 

(Join Melanie tomorrow at noon for a special installment of our Enlightened Eaters series at the Beard House.)

 

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JBF: You started out as a business reporter for Forbes and the New York Times. How did you get interested in writing about food?

 

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JBF on the Air: Robert LaValva

 

On this week’s episode of Taste Matters, JBF’s Mitchell Davis invited Robert LaValva, founder of New Amsterdam Market, into Heritage Radio Network’s Brooklyn studios. Located in the historic South Street Seaport, New Amsterdam Market is New York City’s first permanent, indoor public market and wholesale distribution hub for local and sustainable food. Robert talks about the role of public markets in civic life, the Big Apple’s diverse marketplaces, the value of historic buildings, and the need for interactive public spaces in urban environs.​ Click here to listen to the full episode.

 

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JBF on the Air: Atera's Matt Lightner

Matt Lightner on Taste Matters

 

On this week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis took a field trip to lower Manhattan to interview chef Matt Lightner at his Michelin-starred restaurant, Atera. Offering only mysterious tasting experiences (diners eat over 20 courses but are not given a printed menu), Matt encourages his guests to let their imaginations run wild and guess the ingredients and composition in each dish. Mitchell and Matt discussed the interactions between the kitchen and dining room, how Matt is inspired by Basque cooking, and the new glut of tempting ingredients that's spoiling New York chefs. Click here to listen to the full episode.

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