The Feast

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The Feast presents delectable stories from the dining tables of history. Every two weeks, we immerse you in the sights, sounds, & tastes of a meal from the past. Make bread with medieval monks; share a martini with Churchill. Find out what wars were won & which kingdoms were lost, all for the sake o… read more

52 Episodes | 2016 - 2018

Of Fish & Fermentation: Maine’s Odd Alewives Farm Brewery

October 29th, 2018

51:23
Join us on Maine’s craft brewery trail as we head north to Waldoboro to talk to John and Sarah McNeil, co-owners of Odd Alewives Farm Brewery. From their adorable brewery cat, Rocket, to the latest changes in the …

Wine, Olives, and Sheep: The Etruscan Guide to 21st Century Foodways

October 1st, 2018

38:16
This week, join The Feast under the Tuscan sun as we chat with award-winning winemaker Charlotte Horton about the enduring culinary traditions of one …

Changing Tides in Maine's Craft Beer: A Conversation with Heather Sanborn

August 29th, 2018

44:15
The Feast's summer road trip continues as we head to a state once known as the birthplace of Prohibition: Maine! Join us in conversation with state …

Jell-O Girls: A Conversation with Allie Rowbottom

July 24th, 2018

41:49
Join us for an exclusive chat with author, Allie Rowbottom, as she talks about the food and feminist themes that infuse her new book, Jell-O Girls: A …

Summer Special: Joshua James & Arizona's First Cocktail

June 27th, 2018

25:04
On this special summer episode, we talk to award-winning bartender Joshua James of the Clever Koi restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona about the long-lost original Arizona state cocktail, aptly named the Statehood. Learn how …

Cod Sounds, Goose Tongue, & Lion's Teeth: A Culinary Journey Through Newfoundland with Lori McCarthy

May 18th, 2018

32:56
Join us in the season finale of the Feast for a discussion with Lori McCarthy of Cod Sounds in Newfoundland. From salt cod to goose tongue, she takes …

Exhibition Sneak Peek! Mixed Messages: Making & Shaping Culinary Culture in Canada

May 4th, 2018

32:58
The Feast is headed to the library this week with a special sneak peek of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library's upcoming exhibition, Mixed Messages: …

Riding the Rails with the Harvey Girls

April 20th, 2018

33:09
All aboard! This week, The Feast is riding the rails with an icon of American dining, the Harvey House. Founded by Fred Harvey in the 1870s, Harvey Houses marked the first attempt to provide standardized high quality …

Titanic's Final Feast: Edwardian Eating on the Unsinkable Ship

April 6th, 2018

31:18
More than one hundred years after its fateful encounter with an iceberg on April 14th, 1912, the Titanic still captivates history buffs as a …

Saffron Rice and Shiraz Wine: The Past & Present of Persian New Year

March 23rd, 2018

31:59
From fire jumping to colored eggs, Persian New Year (Nowruz) is an epic annual tradition for millions of people worldwide. A celebration of the …

King Arthur's Cookbook: A Handy Manual for Medieval Feasting

March 9th, 2018

32:49
Sure, he can pull a sword from a stone, but can King Arthur dice vegetables? The once and future king is usually known more for his sword skills than …

The Feast Live! The New Woman's Guide to Cocktails: Punch & Prohibition in Progressive America

March 3rd, 2018

55:28
It's a very special live episode from The Feast! In honor of Women's History Month, we're bringing you a live discussion of women and cocktails in American history, straight from the Rosson House in Phoenix's Heritage …

Mixed Drink Mavens Part 1: The First Cocktail Party Redux

February 23rd, 2018

38:00
This week The Feast is on tour, heading to Phoenix Arizona to talk manhattans, martinis, and other mixed drinks with the fantastic folks at the …

Cantonese Canada: Supermarkets, Street Food, & Special Ingredients

February 9th, 2018

29:47
As the Year of the Dog approaches, join us for noodle rolls and year cake in the city of Markham, Ontario- home to some of the best Cantonese …

Musketeers & Mousselines: Alexander Dumas' Massive Dictionary of Food

January 26th, 2018

32:42
Alexander Dumas was among the most beloved writers of the 19th century, responsible for classics like The Three Musketeers & The Count of Monte Cristo. But did you know Dumas longest work was devoted entirely to …

A Case for Kale: Vegetarianism in Victorian England

January 12th, 2018

32:01
With 2018 finally here, it's resolution time! Over 1/3 of Americans have resolved to eat healthier this year and, for many, that means adopting a …

Hard Nog and Hardy Oranges: A History of Virginian Cocktails with Micah LeMon

December 15th, 2017

32:46
Join us for a special holiday episode where we investigate the rich mixed drink history of Virginia with Micah LeMon, bartender and author of The …

The Gods Must Be Hungry: Divine Food Stories from Eaten Magazine

December 7th, 2017

32:51
From medieval butter towers to prehistoric bee-keepers, this week we're examining the divine associations with global foods with Emelyn Rude, editor of the new food history magazine Eaten. Join us as she gives us a …

Unsimply Soba: Comics & Competition in Japanese History

November 24th, 2017

31:59
Think you can eat 50 bowls of noodles? What about 100? This week, The Feast explores the tradition of wanko soba from Iwate, Japan, where families and friends compete to see who can slurp the most noodles in a single …

Passionate Pavlovas: National Desserts from A to Z

November 10th, 2017

34:05
From the Caesar salad to Fettucini Alfredo, we're surrounded by dishes named for famous figures in history. But how many can claim to be the national dessert of not one, but two countries? This week, we're taking a look …

Supernatural Suppers: An Icelandic Ghost Story

October 27th, 2017

30:20
Dead chefs tell no tales! Except on Halloween, that is. This week, we're bringing you the story of a ghostly banquet straight from the sagas of medieval Iceland. A mix of fact and fiction, sagas provide some of the only …

Complicating Kosher: How the Trefa Banquet Changed American Judaism

October 13th, 2017

34:15
This week we’re discovering the meal that changed the face of American Judaism. Featuring Dr. Jonathan Sarna of Brandeis University, we’ll learn how a lavish banquet in 1883 Cincinnati kicked off a fierce debate about …

From Washington Street to Atlantic Avenue: Food Stories from New York's Little Syria

September 28th, 2017

44:07
Join us as we discover the rich culinary history of Syrian communities in New York City. Beginning in the 1880s, Syrian immigrants settled in lower …

Fuelling the Presidency: African American Cooks in the White House

September 14th, 2017

40:04
Zephyr Wright (left) & Laura Dollie Johnson (right) This week, we're exploring the unsung history of African American cooks in the White House …

A Thousand and One Recipes: Caliphate Cooking in 10th Century Baghdad

September 1st, 2017

40:55

Courtesy of Nawal Nasrallah

This …

Cooking with Lightning: Helen Louise Johnson's Electric Oven Revolution

August 17th, 2017

34:35
An early 20th century advertisement for an electrical range from the Toronto Electric Light Company

Discover the untold history of electricity in the …

A Brief History of Space Gastronomy

August 4th, 2017

37:43

The Feast is back! And our debut episode for Season Two is out of this world. Literally! We're going back to one of the most (in)famous meals in …

Coming Soon: The Feast's Season Two!

July 21st, 2017

2:34
Dreaming of our new season....(and jello) We're cooking up a delicious new season, debuting Friday, August 4th 2017! Discover the hidden stories behind competitive Soba eating in Japan, how the electric oven …

A Mythic Meal: A Very Special Season Finale with The Curated Feast

May 18th, 2017

42:44
Photo by Kyle Murphy of KNM Portraits

On this very special season finale, we've teamed up with Liz Birnbaum and The Curated Feast to bring you a mythic meal that'll take you from the roots to the stars. Join Liz and her …

The Scandalous, Dangerous, & Unbelievably True History of the Cocktail Party: A Tale of Manhattans, Marriage, & Murder

May 2nd, 2017

43:33
The Ramos Gin Fizz. The Sazerac. The Mint Julep. Cocktails can have some great origin stories, but how can you tell  sober fact from tipsy fiction? …

Behind the Deep Fat Fryer: America's Original Fair Food

April 19th, 2017

32:11
What's the most iconic fair food? Popcorn? Hot dogs? Deep-fried apple pie on a stick? Today, fair food and the fryer may be a match made in heaven, but where did the trend of eating adventurously at the fair start? …

Edible Monuments: Naples' Salami Castle of 1768

April 3rd, 2017

30:02
Cuccagna Arch of Bread, Cheese, and Suckling Pigs on the Feast of Saint John the Baptist, Naples 1630. Courtesy of the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. Photo by Mike Portt

Forget Hansel & Gretel's candy …

Excuse me, Sir, but are you going to eat that woolly mammoth?

March 20th, 2017

54:05
The meat served at the 1951 Explorers Club Annual Dinner. Division of Vertebrate Zoology, YPM HERR 19475. Courtesy of the Peabody Museum of Natural …

A Man Named Peppercorn: Saving & Savoring the Foodways of the Sonoran Desert

March 2nd, 2017

48:48
Photo by Mike Portt

This week, we're headed to the land of bean trees & cholla buds: the Sonoran Desert. Home to UNESCO's new capital of …

A Battle of the Chicken Pot Pies: A History of Department Store Dining

February 13th, 2017

36:54
This week, take the escalator to menswear and turn left at home goods. We're heading to the glory days of department store dining with a trip back to …

Maple Roosters and Tofu Tumults: A Han Dynasty Banquet

January 30th, 2017

35:54
This week, The Feast is bringing you a very special Canadian episode dedicated to Chinese New Year! We're exploring an opulent Han Dynasty banquet …

A Punchy Inauguration Special: Andrew Jackson & the Mob of 1829

January 16th, 2017

35:52
Feeling punchy this inauguration season? Take a note from Andrew Jackson & join the wildest party the White House has ever seen! In our first episode of 2017, we’re heading to 1829 when 10,000 people crashed …

Boars & Butchers: A Porky History of Winter Festivals

December 19th, 2016

30:19
Sitting down to the traditional holiday ham this season? This week on The Feast, we're celebrating the unofficial animal of winter: the pig! Find out …

Bulldozer Butter & C-Rations: The Food that Built the Alaskan Highway

December 5th, 2016

31:30
Moose milk. Powdered eggs. Coffee a la Yukon. This week, The Feast is heading to the Canadian wilderness- where 10,000 US soldiers helped to build …

Subterranean Snacks: Cornish Pasties in 19th Century Mexico

November 21st, 2016

37:20
Photo by Rocio Carvajal, www.passthechipotle.com

Struggling to decide what to have for lunch today? Take a tip from history & pack a pie! This week, The Feast explores how the pastry pie was the original grab & …

Thomas Jefferson & the Mammoth Cheese of Cheshire

November 5th, 2016

39:04


It’s that time of gruyère: it’s the Feast’s election episode! And we’re dedicating a whole show to some great White House food traditions. What do …

Dining with the Dead in Imperial Rome

October 22nd, 2016

26:51
Image via Flickr/Chris (CC BY-ND 2.0)

We’re back with a whole new season of feasting! Join us for a very special Halloween episode that takes us back …

How King Midas Lost His Dinner

September 23rd, 2016

28:17
Situla found at the Gordion tomb, circa 700 BCE. Photo courtesy of Carole Raddato/Flickr



No fables here! We’re travelling back 2700 years to uncover …

War Cake & Emergency Steak

September 9th, 2016

25:31
Grab your ration books, The Feast is heading back to 1945! Find out how the US and Canada got patriotic with its cooking during World War II. This week we'll see how both radio and radar transformed North American food. …

The Thousand Dollar Dinner

August 26th, 2016

35:51
Parkinson's Ice Cream Shop, courtesy of the Historical Society of Philadelphia

Dog days of summer getting you down? Why not treat yourself to a story about one of the first families of ice cream in 19th century …

A Sour & Salty Trip to Byzantium

August 12th, 2016

34:11
What does ketchup have to do with medieval politics? Find out this week, when we travel back to 10th century Constantinople to dine at the emperor’s …

Down with Pasta! Italian Futurist Cuisine in the 1930s

July 29th, 2016

25:51
Can you imagine Italian food without pasta? This week, we journey back to the 1920s & 1930s when an artistic movement declared war on noodles, …

A Victorian Dinosaur Dinner

July 8th, 2016

37:17
Illustrated London News, January 7 1854, Add MS 50150, f. 225

Ever dream of dining with a T.Rex? Join us for a New Year's Eve dinner in 1853 at London's famous Crystal Palace where you can meet the man who coined the …

Episode 4: How Do You Solve a Problem like Christina? Papal Banquets in 1655

June 24th, 2016

32:35
Queen Christina & Pope Clement IX; Drawing by P.P. Sevin

Deposed queens, papal politics, sugar sculptures, & Bernini- a combination that could …

Episode 3: The Medieval Michelin Guide: Finding Food on the Camino de Santiago, 1490

June 10th, 2016

30:11
Where can a medieval pilgrim expect to find a good meal on the Camino de Santiago? Learn how to survive your pilgrimage with Roman tips on how to make your bread last longer as well as where to find safe water while …

Episode 2: The St. Charles Hotel, New Orleans, 1846

May 31st, 2016

30:35

Episode 1: Oktoberfest 1896

May 11th, 2016

25:50

 

Travel back with us to Munich in 1896 to witness the origins of some of the most famous Oktoberfest traditions. We'll visit some of the earliest beer halls, sample …

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