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The Feast

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The Feast presents delectable stories from the dining tables of history. Our stories 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 of a good… read more

71 Episodes | 2016 - 2020

Dinner in Camelot

April 28th, 2020


Almost sixty years ago to the day, President John F Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline hosted the largest state dinner of the Kennedy Administration. Invited to the White House for a special "brains dinner" in April 1962 …

Brewing with Fire: Carillon Brewing Company

March 3rd, 2020


This week, the Feast is heading to Ohio to visit a brewery entirely dedicated to making beer like they did in the mid-19th century. Located in Dayton, Carillon Brewing Company is not your average craft brewery. Instead …

Serving Up Wisconsin's State Secret: The Supper Club

February 18th, 2020


In an era of celebrity chefs, fast casual chains, and meal delivery services available at the touch of a button, it may be hard to imagine a state where people drive out of town to go to a pyramid-shaped restaurant to …

The Lost Women of America's Hop Industry

February 4th, 2020


This week, we’re featuring another interview from our trip to the first-ever Beer Culture Summit, held in Chicago in October 2019. This time, we’re …

Beer is Culture: A Conversation with the Brewseum's Liz Garibay

January 21st, 2020


This week, we're taking you to the heart of the Windy City itself, Chicago, to chat with the founder and executive director of the one of the only …

Feast & Fast: How Clean Eating Came to Early Modern Europe

January 7th, 2020


The Feast is back! Just in time for the month of healthy New Year’s resolutions, our season premiere features a rich discussion on the history of …

"Feast of the Seven Fishes": Italian-American Christmas Cuisine with Director Robert Tinnell

December 10th, 2019


On a special holiday bonus episode of the Feast, we talk to Robert Tinnell, the writer and director of the new film, “Feast of the Seven Fishes”, out …

The Hardworking History of the Hardy Orange

November 26th, 2019


The Feast is back! And we’re bringing you a few special episodes before the launch of Season 4 on January 7, 2020. Longtime Feast listeners may remember our episode that touched on the history of egg nog and the …

The Feast Presents: Green Eggs & Dan

September 11th, 2019


Hungry for more food podcasts while the Feast is on season break?

Try Green Eggs & Dan, a new podcast from The Podglomerate. Taking a new look at “you are what you eat,” comedian Dan Ahdoot brings listeners in on …

The Waldorf’s First Final Feast

May 21st, 2019


On the Feast’s season finale, we revisit a meal that ended a chapter in one of the most famous hotel’s in history: the Waldorf Astoria. Famous for its invention of the Waldorf Salad and (arguably) Eggs Benedict, the …

Georgia O'Keeffe's Art of Eating

May 14th, 2019


Join us on an artistic feast like no other with American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe. A prolific painter, O’Keeffe was also a devoted foodie, with an …

Ernest Shackleton's Pantry

May 7th, 2019


This week, we’re heading to the ends of the earth with legendary explorer, Ernest Shackleton. Responsible for many expeditions to Antartica, Shackleton is known for his incredible leadership even through some of the …

Travels with Steinbeck: Dogs & Drive Ins on the Open Road

April 30th, 2019


We’re exploring the great American road trip this week on The Feast. Learn how the call of the open road has inspired millions over the last century …

Call Us Julius Childus: A Roman Culinary Experiment

April 16th, 2019


This week, The Feast is heading back to ancient Rome to do a little culinary archaeology. We’re rolling up our sleeves to make a first century …

Titanic Redux: The Final Feast of the Unsinkable Ship

April 9th, 2019


This week, we're revisiting one of our favorite episodes in honor of the 107th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.  We explore the …

Nailed It! Ancient Roman Edition featuring Farrell Monaco

April 2nd, 2019


The Feast is headed to ancient Rome this week with experimental archaeologist, Farrell Monaco of Join us as we discover the …

Cardamom is Queen: Sweden's Surprising Spice

March 26th, 2019


This week, The Feast looks at the surprising history of Sweden’s favorite spice: cardamom! From its origins in India and the Middle East, how did this unlikely seed pod make its way to the chilly climes of Scandinavia? …

Historical Meals on Wheels: The Manitoba Food History Project

March 19th, 2019


Join us this week as The Feast hits the road with the Manitoba Food History Project Food Truck. We speak to Dr. Janis Thiessen and Kent Davies (University of Winnipeg), two leaders on this research project to discover …

Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. Tales from a Star Trek Speakeasy

March 12th, 2019


The Feast is back! On our debut episode for Season 3, we dig deep into one of the most beloved sci fi universes of all time: Star Trek. Forget the transporters, phasers, and warp speed, on this episode, we look at the …

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

October 29th, 2018


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

August 17th, 2017


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Photo by Rocio Carvajal,

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Image courtesy of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper via the Louisiana State Museum

Episode 1: Oktoberfest 1896

May 11th, 2016


 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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