Hanging with Harris
Whether he's in South Beach, Aspen, New York, LA or New Orleans, Billy Harris hangs with the best chefs, bartenders and restaurateurs in America.
Carter Reum - VeeV Açai Spirit
1 Feb 11 0
VeeV, the first açai spirit on the market is the brainchild of brothers Courtney and Carter Reum. Inspired by the Brazilian culture and environment, as well as the women, the brothers set out to create a product that reflected their idea of what Brazil is and what being "green" could be. One dollar from the sale of each bottle goes to their sustainable açai project back in Brazil. VeeV is less Birkenstock and more stiletto!
Top Pot Doughnuts - Mark Klebeck
22 Feb 11 0
Doughnuts have become commoditized. They are pumped out of machines and distributed to chains, who will remain nameless, without ever touching the hands of a baker. Simple chunks of dough with little personality, these rings of processed ingredients do very little to enhance a customers morning ritual. They are simply filler. Enter Top Pot Doughnuts. Top Pot Hand Forged Doughnuts are the opposite of a commodity; they are an investment in pleasure and artisan baking. From their famously addictive Maple Bars and classic Sourdough Old Fashioneds to the ostentatious Feather Boa, each doughnut should be savored and shared, right along with a cup of Top Pot's in-store roasted coffee. To find out more, Billy hung out with Co-Founder Mark Klebeck.
The Varnish - Los Angeles - Eric Alperin & Chris Bostick - Ramos Gin Fizz
4 Jan 11 1
Eric Alperin and Chris Bostick of The Varnish in Los Angeles show Billy and special guest Simon Majumdar what it takes to create a perfect Ramos Gin Fizz.
Commander’s Palace - New Orleans
23 Aug 11 2
Nothing could be finer than eating a three course lunch at the chef's table at Commander's Palace in New Orleans. Billy got the special privilege which usually takes a reservation a year in advance. First, he joined Chef Tory McPhail at the range to watch him make a truly creole inspired dish.
Nate ‘N’ Als - Los Angeles - Special Guest: Simon Majundar
25 Jan 11 0
Nate 'N' Als is an institution of Beverly Hills and greater Los Angeles. Celebrities from Jessica Alba and the Kardashians to Larry King (he gets oatmeal there seven days a week!) get their deli fix there. Open for over 65 years, Nate 'N' Als is THE quintessential Jewish deli on the west coast. David Mendelson, third generation owner of the famed establishment, sat down with Billy and special guest Simon Majumdar to sample, well, everything on the menu.
French Dip Sandwich at Cole’s - Los Angeles - Special Guest: Simon Majundar
11 Jan 11 0
Cole's makes a delicious french dip sandwich. They should; they invented it! Whether you have teeth or not (watch the video) you will find something delicious to eat and drink at Cole's. When your done, walk through the door in the back and grab a cocktail at The Varnish.
Chef Jason Franey - Canlis Restaurant - Seattle
12 Apr 11 0
The Seattle food scene is in the middle of a renaissance. In the last decade, chefs and restaurateurs have staked a claim and made names for themselves and their city by developing unique and varying menus that reflect their experience and their environment. But there is one restaurant that stands alone as the preeminent dining experience in the city and beyond: Canlis. Overseen by brothers Mark and Brian Canlis, the restaurant has garnered a James Beard nomination for Outstanding Restaurant and another for Outstanding Wine Service this year. Heading up the kitchen is Jason Franey who was recently named a Best New Chef by Food and Wine Magazine. He invited Billy into the kitchen to taste one of his signature dishes.
Debbi Peek and Bridget Albert - New Orleans - 2010
13 Oct 10 0
Breakfast cocktails anyone? Why Not! Especially in bed with Debbi Peek and Bridget Albert. Add some feather boas and homemade jam and you have a party!
Enrique Sanchez - La Mar - San Francisco
7 Jun 11 0
Enrique Sanchez has been making Pisco Sours since the age of 14. Doing quick math, that means he rivals McDonald's in number of product served. Behind the bar at La Mar Cebicheria in San Francisco, Enrique and his staff churn out thousands of Pisco Sours every night. Followed by some delicious ceviche, there could be not better way to experience the essence of Peruvian gastronomy without having to leave the United States. Enrique was Hanging with Harris.
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese - Kurt Dammeier
1 Mar 11 0
Beecher's Handmade Cheese has become a fixture in Seattle and in the artisanal cheese making community. Oprah even named their "World's Best" Mac & Cheese one of her favorite things. Billy had the chance to taste some of their award winning products with founder Kurt Beecher Dammeier.
Matt Molina - Pizzeria Mozza Part 2 - Los Angeles
14 Dec 11 0
Matt Molina is young. For an executive chef that is. He runs the kitchens in both Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza and does a damn fine job. Whether it is placing orders, doing payroll, stretching pizza dough or checking each plate before it goes out to customers, Matt does it all. In Part 2 of our episodes from Pizzeria Mozza, Matt shows Billy how to stretch the dough Nancy Silverton made in Part 1 and make their famous Fennel Sausage and Napolitano Pizzas. Matt was hanging with Harris.
Tony Abou Ganim - New Orleans - 2010
13 Oct 10 0
The Modern Mixologist, Tony Abu-Ganim, was Hanging with Harris at the famous Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. The Ramos Gin Fizzes were creamy and delicious.
Stephan Berg and Alex Hauck - The Bitter Truth
9 Aug 11 1
No one company represents the re-emurgence of bitters in cocktails better than The Bitter Truth. Having set out five years ago to bring bitters back to the forefront in cocktail making, Stephan Berg and Alex Hauck have since established themselves as the preeminent bitters company in Europe and the United States. Concoctions such as Celery, Creole and Lemon Bitters, just to name a few, they have set their eyes on the future with a line of liqueurs and the newly launched food grade Berg and Hauck's Bitters for cooking and baking. They were at Tales of the Cocktail 2011 Hanging with Harris.
Chris Cosentino - Incanto - San Francisco
12 Jul 11 0
The phrase "go the whole hog" is taken very literally at Incanto in San Francisco. Led by chef Chris Cosentino, Incanto's menu is based in the belief that sourcing ingredients locally is best for the animal, farmer, chef and patron and that the use of offal, "honors the whole animal and helps preserve an important, yet increasingly overlooked, part of our culinary heritage." It also makes for delicious eating! Can't get to Incanto? Order some of Boccalone's delicious cured meats!
Kirk Estopinal - CURE - New Orleans
16 Aug 11 0
With a focus on providing consistent and eclectic yet approachable cocktails, CURE in New Orleans has set a benchmark for bars in the Big Easy. Recently named one of the top bars in the country by Esquire magazine, the fame has not diminished a neighborhood feel and a dedication to its local patrons. Kirk Estopinal was kind enough to jump behind the bar after only a few hours of sleep (it was Tales of the Cocktail after all) and hang with Harris.
Nancy Silverton - Pizzeria Mozza Part 1 - Los Angeles
14 Dec 11 0
After studying at La Cordon Bleu and Ecole Le Notre, Nancy Silverton went on to co-found La Brea Bakery and Campanile, two Los Angeles institutions. She has gone on to open a number of restaurants in Los Angeles and beyond. At Pizzeria Mozza Nancy put her skills as a baker and pastry chef to work to create one of the best pizza crusts available. She was kind enough to let Billy (a frequent patron of Pizzeria Mozza as well as Osteria Mozza) in on some of her dough making secrets. Nancy was hanging with Harris. Don't miss Part 2 in which Matt Molina, Executive Chef of Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza, shows Billy how to use the dough to make delicious pizzas!
Kevin Diedrich - Burritt Room - San Francisco
13 May 11 1
Opened in May of 2010, the Burritt Room has quickly risen to the top of the cocktail scene in San Francisco. Unlike other hotel bars, Burritt Room has a diverse array of cocktails well beyond the classics. Talented bartenders like Kevin Diedrich put cocktails like the Black Rose on the menu that utilize the best local spirits and fresh local produce. Kevin was Hanging with Harris.
Harry Denton - Starlight Room - San Francisco
24 May 11 1
After being fired from a job in retail in the 1970's, Harry Denton took a job at Henry Africa's and never looked back. His experience there led him to Washington Square Bar and Grill where he honed his craft before opening Harry's on Fillmore. An instant success, Harry's laid the groundwork for moving into the Starlight Room at the top of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco where he affixed his name to the door 15 years ago. He was Hanging with Harris.
Lu Brow - New Orleans - 2010
13 Oct 10 1
The famous Swizzle Stick Bar in New Orleans is run by none other than the queen of southern hospitality, Lu Brow. Her technique and professionalism behind the bar is second to none. She was Hanging with Harris.
Mark and Brian Canlis with Nelson Daquip
19 Apr 11 0
According to the Canlis website, "Nelson Daquip has been the most rapidly promoted employee in Canlis' history, rising from server assistant, to server, to assistant sommelier, to wine director in only four years." Deservedly so, Billy found out, while touring the Canlis wine cellar with Nelson. He helped Billy pick out a wine to sip with Canlis owners, Mark and Brian Canlis, while they laid down the history of this iconic Seattle restaurant.
Simon Ford - New Orleans - 2010
13 Oct 10 0
Sometimes, only sometimes, even the greatest bartenders and spirits industry professionals need to take a break from fresh ingredients and high quality spirits. When they do, the pendulum swings hard the other way. In this case, Simon Ford and Billy Harris end up drinking anti-freeze slushies on Bourbon Street. As always, when your Hanging with Harris, you meet some colorful people along the way.
Mario Batali - Chicago - 2010
13 Oct 10 0
Mario Batali is much more than a chef. He is a brand that epitomizes quality. And his face is on a jar of spaghetti sauce. He was Hanging with Harris.
Vincent Madero - Public Kitchen and Bar - Los Angeles
15 Nov 11 0
Inside the famous Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles resides the Public Kitchen and Bar. Bartender Vincent Madero let Billy behind the bar to mix up a twist on the classic Whiskey Sour, the Kentucky Brunch.
Amelia Posada and Erika Nakamura - Lindy & Grundy - Los Angeles
6 Dec 11 0
Meat Maven, Erika Nakamura and Shop Mama, Amelia Posada have helped usher in a new era of butchery in the United States. Their shop, Lindy & Grundy (the couples nicknames for each other) located on Fairfax in Los Angeles, only supports local farms and is focused on practicing sustainable butchery; scraps go to creating gourmet dog food for the neighborhood pups. Stop in for a chop and you will be hooked for life! Amelia and Erika were hanging with Harris.
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