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Learn things you never knew, and get to know the people behind the restaurant scene in St. Pete, as we delve into their backgrounds, find out what brought them into the industry, and what's literally, and figuratively cooking at their restaurants. The St. Petersburg Foodies Podcast features interviews with chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, bartenders, and more, and covers the burgeoning food scene in St. Petersburg, Florida. Episodes air every Tuesday.
 
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Our featured interview tonight is with Ryan Byas. Ryan is in Brian's pipe club, and he has 100 open jars of pipe tobacco. This episode is another installment in our series of novice pipe smokers (those with 3-5 years of pipe smoking experience) that we pose seven questions to. At the top of the show, Brian will discuss how to go about helping someo…
 
We interview Max Blowers. Max is the General Manager & Beverage Director at Social Roost. He is a St. Pete native, but spent 15 years living in NYC, and has worked for celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck and David Burke. We talk about his time there, and then hear about the wild rollercoaster ride it's been upon his return to St. Pete. After Max, we reca…
 
Our featured interview tonight is with Rob Dickey. Rob is a part-time pipe maker living in Denver, CO. He started learning wood working and metal working in high school, and makes beautiful artisan quality pipes in both English and Danish-inspired shapes. Rob also plays guitar, and he will be featured in our music segment as well. At the top of the…
 
We interview Brian Levine. Brian is a life-long Disney aficionado, having worked at Disneyland in college, and is now working at a Disney Store 34-years later. He's been to Disney World innumerous times, and will be telling us what to eat, and what not to eat at all of the Disney parks in Orlando. At the top of the show we will discuss the real Fet…
 
Our featured interview tonight is with Ryan O’Rourke. Ryan is in the bar business, and when it’s time to relax, he enjoys pipe smoking. This episode is another installment in our series of novice pipe smokers (those with 3-5 years of pipe smoking experience) that we pose seven questions to. At the top of the show, Brian will describe a large batch …
 
We interview Allan Bishop and Cristian Uguzzoni from Tutto Bene, which is a quaint Italian eatery in Gulfport that has quickly become quite popular. Allan is the co-owner with his wife Michelle, and Cristian is the GM hailing from Modena, Italy. After Tutto Bene, we make the most famous steak in Brazilian steakhouses, Picanha, provided by St. Pete …
 
Our featured interview tonight is with Greg Guffey. Greg is in the insurance business, and when it's time to relax, he enjoys pipe smoking. He is also a musician, and will be featured in tonight's music segment. This episode is another installment in our series of novice pipe smokers that we pose seven questions to. At the top of the show, we have …
 
We interview Liz Senyak. Liz is the Director of Operations for Feed and Seed Hospitality, which owns Trophy Fish, Mandarin Hide, and Mandarin Heights. Liz got her start in the business bartending at Datz in Tampa. Her leadership skills got her promoted to manager, and she joined Feed and Seed in 2018 just after Trophy Fish opened. At the top of the…
 
Our featured interview tonight is with Paul Leadbeatter. Paul is from Australia. He is a new pipe maker, and does pipe restoration, as well as being a pipe smoker. He also has a home building and restoration company. At the top of the show, Brian will do a review of Wessex Red Virginia Flake from its current production.…
 
We interview Bill Brown from William Dean Chocolates. You'll learn which celebrity endorsed his chocolates on her TV show, which upscale chain of grocery stores, and which Las Vegas casino put William Dean Chocolates on the map by placing orders the first year they were in business. At the top of the show we will discuss the dichotomy of restaurant…
 
Our featured interview on The Pipes Magazine Radio Show tonight is with Russ Wymer. Russ is a journeyman machinist, and part owner of a machine that makes custom machine parts in Toledo, OH. This episode is a new installment in our series of novice pipe smokers that we pose seven questions to. At the top of the show, we start a new series on three …
 
We interview Matt Bonano. Matt is the former owner of Brooklyn South, and is now one of two butchers at St. Pete Meat & Provisions. After Matt, we take his suggestion to make the hanger steak from St. Pete Meat, which turned out to be a succulent flavor bomb.By Kevin Godbee & Lori Brown
 
Our featured interview tonight is with pipe makers Michael Parks and Nate Rose about their exclusive project they are working on along with Les Wood for the Pipes2Smoke.com website, Commonweal Pipes. The pipes are all classic English shapes, all handmade, and production is limited to under 35 pipes a year. (Of interesting note, Michael was the firs…
 
We interview Robin Sussingham. She is the Publisher & Editor of the newly re-launched Edible Tampa Bay Magazine. She is a long-time award-winning journalist in several areas, and especially in food. Robin is also the former host, and creator of The Zest Podcast at WUSF, Tampa Bay's NPR station. At the top of the show, Lori and Kevin discuss Food In…
 
Our featured interview tonight is with Matthew Sanchez. Matthew has a bachelor’s in criminal justice, and is a Sheriff’s Deputy in San Diego, CA. After having seven shows with seven questions for seven experts, Matthew is our sixth in a series of novice pipe smokers that we pose seven questions to. At the top of the show Brian will answer the rest …
 
We interview Christine Cutler. She is the President of The International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association. They will be having their 2021 conference in downtown St. Pete this November. Chris is also an expert on travel to Italy, Italian culture, and cuisine. Did you know that Spaghetti Bolognese does not exist in Italy? Neither does Fettucc…
 
Our featured interview tonight is with Benjamin Spence. After having seven shows with seven questions for seven experts, Benjamin is our fifth in a series of novice pipe smokers that we pose seven questions to. At the top of the show we will have “Ask the Pipemaker” with Jeff Gracik.By Brian Levine
 
We interview Thomas Miller from The Treasure Coast Foodie. Just like us, he does reviews of local independent restaurants. He also does restaurant awards like us, has a wine club, dining club and more. He visited a few St. Pete restaurants for a feature article he is working on. He is also debuting a new video series reminiscent of Diners, Drive-In…
 
We interview Chef Susan Burdian. Susan is an acclaimed chef from NYC, and is now heading up the kitchen at Social Roost. She has cooked for Anthony Bourdain, and at The James Beard House, and is experienced in over ten different types of cuisine. After Susan, we have the best lamb we've ever had in our lives. We made the Colorado Rack of Lamb from …
 
Our featured interview tonight is with Ryan Bingaman. Ryan is a full-time fire fighter, and has been smoking a pipe for nearly three years. After having seven shows with seven questions for seven experts, Ryan is our third in a series of novice pipe smokers that we pose seven questions to. At the top of the show we have an “Ask the Pipemaker” segme…
 
We interview Dean Hurst. Let us say this: Dean is just fun! He is the Beverage Director for The Datz Group, and today we have an extensive conversation on all things tiki and tiki culture with an emphasis on tiki drinks, and some tiki history. On the second half of the interview we get into the carefully crafted recipes for the drinks at the new Bu…
 
Our featured interview tonight is with Robert Buczek. After having seven shows with seven questions for seven experts, Rob is our second in a series of novice pipe smokers that we pose seven questions to. At the top of the show, for our pipe parts segment, Brian will discuss federal legislation on tobacco, which hasn't been a happy topic in a long …
 
We interview Chef A.J. Lambden. A.J. has worked at several Tampa Bay area, and downtown St. Pete restaurants with most of his hours being logged at Cassis on Beach Dr. He started his catering business two weeks before the first pandemic shutdown. Then he pivoted by taking several business courses, and is now launching his new culinary-tech crossove…
 
Our featured interview tonight is with Declan Pollard. After having seven shows with seven questions for seven experts, Declan is our first in a series of novice pipe smokers that we pose seven questions to. He is a 22-year old dual American / British citizen living in Singapore. At the top of the show, for our pipe parts segment, Brian will start …
 
We interview Chef Olive Davis. She's been a charter boat chef in the Caribbean, appeared on Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" with Guy Fieri, was the chef at Stella's in Gulfport, and was part of the opening team for Locale as the in-house butcher. Currently, Olive is the chef at Salty's Sandwich Bar in Gulfport, and we love the food. At…
 
Our featured interview on The Pipes Magazine Radio Show tonight is with Jon David Cole. Jon is the owner of The Country Squire in Jackson, MS. The Country Squire is a 50-year old tobacconist focused on pipes and their own exclusive pipe tobacco blends. Jon is also the co-host of Country Squire Radio. This show is our seventh, and final in Volume II…
 
We interview Don Nguyen in this special episode solely dedicated to Asian cuisine. Just a few of the things we talk about include, the evolution of Asian cuisine, hidden gem hole in the wall local Asian eateries, fish sauce, myriad types of soy sauce, Asian cooking, why there is no cheese in Asian cuisine, or is there?, and a whole lot more in this…
 
Our featured interview on The Pipes Magazine Radio Show tonight is with Fred Hanna. Fred has a PhD. and teaches at the Chicago Campus at Adler University. He is also author of the book, The Perfect Smoke. This show is our sixth in Volume II in our series of “Seven Questions for Seven Experts”. Over the course of seven weeks, we will ask seven promi…
 
We interview Chris Ciarcia. He was the GM and sommelier at Annata for five years, and he is now opening his own place named Sauvignon Wine Locker & American Trattoria. They are in a 100-year old building on the first block ever built in St. Pete, and they will be serving Italian-inspired New American cuisine including homemade pasta and gelato, Cre…
 
Our featured interview tonight is with Sykes Wilford. This show is our fifth in Volume II in our series of “Seven Questions for Seven Experts”. Sykes is the Founder and CEO of SmokingPipes.com, and Laudisi Enterprises. Laudisi distributes Savinelli Pipes, Peterson Pipes, Rossi Pipes, Cornell & Diehl, G.L. Pease, Gawith Hogarth & Co., BriarWorks, an…
 
We interview Florida food expert Heather McPherson. She doesn't bill herself as a food expert, but that is what we are calling her after we found out how much she knows about farms, livestock, fish, and produce that has its origins in our state. A few interesting things we found out during this interview are that olives and blueberries love old cit…
 
Our featured interview tonight is with Linwood Hines. Linwood has been in the business and the hobby for years and is one of the founding members of the Conclave of Richmond Pipe Smokers (CORPS). This show is our fourth in Volume II in our series of “Seven Questions for Seven Experts”. Over the course of seven weeks, we will ask seven prominent pip…
 
We interview Rich Hollenberg. Rich is a TV sports personality calling college basketball on ESPN, and the pre and post games on Fox Sports for The Rays. He is also a former TV food show host, and has cooked on live television with the likes of Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Cat Cora, Art Smith, Scott Conant, Michelle Bernstein, and Roy Yamaguchi am…
 
Our featured interview tonight is with Rick Newcombe. Rick is a well-known author of several pipe books, and a prominent collector of Danish pipes, and vintage tobaccos. He has traveled the world visiting pipe makers, and learning their different techniques. He is also the founder and chairman of Creators Syndicate, which currently represents more …
 
We interview Celebrity Chef Art Smith. He has been Oprah's personal chef. He has cooked for the Obamas, Lady Gaga, Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana, and many more celebrities. He owns several restaurants, and occasionally visits St. Pete. Some of the things you'll find out on this show are who Art's secret friend is in St. Pete that takes him around …
 
Our featured interview tonight is with Steve “PipeStud” Fallon. Steve has one of the most popular consignment-auction businesses for estate pipes and vintage tobaccos that he’s been running since 2006. If you know Steve, you know he’s a big fan of the original Dunhill blend, Royal Yacht. This show is our second in Volume II in our series of “Seven …
 
We interview online cooking coach Chef Michal Kováč from The Czech Republic. We talk about the fine dining establishments he has worked in in London and Czech, as well as his personal one on one live coaching. At the top of the show we talk about Tik Tok's Feta Pasta craze and failures, and Kevin & Lori's blind soy sauce tasting. We try and compare…
 
Our featured interview on The Pipes Magazine Radio Show tonight is with Rich Esserman. Rich is a well-known collector of pipes and tobaccos. He is best known for his love of extremely large pipes, many of them Dunhills. Some of the extra large pipes he has were actually made as attention getting window displays, but he smokes them anyway. Why not? …
 
We interview Maggie Prittie from Prittie's Chocolates. You'll learn everything you ever wanted to know about chocolate, and didn't even know to ask about. Most importantly, the best, and healthiest chocolates have just four ingredients, and you won't find them at your chain super market. We also discuss a chocolate tasting we did with Maggie earlie…
 
Our featured interview on The Pipes Magazine Radio Show tonight is with Mike Zicha. Mike has some of the stereotypical pipe smoker attributes. He is contemplative, analytical, and smart. He has an MBA in statistics, and owns and leads his own market research firm. He also has one of the best tobacco review forms, which you can download. We’re going…
 
We interview Jason Gordon & Ashley Simmons from 727Prep, 3Rivets Catering and St. Pete Salmon Co. Jason is an award winning chef that created spectacular menus for two different St. Pete eateries before starting his three new businesses. His philosophy is that anyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status, should be able to eat good, healthy foo…
 
Our featured interview tonight is with Mike Couch. Mike is a part time pipe maker, and full time teacher at a private Christian school in north Idaho. He started smoking pipes in 2012, and in 2014 got serious about making pipes. Mike makes about 70-80 pipes a year. He makes standard shapes, and Danish-influenced freehand pipes. At the top of the sh…
 
We interview Ashley Haywood. She is the CEO and founder of Embrew Sweetened Artisan Tea Bags. They are the first tea bags in the world that have sweetener already added. They use the highest quality teas that are responsibly sourced, and have some great unique flavor combinations. After Ashley, we talk about the handmade spicy Italian sausage, and …
 
Our featured interview tonight is with John Jensen from Rev’s Pipes. He played the crazy role of a Forcados in Portuguese bull fighting (look it up, or just listen to the show), is a minister, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor, and a pipe maker. At the top of the show in the Pipe Parts segment, we will have “Ask the Pipe Maker” with Jeff Gracik.…
 
We interview Jim Pachence about how Serious Foodie explores the regional cuisines of the world and brings them to your kitchen with quick, easy, healthy sauces, spice rubs, recipes, and more. At the top of the show Kevin and Lori discuss how fried chicken sandwiches are all the rage, someone accidentally buying enough paprika to last until 2040, fo…
 
Our featured interview tonight is with David-Dorian Ross from The Virtual Pipe Club. The club is a Facebook Group that was started on March 12, 2020 in the wake of COVID lockdowns. They currently have about 2,000 members, and have regularly scheduled live streaming shows, and hangouts with David-Dorian as the host. He is also a Tai Chi Grandmaster.…
 
We interview Chef Erik Youngs. We talk about his video podcast, his start in the business as a teenager, his work as a culinary instructor, and about his line of sauces, and rubs, VooDoo Chef. Part of VooDoo Chef proceeds go to funding culinary education. VooDoo Chef is also the official spices and rubs of Gasparilla. After Erik, we'll be raving ab…
 
Our featured interview tonight is with pipe artisan, Juan Pablo Urquiza. JP has been making pipes since 2015. He hand crafts exquisite custom pipes from briar, morta and olive wood in classic and artisan shapes. At the top of the show in the Pipe Parts segment, Brian will have a Q&A with answers to key questions as we got a little behind on emails,…
 
We interview Sea Salt St. Pete's Sommelier & Beverage Director, Jackie Eash. We talk about the wonderful wine pairing tasting dinner we recently had at Sea Salt. We discuss many wine topics, such as; how to pair wine with food, how and why did we go from Champagne flutes to drinking sparkling wine in white wine glasses, cliches we'd like to banish …
 
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