Go Beyond The Plate: An Interview with Kappy from the podcast Beyond The Plate.

Kate and Rick interview Andrew “Kappy” Kaplan, the host and executive producer of one of the newest and hottest podcasts in the culinary world. On Beyond The Plate, Kappy sits down with the world’s culinary elite to explore their journey into the industry and the social impact they have made in their community. All the chefs you’ve heard Rick and Kate obsess over, well, Kappy gets to interview all of them. DO YOU HEAR? ALL OF THEM! Kappy talks about his early days working with some of your favorite celebrity chefs, and his journey into the food world long before anyone heard of the Food Network. Find out how a guy who has access to some of the best chefs and food in the world stays healthy. Can you guess what five things are always on his shopping list? And how do you go beyond the plate in your own life and make the world a better place. Kappy currently serves as the VP of Culinary Operations for the Rachael Ray brand. He is the Co-Founder and Director of Rachael Ray’s cooking and kids charity, Yum-o! In addition to being a professionally trained chef having earned a culinary degree from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Kappy served as a project manager for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, overseeing the headline events including Kidz Kitchen and Burger Bash.

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Find our more about Kappy and his podcast here!

Getting Schooled: Kate and Rick’s Love/Hate Relationship with Fish

There is definitely nothing fishy going on in this episode. If you like fish, don’t like fish, or somewhat enjoy fish, this episode has something for you. Kate and Rick talk about why fish can be an important and healthy addition to your diet, and why fish are amazing animals. Rick and Kate each share a story from their childhood that forever changed their relationship to this important protein. Did you know your lipstick might contain fish? Did you know that some fish can changes sexes? They include lots of these fun facts (and some not-so-fun facts) in their extended Did You Know section. Kate visits with a friend who is raising tilapia, and both Rick and Kate take you to the world famous Pike Street Fish Market in Seattle for their famous tossing of the fish. And really, what does "fresh" mean nowadays?

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Cheese, Glorious Cheese: Kate and Rick’s Favorite Food

Why is cheese so good and why do people love it? Hopefully Kate and Rick can provide some insight into the phenomenon of cheese, glorious cheese. To be honest, they are very excited about this topic and will definitely appear partisan. How does cheese satisfy a primal need within us? What role does cheese play in the survival of the species? Ever heard of Cheese.com? Well, Kate and Rick will introduce you to it and how it will be answer to all your dreams and fantasies. They also take you on a site visit to Beecher’s Cheese, located at the the historic Pike Street Market in Seattle, Washington. Also, do you know what animals people milk for cheese? Well buckle up people! Go get a glass of wine and your favorite cheese - a lot is coming at you in this episode!

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Did You See That?!: Rick’s Issues Around Restaurant Food Safety

Do you think about the hygiene practices of servers in restaurants? No? Well, Rick spends an inordinate amount of time concerning himself with this issue and he has lots of questions. Should a server be chewing as they exit the kitchen? When should hand washing happen? Exactly how much face touching is appropriate? Kate opens up her counseling couch to help Rick figure it out. Also, Skyler Schrempp, who joined in on a previous episode about restaurant etiquette, weighs in with her behind-the-scenes opinions. They also cover exactly how many chemicals are in a fast food shake, what’s on your fast food salad, and some fascinating info about the cleanliness of spices.

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Welcome, 2019!: What’s coming up, Christmas meals, and end of days

The fourth (!) season of You Won’t Believe What I Ate Last Night begins with Kate and Rick offering a preview of what’s coming up this year, a discussion about their (very different) Christmas meals, Marianne Williamson, Nostradamus, and more. As part of their ongoing restaurant review series, they visit Bobby Flay’s Mediterranean-inspired Gato in New York.

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I'm Positive It's Not Me: Managing Other People's Energy

What do you do when other people’s energy invades your space? How do you protect your own vibe? Have you cultivated the habit of negative or positive thinking? In this episode Kate and Rick talk about specific ways that other people’s energy can affect you. They cover how to protect your own energy, and how to manage the energy you receive from other people including the annoying woman behind you in line at the bank. They end with a simple exercise to protect your personal space as you go through the world.

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Slowing Down Fast Food: An Interview with Vicki Shanta Retelny

What's so bad about fast food anyway? How much is too much? Is any amount okay? In this episode Kate and Rick talk to Lifestyle Nutritionist and author Vicki Shanta Retelny about fast food and how to indulge in it mindfully (if you choose to).  Vicki offers great advice about quality calories vs. empty calories, maintaining flexibility in your eating habits, and the ripple effect of how what you eat affects the people in your life.

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Find out more about Vicki here.

Hot Topics: Melissa McCarthy, Rebel Wilson, AND the Homeless 

Have you seen Melissa McCarthy in her new movie Can You Ever Forgive Me? Well, Rick and Kate have, and they have opinions on the presence of large women in films. What was Rebel Wilson really thinking when she made a plus-size blunder on Twitter promoting her film Isn’t it Romantic? What role can we all take in feeding those less fortunate? Wanna know what they claim is "the new kale", the next hot dish at KFC, and why millennials are upset about one of NBC’s most popular sitcoms? Rick and Kate have it all covered. Our first Hot Topics, people!

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Water: Suck It Up!

We all know how essential water is for our health. Do you drink enough? How much water should you be consuming daily? Kate and Rick chat about the importance of this amazing fluid and how it is crucial to our health, weight, and digestion. Do you prefer hot or cold water, and is there a benefit to one? Also, they discuss the energetic and spiritual properties of water, and how they might apply to managing the journey with eating well.

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Behave Yourself!: An Interview About Restaurant Etiquette With Skyler Schrempp

If you dine out this is your episode! What are the things you do and don’t do that help your server? Are you a dirty plate stacker? How long do you take to order while your server is standing patiently waiting? Kate and Rick have the answers for you. Their guest Skyler Schrempp has been in the restaurant industry for over 15 years and offers many great insights from the point of view of your server. They also cover tipping: go high? go low? before tax? after tax? Also, why you should be comfortable sending your meal back if you’re dissatisfied. Think that splitting that bill with 6 different credit cards is simple and easy? You may want to rethink that. And do you know the one very important issue any parent who brings their child to a restaurant should be concerned about?

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Chocolate: Good or Bad? And Do We Care?

Why should we be eating chocolate—ASIDE FROM THE OBVIOUS? With Halloween fast approaching, Kate and Rick discuss the health benefits of this ancient, dark nectar, from its historical beginnings in current day Central America to its popularity during Halloween and other American holidays. They also discuss the largest chocolate bunny ever made and how many cups the great Montezuma reportedly drank every day. Do you know who invented the chocolate chip cookie and how much the original recipe was sold for? How many pieces of candy a standard pillow case can hold? You are going to want to know this for your trick-or-treaters! Also, do you know how chocolate almost killed Winston Churchill? Hint: It is NOT how you think.

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Food Trends for 2019: Awesome or Suspicious?

What will you be eating in the coming year? Cauliflower ice cream? Canned fished salad? Moringa? What’s moringa, you ask? Kate and Rick have the answer to that question along with the experts' predictions for food trends in 2019. From the rise of vinegar drinks to the staying power of quinoa to the science of Ayurveda, Rick and Kate cover what seems interesting, and more importantly, what seems suspicious. Also, find out what’s trending for Kate in the future, and how Rick feels about how his eating habits have been trending for the last several years.

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Coffee Makes the World Go Round: Kate and Rick Get Brewed and Caffeinated

Rick and Kate get to the bottom of the age-old question: Is coffee good for you or bad for you? Do you consume one of the estimated 4 million cups of coffee per day in the US? How much coffee is too much? Come find out as Rick and Kate sip coffee. Sure, coffee can get you going in the morning and drain your wallet, but it can also provide much needed health benefits while helping to decrease the risk of many common diseases. And just when you think coffee can’t get any fancier, it does! On a recent trip to Seattle, Kate and Rick visit a Starbucks Reserve - the coffee giant’s latest expansion of its premium brand - for a tasting.  One of them really likes coffee and the other doesn’t (hint: his name rhymes with sick, which is what the coffee tasting made him). They introduce you to a few of Starbucks’ coffee flights and brewing methods such as pour overs, clover pressing, and nitrogen infusion. Also, find out how coffee can help your breath, and how to take a "coffee nap".

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Forty Winks: Sleep and Its Role in Our Health

How did you sleep last night? Rick had a rough one and Kate, as usual, slept well. In this episode, Kate and Rick cover how sleep (or lack thereof) affects your weight, health and well-being. Do you delay sleep? Does your partner’s sleeping affect yours? Have you considered how sleep deprivation affects your doctor’s capabilities? Well, Kate and Rick have and it’s not pretty. Do you know what the record for the longest period without sleep is? Kate and Rick also hear that better sleep makes you more likely to be wealthier and happy, but they are not buying it.

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Cannabis Cocktails: An Interview with Mixologist and Cannabis Alchemist Warren Bobrow

What’s that? You've never infused alcohol with cannabis?  Well, Rick and Kate’s guest has. And he wrote a book to teach you how to do it yourself: "Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics". Warren Bobrow is a trained chef, mixologist, and Cocktail Whisperer, and he's here to talk about his journey to becoming a Cannabis Alchemist. Did you know that in the 1800’s alcohol was a way to preserve cannabis? Warren talks with your hosts about medicinal and healing properties of cannabis, why you might choose to infuse cannabis into alcohol instead of food, which strains go with which alcohols, and the process of decarbing the cannabis so it has an effect when turned into a cocktail. They also touch on what’s legal (and not). Warren is a 5-time published author and was a Speaker at SXSW 2018 Conference and Festival. He has written articles for Forbes.com, Saveur magazine, Vodka magazine, Chilled, Prohbtd, and many other national and global periodicals. He was nominated for a Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award in 2013, was a Ministry of Rum Judge in 2010 and a Rum XP judge in 2017, and was in the Saveur Magazine "100" in 2010. 

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London, Sicily, and Food. OH MY!: Rick and Kate Eat Abroad. Again!

Well, Rick and Kate have done it again! They ate fabulous meals abroad and are here to share them with you! Rick and his sister cover the island of Sicily, from its fresh vegetables, to its famous market, to its delicacy of cuttlefish. Kate brings the highlights from London, but more importantly, brings the long awaited debut of her mom on the podcast. You’ve heard her wisdom, now hear her voice! Rick interviews a restaurateur from one of Palermo‘s fine dining restaurants about what makes the restaurant he runs with his two brothers so special. Grab a glass of wine, and put your feet up (or we know some of you like to go for a run) and enjoy their travel and food highlights from Europe.

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Fired Up!: Kate and Rick Talk Grilling

Are you ready to break out the grill? It’s that time of the year and Kate and Rick talk about their favorite things to grill. They cover the history of grilling, discuss the difference between grilling and barbecue, and offer thoughts on gas vs. electric grill. Also, they offer Do’s and Don’ts while grilling. Do you know how many hotdogs are consumed on the 4th of July? How the first grill was created? What grill issues send people to the emergency room? Kate and Rick have the answers.

 

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What We Ate in DC: Kate and Rick On the Town

Rick and Kate have two words for you: Kwame and Croatia. Join Kate and Rick as they take you on a tour of Top Chef Season 13 competitor Kwame Onwuachi’s new restaurant and a Croatian hot-spot restaurant, both of which are two of DC’s most exciting restaurants. Kith/Kin, Kwame’s stylish restaurant along Washington D.C.’s newly developed waterfront area The Wharf, offers food that celebrates his heritage ranging from Nigeria and Jamaica to West Africa and the Caribbean. Ambar, a Croatian restaurant in the Capitol Hill area, offers one of the best deals going while allowing you to sample and learn about Croatian specialties. And we know you have been dying to know exactly how many “insect fragments” the FDA allows in an average jar of peanut butter, and Rick and Kate have the answers in their Did You Know tidbit. Also, do you know these food phobias: Lachanophobia? Alliumphobia? You will after this episode.

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