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.
Adam Keough - Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - San Francisco
21 Jun 11 0
Absinthe Brasserie and Bar in San Francisco has stood out since opening thirteen years ago. Chef Adam Keough's menu based in simple and elegant French classics is supported by an incredible bar program. Their aim is to please whether you come in a party of six looking fir a dining experience or just drop by alone and pull up a stool for a quick bite.
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.
Balal Hadj - Top of the Mark - San Francisco
31 May 11 0
There is no better place to enjoy a view of San Francisco than at the Top of the Mark at the Mark Hopkins Hotel. With over 100 martinis on the menu and music every night, the place can really swing. General Manager Balal Hadj was Hanging with Harris in Weeper's Corner where many a soldier has said a tearful goodbye to loved ones before shipping out.
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.
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.
Anu Apte - Rob Roy - Seattle
15 Mar 11 0
Having recently been named one of America's best classic cocktail lounges by David Wondrich in USA Today and a must visit bar in Seattle by Seattle Met Magazine, Rob Roy is on its way up. According to Anu Apte, owner and bartender, it has been on the rise ever since she seized the opportunity to buy the business and take it up "a couple notches." Billy had the chance to chat with Anu about Rob Roy and to mix up one of its eponymous cocktails using their hand cracked ice.
Salumi Artisan Cured Meats - Gina Batali
8 Mar 11 0
Meat is delicious! Especially when cut and ground up and cured by Salumi Artisan Cured Meats in Seattle. Gina Batali (you might have heard of her brother Mario Batali) and her husband helped to transform her father Armandino's little sandwich shop from a little sandwich shop into, well, a little sandwich shop that ships artisan cured meats to the best stores and restaurants across the country. They are open four days a week and are packed every one of them. If you are in Seattle, you should pick up a sandwich. If you are are somewhere else, get online and order up some meat!
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.
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.
Keith Barnes - Bainbridge Organic Distillers
15 Feb 11 0
As a passion for fine spirits grows across the country and laws become more lenient, there is a small and growing group of micro-distilleries taking amazingly diverse, high quality products to market. Bainbridge Organic Distillers, run by spirits marketer Keith Barnes and son Patrick, is no exception. Their approach to distilling centers on the organic grains grown in Washington State and the other organic ingredients that create deep flavor in the spirits they distill. This being Billy's first tour of a distillery, Keith was more than happy to tour the facilities and hang with Harris.
Marcel Vigneron - Top Chef
8 Feb 11 0
After finishing second in Top Chef Season Two, Marcel Vigneron has gone on to become one of the most recognized names in the culinary world. With a new series, Marcel's Quantum Kitchen debuting on SyFy in March, he is poised to throw down more amazing creations. He met Billy at an undisclosed location in the Hollywood Hills to give a taste of what's to come.
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!
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.
Border Grill Truck with Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger
19 Jan 11 0
The Too Hot Tamales, Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, started it all. Business partners for over 25 years, they have built a restaurant empire around Border Grill, first opened on Melrose in Los Angeles, and expanded far beyond. Not only that, they are two wonderful people who really love hanging with Harris. So much so, they filled Billy with tacos, quesadillas and delicious Dolce de Leche Churro Balls straight from the Border Grill Truck.
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.
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.
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.
Francesco Lafranconi - New Orleans - 2010
13 Oct 10 0
"We're not drinking. We're learning!" Such is the life of Francesco Lafranconi of Southern Wine and Spirits. He was Hanging with Harris.
Eric Alperin - Tales of the Cocktail 2010 - New Orleans
13 Oct 10 0
Travis Bickle, we mean, Eric Alperin of Varnish Bar in Los Angeles, took time out from his busy schedule sitting by the pool to mix up a cocktail with Billy. He was Hanging with Harris.
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!
Charlotte Voisey - Tales of the Cocktail - New Orleans 2010
13 Oct 10 0
If you don't like elevators, don't watch this video. If you do, and you love cocktails as well, this video is right up your elevator shaft. Charlotte Voisey was Hanging with Harris. Again.
Charlotte Voisey - Margarita in a Gondola - Aspen 2010
12 Oct 10 0
Charlotte Voisey, portfolio ambassador at William Grant and Sons USA, was Hanging with Harris at 11,000 ft during the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen. Have you ever had a margarita in a gondola? Billy has.
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