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.
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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