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.
Starbucks with Anthony Carroll
22 Mar 11 1
As Starbucks readies to celebrate its 40th anniversary, the company is embarking on a journey into new territory. The recently launched Starbucks Reserve™ line of coffees are rare and exotic single-origin coffees which are "curated to captivate the palates of coffee aficionados with taste notes that enchant and amaze." Billy had the chance to taste these unique coffees at the Starbucks concept store on East Olive Way and Summit Avenue in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle with Green Coffee Quality Manager Anthony Carroll. Needless to say, this ain't your Dad's old Starbucks.
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.
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.
Salumi Artisan Cured Meats
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!
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.
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.
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.
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