Sondra Bernstein, owner of “the girl & the fig” restaurant in Sonoma, hosts this weekly podcast along with her friend Brian Casey, veteran of the hospitality industry for over 30 years. They discuss all aspects of the food world, from seeds and beans to fries and foie gras. “If you can eat it, we want to talk about it”. Guests include famous chefs, food critics, local farmers, cheese makers and mushroom foragers. No subject is “off the table”. Sometimes controversial but always delicious.
We welcome Rob Larman, long-time Sonoma chef, owner of Cochon Volant BBQ Smoke House. Rob’s chef history includes stints at Magnolia Place, Sausalito’s Casa Madrona, Rob’s Rib Shack and La Poste. During this time, Rob has slowly created his own style of Smoked meats, not influenced be either Texas or Tennessee BBQ. In this episode we talk about Rob’s history as a chef, BBQ and smoking, catering, cuts of meat, favorite restaurants, food delivery services, having a neighborhood restaurant and his house-made sauces.
We dive into Rob’s recent appearance in Food Network’s popular show, Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives where his brisket, ribs and fried chicken are featured.
To enjoy Robs BBQ, visit Cochon Volant BBQ Smoke House located at 18350 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma, CA 95476. (707) 509-5480. The restaurant is open Thursday – Monday from 11 am – 9 pm.
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EP27: Nile Zacherle created Mad Fritz after 25 years of home brewing. Nile Zacherle first began his journey into fermented beverages in 1990 at the age of 18 when he and his father brewed their first batch of beer at home. What began as a father/son home project continued to evolve until he transitioned his schooling from a focus in art and design to a BS in Fermentation Science at UC Davis. While at UC Davis, Nile completed the Master Brewers program passing the 2 day exam issued by the IOBD (Institute of Brewing and Distilling based in the UK) in 1996.Nile currently makes wine for David Arthur Vineyards on Pritchard Hill in the Napa Valley. Nile’s wife Whitney brings a depth of knowledge from the wine industry and business skills while handling all farming operations and general management at Mad Fritz. This was an in depth conversation about Mad Fritz’s orgin beers and the creativity that goes into making them.
Visit at Mad Fritz Tap Room is located at 1282B vidovich Ave in St Helena California