Weekly Podcast Roundup: December Edition

Tune in for the latest insights from NCB's network of experts. (Close-up image of microphone in podcast studio.)

Listen to the latest episodes of a few of our favorite podcasts. Not only will you laugh, you'll get insider tips into bar, nightclub and restaurant operations, menu programming, promotions, and more by some of the most successful operators, bartenders, mixologists and chefs in our business!

Duffied Live

Take a chef, load him up with humor, talent, and a penchant for saying whatever he wants… Now, you’re #ruizing! Carl Ruiz is a Chef, a restaurateur, a consultant, a radio guy, a riot, and an all-around great dude. That is, as long as you’re on his good side—if not, he'll tell you.

Chef Duffy, host of the hit podcast Duffified Live, met Ruiz when he saw that he was heading to Philadelphia. On a whim, he reached out. The two met for lunch, laughed for two hours, and have been buddies ever since.

On this episode of Duffified Live, Duffy and Ruiz talk about kitchens, TV, staff, operations, food, a love of shopping networks, and Ruiz's odd “relationships” with on-air hosts. The conversation takes a few turns but there's great advice, excellent info, and a bunch of good laughs!

You can find Carl Ruiz on Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games as a judge, and on air with the Opie Radio Podcast. Get ready, New York City, because he’s opening up a new Cuban spot there soon.


Bartender At Large

With coffee culture exploding around the world, Erick Castro and company thought there couldn't be a better time to hang out with global Kahlúa brand ambassador Stephanie Brown and talk about everything from coffee bean cultivation to cold brew. And of course, the conversation wouldn't be complete without an exploration of the history of the Espresso Martini.

Bonus Listen: Life Behind Bars

For decades, Kentucky, Scotland, Ireland and Canada dominated the whiskey business. Few bars carried any whiskeys made anywhere else and that was really just fine with most drinkers. But over the last decade, these distilling stalwarts have been joined by an ever-growing international selection of bottles from India, Japan, Scandinavia, and seemingly everywhere in between.

On this episode of Life Behind Bars, co-hosts David Wondrich and Noah Rothbaum discuss this growing trend, share their favorite international whiskeys, and forecast where they see the business headed. (Spoiler alert: Are you ready for Italian whiskey?) So, pour yourself a good dram and listen to this spirited conversation.