CONSUMED with Jaime Lewis
CONSUMED Live #1 out now

CONSUMED Live #1 out now

October 12, 2022

Recorded live August 31, 2022, CONSUMED Live featured host Jaime Lewis in conversation with brewers Matt Brynildson of Firestone-Walker Brewing and Max Montgomery of There Does Not Exist; and founder of Topa Topa Brewing Company Jack Dyer.

 

Available for purchase at letsgetconsumed.com.

Food photographer Mary Lagier, San Luis Obispo, CA

Food photographer Mary Lagier, San Luis Obispo, CA

September 1, 2022

Mary Lagier's food photography has appeared in multiple print publications, and some of her clients include the Magnolia Network, The Infatuation, Hungryroot, and King Arthur Baking. But her background isn’t in photography or media: actually it’s in computer engineering. Mary chatted with me about her natural engineering and math-minded qualities, the way the pandemic made several (good) decisions for her, and she even gave some tips on how to take good food photos with a smartphone.

Website: marylagier.com

Instagram: @marylagier

SLO Provisions owners Steve Bland + Dwyne Willis, San Luis Obispo, CA

SLO Provisions owners Steve Bland + Dwyne Willis, San Luis Obispo, CA

September 1, 2022

Southern gentlemen Dwyne Willis and Steve Bland are spouses and business partners who own and operate SLO Provisions. Their menu includes rotisserie chicken, pulled pork, bocadillo, devilied eggs, biscuits, porchetta, and locally-famous salt and vinegar chips. Everything is crazy-high quality, flavorful — and with the ambiance to match. We talked about the realities of modern restaurant ownership, the Silver Palate, and favorite cookbooks. Find SLO Provisions' recipe for Kale Cauliflower Caesar Salad at letsgetconsumed.com.

Website: sloprovisions.com

Instagram: @sloprovisions

Julia Child Foundation chair Eric Spivey, Montecito, CA

Julia Child Foundation chair Eric Spivey, Montecito, CA

September 1, 2022

Julia Child, the godmother of American cuisine, spent the final years of her life in Montecito, California, just up Highway 101 from where I live in San Luis Obispo. She was a big fan of Santa Barbara and the Central Coast, and she invested her energy here until her death in 2004. Since then, her longtime friend Eric Spivey has grown the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts into a purposeful organization that consults with media like the recent documentary “Julia” and the HBO Max series, also called “Julia.” The foundation also presents the Julia Child Award in Washington DC, in association with the Smithsonian Museum, and makes grants to those who influence the way America cooks, eats and drinks. I visited Eric in his Montecito home and indulged in a bit of Julia lore. I also learned about ongoing events like Taste of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience. 

 

Websites: juliachildfoundation.org, sbce.events

Instagram: @juliachildfoundation, @sbculinaryexperience

Harvestly co-owner Lauryn Luescher, San Luis Obispo, CA

Harvestly co-owner Lauryn Luescher, San Luis Obispo, CA

September 1, 2022

Right before the pandemic hit, a little company called Harvestly started up in San Luis Obispo County. In essence, Harvestly is the farmer’s market, brought home to you. On the website, you can pick and choose from items that are in-season, grown and made by local farmers and producers — then pay and wait for the delivery to arrive. Think of it like Instacart with a heart, from dirt to your door. Co-owner Lauryn Leuscher stops by to describe how Harvestly got started, how it works, and how, with any luck, it will take over the world.

Website: harvestly.co

Instagram: @harvestly.co

Seaweed forager Spencer Marley, Cayucos, CA

Seaweed forager Spencer Marley, Cayucos, CA

September 1, 2022

Seaweed authority Spencer Marley hosts foraging tours along Highway 1 that have been covered by huge media outlets. My family took a tour, and Spencer taught us all about local seaweed, and he even prepared us bowls of a simple seaweed ramen on his campstove, right there on the beach. Here, Spencer talks about how he came to love the ocean, and love teaching people about seaweed.

Website: marleyfamilyseaweeds.com

”The Biggest Little Farm” film, Molly Chester, Apricot Lane Farms, Moorpark, CA

”The Biggest Little Farm” film, Molly Chester, Apricot Lane Farms, Moorpark, CA

September 1, 2022

The 2019 documentary “The Biggest Little Farm" followed John and Molly Chester as they left their busy lives in Los Angeles to build a farm on dead land in Moorpark, California. John and Molly regenerated and reclaimed what was barren into a very alive, healthy, and abundant place. The story of Apricot Lane Farm, aka the Biggest Little Farm, won lots of awards and lots of hearts, including mine. John and Molly also have a follow-up film on Disney Plus called The Biggest Little Farm: The Return, and they’re currently filming a 12-part series, also for Disney Plus.  My kids and I traveled down to Moorpark to meet Molly Chester and talk about how she and John arrived at Apricot Lane Farm, and about the deep truths that emerge in regenerative agriculture, if we’re willing to see them.

Websites: apricotlanefarms.com; biggestlittlefarmmovie.com

Instagram: @apricotlanefarms

Cannabis and CBD edibles with April Worley of Mender, Atascadero, CA

Cannabis and CBD edibles with April Worley of Mender, Atascadero, CA

September 1, 2022

April Cole Worley is the owner of Mender, a company that makes and sells CBD-based body care products and edibles. Based out of Atascadero, California, April has hustled hard for several years to educate folks on the benefits of CBD-based products, including her most recent venture into candy-making with renowned New York confectioner Michael Fertucci. The result is a product that Mender calls “calming sweets” — 25 milligrams of a one-to-one formulation of CBD and CBG.  April explains the difference between CBD, CBG and THC, and talks about the first time she smoked pot, the inequality of cannabis legalization, and the beauty of caring for oneself.

Website: mender.shop

Instagram: @mender.shop

Booker Vineyard winemaker-farmer Eric Jensen, Paso Robles, CA

Booker Vineyard winemaker-farmer Eric Jensen, Paso Robles, CA

September 1, 2022

Eric Jensen is the man behind Booker Wines, My Favorite Neighbor and Harvey & Harriet Wines, Eric grew up in southern California, and went on to be a real estate developer and concert promoter before heading for the hills of Paso Robles. Eric spent his formative years as a winemaker in the company of Paso Robles pillars like Stephan Asseo of L’Aventure Winery and Justin Smith of Saxum. He and Booker Wines have wound up on just about every best-of list out there, from Wine Spectator to Forbes to Food & Wine and many others. We talked about Eric’s work with Must! Charities, a powerful nonprofit that benefits the communities where wine is made, as well as the space at Booker’s tasting room in Paso Robles.

 

Websites: bookerwines.com; mustcharities.org

Instagram: @bookerwines; @must.charities

Backyard chicken expert Barbara Bullock, San Luis Obispo, CA

Backyard chicken expert Barbara Bullock, San Luis Obispo, CA

September 1, 2022

Anyone who’s had backyard chickens in San Luis Obispo has probably heard of Barbara Bullock. For me, I knew her only as “Barbara the Chicken Whisperer” — I even had her in my phone that way — because she helped me with my backyard flock when we had chickens at our old house years ago. Barbara knows just about everything there is to know about chickens, from what they like to eat, what’s toxic for them, setback and noise rules for having a coop, dominant predators, and what the noises they make mean. She currently has 25 birds of her own in her backyard, so she’s also an encyclopedia of ideas for cooking with eggs. Listen to Barbara talk about her childhood on the ranch, her gorgeous garden (sponsored by chicken poop), and how she instills a love of chickens in young people through 4H. 

Instagram: @nightfeather_poultry

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