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Welcome to the debut of Shift Drink! Long hours on sore feet and wearied coworkers cramped side-by-side in the pursuit of perfection is typical in the service industry. But it isn’t until the final diner has gone and the last tab is closed; when there are no more pots to scrub or glasses to polish; that’s when the first shift drinks are poured and the stories start to flow. Every week, Eddie Kim and Mathew Ramsey will share a shift drink and swap war stories from behind the line with chefs, bartenders, bakers, brewers, and anyone who touches this all-encompassing industry. Un-edited, no-holds-bar, and personal, these brief moments bleed into life stories, past and future aspirations, philosophy, life lessons and every shot in between.

This show records and broadcasts LIVE on Full Service Radio from the lobby of the LINE DC in Adams Morgan, Washington DC.

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    Reunion and Rivalry in Koreatown with Chefs Deuki Hong and Esther Choi

    This week we put on a Korean double-feature with chef siblings-in-arms Esther Choi (mokbar and Miss Yu, NYC) and Deuki Hong (Sunday Bird, SF). The cross-country reunion sparks discussion on staying connected to one’s passion, satiating a bong appetite, and owning the “a” word -- "authenticity." Esther stokes a sibling rivalry, Deuki lives his best glamping life, Eddie finds milk in the banana stand, and Mathew balks at being called a banana split.

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    Can Chefs Mei Lin and Jon Yao Bring Old Memories to New LA?

    This week we do a City of Angels "bang bang," with LA chefs Mei Lin of the newly minted Nightshade and James Beard-nominated Jon Yao of Kato. We reminisce on childhood foods, navigate the celebrity chef limelight, compare camaraderie in LA vs. DC, and cut deep into kitchen accidents. Jon contemplates a life as a La Croix-somm, Mei prefers to cook hearts -- not break them, Mathew finds love in his coconut, and Eddie learns the art of back-to-back dining.

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    Ice Cream and the Art of Rooftop Maintenance with D.C.’s Milk Cult

    This week we join forces with D.C.’s double dragons of ice cream, Ed Cornell and Patrick Griffith of Milk Cult, to take down the innovation/boredom balance, tapping into cult classics, and the art of rooftop maintenance. Ed and Patrick take us through a Hole in the Sky, Eddie belabors ear holes, and Mathew reminisces on corndog glory holes.

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    No Creative Still Waters for Cult Brewers Brian Strumke and Mike Van Hall

    This week nomadic beer cultist Brian Strumke and visual disrupter Mike Van Hall of Stillwater Artisanal search for creative rules to break, from flipping the sacred to Action Bronson collabs. Mike and Brian hate on coriander and triangles, Mathew mourns the death of Jon Snow, and Eddie feels the wet-nat

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    Daniel Boulud -- Michelin Chef, Crab Smuggler, Viper Bootlegger

    This week legendary French Chef Daniel Boulud confesses some of his more illicit activities down on the hometown farm, cooking for his icon Jacques Pepin, and true egg-celence. Daniel gets Tina Turnt-up, Mathew and Chef Boulud develop a lasting “frenchip” over cooking for mom, and Eddie contracts the itch to bring crab shacks to the city of lights.

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    Intelligent Design In D.C.’s Ecosystem with Edit Lab

    In our 50th AND sadly, FINAL episode... designers Lauren Winter and Brian Miller of Edit Lab manifest their own destinations, one neighborhood at a time. Lauren and Brian embrace the imperfect, Eddie and Mathew throw design trends at the wall to see what sticks, and Alexya presses the big red button to initiate our conscious uncoupling

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    Little Little Chef Cagla in the Middle

    This week we crack open one of D.C’s most central, but looked over, badasses in the kitchen, Green Almond Pantry’s Cagla Onal. Cagla stocks our cupboard with goodies fit for the soul, but made for her daughter, and recounts choosing onions over economics. Mathew looks for the green hook-up, and Eddie goes full-Korean over Turkish-BBQ.

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    Chicago’s Bad Hunter Fashions #LifeGarnishes From Lemons

    This week, the Bad Hunter bar crew/dance troupe brings nothing but good vibes all the way from Chicago and talks about their path to phoenix-ing from a grease fire, house rules with Bruno Mars, and #LifeGarnishes. Bad Hunter swipes right on D.C., Mathew swipes left on deep dish, and Eddie is OK with being not OK.

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    Tail Up Goat’s Bill Jensen and Bon Jovi, On a Bed of Rosés

    This week we visit the glitz, glamour, and denim of wine with Bill Jensen of James Beard Award-nominated Tail Up Goat. Bill doubles-down on a storied D.C. neighborhood, Mathew gets a little brown on his nose, and Eddie pines for big beers -- and he cannot lie.

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    How Max Kuller Stays Forever Young and Hungry in the Industry

    This week we take the leap -- or just fall head first -- with Max Kuller, owner of Estadio, on his technicolor interests, somm-ing as a vegetarian, and breathing new life into old concepts. Max breaks down the short and long of his “rice program,” Eddie cleans up “Doggy-style,” and Mathew “screws the Pooch.”

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