Shift Drink
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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.

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    Tom Sietsema of The Washington Post on Anonymity, Negronis, and #MeToo in dining

    This week we wig out, literally, with Tom Sietsema, restaurant citic for The Washington Post, hashing out critiquing in the #MeToo era, getting creative with aliases, and retiring his quill and ink for good. Tom, gets some sage advice from kitchen confidant Julia Child, Mathew reminisces over his origins at the SF Chronicle with Michael Bauer, and Eddie blushes red over his negroni.

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    Refugees, Bees Knees, and Feces with Multimedia Journalist Victoria Milko

    This week the shit hits the fan as a hungover Mathew and a second-fiddle Eddie swap stories with D.C.-industry vet and multimedia journalist Victoria Milko. Victoria reminisces on her time in the district, as well as her work abroad, Mathew pines over Chris Pine -- again -- and Eddie reveals his penchant for floral prints.

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    Searching for the Soul of Sake with Jessica Joly of Tokyo Record Bar and Sake Discoveries

    This week we strip down to our skivvies with sake royalty, Jessica Joly of Tokyo Record Bar and Miss Sake USA. Jessica lays bare her favorite sake/street food pairings, the future of sake in America, and the thread leading to her career in the industry. Mathew plots his next lobster hotbox and Eddie forms a Toni Braxton cover band.

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    Michelin, Moxie, and Minutiae with Jenn Knowles of Mirabelle

    This week we set the table for a ‘drinktank’ on finding passions in the details, rebirthing a restaurant, and the truth about mixing your liquors with Jenn Knowles, general manager and beverage director of Mirabelle DC. Jenn doubles as a dining room battlefield medic, Mathew shows off his shaolin taco fist, and Eddie comtemplates jacking the cheese cart.

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    Simple Flavors and Vermut Love with Basque Country Author Marti Buckley

    This week, chef and food correspondent Marti Buckley joins us from the cradle of pintxos and Michelin stars talk about her new cookbook "Basque Country." Eddie and Mathew basque in the glow of fond memories of San Sebastian, while getting the historical skewer on pinxtos, vermouth culture, and Marti’s Southern choir roots.

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    Champagne (Vinegar) Wishes and Caviar Dreams with Sarah and Isaiah of Keepwell Vinegar

    This week we we get taken to therapy over bad mothers, deceptive black garlic, and the fermentation waiting game with Sarah Conezio and Isaiah Billington of Keepwell Vinegar and White Rose Miso. Eddie lusts for a bucket o’ McNuggets dripping in gochujang, Mathew is nothing but Champagne wishes and Caviar Dreams, and Isaiah and Sarah owe Chicago an apology.

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    Bread, Bagels, and Branca with Daniela Moreira of Timber Pizza Co.

    This week we play matchmaker to carbs and cheese, lox and bagels, and fernet and coke, with Daniela Moreira of Timber Pizza Co. and Call Your Mother Deli. Mathew packs his bags for PIZZA CAMP, Eddie dreams of Argentine aperitivo life, and Daniela works through complicated work relationships with her pitching arm.

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    Overrated Cocktails, Interviewing the Masters, Living with Two Spirit Animals with Damon Boelte, of The Speakeasy Podcast and Grand Army Bar

    This week we get dual-flanked by two podcasting greats, Damon Boelte of The Speakeasy podcast and our very own Jack Inslee of Full Service Radio. We breakdown many-a-cocktail, including the perfect martini, the overrated aviation, the doubly-garnished manhattan, and the hard start shot. Damon reminisces on jamming with King Cocktail, Jack recounts his favorite interviews, Alison represents the rickey, and Eddie forgets all his lines.

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    The New American Knife, Putting Steel to Stone, and Honing a Brand with District Cutlery Edge Master Derek Swanson

    This week we cut a swath through the studio with co-founder and edge master of District Cutlery, Derek Swanson. We put a knife-point on the future of American knife-making, re-honing a businesses direction, and humble beginnings. Mathew takes off his cutlery training wheels, Eddie pays tribute to the Gold standard in food criticism, and Derek lives his best day off. Oh, and everyone gets ICED.

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    Overcoming the Hiccups, Living the Startup Life, and The Beauty in Simplicity with Tory Pratt, Founder of TRUE Syrups and Garnishes

    This week we double up on the entrepreneuses with guest host Kat Hamidi of Capitoline Vermouth and Tory Pratt of TRUE Syrups and Garnishes as we discuss the move from international to pre-prohibition, the fine line in educating your customers, and the perils of peeling ginger. Kat puts the “mansplainers” on notice, Tory picks her Philly favorite, and Eddie sends much love out to a Greg in North Dakota

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