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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    Pony and a Pop: Bonus Episode with David Zilber of Noma’s Fermentation Lab

    Need an extra shifty for the road now that the holiday season is upon us? We’ve got you covered with a bonus Shift Drink featuring David Zilber, head of Noma’s Fermentation Lab. We caught up with David after his booktalk with Rene Redzepi, hashing out his role as Noma’s ferment-ologist, a garbage photographer, and a collaborative food innovator.

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    The Many Hats and Flames of Hearth-tender Ben Eisendrath of Grillworks

    This week we stoke the embers of innovation, visit the red planet, and unearth the Promethean origins of Ben Eisendrath of Grillworks. Ben flexes his photog muscles, Mathew rehabilitates from his hamburglar past, and Eddie defends mumbo, the midwest, and everything 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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