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Culinary Rd.™

Culinary Rd.™

By Justin Melnick, Fred Mullins, & Garret Vandermolen
Chef Justin Melnick and wine experts Fred Mullins and Garret Vandermolen’s weekly discussion of cooking, drinking, music, and travel with guest experts in the fields. Educational and entertaining stories from the Culinary Rd.™
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Put a Fork in Us
It’s dessert first….sort of. Chef and Fred wrap up Season 2 with their thoughts on Last Courses and all that’s great about Spring
March 08, 2022
From CIA to CEO
Ted Wynott the overseer of wine importer The Sorting Table discusses the importance of a good Tortilla and why a case of wine is more than just a box
March 01, 2022
The Kids are Alright
Chef and Garret talk about feeding kids and the immense challenge that is, can't we just move on from chicken fingers? Plus Pea Soup is all that and Fred flakes out
February 22, 2022
Celebrate Good Times! (or don’t)
So this week sees us discussing why Groundhogs Day doesn’t work for Chef & Fred really pushes International Surfing Day, so Happy Valentines Day?
February 15, 2022
There’s something in the “Whey” he moves
The gifted cheese maker Sam Kennedy makes a return visit to Culinary Rd. to discuss blue cheese, happy cows, & his virtual farmer’s market
February 08, 2022
Nuts & Bolts
We go behind the scenes of the industry we call food & beverage and talk what it takes to bring it to the table.
February 01, 2022
This One Will Crack You Up
It’s all about the incredible edible egg this go round. This humble ingredient brings so much to the table. Plus, Chef introduces “if you could have just one”
January 25, 2022
All we are saying is give Peas a chance
In this episode we decided to spotlight veggies. You’re old childhood enemy deserves praise because they are not only good for you but they’re freakin delicious! Also we launch a new segment, “Secret Weapon”
January 18, 2022
Lost in the Sauce
This week Chef, Garret, and Fred get saucy. That’s right we talk shop about sauces; the who, what, why, and Hollandaise is just the best. Plus Fred waxes nostalgic over a classic French dish
January 11, 2022
A Sparkling Conversation
This week, along with our good friend Garret, we dive into the effervescent world of Champagne & it’s peers and of course we talk about our favorite NYE traditions!
December 28, 2021
Three Wisemen?
Yep there’s three of us this go around. Honorary Culinary Rd. panelist and contributor Garret Vandermolen joins in on a discussion of Christmas Favorites, Family Traditions, & Holiday Cheer.
December 21, 2021
The elixir of Italy; often misunderstood and certainly under appreciated. This episode helps clear up common misconceptions & offers up advice on how to enjoy this glorious spirit.
December 14, 2021
Beer Me
Chef & Fred talk beer from Hazy IPA’s to the humble Pilsner
December 07, 2021
Doughnuts… I believe that's all we need to say
Join us as we sit down with the Kamal Grant Founder, Creator, & Owner of the famous Atlanta Bakery, Sublime Doughnuts. Kamal talks about his love of making people happy through baking and, of course, the right way to spell doughnuts.
November 30, 2021
Step Up to The Plate
It's all about that baste! What to serve for Thanksgiving, how to prepare it, and what our favorites are.
November 23, 2021
A Thirst for Thanksgiving
Chef and Fred take this episode down the path of what to drink for Thanksgiving. Whether you need to self medicate, celebrate, or both, we’ve got you covered!
November 16, 2021
Just the two of us
That's right, it's Chef & Fred going Mano a Mano for this episode of the Culinary Rd. Podcast.  Join us for a heated discussion on ice cream, hot sauce history, and more!
November 09, 2021
It's like deja vu all over again
Garret Vandermolen joins us again for a look into the future of the restaurant industry on the other side of these strange times, also Chef & Fred talk about hitting the eject button
November 02, 2021
Put a Wine Pro from Portland in a room with Lebanese Wine & Kasha, what'ya get? Killer Conversation!
Kelly Nelson visits with us and discusses her biggest wine crush  and how to properly enjoy Lamb and Kasha, as well as learning the hard way, all this and more this episode of The Culinary Rd. Podcast
October 26, 2021
Sauvignon Blanc & Sports Illustrated Together at Last
In the Season Two premiere of the Culinary Rd.™ Podcast, we are joined by fitness icon Katrina Scott who chats with us about her go to Vino and being in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.
October 19, 2021
He’s Baaaack!
Garret Vandermolen, our very first guest, proves he’s a glutton for punishment by also being our first repeat guest to close out Season 1. Oh and he shares his expertise on foraging and baller white wines.
August 24, 2021
Riesling is where it’s at!
Top Tier Sommelier Morgan Lacroix shares her love of Riesling and why you should be drinking it, we totally agree. Also Justin and Morgan share a celebrity experience.
August 17, 2021
Oui Chef
Justin’s turn on the mic this time and he nails it, Chef speaks about a favorite pasta to make, Gnocchi, & pairs it up with one of Italy’s best red wines, Sagrantino
August 13, 2021
Who Invited This Guy?
We sit down with one of our own, Fred Mullins to praise the grape Dolcetto(Dole-chet-O) & discuss the glories of slow cooked meats
August 03, 2021
Motor City Pizza meets Negroni
Chef’s good friend Dave Merrill talks Detroit style pizza & Negroni’s and if you don’t already know about these two culinary treasures, you need to
July 27, 2021
Again with the Mezcal?
Fellow Mezcal aficionado and Wine Pro John Gratner sits down with us to talk wild Agave, drinking warm beer, and fermentation.
July 20, 2021
Basque in the Greatness
Our friend and colleague Chris Graeff shines a light on a delightful wine from Basque Country known as Txokalina (Chalk-O-Leen-Ah) and tells us why we should all be enjoying some tinned fish.
July 13, 2021
Over ”a Cheever"
Maybe the only person who understands and loves Greek wine as much as the Greeks do. Take a listen and see what wine phenom Ali Cheevers has to say about Greek wine, uni, and men in tiny swimsuits.
July 06, 2021
Mole & Mezcal Walk into a bar…..
This episode features the one and only Max Toste of Lonestar Boston & Cambridge. Max knows good Mezcal and Mole and he takes us on a trip to Oaxaca while shining a light on these two glorious imports from Mexico.
June 29, 2021
Master Chef, Photographer, & Author
We were lucky enough to sit down with Derek Bissonette, cookbook author, accomplished chef, and now professional photographer, to discuss his journey through food and all of the twists and turns it has taken.
June 22, 2021
Island Living & Hot Chocolate?
This episode features Marnely Murray who talks about life and times on Martha’s Vineyard as a food and social media professional and about a childhood favorite drink that has a major twist!
June 15, 2021
Out in the Sticks
This episode we get to sit down with the affable and talented Nick Salkeld, the owner and brewer of Stick City Brewing Company. Nick discusses being out in the sticks, family camping nostalgia, connecting with nature, giving back, and of course brewing beer.
June 08, 2021
Cocktail Culture
Matt Ferguson joins us for a in depth discussion on Gin & Tonic’s and the beautiful simplicity and flexibility of a charcuterie board
June 01, 2021
Sushi, Sake, & More
This episode features the dynamic Leon Biscoe who talks Sake, Sushi, Knives, and even BBQ(smoking anyway)
May 25, 2021
Solo Italiano
The incredibly knowledgeable and down to earth Ciro Pirone talks Southern Italy’s charm with us, the glory of Fiano, and memories of fishing with his Grandfather.
May 18, 2021
You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down
Carlo Luciano had a budding pizza dynasty that was destroyed by COVID, but that couldn't stop him. A pivot in challenging times led Carlo to being the founder of Culinary Harvest a thriving and truly remarkable farmers/food artisan market
May 11, 2021
What do Nashville, A Guy Named Alex, Chicken, and Boston all have in common?
Alex Nysted went from line cook at age 15 to managing for one of the most important restaurant groups in the US in a few short years and pivoted to pioneering a cult classic southern dish at Pop Ups around Boston with bigger plans ahead
May 04, 2021
The Hardest Working Chef in Cambridge - Jeff Pond
Chef Jeff Pond talks about the man power and tremendous skill it takes to work a wood fired only kitchen, his favorite wine, and where he thinks the industry is headed.
April 27, 2021
Real World Macgyver - Phil Tepfer
Phil Tepfer a non-industry friend of the show and master of just about everything who has eaten at more Michelin Star restaurants than Chef and Fred combined talks Caribbean beer, slow roasted pork and his love of food in general
April 20, 2021
World Class Cheese Cheesemaker - Sam Kennedy
Sam talks us through what led him to become an award winning cheesemaker, what it took to get there and what he likes to drink
April 13, 2021
THE Bill Russell, folks! You know the one that makes cider, wine, & beer...
Bill takes us on a journey from Westport Rivers MA to Normandy to discuss world class cider and one of its best companions Camembert amongst a bevy of other food and beverage topics.
April 06, 2021
The Man, The Myth, The Legend
This weeks adventure leads to the man who launched a thousand careers…..Lorenzo Savona: mentor, wine savant, restaurateur, and all around amazing human being. Lorenzo talks bag in a box wine, Robiola and Chenin Blanc with us amongst many, many other things
March 30, 2021
Everything in it’s Place
In this episode David Mitchell of Mise Wines discusses the glory of Gamay and its “swiss army knife” like quality when it comes to pairing with food and moods, seriously you can pair this wine with anything
March 23, 2021
Baga and Chanfana from Portugal...don’t know what those are, frankly neither did we!
We’re talking Baga and Chanfana with Andrew Bishop of Oz Wine Co.  We get into a fun discussion of baga wine and its use in braising goat in clay pots to make Chanfana
March 16, 2021
The Pilot: Nebbiolo & Pig's Head, Oh My!
We discuss the glories of nose to tail cooking, pork chops, and Nebbiolo, one of Italy’s best and most important grapes, and we add uber talented friend, musician, & wine pro Garret Vandermolen to the mix
March 09, 2021