The Messy Epicure

The Messy Epicure

By Jason Horn
Taking on everything messy—morally, ethically, politically—in food and drink
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Episode 2: Is Tiki Racist? with Mariah Kunkel
A rum drink in your hand, a pu-pu platter of fried delights in front of you, tropical music, fern wallpaper...what could be messy about tiki bars? More than you might think. My guest is Mariah Kunkel, a spirits marketing pro of indigenous Chamorro heritage and founder of Pasifika Project, a hospitality and spirits industry focused organization that is dedicated to the support and promotion of individuals of Pacific Islander descent, and aims to provide a much-needed platform for voices within the trade on Oceanic cultures and causes. LINKS: Pasifika Project: https://www.pasifikaproject.com/ Brooklyn Gin: http://www.brooklyngin.com/ Banhez Mezcal: https://www.banhezmezcal.com/ Banhez Mezcal Oaxacan Futures program: http://tenangrypitbulls.com/ejutla Dia del Mezcalero: https://www.diadelmezcalero.com/ Doom Tiki: https://www.instagram.com/doomtikinyc/ Chamorro restaurant Prubechu: https://www.prubechu.com/ King Tai: http://www.kingtaibar.com/ White supremacists and Hawaiian shirts: https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-the-extremist-boogaloo-boys-wear-hawaiian-shirts-11591635085 All about Your Fave Is Problematic: https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/mvnkpv/brief-look-back-at-your-fave-is-problematic Theme music: Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5011-upbeat-forever License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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June 30, 2020
Episode 1: Maggie Campbell on Exclusion in Booze
For The Messy Epicure's very first show ever(!), my guest is Maggie Campbell, rum distiller, all-around drinks expert and strong voice for the underrepresented in the drinks world. We talk about coming to grips with the history of slavery and colonization in making liquor, who gets held up as the "face" of booze brands, and why liquor distributors are full of dinosaurs. But also some more upbeat, fun stuff, too! SPECIAL THANKS: Gladys Horiuchi of the Wine Institute (https://wineinstitute.org/) and Dr. Bart Watson of the Brewers Association (https://www.brewersassociation.org/) LINKS: Maggie's distillery Privateer Rum: https://privateerrum.com/ ZAFA Wines, home of Black winemaker Krista Scruggs: https://zafawines.com/ Rebel Rebel wine bar in Somerville, Mass.: https://www.rebelrebelsomerville.com/ Meers Burger in Meers, Okla.: https://www.facebook.com/MeersBurger/ Theme music: Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5011-upbeat-forever License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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June 24, 2020