The Weekend Starts Now, Episode One: Bachelor Farmer

Becca Dilley Photography

Becca Dilley Photography

The Weekend Starts Now taped its first show in the beautiful Afghan Room at The Bachelor Farmer on Thursday, May 28.

This weekly podcast is a joint project of The Heavy Table and Secrets of the City, and it covers art, music, food, drink, culture, and more in the Upper Midwest. If you’d like to join us for either of our next two tapings, we’ll be at Chef Shack Ranch on Monday, June 8, and at PUBLIC kitchen + bar on Tuesday, June 23. Tickets: Chef Shack Ranch | PUBLIC kitchen + bar

You can follow and listen to the show on Soundcloud, or play the show (or individual segments) by following the links below. And you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

This show’s musical selections are from two great local groups, The Federales and their album Blues, Bourbon & Burritos and the original soundtrack for Maid of Gold by Pear. 夫婦 on the Always Human Tapes label.
Becca Dilley Photography

Becca Dilley Photography

Our podcast is brought to you by Annie B’s Popcorn and Caramels. Annie B’s has been handcrafting caramels and popcorn in small batches since 1978. Their products are all-natural, gluten-free, and made in Minnesota. Get a onetime discount of 20 percent off any order at anniebs.com with the promocode “Weekend.” Offer expires 8/31/15.

Hear the whole episode here, or go segment-by-segment …

SEGMENT 1: INTRODUCTION

Taylor and James re-introduce the show to the live audience and to you, our podcast listeners.

Becca Dilley Photography

Becca Dilley Photography

SEGMENT 2: ERIC DAYTON AND PAUL BERGLUND

Bachelor Farmer owner and chef Eric Dayton and Paul Berglund (respectively) dive into the nitty-gritty of the new North and the reinvention of food and drink in the Upper Midwest.

Becca Dilley Photography

Becca Dilley Photography

SEGMENT 3: THREE THINGS

James talks up Hickory Hut wings, the braised pulled pork at Cafe Racer Kitchen, and cheese wheel cakes; Taylor salutes Hiatus: A Future Soul Monthly, Trash Film Debauchery, and Mad-Max-style attacks on pedal pubs.

Becca Dilley Photography

Becca Dilley Photography

SEGMENT 4: SARAH PETERS

Sarah Peters from Northern Spark talks up the unique all-night festival and the subsequent Bachelor Farmer / Al’s Breakfast pancake feed.

SEGMENT 5: SUMMER FESTIVAL APPROVAL MATRIX

Taylor introduces and breaks down his somewhat scientific Summer Festival Approval Matrix, in case you were wondering what festivals to throw your time and / or money at this year.

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James Norton

James Norton is editor and co-founder of the Heavy Table. He is also the co-author of Lake Superior Flavors, the co-author of a book about Wisconsin’s master cheesemakers, and a regular on-air contributor to Minnesota Public Radio.

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