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
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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.
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.
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.
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.