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As we wrap it up we hear about the literal “circus” at the restaurant that put him over the edge, his reflections after leaving and finally one of my favorite parts, some advice for us as diners to help make the experience great. As he describes it, it is a dance and not a fight and when those come together between staff and guest, its magical.

"Nicholas Butler’s 'foodoir' is the first-hand account of changing from a career path as a college professor into waiting tables at one of Phoenix’s most respected restaurants. 'A Year In Waiting' connects to all readers by exploring the delights and prejudices of the restaurant industry, finding inspiration through carefully sourced ingredients, and offering discovery as a coping mechanism over disillusionment during the massive layoffs and unemployment of 2020."

 

Publish Date: 3/5/2021


In this new series "Behind The Pint" presented by The Arizona Beer Book we will hear the story of over 2 dozen iconic Arizona beers. These conversations were recorded in 2019 during the creation of The Arizona Beer Book for the purpose of research and were never intended to be released.

This one is bittersweet. Before closing its doors in 2020 Mother Bunch was one of our favorite spots. In this episode owner Julie and brewer Omar (now owner of La Pequena Brewing) tell the story behind their beloved McBrides Irish Red. Enjoy!



Publish Date: 3/3/2021


In the previous part we got to know all the players in this fine dining game. Now we focus on the execution of the game plan which, as you’ll hear, takes a toll on you. Nick shares the struggles of learning all of this while still trying to maintain a marriage AND a career as a college professor.

"Nicholas Butler’s 'foodoir' is the first-hand account of changing from a career path as a college professor into waiting tables at one of Phoenix’s most respected restaurants. 'A Year In Waiting' connects to all readers by exploring the delights and prejudices of the restaurant industry, finding inspiration through carefully sourced ingredients, and offering discovery as a coping mechanism over disillusionment during the massive layoffs and unemployment of 2020."



Publish Date: 2/25/2021


In this new series "Behind The Pint" we will hear the story of over 2 dozen iconic Arizona beers. These conversations were recorded in 2019 during the creation of The Arizona Beer Book for the purpose of research and were never intended to be released.

In this episode we hear the story of the most iconic beer in Arizona, if not the entire Southwest, Kilt Lifter from Four Peaks Brewing Company. Pioneers of the American craft beer revolution Four Peaks has sealed their spot in beer history and Kilt Lifter has played a major role in that. Even today, it makes up 60% of their production. Enjoy this episode! 



Publish Date: 2/15/2021


You ever wonder what it takes to execute on the highest culinary level? Well, this chapter is for you. In this part author Nicholas Butler explores each role within a restaurant essential to reaching excellence. My favorite chapter of the whole book!

"Nicholas Butler’s 'foodoir' is the first-hand account of changing from a career path as a college professor into waiting tables at one of Phoenix’s most respected restaurants. 'A Year In Waiting' connects to all readers by exploring the delights and prejudices of the restaurant industry, finding inspiration through carefully sourced ingredients, and offering discovery as a coping mechanism over disillusionment during the massive layoffs and unemployment of 2020."

 

Publish Date: 2/12/2021


This is part 1 of a 4 part series: "Nicholas Butler’s 'foodoir' is the first-hand account of changing from a career path as a college professor into waiting tables at one of Phoenix’s most respected restaurants. 'A Year In Waiting' connects to all readers by exploring the delights and prejudices of the restaurant industry, finding inspiration through carefully sourced ingredients, and offering discovery as a coping mechanism over disillusionment during the massive layoffs and unemployment of 2020." Enjoy!



Publish Date: 2/4/2021


In this new series "Behind The Pint" we will hear the story of over 2 dozen iconic Arizona beers. These conversations were recorded in 2019 during the creation of The Arizona Beer Book for the purpose of research and were never intended to be released. This first one is arguably the favorite beer of Arizona Tower Station IPA from Mother Road Brewing Co. Listen in as founder Michael Marquess explains how the Mother Road customers played an integral part of making this beer. Enjoy the show!



Publish Date: 1/29/2021


In this episode host Eric Walters sits down with Helton Brewing Co. head brewer Rob Coate. The explosion of Helton beer in the state has been impressive given their short history. In their almost-5-years they have gone from the neighborhood spot with a great vibe and killer Pilsner to a top craft beer producer in Arizona filling the shelves of beer stores around that state. Rob tells us the story from the beginning as well as the future of Helton Brewing Co. Enjoy! 



Publish Date: 1/21/2021


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