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Dirty Linen - A Food Podcast with Dani Valent

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Dirty Linen goes behind the scenes in restaurants, cafes and bars, covering issues the hospitality industry finds hard to share in public - it's all up for grabs and everything is on the table.

Your host is food journalist Dani Valent. For 20 years, Dani has been writing about restaurants and the people who give them life. But she's an outsider, a critic, a tourist, a fan. Despite hearing the stories and writing the tales, she's never really understood what happens behind the scenes. Now it's… Continue Reading >>
Dirty Linen goes behind the scenes in restaurants, cafes and bars, covering issues the hospitality industry finds hard to share in public - it's all up for grabs and everything is on the table.

Your host is food journalist Dani Valent. For 20 years, Dani has been writing about restaurants and the people who give them life. But she's an outsider, a critic, a tourist, a fan. Despite hearing the stories and writing the tales, she's never really understood what happens behind the scenes. Now it's time to get stuck in, with compassion, humour and fearlessness.

Dirty Linen goes deep, both in conversations with individuals and in pressing topics. We ask the hard questions and discuss the big issues, bringing a unique perspective to a world that we all intersect with but often don't understand.

Dirty Linen is a Deep in the Weeds Production. << Show Less
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The Producers: Reuben Mardan (Sample Coffee) - an enriching industry Reuben Mardan is the founder and owner of Sample Coffee, a cafe, roastery, retailer and wholesaler in Sydney. Reuben first worked in coffee as a side job but his engagement grew as the specialty coffee scene burgeoned and the first Sample outlet opened in 2011. After a decade in the business, Reuben still finds the industry enriching, especially because it allows him to connect with people at the source of production right through to those who drink it.https://samplecoffee.com.auFollow The Producers on Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/producerspodcast/Host Anthony Huckstephttps://www.instagram.com/huckstergram/Host Dani Valent https://www.instagram.com/danivalentExecutive Producer Rob Lockehttps://www.instagram.com/foodwinedine/LISTEN TO OUR OTHER FOOD PODCASTShttps://linktr.ee/DeepintheWeedsNetwork
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The Producers: Reuben Mardan (Sample Coffee) - an enriching industry Reuben Mardan is the founder and owner of Sample Coffee, a cafe, roastery, retailer and wholesaler in Sydney. Reuben first worked in coffee as a side job but his engagement grew as the specialty coffee scene burgeoned and the first Sample outlet opened in 2011. After a decade in the business, Reuben still finds the industry enriching, especially because it allows him to connect with people at the source of production right through to those who drink it.https://samplecoffee.com.auFollow The Producers on Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/producerspodcast/Host Anthony Huckstephttps://www.instagram.com/huckstergram/Host Dani Valent https://www.instagram.com/danivalentExecutive Producer Rob Lockehttps://www.instagram.com/foodwinedine/LISTEN TO OUR OTHER FOOD PODCASTShttps://linktr.ee/DeepintheWeedsNetwork
Abby Kitchen (Nomad Sydney) - a challenging path Abby Kitchen and I have a cute meeting story: I perved inside her fridge for a Good Food story. The head chef at Nomad Sydney talks about her challenging path from raw American chef to embedded Sydneysider. We discuss female leadership in hospitality: what's changed and what still needs to?https://nomad.sydneyFollow Dirty Linen on Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/dirtylinenpodcastFollow Dani Valenthttps://www.instagram.com/danivalentFollow Rob Locke (Executive Producer)https://www.instagram.com/foodwinedine/Follow Huck (Executive Producer)https://www.instagram.com/huckstergram/LISTEN TO OUR OTHER FOOD PODCASTShttps://linktr.ee/DeepintheWeedsNetwork
Frederick Mora (Long Prawn) - gathering around food Long Prawn is a Melbourne food, art and event collective, currently in Bali to launch a book about oddly named dishes. Nun's Farts, anyone? I chat to the prawn's tail, Frederick Mora, about the meaning and fun in gathering around food in non-traditional hospitality settings. Is having a tangential relationship to the world of food and drink a new way of pushing forward and if so, where to next?https://longprawn.comFollow Dirty Linen on Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/dirtylinenpodcastFollow Dani Valenthttps://www.instagram.com/danivalentFollow Rob Locke (Executive Producer)https://www.instagram.com/foodwinedine/Follow Huck (Executive Producer)https://www.instagram.com/huckstergram/LISTEN TO OUR OTHER FOOD PODCASTShttps://linktr.ee/DeepintheWeedsNetwork
Dom Walker (Why Farm) - a path to redemption Many people would be able to look back on their lives and view their actions with shame or regret. But few people - thankfully - have committed a shocking and violent crime like Dom Walker. I talk with the young farmer and agroecologist about what happened, the way he has been able to process what he did, and whether there's a path to redemption, or at least purpose, in the act of growing food.https://instagram.com/_whyfarm?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=Follow Dirty Linen on Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/dirtylinenpodcastFollow Dani Valenthttps://www.instagram.com/danivalentFollow Rob Locke (Executive Producer)https://www.instagram.com/foodwinedine/Follow Huck (Executive Producer)https://www.instagram.com/huckstergram/LISTEN TO OUR OTHER FOOD PODCASTShttps://linktr.ee/DeepintheWeedsNetwork
The Producers: Cam Birt, (Fabbrica Pasta) - Power of pasta When the pandemic landed, it forced most in the food industry to re-think offering. With a handful of successful restaurants, the likes of Dear Saint Eloise, Love Tilly Devine and Ragazzi a young dynamic group began making fresh pasta to heat and serve at home. Cam Birt, a professional in the realms of artisan, bespoke food products saw an opportunity, not just as a stop gap, but to create a whole new brand and business, Fabbrica, and it has become one of the best quality retail heat and serve pasta offerings in the country.https://ciaofabbrica.comFollow The Producers on Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/producerspodcast/Host Anthony Huckstephttps://www.instagram.com/huckstergram/Host Dani Valent https://www.instagram.com/danivalentExecutive Producer Rob Lockehttps://www.instagram.com/foodwinedine/LISTEN TO OUR OTHER FOOD PODCASTShttps://linktr.ee/DeepintheWeedsNetwork
Sway Quach (Tom Phat/Bhang) - joy and passion After two decades in the restaurant game, Sway Quach knows a lot about small business. The co-owner of Tom Phat and Bhang in Melbourne's Brunswick shares tips on purpose, staffing, costs and self-care. Despite all the tricky moments, what is it that keeps Sway fronting up for work every day with joy and passion?https://www.tomphat.comFollow Dirty Linen on Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/dirtylinenpodcastFollow Dani Valenthttps://www.instagram.com/danivalentFollow Rob Locke (Executive Producer)https://www.instagram.com/foodwinedine/Follow Huck (Executive Producer)https://www.instagram.com/huckstergram/LISTEN TO OUR OTHER FOOD PODCASTShttps://linktr.ee/DeepintheWeedsNetwork
Nikki Laski (Monarch Cakes, St Kilda) - dispensing joy Melbourne's iconic Monarch Cakes has been dispensing joy on Acland Street, St Kilda, since 1934 and owner Nikki Laski has been working in the family enterprise her whole life. What's it like being custodian of a business that's so important to its community, especially in a time of short-staffing and increasing prices? And what is the mysterious Paradise cake that's coming back to the menu?https://monarchcakes.com.auFollow Deep In The Weeds on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/deepintheweedspodcast/?hl=enFollow Huckhttps://www.instagram.com/huckstergram/Follow Rob Locke (Executive Producer)https://www.instagram.com/foodwinedine/LISTEN TO OUR OTHER FOOD PODCASTShttps://linktr.ee/DeepintheWeedsNetwork
The Producers: Catherine Velisha (Velisha Farms) - nourishing in every way Third-generation farmer Catherine Velisha is the managing director of Velisha Farms, based in Werribee South on the outskirts of Melbourne. She’s also the founder of VegEducation, a training organisation that promotes the diverse opportunities in farm work, as well as extolling the virtues of veg to the broader community. The way she sees it, horticulture is nourishing in every way: a great business that’s good for the people who work in it and those who consume its products. In fact, according to Catherine, vegetables are going to save the planet.https://www.velishafarms.comFollow The Producers on Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/producerspodcast/Host Anthony Huckstephttps://www.instagram.com/huckstergram/Host Dani Valent https://www.instagram.com/danivalentExecutive Producer Rob Lockehttps://www.instagram.com/foodwinedine/LISTEN TO OUR OTHER FOOD PODCASTShttps://linktr.ee/DeepintheWeedsNetwork
Kady Simkins (Dingo Ate My Taco) - hopes for a new era Two years ago, during one of many Melbourne lockdowns, Kady Simkins opened food truck Dingo Ate My Taco. A former social justice lawyer who has lived between the US and Alice Springs, we talk about the immigration rules that make staffing extra challenging, and share hopes for a new era in visa and training policies that smooths a path for international workers, hospitality businesses and the country as a whole.https://www.dingoatemytaco.comFollow Dirty Linen on Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/dirtylinenpodcastFollow Dani Valenthttps://www.instagram.com/danivalentFollow Rob Locke (Executive Producer)https://www.instagram.com/foodwinedine/Follow Huck (Executive Producer)https://www.instagram.com/huckstergram/LISTEN TO OUR OTHER FOOD PODCASTShttps://linktr.ee/DeepintheWeedsNetwork
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