Episode 179: Chef's Night Out

August 30, 2003

We're traveling and eating out all over the map this week. Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page, authors of Chef's Night Out, reveal where America's top chefs eat when they have a night off. One goes looking for a hot dog with a "caviar crunch," another wants a better meal in a Chinese restaurant and knows how to get it. Tuck the chefs' "bests" list in your carry-on the next time you travel. From sushi to hamburgers and oysters to pizza, you'll be guaranteed good eating.

Jane and Michael Stern report from Milwaukee, where they've had a vanilla ecstasy experience at Kopp's Custard. For good old-fashioned soft-serve at home, give the Sterns' recipe for Abandon Ship Ice Cream a try. Food and travel writer Anya Von Bremsen, author of Please to the Table, takes us to Copenhagen, a city she says is now the hottest place in the world for design and some wonderfully innovative food, too. She'll tell us where to find it. Erika Warmbrunn, author of Where the Pavement Ends, rode a bicycle from Russia to Vietnam, a journey that took eight months. She'll share some things she learned about hospitality from the Mongolian nomads she met along the way. Dana Cowin, editor of Food & Wine, explains how the magazine picks its annual top ten new chefs, and Lynne's trivia question has something to do with her favorite classic Jewish delicatessen.

Broadcast dates for this episode:

  • April 14, 2001 (originally aired)

  • March 30, 2002 (rebroadcast)

  • August 30, 2003 (rebroadcast)