How to become a regular at your favorite bar or restaurant. Visiting regularly isn’t the trick.

Two guys walk into a bar – stop me if you’ve heard this one – and sit on stools. The seats are held for them and there’s even a plaque that designates it as their spot. Nice, eh?

Those are the kind of perks you can get if you’re a regular at a bar or restaurant. In our final episode of Season 2, Amanda Graham joins us again to tell you how to be a regular and what’s expected of you when you’re across the bar or table. Hey, ain’t nuthin’ free.

If you become a regular, there are lots of perks that go along with it, just don’t abuse the privilege and maybe you’ll get your name on a seat designated just for you.

Flour power – A wholesale bakery that likely put bread on your restaurant table

Baking is part art, part science and not everyone can do it consistently. It takes the right ingredients, the knowledge and the right machinery to make 100 hamburger buns or six dozen dinner rolls – or both. That’s why most restaurants turn to wholesale bakers to fill their baskets.

David Mosow started Charpier’s Bakery in 1986 and has been turning out hundreds of breads each day. The biggest seller is hamburger buns. He has decades of experience and in this episode, the explains how the business works and how running out of bread can be a disaster for a restaurant.

Pretentious restaurants – Oh, just get over yourselves

Whilst crossing the threshold of what was reported to be one of the finest new restaurants in town, I was informed that my chapeau was not apropos. Here I was, dressed in my finest haute couture, expecting to enjoy nouvelle cuisine with the community’s intelligentsia, being told I had made a faux pas that suggested I was bourgeois. A vapid, but stern, servant demanded that I could only enter the dining room sans hat.

My retort: “Methinks thou should go forth and fornicate thyself.”

What is it with ultra-fancy restaurants who give you the hairy eyeball at the door to see if you’re good enough for them. Hey, my credit card is just as good as that foppish twit over there, so give me a table and a bib ‘cause I’m about to tuck into some of those short ribs. By the way, is there ketchup on the table?

Today we rip into restaurants who believe they are the arbiters of good taste – and I’m not talking about their food. I’m pulling on my well-worn jeans, donning an “I’m with stupid” t-shirt and wearing well scented gym shoes to expose those demented posers. Now grab a can of Milwaukee’s Best and let’s go. I’m calling shotgun.

McDonalds makes fun of pretentious restaurants

I’d like my steak medium rare with a side of ear plugs — when restaurants are just too loud

When you have to play Charades with your waiter just to place an order, know the restaurant is too loud. 

Restaurant critics say noise is the number one complaint they hear from readers. So why don’t restaurateurs reduce the noise? They believe it helps turn tables so they can serve more customers and boost their bottom lines.

This week we dive into the topic of restaurant noise how we got here, how it affects you and how to know how loud a restaurant is before you walk in the door.

You can hear us sound off at HungryInNashville.com

Make Valentine’s Day savory or sweet with sexy edibles

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, candy is dandy, but it’s more fun when the candy is in the of form sexy underwear, like edible panties.

This week we sink our teeth into sexy edibles and give you all the deets on where they came from, what they’re made of and the best way to use them. Heck, we’ll even tell you how to make your own. No need to thank me – just send pictures.

Make your own candy panties

Make a sexy meat treat

The hidden world of restaurant tipping

Today we’re talking about tipping. Not cow tipping, although that could be fun, but tipping servers when you’re in a restaurant.

There are a LOT of things that happen to your tip as you pay the check. You may think it goes straight into the server’s pocket. Nope. It undergoes a lot of addition and subtraction before your server gets their share. And, if your server is the weak link in the chain, they might end up with more money than you intended.

There’s a lot to know about tipping and Amanda Graham is the person to tell us about it. If you remember her from our 2018 show on holiday parties, then you know she is a veteran of the business and colorfully welcomes you into her world.

In this episode, she tells us about campers, cleavage, why the kitchen is never wrong and who are the people who rarely get tipped, but love it when they do. I also get to play the part of a stripper, so brace yourself.

Amanda pulls back the curtain on the hidden world of tipping. You need to be 100 percent in on this one.

Incoming pie! The story of food fights

It was a hot, dusty day at the O.K. Corral. Long ‘bout 3 p.m., two men squared off on the street, mere feet apart. Those that were both curious and brave stood to the side to see which would prevail.

Reaching quickly to his side, one of the men grabbed his weapon and said, “I’ve got a tomato and I’m not afraid to use it!” The crowd gasped.

His opponent fired back, “You’re done for. I’ve got a custard pie.” It took just moments for the loser to be covered in sugar, eggs and crust. To add insult to injury, it was a deep dish pie. His tomato on the ground, he bowed his head and snuck away.

OK, it’s a bit dramatic, but food fights have been a staple in comedy. They regularly appear as slapstick pranks … a cheap way to get a good laugh. Then there are the real food fights. In Spain, it’s La Tomatina, a day where residents and visitors hurl tomatoes at one another. In Italy it’s oranges and in Britain it’s custard pies. This week we look at food fights where they’ve happened and how you can stage your own. No doubt it will be a mess-terpiece.

Even a band on the run needs to eat

Most bands have had days when they travel from gig to gig in an old VW camper van or something similar. There are long days in close quarters, grabbing meals when and where they can.

But when a band hits the big time, it’s a much different story. Strings of buses and tractor trailers move from show to show and all those folks have to eat. With hundreds of people to feed, you can’t just pull into a Denny’s and expect everyone to get a seat and be back on the road in an hour. A full kitchen and chefs travel with the bands, making sure there are three meals a day, including snacks.

Richard Jones, now executive chef at Green Door Gourmet, has spent many years catering for bands, many of them the top names in the business. In this episode Richard talks about what it’s like on the road and how he uses food and the dining area to create a place of comfort to those who work long, strenuous hours. Listen in. This one goes to 11.

Green Door Gourmet

Dega Catering

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Smart Cookie: The one where we have 2020 vision on upcoming food trends

The possible demise of Old Charley’s, fermented drinks, home meal kits – they are all a possibility in the coming year.

In this Smart Cookie episode, we’ll tell you what the experts predict will be the food trends for 2020. It’s the second day of the year, so now’s the time to get the jump on all the foodies in your life and show them you’re in the know.

If the food doesn’t kill you, the injection will — inmates’ final meal

If you had only one day left to live, what food would you eat?

Odds are that you won’t have any clue as to what that day and time will be, so you won’t be faced with that decision — unless your address is Death Row.

Final meals are becoming a thing of the past, but in the past there have been some interesting requests. And there is the guy who has prepared final meals for more than 300 inmates. We’ll tell you about him, too.