Forks on the Left
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Hollywood stories. Food stories. Drink stories. Wine, beer and cocktail tastings, chefs' secrets, recipes and cooking demos. Conversations with chefs, writers, winemakers, bartenders, actors, bakers, producers, directors, butchers, musicians… Grab a fork and a glass, and join ‘Friends' Writer/Producer/Cook/Wine-Guy, Jeff Strauss and co-host Writer/Comedian/Eater/Beer-Guy, Jeff Phelps as they bring together experts and friends from the worlds of food, wine, spirits, beer, TV, movies, theater and music to talk about…all that stuff. Listen to your stomach. Feed your ears. Fresh episodes weekly. Please rate/review to tell us what you're liking so you can have more of it. Also, please help us spread the word by sharing with your friends on social media. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @forks_ontheleft and Facebook @forksontheleft.
||ExplicitGrateful Dads - Ep. 32||Father's Day. And that means it's time for Phelps and Strauss to raise a glass (or two) to fathers and fatherhood and the eating and drinking lessons their own dads taught. Strauss shares the origins of the Jefftovers idea and turns a corned...||6/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWonder Women - Ep. 31||In honor of box-office smash, “Wonder Woman,” we pay tribute to the Wonder Women of Forks on the Left. Our favorite LA bartender, Andi Rene Christenson, joins us to discuss Patty Jenkins' blockbuster (did we cry??), mix up a couple Wonder...||6/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhat Kind Of Tool Am I? - Ep. 30||The only thing better than quizzing people who don’t really cook about cooking tools they’ve never really seen...is quizzing them after they’ve already had seven shots of seven different bourbons. Inspired by the fun we had playing "Name That...||6/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBehind the Noise - Ep. 29||What could be better than hanging out behind the scenes at Endless Noise studios and getting insider info from the audio engineer and producers who have worked with Superfruit and Pentatonix for the last 5 years? All of that plus a 5 bottle...||5/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSuperfruity Cocktails - Ep. 28||What do you get when you mix singing superstars Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying (of Superfruit & Pentatonix) with 4 incredible fruit-based cocktails? Add a dash of Gaga, your first alcoholic beverage, a game of "Name That Fruit" and the weirdest...||5/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMr. Fries Man - Ep. 27||Did you ever dream of starting your own restaurant? This is one of those stories that dreams and movies are made of — the story of Los Angeles’ own Craig Batiste. Starting with less than $400 and a headful of recipe ideas for “loaded”...||5/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhelps is Phorty - Ep. 26||It’s Phelps’ birthday and we celebrate with a festival of 40s - 40 ouncers, 40% alcohol vodka and tequila shots, 40 years worth of celebration and stories. How has Phelps changed in the 40 years since his birth in Kansas City? Has the decade in La..||5/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChef Sounds - Ep. 25||Bay Area big-gun chef, Scott Warner is not only a highly sought-after maestro of the modern restaurant kitchen (The Black Cat, Rose Pistola, Bistro Don Giovanni, Kokkari), he’s also a fantastic musician who graduated with a degree in Guitar from...||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMind Erasers in the Writers' Room with Bob Kushell - Ep. 24||Mix 1 part vodka, 1 part Kahlua, 1 part soda, and 10 parts Bob Kushell — writer-producer of 3rd Rock from the Sun, Anger Management, Samantha Who?, The Muppets, American Dad, Malcolm in the Middle — and you get a slightly-drunk, very funny episode..||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBurning Questions with Ahmet Zappa - Ep. 23||We've had two fascinating and funny servings of Ahmet Zappa — Healthy and Unhealthy. Here’s a little more A to the Z kind of love… including what may be the darkest — most “burnt" answer to any burning question ever… you be the...||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBurning Questions with Neela Paniz - Ep. 22||Burning Questions with Chef Neela Paniz — Return with Strauss & Phelps to the home kitchen of Chef Neela Paniz, “Chopped” Champion and a pioneer of both Modern Indian Cuisine and as a woman chef/restaurateur. Not only do we find out...||3/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBurning Questions with Tom Lennon - Ep. 21||One of the best possible things that we could imagine: Strauss, Phelps and the insanely funny Tom Lennon run through our Forks on the Left “Burning Questions”, still just a little bit drunk and full of cheese with the answers taking us from...||3/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBurning Questions with Melissa Peterman - Ep. 20||Another installment of Burning Questions, and we promise three things: Prince, pudding, and taint. One is a much missed pop icon, one is a dessert in a dream, and the last is just a verb—we promise. Thankfully, all three come with 10...||3/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA Catholic, a Muslim and a Jew Walk into a Podcast - Ep. 19||Strauss and Phelps are joined by TV Comedy writer/producer Nastaran Dibai who was born in Iran and immigrated to the US and then to Canada before coming back to the US to write comedy (psst - she’s the Muslim). She shares funny stories of her family..||3/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBurning Questions with Harold Perrineau - Ep. 18||"If heaven were a restaurant they'd be serving...?" Harold Perrineau answers this and 9 other hot questions in Forks on the Left's version of the Inside the Actors Studio/Pivot questionnaire. Guest: @HaroldPerrineau Follow us on Twitter...||2/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"The Comfort Zone" with Melissa Peterman - Ep. 17||When times get tough, when weather is cold, when stuff gets uncertain…we all want comfort, or more exactly Comfort Food. The incredibly funny and always-comforting Melissa Peterman, star of shows like “Reba” and “Baby Daddy”, joins us to...||2/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitStupid Cupid / Love Drunk - Ep. 16||A romantic dinner for two Jeffs at Sotto, one of LA’s favorite romantic spots known for its intimate setting, fantastic bar and amazing Southern-Italian food. After the guys try and choose the perfect cocktails for each other, the conversation...||2/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe LOST Wingmen Matrix with Harold Perrineau - Ep. 15||Our Super-sized Super Bowl episode. Super Bowl = Wings, right? Strauss and Phelps set off on the first FOTL road trip as they climb aboard a luxury “sprinter van" to tour the best that “Wing City” Los Angeles has to offer, joined by guest...||2/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAhmet Zappa: An Unhealthy Zappatite - Ep. 14||Part 2 of our conversation with the Actor/Musician/Writer/Producer/New-Wine-Nerd. We talk "Growing Up Zappa," Gail Zappa’s Beef Stroganoff, Ahmet’s biggies fear, and… the source of his "mayo problem." We test Ahmet’s claim of being able to...||1/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAhmet Zappa: A Healthy Zappatite - Ep. 13||Strauss and Phelps welcome Ahmet Zappa and Musician/Composer/Producer Jeff Elmassian to talk about Ahmet’s journey from child actor, musician, performer, to movie writer and producer to new-found wine-nerddom…Strauss challenges Ahmet’s claim...||1/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"The Lifestyles of the Rich and 2 Jeffs" with Chris Rich - Ep. 12||What’s life like for an actor who loves great food and drink? From "starving-actor" to “starring-actor," Strauss and Phelps sit down with television’s Christopher Rich, star of Murphy Brown, Boston Legal, Another World, Reba and more...||1/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNeela Takes Us Home - Ep. 11||Chef Neela Paniz’s food journey spans a lifetime and tens of thousands of miles. After growing up in India in the years following the fall of the British Raj, she landed in the US in her twenties having never cooked anything and by the time Strauss...||1/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHangover Cures - Ep. 10||Hangover Cures! In honor of New Years and "The Great Morning After” we dig deep into the downsides of alcohol consumption and tips on prevention as well as a wide-ranging exploration of remedies from the mythical to the medical. Hair of the...||12/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhat Is Christmas? (Featuring Tom Lennon)||Happy Holidays! Here's a musical gift of laughter from all of us at Forks on the Left brought to you by the brilliance of Jeff Elmassian, Andy Rehfeldt, Grant Cornish and Mary Catherine Finney. Cheers! Subscribe! Follow us on Twitter...||12/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Side Dish 3 - Cookbook Gift Picks 2016||Cookbook Gift Ideas from one of the world's most knowledgeable cooks and cookbook authors: Susie Heller, co-author of all 5 of Thomas Keller’s cookbooks including “The French Laundry," “The Pizza Bible” with Tony Gemignani, and “Happy in the..||12/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitVery Cheesy Christmas: Tom Lennon Does Number 2 - Ep. 9||Lots more Tom Lennon. Lots more comedy. Lots more Cheesy Christmas — including illegal cheese smuggling, Strauss’s all around favorite red-wine-pairing cheese, and the surprising discovery of Tom Lennon’s impromptu “the best cheese I’ve ever..||12/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTom Lennon: A Very Cheesy Christmas (Part 1) - Ep. 8||Get out your generic Lipitor and your favorite hangover cure because the cheeses are all lined up and the Wine and Champagne is flowing like a hip-hop video. Actor/Writer/Director/Producer/Comedian /Ethical Vegetarian/Wine Snob Tom Lennon joins us to...||12/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFrom Coolhaus to Your House - Ep. 7||It’s the season of miracles, right? So why not hang out with one of the creators of an actual “miracle” — Natasha Case, who with her partner Freya Estreller, reinvented not one but two of life’s perfect things, the ice cream sandwich, and...||12/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDon’t F*cking Call Them Leftovers - Ep. 6||"Leftovers." It’s a word that strikes terror into the hearts of so many of us. Well, fear no more. We love when life gives us a little more than we can handle in one sitting — the key is to make great use of what you couldn’t finish the first...||11/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Side Dish 2 - Just The Tips (Thanksgiving Edition)||A handful of Strauss' favorite Thanksgiving suggestions. How much turkey per person? Secrets to a moist turkey...What to do if you or people you love are vegetarian...What wine to drink...And a super easy way to up your holiday "stuffing game." Visit...||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThanksgiving 2: Sweet Revenge - Ep. 5||Let’s face it, we’re right at the beginning of “Dessert Season," cold weather, family gatherings, ski-vacations…it lasts until we start thinking about bathing suits and beaches sometime after Valentine's Day. After a little dessert-directed...||11/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Side Dish 1 - Kim Dickens||If you didn’t fill up on Kim Dickens during our Halloween episode, here are a few more delicious bites. It’s incredible how much “what we eat” says about “who we are." Kim answers Forks on the Left’s “10 Questions” — picture...||11/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe One With The 'Friends' Thanksgiving Episode - Ep. 4||It’s a 'Friends' reunion! We are joined by Jeff Strauss’s college buddy and for many years, his writing and producing partner, the award-winning Jeff Greenstein, the original "Other Jeff." In this week’s episode, Strauss and Greenstein, who...||11/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTasting Menu Smackdown: Tulsa State Fair vs The French Laundry - Ep. 3||In honor of the election season we all wish would end, it’s the most American of battles… no Dems v. Repubs, no "Blue v. Red”, this is Ultra-High-Calorie Meal v. Ultra-High-Calorie Meal. It's Corn Dog versus Salmon Tartare Coronet,...||11/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitKim Dickens: Fear the Walking Chef - Halloween 2016 - Ep. 2||Guests: Kim Dickens, Erika Nakamura, Curtis Di Fede Nothing better than blood, sharp objects and zombies on Halloween, and we’ve got lots of all of that — and Kim Dickens, star of 'Fear the Walking Dead' and HBO’s ‘Treme'....||10/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPhil Rosenthal: Everybody Loves What Phil’s Having (Especially When It’s Smoked Brisket) - Ep. 1||Guests: Phil Rosenthal, Adam Cole; In our first-ever episode, hosts Jeff Strauss & Jeff Phelps hang out with Phil Rosenthal, writer/creator of the massive hit comedy Everybody Loves Raymond and are joined by chef Adam Cole, owner of Maple Block Meat Co.||10/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Favorite new pod. Anything with food or Phil Rosenthal goes right to the top of my playlist. More please.
For the food and entertainment lover (so, pretty much anyone, right?) - Great conversations, charming personalities - easy, funny listening for your commute - looking forward to hearing more!!
Yes! Forks on the Left is what I needed!
I love this podcast.
Interesting, relaxed and funny. Two men who think (what?) and talk about cool stuff. Like really.
Sexy, smart, NPR Fresh Air vibe. Cool guests and great interview style and banter (do people say that still? Banter?- whatever, it's good).
Thank you, FOTL.
I'm a believer. Keep 'em comin'.