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“I’ve told so many people that [Restaurant Guys Radio] is basically Car Talk for Food, and I mean that in the most positive way. I don’t know how often you guys listen to Car Talk but that’s quite a compliment.” >> Listen: hi | lo

--Charlie Trotter

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Best Ice Cream / Billionaire's Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace

Bon Appetite Magazine recently named some of America's best ice cream shoppes. In New York - it's a fleet of ice cream trucks - Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream (the ice cream is also available in some stores such as Whole Foods).

A Washington D.C. native and a current Brooklynite, Benjamin Wallace is fast establishing himself as one of today's up-and-coming authors. Wallace's work has been published in GQ, Food & Wine, Salon, The Washington Post, and Details, garnering national recognition for spotlighting conservative mouthpiece Glenn Beck in 2007. From 1996 to 2005, Wallace worked at Philadelphia Magazine where he not only served as Executive director, but also discovered the controversial historical tale that would later become the inspiration for his first book.

In the "Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine", Wallace delves into the questionable authenticity of the story of a 1787 bottle of Chateau Lafite Bordeaux owned by Thomas Jefferson. Fetching $156,000 at auction, rumors concerning the bottle's legitimacy abounded, involving an intriguing web of eccentric, but overly wealthy characters who regularly indulged in wines worth thousands of dollars. Wallace investigated not just that one specific transaction, but the entire ostentatious world of wine collecting in the mid-eighties.

Podcast Date: 6/5/2009

The Restaurant Guys

Who Are The Restaurant Guys? Every week, Francis Schott and Mark Pascal host the Restaurant Guys, a show that's as informative as it is fun. Francis and Mark own Stage Left Restaurant in the heart of New Brunswick's theatre district, and, along with their expertise in a wide range of fine dining and wine matters, they bring to the table humor and intelligent conversation, perfect for the midday listener. The show includes discussions and interviews with famous chefs, restaurateurs, wine and food writers, critics; and the Guys even give stuff away occasionally.