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The Four Top

From Oregon Public Broadcasting

Savor the conversation. Every other Monday, a roundtable of culinary media insiders discuss today's hot-button topics in food and beverage culture. Hosted by Katherine Cole.More from The Four Top »

Most Recent Episodes

Ep. 15: Spammed By 'Spon Con' | Convoluted Cobranding | Why Is Brewpub Food So Bad?

So-called "Spon Con" is influencing our food-purchasing decisions. But can we identify it when we see it? Next, cobranding has crossed over from fashion to food, with some bizarre consequences. We'll debate the merits of Carhartt-brand beer and Tabasco-sauce-flavored Jelly Bellies. And finally, why is it so hard to get a decent meal at a brewpub? Join us as we unravel one of life's great mysteries on Episode 15.

Ep. 15: Spammed By 'Spon Con' | Convoluted Cobranding | Why Is Brewpub Food So Bad?

Ep. 14: Grocery-Store Checkout Talk | The Death Of The Dinner Party | The Average Home Cook

Ep. 14: Grocery-Store Checkout Talk | The Death Of The Dinner Party | The Average Home Cook by Oregon Public Broadcasting

Ep. 14: Grocery-Store Checkout Talk | The Death Of The Dinner Party | The Average Home Cook

Ep. 13: Food Network Champion Tells All | Laptop Squatters And Cafés | Why Kids Should Cook

Ep. 13: Food Network Champion Tells All | Laptop Squatters And Cafés | Why Kids Should Cook by Oregon Public Broadcasting

Ep. 13: Food Network Champion Tells All | Laptop Squatters And Cafés | Why Kids Should Cook

Ep. 12: Why Truffles Are Like Drugs | Restaurant Playlists | Rethinking The Microwave

Are four-star restaurants serving narcotics? Truffles are sold on the black market for thousands of dollars per kilo; and according to Italian researchers, these homely little tubers can get you high. We discuss, then turn our attention to the role of music in enhancing the dining experience. Do you prefer to eat to the sound of silence, soothing violins, or something more sonically dynamic? Finally, microwaves: We think outside the box.

Ep. 12: Why Truffles Are Like Drugs | Restaurant Playlists | Rethinking The Microwave

Ep. 11: Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party | Dictatorial Dining | Single-Subject Cookbooks

Get to know the only cooking show that brings high society together with high society: "Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party." Next, get to know the hardline rules restaurants are increasingly laying down for customers to follow. Finally, what's the appeal of the single-subject cookbook? Savor the conversation as our team of panelists debate these issues, and more.

Ep. 11: Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party | Dictatorial Dining | Single-Subject Cookbooks

Ep. 10: Competitive Culinary Tourism | Eating Under Embargo | Rum, From Cuba With Love

As American tourists stream into the newly opened nation of Cuba, they're driven by a desire to capture this magical moment. But how "authentic" is a Cuban dining experience when full-time residents don't have access to many foods? After a heavy conversation about privation, we lighten the mood with a brief history—and taste—of Cuban rum.

Ep. 10: Competitive Culinary Tourism | Eating Under Embargo | Rum, From Cuba With Love

Ep. 9: The Juice Cleanse | Digital Foraging | Food On The WWI Homefront

We kick off our ninth episode by evaluating a popular new year's resolution, the juice cleanse: Is it effective or counterproductive? Next, we take stock of the ways in which the digital era has altered the age-old art of foraging for wild edibles. Finally, we look back to the U.S.'s entry into World War I in 1917, when dining decisions and patriotism were inextricably intertwined.

Ep. 8: The Tyrannical Traditional Table, Fake Food Holidays And The Culinary Class Divide

Ep. 8: The Tyrannical Traditional Table, Fake Food Holidays And The Culinary Class Divide by Oregon Public Broadcasting

Ep. 8: The Tyrannical Traditional Table, Fake Food Holidays And The Culinary Class Divide

Ep. 7: Have You Eaten Your Sea Vegetables? | New in Food for 2017 | Doing the Hoke-ay Poke Listen

In our seventh episode, we look forward to 2017. We pick at the new food trend that is poke (that's "poh-kay," OK?), and swim through the underwater world of sea vegetables. And our panelists share their food-and-drink predictions for the year to come.

Ep. 7: Have You Eaten Your Sea Vegetables? | New in Food for 2017 | Doing the Hoke-ay Poke Listen

Ep. 6: Soylent, Craft Beer's Dirty Secret And Fear The Yeti

Ep. 6: Soylent, Craft Beer's Dirty Secret And Fear The Yeti by Oregon Public Broadcasting

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