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Ella Nelson #72

Coffee and a Mike

Release Date: 08/19/2019

Christy Spackman PhD Food Studies #87 show art Christy Spackman PhD Food Studies #87

Coffee and a Mike

Christy Spackman holds a joint appointment in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the Arts, Media and Engineering Department at Arizona State University. Her work focuses on how the sensory experiences of making, consuming, and disposing of food influence and the “technologies of taste." Her current book project examines how scientific and technological innovation have changed the taste of bottled and municipal water throughout the twentieth-century in the United States and Fra

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LT Smith and Teani Hardin Ghost Ranch Tempe Public Market #86 show art LT Smith and Teani Hardin Ghost Ranch Tempe Public Market #86

Coffee and a Mike

LT Smith is the executive pastry chef and Teani Hardin is the sous pastry chef at both Ghost Ranch and Temple Public Market in Tempe, AZ. LT grew up in northeast Ohio and when his NFL career ended decided to pursue his passion in the culinary world. Teani grew up in Hawaii and moved to Arizona for both culinary and photography. They both appreciate the intricacies, artistry, and attention to detail when it comes to the pastry side of the kitchen.

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Emi Sunshine #85 show art Emi Sunshine #85

Coffee and a Mike

Emi Sunshine is a fifteen year old country music singer/songwriter that has been attracting national attention since the age of nine. She has made appearances on “The Today Show,” NBC’s “Little Big Shots,” the Grand Ole Opry and elsewhere. Her new album “Family Wars” is her most personal project to date. With ten songs and one bonus track, the album addresses domestic violence, dysfunctional families, political corruption, mass murder, lost love, and freedom—those who have it, and those who

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Chef Brent Kille co-owner Sonoran Pasta #84 show art Chef Brent Kille co-owner Sonoran Pasta #84

Coffee and a Mike

Brent Kille originally from Detroit, Michigan started working at Applebees and has been cooking for over 14 years. He moved to Phoenix and has worked for many chefs which includes Stephen Jones where he became comfortable with southern cooking. Brent also worked Cutino Sauce and is now the co-owner of Sonoran Pasta with his business partner Jasmine. Sonoran Pasta Co. was born out of a desire to produce fresh pasta and sauces in Arizona working with the finest ingredients from local farmers to purveyors.

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Denae Hostetler DNA Chocolate #83 show art Denae Hostetler DNA Chocolate #83

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While in her 20s, Denae’s travels took her through Mexico and Central America. She hiked mountains in small Mayan villages where she commenced with the locals. Every morning, she would wake up to the smells of chocolate as the people ground cacao beans and brewed cacao drinks. These experiences emboldened Denae to try her own hand at chocolate making. From cleaning and roasting to grinding and tempering, the process can take more than a month to bring out the natural flavors of the Criollo cacao bean.

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Victoria Anthony #82 show art Victoria Anthony #82

Coffee and a Mike

Victoria Anthony is a professional freestyle wrestler and member of the Sunkist Kids. She is the first four time college National wrestling champion out of Simon Fraser University and is an Olympic hopeful for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. 

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Chef Donald Chef Donald "Snackfried Rice" Hawk #81

Coffee and a Mike

Donald Hawk started cooking at the age of 16 at local pizza restaurants. Donald has worked for many chefs which includes Chris Bianco, Bernie Kantak and others. Donald is now a sous chef who runs the raw bar program at the Gladly owned by Chef Bernie Kantak and also is the creator of the famous HAWKO that can be found in urban dictionary. His side gig is a pop up called KOSO Phoenix that he started with fellow chef Brent Kille which explores Korean heritage combined with Southern cooking.

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Chef Tiffany Derry #80 show art Chef Tiffany Derry #80

Coffee and a Mike

Tiffany Derry is the owner of Roots Chicken Shak, Roots Southern Table, Derrywear and Tiffany Derry Concepts. Derry gained International notoriety on the seventh season of Bravo’s Top Chef and as a finalist on Top Chef: All-Stars. She sits on the James Beard Foundation’s Impact Advisory Board and acts as an ambassador for the Beard Foundation’s food waste initiative.  She recently visited Phoenix as the All-Star Chef for the James Beard Taste America Tour.

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Tameka Jameson with Special Guest Takecia Jameson #79 show art Tameka Jameson with Special Guest Takecia Jameson #79

Coffee and a Mike

Tameka Jameson is a Nigerian track and field athlete. She was the ACC 400 meter Champion, the NACAC 4 by 400 meter relay Champion, runner up in the 400 meter hurdles , 2016 IAAF Worlds Indoor finalist, 2016 African Champa bronze medalist and is a 2020 Olympic hopeful. Tameka also is a mother of one, enjoys spending time with her family including her identical twin sister Takecia who was a special guest on the show.

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US Marshal (Retired) Chris Hoye #78 show art US Marshal (Retired) Chris Hoye #78

Coffee and a Mike

Christopher Hoye is a retired US Marshal that was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2010 and previously was a Lieutenant with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. He returns to the podcast to discuss the recent apprehension of fugitives Blaine and Susan Barksdale, whether or not there should be more gun control, mass shootings, mental health, the divide in our country and what he thinks are some of the best solutions.

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Ella Nelson is an Australian track and field athlete.  She has won the Australian National Championship three times, competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil and is a 2020 Olympic hopeful for Tokyo.  Ella also is a lover of coffee, books, tv shows, having meaningful conversations and surrounding herself with like minded people.