I’m very pleased to announce the launch of a new project. In addition to my work as the Food Reporter (a.k.a. “The Hungry Hound”) at ABC 7, The Chicago Tribune and The Globe and Mail, I’ll now be involved in co-producing, writing and hosting a new podcast, called “The Feed.” It’s a unique collaboration with chef and restaurateur Rick Bayless, whom you may have heard of. Even though we both live and work in Chicago, we tend to travel a lot (just look at our Instagram/Twitter feeds), so this show will reflect those travels, but it will also tap into our vast networks of colleagues and friends we’ve accumulated over the years. For instance, whenever I travel to Toronto, I don’t plan a thing until I talk with Chris Nuttall-Smith, the Food Critic for the Globe and Mail. Rick usually calls or emails a friend or chef before he hits the spice markets of Istanbul or the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, and we’ll hear from those local experts as well. Think of it as a food lover’s sojourn through the labyrinth of enlightened consumption – spirits, chefs, markets, food shops and restaurants – then add a dose of intelligent, informed conversation, and you’re on the right track. Hope you all enjoy this new show, and love to hear your feedback.