Episode 9: Shawn Smalley, Tara Alcure, the Child of Darkness, 666 Wings and the Harbor Bar



This episode was recorded at the Harbor Bar in Stillwater. Tara Alcure, National Chain Manager for Minnesota beer titan Surly Brewing, took a humongous knife and cracked open this year’s iteration of Surly Darkness and its beer-spawn, Damien. She explained the unique brewing process that makes Damien, her role in the Darkness festivities, being a fifth-generation beer business insider, and hockey! (Intro)

I spoke with Shawn Smalley, the man behind Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque, about his rise to restaurant stardom. He looked back at the days with legendary chef Tim McKee in his La Belle Vie kitchen, how the old crew gets along now, and the tastes of Jamaica. (14:00ish)

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PS: Sorry in advance for the slight buzz you hear once in a while, and the unorthodox intro. It’s not the way I usually do it, but we were in a pretty great moment that evening so I wanted the introduction to reflect that.


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