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SATURDAY: Doug Schmick started out with a partner – a guy named McCormick many years ago with a not-very-ambitious seafood house in Portland, Ore. They put both their names over the door eventually, and then built the restaurant chain they couldn’t begin to foresee into one of the nation’s largest and most successful, with more than 80 locations. While we continue to be impressed by McCormick and Schmick’s commitment to offering only seafood each night that they got in super-fresh that day, we’re wowed also by the freedom they give chefs in the individual restaurants in cities like Houston to please the local palate. Doug is here to tell us all about it. Also, on today’s Grape & Grain segment, we taste the wines of Biltmore Estate – yes, the gorgeous mansion in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. Still, as winemaker Sharon Fenchak explains, some of the grapes come from the Tar Heel State, while many come from that other place. You know, California.
SUNDAY: We start where we should start at Branch Water Tavern, with chef-owner David Grossman and wine-spirits guru Evan Turner. They’ve seen and learned a lot about the business – read: school of hard knocks – since opening some months back, and BWT is an even more amazing place to eat and drink for all of it. Also, in our Grape and Grain segment, we check in with the guys behind Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka – Chad Auler (of Savvy Texas vodka and, of course, his family’s Fall Creek Vineyards in the Hill Country) and Clayton Christopher, founder of Sweet Leaf Tea, originally of Beaumont, long of Austin. Finally today, we visit with Ivonne Hallard of mydailydeals.com, an email marketing program that promises we can “experience the best for less.”