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Daina Falk

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Founder and face of The Hungry Fan, Daina Falk joins the Huddle. Daina is the daughter of famous sports agent, David Falk, but she has carved her own path in the sports world. In 2016 she published her book, "The Hungry Fan's Game Day Cookbook: 165 Recipes for Eating, Drinking & Watching Sports". Listen to her episode for a special discount code only for fans of Huddle Up with Gus! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

...tailgating season is here and there's no one better than our guests today and making the Game Day gathering as exciting as the game itself. Her Dad is a legend in the business of Sports. She is quickly becoming a legend in the kitchen of sports. Please welcome into the Huddle Dana Falk. The Huddle today is Dana Fall. She's going to have some amazing stories from her childhood and really we're going to find out about her love of sports. But she is coming from the hungry fan and you and I are always hungry and we love tailgating and I think she's going to give some really good inspiration on what we should do for Game Day. We're moving right into football seasons. A great time be perfect. So today Dana Folk joins us, the hungry fan. Thank you for coming on and being in the huddle with guss and Dave. Oh It's my pleasure. Thanks for having me, guys. So how we always start is we really want to know how sports shaped your life. We know your father is a very famous agent. You know, every show and thing that we've researched, a lot of people want to ask about him. Well, this shows about you. We want understand about how sports Shaked your life and all those moments that you had growing up that really got you to where you are today. So what was that spark that really gave you that love of sport? Well, I appreciate your I appreciate you at hey, how you're coming about this or you're intro into this. It really wouldn't be fair to actually talk about my love of sports and out talking about my dad as much as I'm like, yes, you know, I've done stuff on my own. The whole reason I got here is because of the opportunities that I had to go to events when I was a little kid with my dad. I have a little sister. She's five and a half years younger than I am. We have no brothers. I'm the oldest and I'm sort of like daddy's little girl and in some ways, even though maybe this sounds weird, like the sun he never had because I was really into sports. My sister used to fall asleep at basketball games and we would sit next to this heckler and she would sleep through that. So, like it's sort of just goes to show you that wasn't so much for a thing. It was mine and the whole. Like reason that I launched hungry fan to begin with is because I did fall in love with this fan experience when going to games and events with my dad as a kid and just seeing the excitement and zeal in the passion that sports fans have on Game Day. That's really what excites me. So did you which sports would you play when you're younger? Um, well, I started with figure skating, actually because I thought I was going to be Christi AMAGUCCI. Turns out not so much. That's okay. I also watch it when it's on like a winter limp bigs. I got into soccer when I was a kid. A lot of little girls growing up in the DC area play soccer. So I played soccer, which was good because I wasn't very athletics, so they could just sort of put me on defense and I was just like that gigantic kid who you had to get through, who the wall. And and then I got into tennis and I really really loved tennis. I ended up playing tennis off through high school and then I played it on the club team at Duke Wow. So you played multiple sports growing up and I think that all teaches us a lesson. You know is every one of our guests is attributed two days that sports is taught them something that they couldn't get anywhere else. And so when you were little, you know you had it. You got knocked down, you got to get back up. What were some of the lessons that you learned as a child from sports? I might think sports actually both are playing, I would say, especially with Team Sports, obviously teaches you how to play well with others, which I think is particularly good, maybe if you're like an only child and you don't normally have to play well with others. But yeah, you I think you've learned the team dynamic pretty early and certainly it in any capacity, whether you play tennis, which is sort of like an individual sport, or you play soccer, basketball or Lacrosse or whatever. It is. The the value in having a strong coach who can be somebody that you can respect and also somebody that like instills in you the respect for authority. I think just in general, is a is a great thing that you can get out of sports. was there a coach specifically that really kind of touched you at early age, that really got Gabe inspiration? Um, I mean I really liked my soccer coaches when I was a kid, but I was also like ten like five, six, seven, eight, nine and ten I didn't love my tennis go so much. So tennis was sort of like it was actually interesting. The thing that I got, all I got out of tennis quite a bit, was the sort of the mine capacity of like mind over matter, and I wasn't very good at it. I really if I had wanted to be a better tennis player, I probably should have had like a sports psychologist, because I think that's really like that's a huge part of that game and probably other games to like golf, for I don't know, but being to do that, you know, from tennis, like you have to immediately...

...let the last play go right the yeah, we're whatever it's in the past, and how many people have such issues with the man? I could have had that. I didn't have it, you know. But yeah, it's a game that the mental side of it really has to be yeah, a lot of times when I would lose, it was because I beat myself right right. Yeah, that makes it hard. I can understand. Yeah, you don't have a team to rely on. It's just you out there. It's just you, it's just you and did you play doubles? I did. I played both doubles. Is Fine, it's slower. I liked playing like power tennis. I have a strong back, strong forehand. May Back is actually good now, unfortunately, wasn't better then, and I had a really good serve, so I would generally hang around the baseline and hit it pretty hard. Now, I'm dad was probably on the road a lot when you're growing up. Yeah, we're your parents able to go to your games as much as they could. Yeah, they did. We have. There's like this story my dad loves to tell of like the day that he actually got to coach my soccer team because he wanted to coach so bad and I just like you are not coming anywhere near my soccer team. But our two coaches were out, our backup coach was out. I guess was like everyone was on vacation, and so that he actually got to coach and he loves to tell the story basically like he came up with this like elaborate defense, like zone defense sort of thing for soccer that we were were like five years old, seven year old little girls, whatever it was. It's very elaborate, even, I think, for like teenagers elaborate game plan and he like hoddle the SOP and like try to explain to us what to do and we're to stand in like who to go after and cut this girl off. None of that happened. And and apparently, like one of my little friends, Danielle, she was like, but, Mr Fault, we're all professional athletes, we're just kids. All those Dad's do that. My daughter and coach my daughter's basketball team one year and I'm trying to explain things to him and they weren't listening. I'm like, okay, everybody on the line and run. They're like hey, we're going to run today, and I'm like yeah, I couldn't even discipline them. You know, they're doing cartwheels and everything, and I'm like all right, we're just going to have fun, we're gonna yeah, yeah, we my parents would come, my mom would come, my little sister would come, my little sister would eat all of our oranges. You know, it just but it was what it was. I just remember when I was coach. You have two daughters in high school now, but when they were younger, coaching them, I'd always look over to the sidelines and I'd see the other parents and maybe they weren't second guessing me, but I could tell they were a little bit at least talking when some cells about my strategy. So I met, you know, when Your Dad was implementing that defense. They probably were talking among them cells coming. Yeah, they're probably like, let's watch this bail. Yeah, like watch them more. There's a famous sports age. What's you know about coaching? Yeah, Oh, yeah, I got a lot of is this guy? I got that all the time. It's crazy. So when you were a little kid, we talked about you playing sports. What are some of your very vivid memories of when you would travel with your dad, like some of your favorite places you used to go? I mean we went to a lot, a lot of games when I was a kid. I remember when I was really young, like really really young, I was allowed to go into the like but tunnels area, you know, like outside the locker rooms, and even when I was really young and I don't remember being in the locker rooms, apparently I was in. I was in there, and then I got to be at an age where that's inappropriate, and so then I've heard of hang out outside. When I was a little kid, we used to come up to New York a lot because I was a huge patch of doing fan and I still am and I'm friends with his son and I loved coming up to New York. Was always really fun to get on the Amtrack with my dad and pop up here, and I just remember, like one of my more vivid memories as a kid was like he would sort of find people well after I was too old to or like I was getting to the point where letting me hang out in the tunnels and the locker room really wasn't like the best, so he started putting me with like players wives and like I just had babysitters anywhere I would go, and I remember one year I would sit with Rita Ewing and crystal Anthony, who was great at the Patrick Ewing sexwife and Great Anthony's ex wife, but they were married at the time and I was sitting with them and these other women who I didn't really know, but they had like the coolest nails and they like really cool outfits and I thought they were really fun and I was like sitting on their laps for like like the whole game. Turns out it with salt and pepper, so was like okay, pretty good, pretty good babysitters, pretty good baby centers, but they're a lot of fun, unless you're a rising great yeah, that's another one. Yeah, we're not doing that. No, but yeah, no, that's that's a great story. Georgetown, where you fan of Patrick when...

...he was even at Georgetown? I mean you lived in a DC area. I was too, or like too, and he was drafted I think one thousand nine hundred and eighty five. So right, number one droped on nine eighty five. I was too. So well, then you have through his whole career, yeah, and be at those events. So, yeah, dad represented him. Yep, Yep, he was one of my dad's clients and and lovely guy still to this day, like such a good guy. What is it like being that young and little and then you're just staring up in Patrick, who's like what is he happened to have been to? Yeah, Um, like it hurts your neck. Yeah, the thing is like, when growing up like that, I I was aware that was an opportunity or experience, like being around these athletes wasn't normal, like wasn't what everybody was doing, but they were just like family members. I mean the relationship that my dad has always had with his clients is always been very close and like mentory and Familio, like you can always come and stay in our guest room, which they did. So it was like having just tons of very, very tall uncles. He do you know? Want to ask you one thing circling back to when you would fall asleep next to the heckler. Was it the guy at the bullets games that behind the bench? Yeah, Robin figure. Yeah, he's one of the most famous. Her sister would fall asleep. Oh, I'm sorry, your sister would. You're not me. Oh Gosh, no, I'm not. Like I don't know what anybody could sleep through that. He had his like army boots, he had the chicken. He would bring the books from all the visiting team coaches and like rip them up and he scream and he would like stomp with his enormous boots and my sister would just conk out and I'm like, okay, no, I remember the guy. What he's probably the most famous heckler. Oh, yeah, never. Yeah, it was crazy, though, but the other teams were they interact with him and stuff like yeah, well, the company would like Wave Adam, but like he was sort of harmless, mostly harmless but just super weird. It was a Weirdo, but I think he was like an attorney or something too. Well, yeah, he's like a profession didn't he went to prison? And then I read an article one time and like The Washington Post or saw on the local news of like somehow he had climbed up one of the traffic signs on top of like two hundred and ninety five or whatever one of those highways were, and he was like protesting something. He was a little bit off. I think. Not The guy you really want representing you in the courtroom. Maybe, probably not. Probably depends on the charge. Maybe whatever. Maybe, like depends what it was. Yeah, it was a very well known heckler. He sat right across from us. So what what high school did you go to in the area in these time? I went to Waking Johnson. From there you went to Du like was that a big joelways know you were going to duke or it's like how did you make that choice? I went to my first dude game. My Dad took me in my first due game when I was twelve I think, and I walked on the campus and I just remember like looking around like wow, like gothic wonderland. Wow, it's just the most beautiful campus and that was wasn't really it. I was just like wow, this is a great place. But the minute I set foot in Cameron Indoor Stadium, I was so old. I was like I have to go to Duke. Here I am. I'm actually wearing duke blue. It does not planned, but hey, do Um I. Yeah, it's if you've ever had the opportunity to watch a game, even if it's like very beginning of the season and they're playing like Santa Clara or whatever like, it's really truly the most incredible place to watch a sporting event. It's electric and I was sold immediately. And then, you know, seeing kavill and how all the students are out camping out for months, through the dead of winter, just that Camaraderie and excitement around watching the basketball team, I was like this is where I have to go. This is the ultimate fan experience if you're going to be a college student. Did you actually participate in She Chewski vill like Wu? Did you sleep out there? And I I did. It wasn't my own tense I would spend. I thankfully, because I was part of like the Duke Basketball Family. They took very good care of me. I like adopted coach case assistant, Jerry, who's the most wonderful woman, as like my mom. So I would go and do my homework or my school work in the Duke Basketball Office on Tuesdays and bring treats from the gym, like candies and nuts, and she would share all the cookies that the players MOMS were cooking or baking and sending. So we had a really nice relationship with coach case staff. But I did spend a lot of time in Cabo because that's where the fan experience was and I coaches. We would send out pizzas to everybody and stuff. Oh yeah, like you would come out and they would like hand out t shirts. You get huge orders of Papa John's. Yeah, I...

...mean, I actually like I I would like to go and do that, like I would like to go and buy everybody there pizzas or stubs. There's something one of these days just for bringing like you know, if there was like an in and out truck in North Carolina, like just bring out the truck and they don't have but something like that. Super Bowl. You could go show them how to tailgate the right way. Yeah, it's a little different, I think when you're in college and also there's very strict rules in cable, so like anything that's combustible or flammable, and not so much to go very careful. But there are some like indoor girls that you can plug in and they have they have outlets in the light posts so you can a computer, you can plug in like a electric girl. I'm sure that would probably work. Did you guys have anything like that Arizona Days? A mini version of that? That's the that's the Pinnacle College basketball. There's now it's just a touchdown, but it was great fan experience. Not a lot of camping. Yeah, well, the desert. Well, they're it's west coast kind of way back to right here. Yeah, that's true. Yeah, so you're at Duke. What was that experience like? Because, Dude, besides basketball, I mean the whole experience. Had A lot of friends who gone there, kids I've coached that have gone there, people I know. We just were a great experienced. Giys, what was that experience like for you, because everybody had a you were close with the basketball team and you probably had a lot of friends for they're hitting me up for tickets and all that. You know, it was actually the exact opposite. It was so and it was so refreshing to go to do at in high school. That happened all the time. Actually had one girl to this day it's still like blows my mind that she had the Kahon a's to do this. She came up to me after Michael Jordan signed his one year, thirty six million dollar contract and she's like, so, my dad and I were up late last night trying to figure out how much money your dad just made off that contract. Can you lend me a hundred fifty seven dollars for a pair of jeans? And I was like, I'm sorry, what? What? None of that happened in college. It was like people. It was great. People did not ask me for tickets, people to not ask me to go to like get them to bring them with them, bring them with me, I should say, to games. It was it was actually like if you couldn't get into the student section, you almost didn't want to be there and you would rather just be watching it on TV with other dukies somewhere on campus. You still go to Duke Games now? I do. I do. I don't go as much as I would like to, but I actually was there. The Carolina game often falls on my birthday and it did this year and, as you know, like Duke Carolina switch off on who hosts which game, the first game or like the first of the second because we play each other in both February and March and the March Games always the last game of the season. It's usually seniors night. So this year the Carolina game at Duke fell in February and it happened to fall on my birthday and my husband had never been to a duke game, so I brought him down and it happened to be that game where Byan Williams and shoe like exploded in the first thirty five seconds. Interesting. It wasn't what I was hoping it would, because you never want to see that happen. But Barack Obama was there and that was super cool. So I was watching him like half the time. I was just like, like so taken with the fact that he was there. which the biggest difference between Game Day at Chapel Hill versus camera like I know it's a little different crowd. Yeah, it is. Well, I mean first of all the Dingdom is much larger, much much, much larger. So that obviously fits more students. It's not it's not an intimate like I know that they've changed up the configuration, but like when I was a duke is nine thousand, three hundred and twenty four seats all in students band, you know, family less than tenzero seats, like closer to nine thousand than ten. Dingdom's much larger and Durham in general hasn't proved quite a bit since when I was there, meaning like there's more to do, there's more bars, more restaurants, but Chapel hills always been more of like a cool town to hang out in and there's more bars. So, like, I think people are just as excited in Carolina on game days Dukes and Duke Students Are Dick fans are I'm not going to say they're not, but I feel like they're more scattered. They're either more of them in the stadium or the arena or they're just more scattered around chuffle hill. What's also if you are, I think, where there the students are in relation to the court? Yeah, it was a big thing. Yeah, I mean it Duke like there. I remember one game I went to. I can't remember if I was a student yet or not. I don't know if I was a student...

...yet, but one of the guys on the tea on Carolina had gotten arrested and everybody D got a hold of the Mug shot and printed out like thousands of copies, and so all the students, because you know, the students are on one like Longside, and then the teams are on the other long side, and then on either end were Grad students and then the band, and so everybody in the student sections, which is like three quarters of the court, were given the Mug shots and they would just hold them up and go like this and go like go to guilty. In fact, a lot of the Grad students were judges ropes, like. I don't know how they coordinated this, but they did, because do students are smartasses and amazing like that. And he went like, oh, for eight free throws. I think maybe he made a jump shot. I mean he had the worst game. It's pretty good. Yeah, like that one. That's good. Yeah, YOU'RE gonna get every advantage you can. Oh, no, absolutely to do the proximity to the student section of the court such a big difference. A worthy positions like mention Arizona. Arizona gets thirteen, six hundred and sixty every game, but the students the prime seats for the donors and all you know, court slide and it just it's a different feel. It's allowed, but it's it's okay, it's not. It's not like. I mean they're like on top of you. I do if you're a team, they're on top of you. So what did you major in? Do I've major an incredibly useful field, trying to think of the word medium history, very useful if you want to be a teacher. I also got a certificate which was like Duke's version of this. It was like just short of a major but way more than a minor, and what they called markets and management, which is business right. I took business and I took history and only recently have I've been able to use my history degree, but I enjoyed it. What are you using it in? I I've been working on a project with ESPN and it's all about the history of tailgating, in the history of like the various Game Day cultures that you'll find around the country when you travel to a place to watch a game, and so it's all like, you know, how did these cultures come to be here, like immigration patterns. It's notable people in the his history of these places, food, culture and on three separate occasions, the the main guy, i. Despn is like, you know, Dana has a degree in history, so like she's like an expert at this. Like I'm just sitting there like, Oh, my dad, finally could call my parents, like thank you so much for spending all that money in my tuition. All these years later, it's finally coming in handy. Right. So the the history of to get is with. It actually would be very interesting because all the years I play in the NFL, every time that we would go to a stadium and you ride through the tailgators. Some places you get to sneak around them, but a lot of yeass you go right through them and it's very interesting. They're all a little different and they're all wired a little bit different. The crazies ones. Maybe we're in Oakland. Oh, interesting, okay, yeah, yeah, we got a lot of moon shots in oaklands. Yeah, but like what you'll what they're cooking, what they're wearing? It varies, it really does. I mean, yes, you'll always find burghers and hunt dogs, but they are are very strong, obviously, like food traditions, and those all are drive from like cultural things and historical things that have happened in all these towns. So are you guys looking at Pro Sports and college talegate atmospheres? Yeah, I mean I think we're starting with college, but I would love to look at Pro Sports. I'd love to look into the history of NASCAR. I mean if you study like the history of like Daytona and whyday Tonah and why that particular location, it's very, really quite interesting and actually had to do with the firmness of the sand because they could race the cars on the sand at the beach. So all those, all the racing ones, they're kill get inside the tracks. There's some of them. You hear about the Indiana was five hundred tailgate. It's just insane, insane. It's like the crazy thing is when you go through for the first time, if you go to one of these races and you're going to the Infield, you know you go under, you don't know you're going under the track, like you know you're going through a tunnel, but it doesn't like occur to you that it's the track that you're going underneath. You sort of pig you know, emerge into this grassy area and you look around and the track is just enormous and it's all around you and it just blows your mind that you're like in the middle of all of it. It's in tank like Brucal speedway. Everywhere. They everybody brings her RV's in and it's yeah, yeah, I do a lot of work with the Pocono raceway. I host their fan fast. I have the last three years. Is actually just a few weeks ago we were on stage with Jimmy Johnson. Super Fun. There's like thirty threezero people camping out in...

...the Infield. It's and like they have double deckers. They've built these things on top of their rvs. They like they're hanging out up there like all day. They're watching practice runs and they're just they're everywhere. You see, like my favorite is like when you come across the RV's where they come in with for and they'd make a square and then they have this like courtyard that they've now created and it's this this epic tailgating spot where they have like six grills, friars, picnic table. I mean it's amazing. I went down to Lsu to a game maybe like ten or fifteen years ago. We got there in a Thursday and then tail getting there's crazy. Yeah, I mean, but it started like Thursday look like the parking lot of the steeler game on a Sunday. Like it was just nuts. And it was funny because so many people asked us because we were I was a fan of Ari zone. Arizona's like zero football falling and stuff. We're there's like two hundred Arizona fans out of a ninety nine thousand there. But as they're kind of saying why you here and stuff, but then it also say, have you ever been to old miss? They were so worried about all miss because of the tailgating at old miss and they were more worried about talking about old MRS tailgating versus Lsu than the game itself. That was there's a lot of pros down there so competitive, especially a sec is so good for that. It's so good for that. But, like you were saying with the dance, these guys would have like parquet floors and stuff that they'd rolled there. They would be, you know, like seventy feet by fifty. Yeah, it was crazy. It was like a thing I've ever seen. A hundred percent, I mean it. There's actually a great book, if you're ever interested in reading a book. It's written by a Guy Ning Warren Saint John, who is from Alabama and I think he moved to New York at eighteen to go to Columbia University get a journalism degree and I think he's been here ever since. Ever since, I think he's either Loll Street Journal in New York Times, I can't remember, but he took a year off for Sabbatical and went back to Alabama to write a book about tailgating for Alabama Football Games. And the book is called Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer. So rammer jammers the cheer and Yellow Hammers the State Bird, and it is like so funny and there's so many unique, interesting, quirky weird characters that are all real people and like just I mean they're all rolling in on Tuesday. The game Saturday and they're rolling in on Tuesday into the parking lot. You, like, do any of you people work right? Like, what do you do for living? Like, do you work? Be a satellite from your laptop and you can be anywhere because it's so good for you. Otherwise, what's your story? Men? Yeah, and then just took just to go at it that hard for that many days. It's like how do you do that? Like that's nuts. It's a lot, I feel like, especially if you don't have an RV, I mean showering restrooms. It's always not as Nice. Right, exactly. So you left Duke and and what was your next transition for you? After Duke? I moved to La and I you guys, ever seen the show entourge? Yes, I was, yeah, the assistant, you know, the assistant character. I'm totally blinking on right now, which is weird because I've seen the show the jillion times. That would rexly, the guy, the character who we played. That was me. I worked to the town agency. I had to ares that I worked for simultaneously and I got my feet wet in the like entertainment world. Sorry, my apartment is in New York. Woud I followized windows are closed and this is still how bad it is. Yeah, I was like Hollywood Grad schools, like learning the INS and outs of how movies get made and TV shows get made and who gets paid what and why and how, because I thought I wanted to do what my dad did or does and he was like no, you, I will know absolutely not. So go try Hollywood. Maybe I'll like that. And I did not love it, but I learned a lot and those skills and like the things that I learned actually ended up coming in handy moving forward. I went from there to produce a TV show at twenty three years old called permitted the Christie's about Doug Christie and his wife Jackie, and be a player, and then shortly thereafter I started building hungry fan and my first for a into the media side of hungry fan was to cover the two thousand and twelve London Olympics for NBC Universal. So I produced and hosted fifteen segments, one every day, from the Games, which I would never have known how to do had I not probably worked at UTA for a little bit and then produce that show. Wow, that's a lot like because you people, that's what the shows about, is really finding out those steps it took...

...you to get to where you are, and too many people take one, they don't like it and they fail and you know, most of our gifts has the great stories of it. Didn't really like that. I'm going to move on. I'm to do something else and it just hard work and put that effort in, that time behind it, and so we're you. Have you always been a cook? He always loved to cook. I have loved cooking, mostly because I've always loved eating and my mother is not a huge cook. She if she didn't have to eat, she wouldn't. She's just not into food, which is so utterly bizarre and foreign to me. But so I think when I was like five she taught me how to make scrambled eggs so that I could make myself breakfast on Saturday mornings, that I even have to wake her up. Usually my dad would be traveling. But then I discovered the craft grated Parmeershan cheese can, that green one, remember, the green one that used to be open everybody's fridge. On the back of that can for years was a recipe for Caesar Salad. So I just started making Caesar Salad like nonstop, like that was my job, short order to Cook One item Caesar Salad, wrinkling and scrambled eggs here and there, and then eventually, actually, while I was a duke, I went abroad for my Junie your year and I studied in Italy and I studied in France and while I was in both countries I took cooking classes and learned techniques, like more technical stuff and and how to know, like how do you make a classic beshmeal sauce, which is the basis for a lot of things, and how do you make mannaise and how do you make at Chup, and sort of took that and I've just been looking ever since. So then, have you gone to like Louisiana and Mississippi to learn that kind of stuff cooking for the for your book? I haven't gone to those places. I mean the beauty of like technology since I graduated from College and Oh five is the you know, recipes and videos and techniques are very accessible now. I mean I have like Julia Child's book, I have like the Big Encyclopedia of art of Art of the art of cooking and cooking techniques, but I've also just spent a lot of time reading and watching like recipe videos and learning the Cajun stuff and you know, which is actually rooted in French but obviously adapted to that culture. So yeah, thank thanks Google Youtube. In college there's about eight of US lived in a house together. When you're in we decided it was getting a little expensive to always eat out, you know. So we're trying to be sourceful and the one guy came in with a Julie Child's Cook Book and it was like, I think flipped through it and we just work that you did a box and stuff. Yeah, you like the crazy the Heckler DC gave it is ripped it up and when we get yeah, they'd like a yeah, that Guy Robin figure did you Robin figure it up? Yeah, probably, I remember she'd yes, Nominal Cook. She well, and her book like it's called the joy of cooking. I believe it's it's a little advance and there's some recipes that like you're never going to make. They're just sort of older style recipes, but in general, you know, there's some great ones in there that if you can just learn some of these techniques to make certain things, you really can apply it to quite a bit, like even like just the idea of like is it low and slow or hot and fast? If it's low and slow, you're going to get sort of like falling off the bone, no matter what your protein is, and it's going to be moist and soft and you have to remember you know, like marinating is key if it's hot and fast, like keeping an eye on it and quick flavors and making sure there's always enough oil or fat to cook through and so it doesn't burn. Like just to stuff like that. You get all of that from her book and we should have looked at it more closely, but we're twenty year old for a boise. Yeah, you know, and it was just heavy reading for talking at using any of that. Yeah, do you cook with your mom now? I Cook for my mom. She she on occasion like a very like usually holidays, thanksgiving. She will sue chef for me and I will just give her very explicit tasks. It's not that she can't cook, she just doesn't enjoy it. That is the worst part of cookie use. preparation. Yeah, everything open. That's what I always have to do in the kitchens, cut everything up for my wife so that it's easy ready to go. Yes, but it's really important it. If you it can really especially for making multiple dishes at once. If you don't have the thing, the ingredients, prepped it, nothing will come out at the same time. Everything will come at it different times and you're just like, hang on, let me go get that and then twenty minutes later you come back. Yeah, well, also history then I like the...

...origin of the hungry. Feel like, how did that all star? Yeah, so really it goes back to what we were talking about earlier, which is like the fan experience and and soaking that up. So, as I said, I know covered the Olympics, I had an opportunity in the media space to cover three super bowls. I've done a lot of morning shows and nine time shows and actually had a lot of opportunities to understand Game Day from the media perspective. Obviously very familiar with Game Day from the player and an agent perspective. I work for teens. I get that. So when you think about like the stakeholders in Game Day and Game Day meeting, like everyone coming together for insert sporting event here, whether it's a race, a match or a game, there's really not that many people like stakeholders involved. I mean, yes, you can get into like the air marks of the world and the merge sellers, but like those people aside, you have you have the people who compete and their representatives, you have the people who own the team's and you have the journalists and the people who cover it and broadcast it. But the other entity that's, in my opinion, incredibly important, if not the most important, because they're the ones who buy the tickets, who show up, who watched the programming, are the fans, and there was never anybody creating their experience or helping them to entertain better or know what they were doing or know what to do or how to do it. We're to show up and when, and that's not to say that like, like they needed it. It's just there wasn't anybody there for them for that piece of Game Day. And I liken what I'm trying to build and what I've been building and hungry fan to what Martha Stewart built. It's it is a lifestyle brand and she's like a lifestyle guru. Now it's not the same audience like Connecticut Housewives. There might be some who are huge sports fans who might want to tail gate or home gate, but for the most part that's not what we're we're not talking about the housewives. We're talking about eighty percent of America actually who tailgate annually, and who knows how many people home gate, which is like throwing the watch party at home and inviting friends and family so it all started with my love for the fan experience, which I've had since I was a really little kid, through Duke, through after Duke, and wanting to provide a service to an overlooked and neglected but super important, Wonderful Group of people. So what is your favorite recipe? Everybody asked me that. It's like the number one question, like what's your favorite game to as be and I say, like, who's your favorite of your children? I got that the other day and he actually answered. The kids think it's all the other ones. They think it's that. Yes, I mean that's what report, as long as my daughter think to turn my two boys think it's them, but they always say it's each other, so it doesn't I if I had to pick a dish for somebody to make me on Game Day, I'll put it that way. Like to either sit down and eat because it's there. I would say buffalowing, because I love buffalowing. No, no, if that is that in the in the parking lot, tail gating, or is that at home, jail gating? Anywhere? Give me muflow any time and I'm very happy. Girl like grilled fried with your favorite way to do it, preferably not fried, because then they get like oftentimes they're they get very dried. People are not so good, even though fried shouldn't actually make them dry out, they just usually just overcook them most of the time. So world is great. Baked is great. Preferably not breaded, because then like, I feel like that sauce sort of gets lost. It just gets soaked into the breading and it doesn't have that thing powerful kick. So preferably not breaded and then like lots of extra sauce. Yeah, my favorite thing to eat when I go to a game. NACHO's helping every stadium I go to. That's what I got to try. somethings are pretty good. It's I sadly, this is this is like last amazing into a professional cook like this. It's the notchos with the canny yellow sauce. Oh Gosh, I love it, though I didn't even want you to hear that. Well, you know it's gonna be like one day they are more will and and there will be like cockroaches and Nacho sauce right and will be all of it is last people dipping tweakies in it like to stay alive. Oh Jeez, no, I used to go to I grew up into soon used to go to...

Tucson tworld games, the minor league team of the Astros at a time and that was for I didn't even watch the game, I just kept going back and Notchos my parents happening here. But it was. It can be quiet space cheese. It is. Yeah, it is. It last forever and it it'll. Yeah, I don't want to know what it does to your inside, like glue. Yeah. So what's next for the hungry fan? A great question. Well, we have really been focusing a lot on rolling out a lot of products and and and working with product brands to help create that part of their game day too. So we are getting very heavy into the product space. I'm excited about we are doing a lot of events. We actually just in talk to do some stuff around the Super Bowl and Kentucky Derby just this morning. And we're working on some content, whether it's going to be digital or TV, TVD but we've got some great partners and networks that are are interested and that we're working with. So I don't know, like step three in the fifty step plan for world that total world domination? Maybe, I know, maybe that's a three, like I think we're footed than that. Maybe like step thirteen. There's a lot of there like that really tells you this is how you should do it, this is the best way to do with that passion exactly exactly. I think there's a there's a great niche for what you're doing and being really I appreciate that. I I feel the same way and, more than anything, like I really for so many years it's been very one directional, like me to you, I'm the expert and I'm going to tell you what to do and like that's great, and some people eat and want that. But what I really am excited about, I'm trying to desperately figure out the best way to do this is, you know, how do we how do we continue to grow community where we can talk to each other and how, you know, whether it's you know, in the world of social media it's called user generated content, where you take pictures of what you're doing and you share it and we can help fell out for people who are curious. You know, what is it that you're doing? If you're the committed tailgator and you know what you're doing, but somebody's more curious, like how do I do that? How do I achieve that level? We can help, but I really wanted to be more of a reciprocal thing as opposed to just me telling you what to do because I'm just so smart. Well, I like on your website that you can put in where you live and you you're going to help us find out a bar to go sit at and yeah, yeah, sports bar radar, we're going to. We have to work on that to build that up a little bit more and make it more robust, but I think we have like seventy five cities, both United States and Canada, in there, so that's pretty cool work. Does it tell you like what kind of food you're getting, or can you put any of that query in we I yes, they are sorted by kind of food. They're sorted by like dive bar or like like a grill. We actually put on a bunch of college students to help me go through everything and and put filters on it to make it easier to use. Lett Dave and I know if you need us to go toast of food, Andy, Sports Corps and Catsberg and will will have right ones or anywhere else. Yeah, it's car wold travel. Now. You guys also wrote a cookbook. Yes, I had her herens Game Day cookbook. Yeah, it so. It came out three years ago, so almost three years ago, like odd late August, two thousand and sixteen. It was published by time ink, which is now meredith. They got bought. That's unimportant. And the book is a hundred and sixty five recipes, forty of which I collected from professional athletes and Olympians. So recipes from Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Lebron, James Boomer, Sigason, Andrea can see, Steffi graph and so on and so forth. It's all meant to be. I gave them like one prompt and it was send me a recipe that you would serve if you were having a super bowl party and inviting your friends over. So Lebron would have a super healthy super bowl party and that shrik actually like. That would be what I want from my cheat day. But his recipe is still delicious. Everybody else that you know, like Friday o Gra me, it's really good. Like I got Swedish meatballs from boomer, very very young stuff, and then all the recipes are really meant to provide you delicious things that you can make, whether you're home getting or tail getting. Yeah, I have toothing Mi Guacomole. Yeah, Nak it, and then I would make Buffalo Chicken dip. Well, there you go. Those two things are they're always a hit. Everybody eats. Yeah, the GUACOLI. And another's a trick.

I think he's maybe lime juice or something. When quark only starts to get a little bit old, though, if it's out. You know, look at late. Let's say you're at the chief's game and you're eating Gulocomeli DIPP and it's been there for an hour. Yeah, that starts to get a little dicey. But what do you put is? Yeah, I always put extra line in mind. Yeah, it's acid limera women is generally what you can use to prevent or to stall the Browning of any fruit or vegetable that browns, including apples too. So like if you make Apple Pie, one of the things that they'll tell you to do is just soaked your apples and a little bit of water with lemon once they're cut, and then that way they don't frown before you cook. What's like now? You covered the game to experience in the Olympics. How does that differ versus like a redskins game. Like what's like? Oh my God, hiding at the Olympics. What's that like? It's not really done. But what you'll do Olympics beside that. Well, actually, what's really interesting is that we're really the only country that the tail gates. Like if you go all over the world, you will never ever find what we do in like very games in England and southern thing they don't do it the way that we do it. I mean they have they have pubs, they love their pups, they their B ours and they'll go and they'll drink quite a bit. It's more drinking than it is food. But yeah, we're the only ones that tailgate. What you will find in the Olympics, particularly the summer Olympics, because they're larger, there's more sports and they're generally the winter sports are sort of on two campuses. You have like the mountain area where the Alpine stuff is happening, and then the main other area. So it's bread at too spread out, but it's a summer games. You'll find a multitude of but they're called hospitality houses and every country has a hospitality house. So when you go it's like, I mean I remember in London. We went to Austria and it was snowing in the front yard in the middle of the summer and they had like the huge recola like horn thing and it was made to look like a ski Shelle and like you went a few doors down was Switzerland and there's girls in there with like I shouldn't say girls, as you say women, with like the lacy white shirt and like leader hose, anything, and they're making were rings and there's Faun do and there's chocolate and it was just like it's great. I went. I loved going to the Ireland House. It was so much fun. I Red Beer and count it's for they have some of the best like team spirit you will find anywhere. They are a hoot and it happened to be the gold medal match between in boxing, women's boxing. Was the first year women's boxing and they're are woman, Katie Taylor, their boxer, was competing for gold and they were just going bonkers and it was so much fun. And they had Irish blue cheese burgers that were insanely delicious, and that's not because I had a bunch of Guinness, it was because they worked that good. Maybe I mean you can't like Chuck Guinness. I can go down like, you know, like a lighter beer, or even just more like like a stella, you know, like that goes down. Getn't like eating right is. It's a meal in itself. There's no doubt. Yeah, it's not. Truly. No, no, David, I've been on a truly kick lately. So, Oh, yeah, those are you though. Those go right down and the whoo what do I feel so weird for right? We try to hide it because we don't want to look like the guys are not drinking beer, but we're drinking truly. So, yeah, yeah, you probably just it's embarrassing anyway. You look at you know, listen, it's very popular now. Are All the brands are getting in on it. White cloth. Well, white clause being so one of the last things we do we go through our guests and we talked about it's caught. We call it the no huddle drill, and had two minute where we blastom questions at you and get you to answer me as fast you can. Okay, I'll do my bat. So, Dave, shoot, okay, if you could trade places one person for a day, anyone in the world who would that be a lot. I've Yeah, Oh Gosh, I don't know. WHO WOULD I want? Well, your history major, so we could willow to see. Stead Elizabeth the first kind quick history done. Wow, why? Why would it be her? Because she was like the most badass person in the history of ever and she happened to be a woman. She was an incredible, incredible leader. How many heads did she cut off? Not that many, not as famously as her father did. I should fall. So what was it? Your favorite? I think your favorite sports venue. I mean Cameron. Yeah, she's that was a that's an easy we...

...gave you a little soft. Yeah, sorry, Dana. Do you have a pet peeve? I have a lot of pet peegs. I mean they're not necessarily related to far away. You are a tourist in New York. Leave. Please know that we are very nice people, but if you are walking five people wide on a sidewalk, you are in everybody's way. So to know more than two and when we ask you nicely to move on the first go round, just move, because if you don't move after one nice excuse me, we are going to push you like. I'm going to remember that when I'm in New York just stay away from your area. Thef that. Just be mindful that. Like we don't really use cars, we use our feet. So the sidewalks out our roads, and so if you're blocking the whole road, no going now. Right, I hear you. All right, if we got a hold of your phone, who would be the most famous person that you have in your phone? Oh, I mean, I don't know. How do you do? When we say how about the entertainment world? I mean I have Michael in there, I have him J in there. I Have Charles Berkeley, who I message. We have the same birthday. So I sent him happy birthday texts once a year and that's it. I don't bother him other than that. So, and I have Patrick Nice. Those are sold. So what would we always ask me? Like to if you could go back and tell a young Dana and give her some advice, what would the advice be? Everybody's going to tell you throughout your life to have a little bit more patience, and maybe you should consider that to go get her. That's all it is. I have zero patients. I just want to make it, I want to make it happen. I want to go do it now. I want to do it the best I can immediately. Dave, I guarantee she's like those two. And people drive slow in the fast lane. There's no fault. That's my pipe, pearaballs, move over it. That's why we have Right Lane Path. Also, people that are bad and mergers. It's the worst. Yes, we take it goes faster if you just take turns. Exactly. It's so much more efficient that way. I used to live in La I could talk about this for hours. Like people there do not understand how to have, how to merge, because they're also, what's the word? When you feel like, I'm totally blanking, but you know, when you feel like you deserve things. But you know, if whatever, I can't think. You know what I yes, thank you. I don't. I was like a source with dee, but it doesn't. Everybody's so entitled. I'm like, just take turns and there won't be traffic. My worst one is like two lines getting longer longer than it's the guy they won't let anybody up and like he has a big truck and then he just runs them both and, yeah, I get so angry. Yeah, or those people who come and like they wait, wait, wait, wait, wait for the exit ramp and then you know everybody's lined up there in line, and then they go all the way to the front and they cut in right at the front. Horrible. No, if they if we're going to make a hungry fan movie, who would play you? Who would play me? I have no idea. Somebody Fun, playful and Perky and snarky. I don't know who. I don't know some of WHO's your favorite actress? Then you gotta my favorite actress wouldn't play me because she'd be older. I mean it would be me like in my s maybe, but I'm also partial to cake Blin. I Love Kate blench at. I think she's a great actress, but she would not play me. I'd be not the right person. She would be great. You're thinking like somebody. What's her name from mess now? Kristen Wig, know, the one paye kid and came again. She's funny. She I'm she's way funnier than I am, but sure she could play me. That would be okay. So you've been in sports your whole life. You've been around all these great athletes. What's your favorite sports movie? My favorite sports movie is a League of their own. That's I still have not seen that. I know it's a it's a classn't seen. I've never seen the gosh even watch slap shot either. I didn't see that. There's a lot of stuff I'm still I mean honorable menum for Eddie with what big Golberg when she plays the coach of the next it's not a great movie, but honorable mention. Honorable Mention. Is youing? And that one? Because no, Adalius and Rick Fox. Yeah, you'd know Your Dad. I thought you might mention his movie, but you probably Space Shan. That's my kids love that. They were a little. I love movie, but like if a League of their own is on TV, I will stop and I will watch it like a whatever I'm doing, even if I'm working on who to stay on. WHO's your favorite character in that? Gina Davis. Yeah, Daddy Henson. Obviously I mean Tom Hanks. Is the two of them together, but she's...

...awesome. You know, that's what really pretty. Crying a base there's no crowd, there's no crying baseball. Donna's yet Anna Great Casts Really, Really Fun, good movie. Sol Bill Pullman. Who Doesn't love the pullman? We all look everybody, come on, we really appreciate you coming on to a podcast and talk a little bit about your story and, you know, tell us all about the hungry fan and you and your book and what you're doing today. It was great and I learned a lot and I really enjoyed it. Dave, would you think? Well, I can't wait to incorporate some recipes right out. We're right outside the penguins arena. So well, yeah, we're. Yeah. So when you start doing the NFL and going around to all the tailgates, I'll give you my top ten. Okay, sounds good. I wish I had that two years ago. I was do I did it. I did an NFL tell getting show on CBS sports two years ago. So when we get it back up and going, or new version of it, I will. I'm will going Buffalo Wings and buffalo because they're pretty good up there. Yeah, they are pretty good. Oh, yeah, for sure. Well, thank you guys for having me and I just want to get a quick mention in. If you are a fan of your show, your friend, a fan of huddle of Duthin, Dave, head to hungry bandcom. I put together a special discount in the stores. If you just go to shop and you use the promote gut gusts to US twenty. Twenty percent off anything that's in there. All right, great, we'll share that on social media and put it all out there and let everybody here awesome. Thank you, guys so much. Thanks, was great to meet you. Thanks, day data. Hi, guys,.

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