Food industry veteran Dyke Michaels uses his Harder Brunch podcast to laugh at a pandemic.
Michaels dike I didn’t want his podcast to be a test against a virus-ravaged world. The former owner of a Beast Food Truck and the brunch legend of Irvington, who is also regularly on the cast of the Red Flag Comedy, started the cheeky interview show Harder Brunch in late 2019 to invite chefs, bartenders and other comedians to his house to share a few laughs over a homemade brunch and a couple of cocktails.
When the industry insiders he had on the show felt the quarantine crisis last March, the boisterous, out of date podcast became an opportunity for guests to express their frustrations. In many ways, the show became exactly what Michaels loves about podcasts. “It’s not like a television interview in which you have to go through bullet points,” says Michaels. “You can be stupid.”
The journey to becoming a foodie podcaster was a winding one for Michaels, who began his cooking career as a food service assistant at summer camp. In 2012, while he was still in cooking school, he had the opportunity to start a brunch program at Black Acre Brewing Company, where customers queued for the one dish he made every week. But operating the Beast Food Truck taught him the importance of it Work-life balance. “All of my livelihood was tied to the food truck. I worked harder than ever before and was almost homeless, ”he says. “In this world you just forget about self-care. Now I can do things on my own terms. And I’ll be a professional clown. “
Terry Kirts is a graduate of the IU Master of Fine Arts creative writing program and hails from a town in Illinois that is so small it didn’t have a restaurant until 8th grade. Since 2000, he has more than made up for the childhood lack of restaurants, logging hundreds of meals as a restaurant reviewer for WHERE Indianapolis, Indianapolis Woman and NUVO before joining Indianapolis Monthly in 2007 as an editor. Senior Creative Lecturer Terry has written at IUPUI and published his poetry and creative nonfiction in a number of literary magazines and anthologies, including Gastronomica, Alimentum, and Indiana Home Again: Essays and Memoirs. He is the author of To the Refrigerator Gods, a poetry collection published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2011.