Having A Night show

Having A Night

Summary: Having A Night is a podcast dedicated to reviving the lost art of the dinner party. Sophie von Haselberg and Ariana Venturi are obsessed with both the micro and the macro of the all-important question: how to throw the absolute, supreme, no holds barred, remember-it-forever-unless-you-were-too-drunk dinner party.

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  • Artist: Sophie von Haselberg and Ariana Venturi
  • Copyright: Authentic Management


 Live Is Where It's At! Series Finale | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2623

Well, friends, this is sort of a 'series finale' for the Having A Night Podcast. As Ari says in this ep, "we've basically done it". We've had on guests we've loved, guests we've hated (KIDDING!), we've talked about scintillating things and things so boring they could send a stone into a deep snooze. And now, we're hoping to take Having A Night in some more *live*, *theatrical* directions. If you've been listening to us for the last FOUR years, we cannot thank you enough. Knowing there were people on the other end of the microphone -- particularly during the pandemic -- kept us sane and kept us going. And if you suddenly stumbled upon this podcast and have never even heard of us, go back and listen to the whole back catalogue! There are some juicy, good episodes that we think (?) will stand the test of time. And let it be known that we reserve the right to come back and podcast any time we damn well please! Until we talk to you next, we'll be on instagram and hoping to rustle up a Live Chip Hour. So if you have any ideas of theaters or anything you'd like to see live and in the flesh... Let us know! We love you, we cherish you, and we couldn't -- no, we WOULDN'T! -- have done it without you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Boocatini | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2864

And we don't mean 'boo' in the Halloween sense. In this episode, we uncover the hollow (literally!) trend that is bucatini. We also delve into another bu--burrata, that is. NYMag issued a scathing expose on the once-famed ball of cream. Is this ill repute deserved or is there a place in the pantheon of cheeses for our milky friend? Of course, it wouldn't be August if we didn't have a section on tomatoes (sandwiches, raw sauces, etc.) and zucchini (this is a must-cook situation. Zoodles left Sophie with a permanent mental scar.) and all the ways you can keep your kitchen cool by not turning on your stove. And don't worry, we didn't forget to go to the Queens Night Market -- it's TONIGHT! We take a virtual tour of the vendors, ie say a bunch of names out loud and squirm in our seats with delight at what we will be eating this evening! So tune in next week to hear how many Tibetan Momos is too many Tibetan Momos. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 A Hell of a Town! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2861

This week is all about where to go and what to do in the great city of New York! When people (including people under the age of 21) visit from out of town, what are the major food groups one MUST hit? Pizza is at the top of the list, but must be in the form of the slice joint. Bagels are an essential, but don't you dare go near a place that serves unicorn bagels. The steakhouse, the Oyster Bar, the classic American diner... Lots to cover, including the pretzel of sliced meats, ie pastrami. Has the Empire State Bldg. jumped the shark? Has anyone ever been on The Circle Line? This, and other important questions go unanswered in this great citywide episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Hot Girl Dinner Walk | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3110

I can be hard for a couple of millennials to keep up with Gen Z. It's a Hot Girl Summer, at least we know that part. But when it comes to Girl Dinner, are we behind the trend or are we so ahead of the curve that we've been Girl Dining for years and have long since forgotten about it? Hot Girl Walks are a newfangled moniker for 'walking while thinking', and by our use of the word 'newfangled', you can probably tell that thinking while walking is the norm for us. As usual, we get sidetracked by talk of sandwiches and groin enlargement, but please do bear with us! We love you -- happy summer! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Czech Us Out! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3364

The Pils is fresh, the sausages are thick, and the cry of dekuji issues from our lips. Yes, we're back from our *shared* vacation-- sort of tanned, very full, and nearly ready to commit to a week of teetotaling and juice cleansing! We go deep on 'responsible drinking' and shallow on the chicness of ponchos. There's talk of the ultimate roast beef sang (that's sandwich in collegiate language), the ultimate potato (cooked not just in oil but also STOCK), and the ultimate replacement for the arancini (hint: it has very little to do with arancini.) Thanks for tuning in! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Packing Heat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3614

The air of Canadian Wildfires has swept into NY and the sky is yellow... Apocalypse is on the brain. But we won't let that get us down! First of all, there's a naked woman across the street, which certainly buoys the mood. And then, we have packing to talk about! How to channel all your energy into one look -- are you a Jacqueline Bissett or are you gonna be out there rocking Jams World? And did you know that if you're the guy wearing the fun shirt, you better bring the attitude to go with it? We talk summer shoes, the 'Don't Rain on my Fedora' crowd, and how to wear a straw hat like you DGAF. We're off next week, but we'll catch you the week after, live from Italy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Thinking Big, Talking Small | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2922

Orange Oil is our favorite food, but what about its gruesome twin, the Orange Oil Stain? This week starts off with some Real Talk about the dearth of desserts on-hand (yogurt and granola ain't gonna cut it anymore) and the sad truth that sometimes, mediocre food can make a person (e.g. Sophie) eat more, in the hopes of attaining culinary nirvana. Then, prepare for a bumpy segue into small talk! How to have it, why we're having it, and whether there is some way to dispatch with it altogether. Is our generation a bit too anxious to trauma-bond? Is talking about the weather a snooze, or politeness itself? These questions, with absolutely zero answers, in this episode of your favorite podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 By The Hair of the Artichoke | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3771

Did you spent the week blissfully biting into the metaphorical heart of the artichoke or chewing on a fibrous outer leaf? The answer is probably: both. Artichokes take center stage in this episode until they are rudely booted off in favor of raw, off-the-rails topic: THE VEGGIE SANDWICH. And boy does this episode get heated! Chevre proves more divisive than anticipated, but the gloves really come off when it comes to the Italian hero. We live by one credo, and one credo only: THOU SHALT NOT LET IT BE AN ANTIPASTI ACID FEST. If you've ever gotten down with hummus spread thin on toasted seeded bread, danced with a pickled shallot on Sourdough, or divined your future in an herbaceous aioli, look no further than this earthy ep. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Ride that Mic | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2948

What are your Hopes and Dreams? Have you been busy thinking about what you hope for the Having A Night gals and the Having A Night Family? Us too! And in this episode we talk all about it, starting with nudity and other potentially humiliating behaviors that we would like to indulge in more often. As usual, we mix our metaphors, get completely off-track, and can barely recall where we began. All of which is to say, it's a regular dang Having A Night Ep! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Must Love Flop | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3121

First, we gotta recap the World Marmalade Awards, where Sophie took a silver in the First Timer's category. This quickly ushers in the hot topic of jelly vs. jam vs. marmalade, but soon we're out of the sweets and onto the savory subjects, ie PIZZA. Where to get it, what kind of flop it needs, what crust is best... This is an unplanned, off the cuff, but EXTREMELY exciting deep dive into excitement about one of -- if not THE -- most perfect food of all time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Parmesan Nuclear Holocaust | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2527

N.B. -- audio is not the greatest in this episode, but we hope you'll enjoy nonetheless! The accidental theme of this ep is what pantry items survive the 'nuclear holocaust' and also what ingredients we need in the event of a 'nuclear holocaust', aka an airbnb with no grocery store around for miles. Fish pate ranks fairly low on the list of things that do well over a 5-year time period, while beans get a 5-star Having A Night stamp of approval. Parmesan breezes onto the list of things we need no matter what, while canned tomatoes barely eke out a mention. Plus, plenty of news from Germany during the famous spargelzeit... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Scallion Floss | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2611

In this peripatetic episode, Ari and Sophie hop from Easter to food poisoning to the true meaning of the word 'shank'. They can't answer the question 'what is a cassoulet?' but they CAN tell you that scallions must be chopped and never served whole-from-the-grill. Find us on instagram @havinganight and we'll answer any burning questions... Or we'll just make up some of our own and answer those. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Salami Cones | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3445

It's time for a deep dive into portability. The portability of FOOD, to be precise. Burritos check the box but tacos fall short. Dumplings? No can do. Sandwiches teeter on the brink, depending on how they are packaged and how stuffed they are. We also take a deep dive into our own intellects and patchy knowledge with a superficial tour through 'inflation', 'economics' and 'cellphone addiction.' Ari correctly identifies herself as 'self-competitive' and Sophie tries to win her over to the side of the salami cone. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Taste This | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3432

More potatoes are discussed -- apologies are issued to wedge fries; clear gaps in our potato famine knowledge are exposed... Then it's onto a dissection of the tasting menu: is it a thing of the past or a thing of the future? Is it ever enough food? And the grimmest of all: what happens when 'share' plates aren't large enough to be truly shared? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Maslow's Hierarchy of Spuds | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3495

We take an unanticipated tour through Fried Potatoville... Hot takes are given on Hot Tots. Plus: the County Fair. Ultimate Americana, or vestigial tradition? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


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