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Meals Ready to Eat

Darling Farm: Shepherding Animals from Pasture to Plate

Can an intense connection to nature be a form of therapy? "Meals Ready to Eat" visits Darling Farm, owned by Former Army Ranger battalion member Jon Darling. This episode explores a veteran’s commitment to raising meat in a kind and ethical manner, all the way to an animal’s slaughter. It raises the question of ethics when it comes to food and humankind’s deep, sometimes disturbing, relationship to its ecosystem. Some say it was the training and experience learned in the military that led Darling to being one of the most thoughtful and humane farmers in South Carolina.

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S1 E6: Israel

Journey to Nablus in The West Bank and the streets of Tel Aviv in search of food that brings people together. Tim Hollingsworth, of DTLA restaurant Otium, cooks up a “Dry-aged Beef Tartare with Yogurt Mint Bulgur."
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S1 E5: Coast Guard and Philly

Coast Guard cook Arianna Gunn and South Philadelphia Fire Department resident chef and Marine veteran Bill Joerger show they provide sustenance for those on a mission. Chef de Cuisine Holly Jivin prepares Beverly Hills SLS-style Philly Cheesesteak.
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S1 E4: Okinawa and Guam

Travel across the Pacific to Okinawa and Guam where the U.S. military has been a strong influence for decades. Top Chef winner Mei Lin explore the fusion of Asian and American flavors with her “Island Congee with Coconut Milk-Braised Pork Shoulder.”
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S1 E3: CIA and Petit Trois

Walk the halls of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Spend time with Chef Ludo Lefebvres’ lieutenant, Will Marquardt, Army veteran and Chef de Cuisine at Petit Trois, as well as Top Chef Master Neal Fraser owner of downtown L.A. restaurant Redbird.
Still of 10th Mountain Whiskey from Meals Ready to Eat
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S1 E2: Darling Farm and 10th Mountain Whiskey

Visit Former Army Ranger Battalion member Jon Darling’s farm and 10th Mountain Whiskey, a craft distillery that honors the legacy of the daring World War II Army division. The Nice Guy Mixologist Matt Seigel makes a a “Lamb-Infused Whiskey Cocktail."
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S1 E1: Natick and Fort Lee

Meet the scientists and chefs working to ensure the health and well-being of our nation’s finest, even as they are challenged by the toughest terrains and harshest conditions in the world.
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