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The smells of Chicago come alive in candle form at Beverly Dry Goods (Episode 513)

I love candles. If you watch the FB Live broadcasts, 9 times out of 10 there’s a candle lit behind me. Imagine my excitement when I learned of Beverly Dry Goods on the South Side, selling candles with fragrances like…

Posted in Entrepreneurs Episodes Quarantine Con Carne

A successful pandemic-era food business created out of ‘spite’: Hardbittenn (Episode 512)

As the world constricted and the service industry was getting chokeslammed, an incalculable number of employees were cut loose or laid off. That’s Chef Halee Raff’s story. She got laid off and decided to go full-speed ahead with her own…

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Whisky, gin, and tequila gifts for all tastes and budgets: Sebastien Derbomez of William Grant (Episode 511)

Nothing says “Happy Holidays” and “kiss my ass, 2020” like the judgement-free comfort of a wonderful spirit. Sebastien Derbomez, brand ambassador at William Grant & Sons, returns to Car Con Carne to make liquor suggestions for your gift-buying needs. Milagro…

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Firefighters helping kids who are fighting serious illness: Kurt DeGroot of Project Firebuddies (Episode 510)

There’s nothing more comforting than seeing people help other people. Project Fire Buddies is a non-profit organization of firefighters bringing joy and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to kids wrestling with serious illness. Kurt DeGroot of Project Fire Buddies joins me tonight to…

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Storm King Comics, John Carpenter movies and the entertainment business: Sandy King Carpenter (Episode 509)

Sandy King Carpenter has arrived on Car Con Carne to chew bubblegum and kick ass.  Movie producer. Writer. Publisher. Director. Entrepreneur … Carpenter’s work is all over legendary movies like “They Live,” “Village of the Damned” and “Starman.” Along with…

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Win a $50 gift card from Byron’s Hot Dogs!

Win a $50 gift card from Byron’s Hot Dogs in Chicago! Car Con Carne is a huge fan of their dogs and fries. To enter, sign up for Car Con Carne email updates. I’ll never be spammy or slimy with…

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Mostly-safe to Google: The very funny Handsome Naked (Episode 508)

The very funny, award-winning comedy hip-hop group Handsome Naked joins me to talk about their new felt puppet-centric video “Comfort Food” and their history in the world of comedy hip-hop. Car Con Carne is presented by Siren Records McHenry.

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Helping Illinois craft breweries: The Nonessential Project (Episode 507)

The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild is the focus of a live streaming event happening tomorrow night (12/1/20, 7pm CT). “The Nonessential Project” is a musical supergroup of local artists who are devoting their time and talent to raise funds for…

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From cooking in restaurant kitchens to cranking out paintings in the garage: George Zak (Episode 506)

Let’s talk art. Known for his work as a chef, restaurateur and caterer, George Zak has been heading down a different path this year. He’s been quietly woodshedding away on a unique set of paintings that we’re going to show…

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From KFMDM to “PAIN IS GOD”: Raymond Watts of PIG (Episode 505)

“I love the smell of rock and roll burning holes inside my soul” He is our libertine Lord of Lard… Raymond Watts of checks in from overseas, just as his newly-released “PAIN IS GOD” album has taken over all my…