Mike Stephen talks with: writer and foodie Ron Faiola about a unique aspect of Midwest culture as detailed in his Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round book; Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) about obscure garage rockers Evening’s Breezes for this week’s edition of The Secret History of Chicago Music; and Culture_Content guru Brian Ferber about the Bloody Mary Fest at the Logan Square Auditorium and why the Bloody Mary is a perfect way to bring people together. Meanwhile, we play a clip of celebrity chef Alton Brown conducting an Italian Beef blind taste test… and we celebrate the 500th episode of Outside the Loop RADIO! This week’s local music is provided music provided by Birds of Chicago. OTL host Mike Stephen and producer Andy Hermann celebrate 500 episodes with Bloody Marys at the Little Goat Diner. To subscribe to the OTL podcast, please visit our iTunes page or RSS feed. OTL host Mike Stephen chats with Bloody Mary Fest founder/creator Brian Ferber (with an assist from Culture_Content right-hand man Allen Richards).