To round out his New York Times Sunday magazine drinks column, his Medium column, his network TV show, his more than 25 restaurants, and nonstop Twitter battles, Mario Batali just launched a Hulu series called “The High Road with Mario Batali.” It’s sort of like Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, except Batali’s guests aren’t all comedians, and instead of driving classic cars, he takes them around on a double-decker bus. Also, it’s shot in black and white, which sort of defeats the whole purpose of orange Crocs.

In the first installment, Batali heads to Gowanus (“[Brooklyn] is simply teeming with revitalization”) with television journalist George Stephanopoulos to play shuffleboard and eat out of a food truck. Upcoming guests on the 12-episode series will include Chef Gabrielle Hamilton, Isabella Rossellini, and Jimmy Fallon.

Here’s Batali explanation of the show’s premise:

“My vision for The High Road was to capture conversation with interesting people outside of their personal and professional domains. It’s my love letter to New York City.”

Episodes air every Thursday at midnight on Hulu and Hulu Plus. Check out the show’s official page for more information.


Here’s some more stuff we loved from today:

Ending the war on fat [Time]

Wylie Dufresne’s unwavering vision turned wd~50 into a vital New York restaurant [Grub Street]

Starbucks to install wireless smartphone charging mats nationwide [Foodbeast]

Rebuilding the Jewish bakery tradition [Serious Eats]