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Vince Staten

How many men can claim to have been a newspaper columnist, a guest on Late Night with David Letterman ... and a homecoming queen? We’re guessing only one, and he is Vince Staten.

In the mid-’80s, author Staten told America where to get the country’s best barbecue. Louisville Life caught up with him 20 years later as he updated that book, one of his most popular, for a new guide called Real Barbecue. The new book anoints the top 100 joints for barbecue in the country, from Maine to California.

Born and raised in Kingsport, TN, Staten is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Tennessee. His articles have appeared in Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, and the New York Times. He is the author of 12 previous books, including Do Bald Men Get Half-Price Haircuts? and Did Monkeys Invent the Monkey Wrench?

While living in Prospect, KY, Staten also became a restaurateur himself, opening a place called Vince Staten’s Old-Time Barbecue. In recent years, family obligations have pushed Vince to move back to his native Tennessee. But the restaurant carries on with his son Adam at the helm.

Program 211
Christmas collectors, local author and restaurateur Vince Staten, and a visit to petting zoo Henry's Ark. Roland R. Blahnik, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, is our guest. (#211)