April, 2014-James VanOsdol and close friend Mike Bratton decide to launch a BBQ podcast, recorded at a different restaurant for each episode. Background noise was a concern, so Mike suggested recording in the car. As a professional voice over artist, he noted that he frequently has to record voice tracks while away from the studio, and cars tend to be as close-to-soundproof as you can get.
May, 2014-Pilot episode recorded with guest Elliott Serrano of RedEye.
December, 2014-First appearance of Smoking Popes’ Josh Caterer.
July, 2015-Car Con Carne opens the Taste of Chicago’s “Food For Thought” podcast pavilion.
September, 2015-First trip to Epic Deli, to sample the “JVO” sandwich.
November, 2015-Mike Bratton’s last show before moving to New York City.
November, 2015-Car Con Carne relaunched as a weekly show with rotating guests, and BBQ is no longer the only type of food eaten on the show. Radio personality Alex Quigley is the first guest.
December, 2015-Josh Caterer makes his second appearance, doing the first-ever Car Con Carne “in-car” performance.
December, 2015-Josh Caterer provides the now-famous Car Con Carne theme song.
February, 2016-Joe Principe of Rise Against is interviewed on what would become the most-listened-to Car Con Carne episode to date.
April, 2016-Take Your Children to Work Day finds James’ kids coming along for the recording.
May, 2016-Work begins on a Car Con Carne TV pilot with WCIU. Radio personality Lauren O’Neil (WKQX) films the pilot rehearsal.
July, 2016-Second year in a row opening the Taste of Chicago’s “Food for Thought” podcast pavilion.
July, 2016-Filming for the TV pilot kicks into high gear with guests Scott Lucas (Local H) and Allie Quigley (Chicago Sky).
September, 2016-WCIU passes on the pilot. Sigh.
October, 2016-Josh Caterer’s third appearance on the show.
October, 2016-First remote broadcast, with Matt Pinfield in San Francisco.
May, 2017-Site relaunch; partnership with Boost Mobile begins.
September, 2017-The branded Car Con Carne mobile becomes a reality!
November, 2017 – Smashing Pumpkins mastermind Billy Corgan makes a guest appearance.
March, 2018 – Mickey O’Sullivan of Showtime’s “The Chi” jumps in the Mazda 3.
July, 2018 – Frank Orrall of beloved Chicago band Poi Dog Pondering eats duck tacos in the Mazda 3.
August, 2018 – Event coverage at the annual 350 Fest finds punk legends Descendents jumping in the car for tacos!
August, 2018 – What to do after getting Tony and Grammy nominations? Talk to Car Con Carne. Tom from Plain White T’s jumped on the podcast for a long-overdue catch up!
September, 2018 – Jeff Pezzati of legendary Chicago band Naked Raygun jumps in the car for one of 2018’s most-listened to episodes!
October, 2018 – Partnership with the Autobarn Mazda of Evanston kicks off!
(Pictured: The amazingly versatile CX-9)