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10-08-17 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of


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This Sunday, October 8th at 635pm Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of on Wildfire Radioreturns with another stellar lineup! We start out thinking about the tastes of Italy. When you think of Italy you probably think about pasta and we are joined by Marie Dobson the Senior Brand Manager of San Giorgio Pasta. For a young Italian immigrant named Girolamo Guerrisi, it would only take two years of working modest jobs in America before finding his footing. In 1914, Guerrisi took over the Keystone Macaroni Company, a one-man operation in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, from an elderly macaroni maker anxious to retire and transformed it into one of the most recognizable names in pasta, San Giorgio. In addition to classic white pasta, they also produce: gluten-free pasta, organic pasta, whole wheat pasta, noodles, high fiber pasta, veggie pasta, ancient grains pasta and reduced calorie pasta. They also did #SanGiorgio4Goodwhere for every purchase of San Giorgio pasta they donated one serving of pasta, up to 2 million servings total nationally, to a food bank in your area. Then in response to consumers’ desire to make more informed choices about whether to eat foods which are made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), San Giorgio has earned Non-GMO Project Verification on some their most popular pasta products. We bet a good Italian coffee or espresso from Donato Marino’s D and L Coffee Service Inc. would be the perfect accompaniment to a San Giorgio meal. Mangia everyone!

Keeping our thoughts around the Mediterranean area, we welcome Diane Kochilas, an award-winning cookbook author, television personality, consulting chef, teacher, and one of the world’s foremost authorities on Greek cuisine. Diane launched a delectable cooking program – “My Greek Table With Diane Kochilas” ( that premiered October 4th on public television stations across the country (check local listings) with 13 amazing episodes. The series takes viewers to the source, as Kochilas Diane introduces the stunning vistas, fabulous food, easy, nutritious recipes, and the unmatched hospitality Greece is known for worldwide. To celebrate the launch of the television series, St. Martin’s Presswill re-release Diane’s first book The Food and Wine of Greece. What a joy!

Getting closer to home in Philly, sometimes you may feel a little crabby, and now Luke Holden and Ben Conniff the co-founders of Luke’s Lobster want you to claw your way into some delicious lobster, or crab and shrimp. Luke’s Lobster opened a new shack in Philadelphia’s Market East this July which is their second in Philly joining Luke’s Lobster; a haven for residents and visitors alike to enjoy the highest-quality sustainable, traceable seafood in a rustic environment that evokes the Maine Coast. The vision of Maine native and one-time lobsterman Luke Holden, Luke’s Lobster is a cozy seafood shack committed to serving simple dishes highlighting superior ingredients — including lobster rolls, crab rolls, shrimp rolls, clam chowder, lobster bisque, salads, slaw and more. From ocean to plate, Luke’s handles every step of the supply chain to ensure that only exceptionally fresh seafood is ever served. Luke’s Lobster has already been hailed as the “best lobster roll in Philadelphia.”

Joining us in studio is someone else who is having a grand opening soon in Center City Philadelphia. That would be Chef Robert Bennett who in February 2018 is opening up a 4,000 sq ft bakery at 16th and JFK in Suburban Station. Chef Robert Bennett joined Classic Cake in December 2005 as Executive Chef. In this role, Robert is the creative driving force behind the company’s product offerings and introduces unique, customized breads and desserts to the commercial market. Robert’s oversight also involves the daily operations of the bakery and is responsible for ensuring the company’s high quality product and service standards. For over 30 years, Robert Bennett has shared his passion for cooking through his work as a creative chef, teacher and owner. Most recently Chef Bennett has appeared on QVC here in the U.S. 5 times selling Classic Cake’s pastries and traveled to Seoul, Korea for several appearances on the CJO Shopping Network selling Classic’s own Philadelphia cheesecakes. Locally, Robert donates his time and dessert specialties to more than 30 charities each year.

Then also taking place in Philly at the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City is Philadelphia, PA – The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show, America’s largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show and we will have in studio Ian Beutler the Director of Dinner Detective Philadelphia to talk or maybe murder us. Legendary writer and producer David E. Kelley (Boston LegalAlly McBeal, LA Law) taught founder of The Dinner Detective Scott O’Brien how to write. Then in 2014, O’Brien created America’s largest interactive murder mystery dinner theater, The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show, which currently boasts packed houses in 25 states, and redefines what the standard should be for 2017’s true theater lover. During a four-course meal, cast members engage with the audience, forcing them to toil together to discover clues and solve murders based on actual, real-world cold cases. What else is new beyond a thrilling, true-stories-based script? For starters, hidden amongst diners are cast members who blend in seamlessly, deceiving the audience into questioning anything and everything. It’s impossible to tell who is who and what is what – and it makes for a maddening great time, without a single second of lag. It’s a great night out and you should attend one of these dinners. Save 10% off your tickets by entering code “SmallBites” at checkout!

Small Bites Radio correspondent Actor John DiRenzo will also be helping in studio with his valuable insight and experience in the culinary world and also be sure to catch him on QVC selling the high quality Copper Chef products.

You say you STILL NEED MORE!!! Don’t forget we still have our regular weekly segments from Courier-Post nightlife correspondent and The New York Times recognized John Howard-Fusco for his news of the week and please remember that John’s new book “A Culinary History of Cape May: Salt Oysters, Beach Plums & Cabernet Franc” from Arcadia Publishing The History Press is now available to buy, Chef Barbie Marshall who is a Chef Gordon Ramsay Hell’s KitchenSeason 10 finalist and appears on Season 17 of FOX Hell’s Kitchen #AllStars, and Chef Barbie was named Pennsylvania’s most influential chef by Cooking Light will delight us with her tip of the week, and a joke of the week from legendary joke teller Jackie Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame and Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling with recent autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press with foreword by Artie Lange available to order on Amazon.comFat Jack’s BBQ and hope you will TuneIn worldwide or catch the following day on iTunes or Player FM.

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