LIVE this Sunday, January 7th at 635pmSmall Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio is back and is ready for a great 2018. We start things off by welcoming author Karen Page. Karen is a two-timeJames Beard Foundation Award winner, previous cookbooks “Culinary Artistry” was called one of the best cookbooks of all time by Food & Wine and “The Flavor Bible” was called one of the 10 best cookbooks in the world of the past century by Forbes. Well her latest endeavor with photographer Andrew Dornenburg “Kitchen Creativity: Unlocking Culinary Genius with Wisdom, Inspiration, and Ideas from the World’s Most Creative Chefs” (Little, Brown and Company) shows great cooking is as much about intuition and imagination as it is about flavor and technique. Kitchen Creativity distills brilliant insights into these creative processes from more than 100 top restaurant kitchens, including the Bazaar, Blue Hill, Daniel, Dirt Candy, Eleven Madison Park and the NoMad, Gramercy Tavern, the Inn at Little Washington, Le Bernardin, Oleana, Rustic Canyon, Saison, Single Thread, and Topolobampo. Based on four years of extensive research and dozens of in-depth interviews, Kitchen Creativity illuminates the method (and occasional madness) of culinary invention. Part I reveals how to learn foundational skills, including how to appreciate, taste, and season classic dishes (Stage 1: Mastery), before reinventing the classics from a new perspective (Stage 2: Alchemy). Einstein’s secret of genius-combinatory play-pushes chefs to develop unique creations and heighten their outer and inner senses (Stage 3: Creativity). Part II’s A-to-Z entries are an invaluable culinary idea generator, with exercises to prompt new imaginings. The ultimate reference for culinary brainstorming, Kitchen Creativity will spur your creativity to new heights, both in the kitchen and beyond.
Then we are thrilled to welcome Amy Strauss the author of “Pennsylvania Scrapple: A Delectable History” (The History Press). Amy is a food and drink writer and editor in the Philadelphia area. With a knack for uncovering the beauty in all things delicious, she takes to the streets of the City of Brotherly Love and beyond to discover its stories and relay them to you on a silver platter. With a decade of publishing experience in print and online publications for outlets likePhilly Beer Scene, Edible Philly, The Spirit Newspaper, The Town Dish, Main Line Today magazine, Southwest Airlines,OpenTable, BlackBook Media, Philadelphia City Paper and Drink Philly, among others, she’s hungry, she’s eager and she loves to have her cake (and eat it, too). Beyond food and drink journalism, Amy is experienced with building creative content for brands likeCampbell’s Soup Company, Victory BeerCompany, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Garces Group, Airgas and more. She’s obsessed with her Pennsylvania Dutch heritage, slices of funfetti cake and not giving up hope for the Philadelphia 76erss. There may not be hope for the 76ers, but scrapple is as great as ever and everything you want to know about it is in “Pennsylvania Scrapple: A Delectable History”. An essential food in Mid-Atlantic kitchens for hundreds of years, scrapple is the often-overlooked king of breakfast meats. Developed by German settlers of Pennsylvania, the slow food byproduct was created to avoid waste in the day’s butchering. Pork trimmings were stewed until tender, ground like sausage and blended with the originating broth, cornmeal and buckwheat flour. Crispy slabs of scrapple sustained regional ancestors through frigid winter months and hard-worked harvests. Today, companies such as Habbersett and Rapa still produce scrapple as new generations of chefs create exciting ways to eat the staple. Join author Amy Strauss as she traces the sizzling history and culture of a beloved Pennsylvania Dutch icon. Follow her ongoing culinary pursuits on Instagram at @amystrauss or online atwww.amystrauss.com.
In 2018 on the Chinese New Year it will be the Year of the Dog, and the originalWhite Dog Cafe located in a brownstone in University City will celebrates 35 years since their opening and has expanded by 85 seats having recently taken over the property adjacent to the restaurant. This is going to be a WOOFderful year! To talk about this and much more we will have on Chef Clark Gilbert Culinary Director of White Dog Café. It all started with Judy Wicks, social activist and original Founder, opened White Dog Cafe in January of 1983. Located in three connecting Victorian brownstones in University City, White Dog quickly became a local favorite known for its environmental sustainability and community engagement. The majority of their ingredients are purchased from local farms, located no more than fifty miles from our restaurants. Their seasonal menus feature only the best ingredients from farms they trust; including pasture fed animals, humanely treated livestock, and fish and seafood that is harvested through sustainable suppliers. They incorporate organic items as much as they can when available from farms using sustainable farming practices. Their wines are grown and produced from American vineyards and serve local craft beer and use artisan distilled spirits in their beverages. All of their tea, coffee, and chocolate are Certified Organic and Fair Trade. The restaurants use renewable energy, LED lighting and practice sustainable initiatives that are environmentally friendly.
It’s always great when a restaurant is environmentally friendly, but it really adds a special flair when they are kid friendly as well. Joining us to chat about great places that want you to bring the kids along will be Melissa Elders the CEO and Founder of Nibble+squeak which just recently came to Philly. Nibble+squeak is a community of food-obsessed parents and the ultimate resource for kid-friendly dining. Launched by Melissa Elders in New York City in 2015, Nibble+squeak has quickly expanded into a global network founded out of a desire to both normalize and simplify dining out with kids. The organization’s mission is to provide young parents with dynamic opportunities to frequent hot new restaurants and socialize with their little ones along for the ride. Nibble+squeak has been featured in The New York Times, Bon Appétit Magazine and Zagatand other national publications. Nibble+squeak collaborates with world-renowned restaurants and chefs to create impressive menus that are perfect for epicurean parents and their little ones. By identifying top eateries that offer civility, accessibility and culinary options for guests of all ages, Nibble+squeak encourages young parents to dine out with their offspring in tow. The team considers all of the key details that matter to parents, including high chairs, changing mats, stroller parking and, most importantly, like-minded people with whom to connect and dine. The inaugural brunch event took place on Saturday, December 9th atWm. Mulherin’s Sons (1355 North Front Street). Additional Philadelphia-based events will include meals in partnership with Barcelona Passyunk (January 14, 2018), Balboa Catering & Supper Club(February 2018), and A Mano (March, 2018), with more details to follow in early 2018. RSVP is required; to order tickets or for more information, please visit:http://www.nibbleandsqueak.com/philadelphia
Small Bites Radio correspondent ActorJohn 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.
In studio as well will be Chef Christina Martin of Cooking To Nourish and Street Food #Vegan mobile cart to give us Vegan Recipes News and why to Eat Drink Vegan.
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 book “A Culinary History of Cape May: Salt Oysters, Beach Plums & Cabernet Franc” from Arcadia PublishingThe History Press is now available to buy, Chef Barbie Marshall who is a Chef Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Season 10 finalist and appeared 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 his autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press with foreword by Artie Lange available to order on Amazon.com. Fat Jack’s BBQ and Bluejeanfood.com hope you will TuneIn worldwide or catch the following day on iTunes.