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09-17-17 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com

09-17-17

Click to listen http://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-62/

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Click to listen http://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-62/

It’s not only “Can you smell with Dwayne The Rock Johnson is Cooking” but Can you smell all the BBQ Smoke this Sunday, September 17th at 635pm on Wildfire Radio as Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com returns with another BBQ themed show. We are thrilled to welcome BBQ’er extraordinaire BBQ Pitmasters Tuffy Stone. Tuffy Stone is a classically trained French chef, television personality and accomplished pitmaster who can be considered the most successful guy on the competitive barbecue circuit over the last few years. He is a judge and host on the Destination America reality television show BBQ Pitmasters since 2009. Tuffy is the head cook on the team Cool Smoke and co-owns four Q Barbeque restaurants in Richmond, Virginia. He recently opened a fifth restaurant, Rancho T. Before his success on the competition barbecue scene, Tuffy was best known as one of the premiere caterers in Virginia as the co-owner and proprietor of A Sharper Palate Catering & Events, a top rated catering and events firm in Richmond. He has earned Grand Champion titles in nearly every major barbecue competition on the circuit. In 2013 Stone took home two World Champion titles while only cooking eight contests and he followed up in 2014 with another World Championship title, winning the American Royal Association. That year he also won 1st Runner Up at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Barbecue Cook Off World Championship, and took 2nd place in ribs at Memphis in May International Festival. Tuffy has won contests all over the country, including back to back wins at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue, Grand Champion at 2013 Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey World Championship Barbecue Invitational, and First Place in Whole Shoulder at the 2010 Memphis in May World Championship to name a few. Most recently, Tuffy took home the top prize in competition barbecue, winning Grand Champion at the 2015 Kingsford Charcoal Invitational. We can’t wait!

Also appearing on the show is another expert in the BBQ world, SandyFulton/Porkanizer. Sandy Fulton is the BBQ Competition Organizer, Secretary for the Board of Directors, and Chairperson on the Sanctioning and Banquet Committees for The Kansas City Barbeque Society. KCBS organizes and runs some of the biggest and best events on the BBQ circuit WORLDWIDE!

Our good friend Tom Bera the Pitmaster for Philly Blind Pig BBQ will also be joining us in studio, and we can’t wait to see what delicious treats he has for us. Tom is also good friends with the Just Grubbin crew who premieres on Wildfire Radio this Sunday at 8pm following our show, so I am sure they will be peeking in studio and praying there are some leftovers.

We will also be joined by Jessica Clegg and Jason R Sturgeon. They are running the Made on American Street 2017: BBQ & Homebrew Fest on Oct. 15th in Fishtown, Philadelphia. Jessica is the organizer and Jason is the President of the Philadelphia Homebrew Club. Oh, boy that sounds tasty and like I street I want to live on and an event that’s good time to attend.

Where there is fire, their must be smoke, so obviously things are still smoking! Bringing even more tasty BBQ treats will be, Tim Monk an amateur BBQ enthusiast who runs @MONKMAN’S BBQ and will talk what it is like to have BBQ as a hobby. We can’t wait to try the food!

Actor John DiRenzo will also be helping in studio with his valuable insight and experience in the culinary world.

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 RamsayHell’s Kitchen Season 10 finalist, just announced by FOX she will be starring in the newest season of Hell’s Kitchen #AllStars premiering on September 29th that has Hell’s Kitchen Underground excited, 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 is releasing his autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press with foreword by Artie Lange and is available to pre-order on Amazon.com. Fat Jack’s BBQ and Bluejeanfood.com hope you will TuneIn worldwide or catch the following day on iTunes or Player FM.

Click to listen http://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-62/

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Two Fish BYOB – Haddonfield, NJ

Two Fish BYOB – Haddonfield, NJ

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Sometimes hype is a bad thing. It builds suspense. It makes you wonder. You anticipate greatness. Well Two Fish BYOB in Haddonfield, NJ has been earning quite the following and press accolades. Just yesterday they were named by USA Today Network as one of the Best Restaurants in New Jersey and where you need to eat NOW. They are on the best of list on OpenTable, Yelp, and also mentioned with raving reviews in many newspapers and online mediums. That’s a quite a title to live up to with just a tad bit of pressure, and a lot of hype. Sounds like a job for the Hype Bros, Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder. Ok, maybe not since this is about food and not a WWE wrestling match, but you get the gist.

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I would give you my two cents, but Two Fish BYOB had me beat with their penny covered bathroom floor which was pretty cool to see, so I’ll tell you this. Two Fish BYOB is damn good, great service, very intimate, and somewhere you certainly should be dining if you like a nice night out with a delicious dinner. They are somewhat new and have a VERY small menu, but I heard they change the menu regularly to keep it fresh. Chef Mike Stollenwerk has a recipe for success and currently people really enjoy his current recipe including myself. I will certainly be back and hope the recipe just continues to impress and grow seasonally.

Pictured: Shellfish Soup with spiced coconut broth, crab, manilla clam, and butternut squash, as well as entree of Skate Wing with parsley spatzle, celery root, liik, and clam nage.

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09-10-17 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com

09-10-17

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Click to listen http://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-61/

This Sunday, September 10th, the Philadelphia Eagles 2018 NFL season is kicking off and the hometown team is currently in 1st Place 😉 and SB is back LIVE this Sunday, September 10th at 635pm on WF and just like Hank Williams Jr. sings, we hope you all are READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL, a Sunday night party! We have joining us Coach Dick Vermeil who took the Eagles to the Super Bowl in 1980 with the memorable team of Ron Jaworski, Ken Dunek, and Harold Carmichael. Coach Vermeil also had the St. Louis Rams win their first and only Super Bowl and he also inducted in the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. Coach Vermeil comes from a rich wine legacy — and has embarked on a second career as a winemaker. Coach Vermeil’s great grandfather on his mother’s side owned a vineyard, and his paternal great grandfather used the grapes to make wine at home for the family.  Coach Vermeil turned his hobby of winemaking into a thriving business. Today, Vermeil sources fruit from that same vineyard and manages Vermeil Wines in the heart of Napa Valley.

Joining Coach Vermeil on our program will be celebrity Chef Chef Sylva Senat who is known for running kitchens with high-quality ingredients, key flavor combinations and exceptional technique. After a star turn on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” his latest restaurant Maison 208 with builder Herb Reid III, opened in Washington Square last spring to stellar reviews as well as overseeing Dos Tacos. They are both on to talk about Philly Pours event which will benefit RHD’s Children’s Services, a diverse continuum of effective and therapeutic services that have helped thousands of children and their families achieve their behavioral and educational goals. Now in its second year, Philly Pours takes place on Friday, September 22nd at 6:00 pm at the Fretz Showroom in the Philadelphia Navy Yard.  The event features five dining experiences pairing Vermeil Wines with a menu specially curated by Chef Sylva Senat. An exclusive VIP event with Coach Vermeil and Chef Sylva will also take place. Additional information can be found on the Philly Pours website:

http://phillypours.com/philly-pours/

That is alone is enough for some shows, but this is Small Bites and we took a week off so we are going to work even harder this week. So also joining us will be Ed Herr the President and CEO of Herr Food Inc. Ed Herr grew up in the snack food business and aspired early on to dedicate his professional career to advancing Herr Foods Inc. As President, Ed’s responsibilities range from general administration of the $250 million family business, including sales, marketing and manufacturing, to management of fleet, farms and properties. He also oversees the company’s activities in the areas of charitable giving and community and corporate relations.

Ed has a life-long devotion to his community, which he has demonstrated through active service. He serves on the boards of a number of organizations. Locally these include: Oxford Mainstreet Inc., the Oxford Senior Center, and the Lighthouse Youth Center. In 2009, Ed helped to found a local faith community, SILO – Serving, Inspiring, Loving Others, and currently serves on the Leadership Team. Ed also serves on the board of the Navigators Church Discipleship Ministry headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado and the board of New York City Relief. His greatest gift is making our favorite snack Herr’s Sour Cream & Onion which is a must for any school lunch or football party. We can’t wait to talk to him and this amazing company with delicious snacks for any occasion and how when you combine a signature Philly flavor with a popular summer snack you get a crabby stroke of snacking genius. For Herr’s, that’s exactly what happened when Chickie’s & Pete’s whipped up a few hundred servings of kettle corn dusted with its signature crab seasoning and sold it in a limited batch to hungry crowds at Penn’s Landing and Wildwood Boardwalk. The success of the snack inspired Herr’s to partner with the Philly brand to turn the snack into its new Chickie’s & Pete’s Sweet and Crabby Kettle Corn.

Then we have joining us to celebrate their 25th anniversary is Francis Schott and Mark Pascal the owners of Stage Left Steak: A Contemporary American Steakhouse
& StageLeftWineShop.com in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Restaurateurs Francis Schott and Mark Pascal operate two of New Jersey’s most storied restaurants. Stage Left Steak — celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017 — which is famous for its wood-grilled steaks, award-winning wine list and pioneering cocktail program, and has been an incubator for many of the NY region’s top chefs and mixologists. Serving Brooklyn-Italian style fare, Catherine Lombardi opened in 2005, paying homage to the cooking of Mark’s grandmother. Executive Chef James (J.R.) Belt presides over both kitchens. Ricky Stevens is Chef de Cuisine of Stage Left Steak. Schott and Pascal bonded over their shared love of food and drink upon meeting at Rutgers. For more than 8 years, the duo hosted the podcast, The Restaurant Guys, chatting with esteemed culinary guests from Gael Greene and John Mariani to Ruth Reichl and Chefs Eric Ripert and Grant Achatz. It’s going to fun to chat with them.

Someone who is going to enjoy the show and will be in studio as well is Lauren Biddle the Founder of the blog Just Grubbin. They are not professional chefs or anything like that, just a group of friends that absolutely love food. So they decided to start a blog and document their food adventures. You can find out more about them at:
https://justgrubbin.com/

Tired yet? Well pick yourself up, because we also have joining us Wil Levins the President of the Gloucester City Democrat Club looking to make Gloucester Great. What does he think of Hillary Clinton putting the blame on Bernie Sanders in her new Hillary Rodham Clinton Books #WhatHappened? More importantly though, what will politics look like in the future? He will also want to talk about the Gloucester City Democratic Club comedy night fundraiser on Friday October 27th. Sounds like you better get the popcorn ready, I hope Herr’s has some more of that Crabby Kettle Corn for us.

Actor John DiRenzo will also be helping in studio with his valuable insight and experience in the culinary world.

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 Kitchen Season 10 finalist, just announced by FOX she will be starring in the newest season of Hell’s Kitchen #AllStars premiering on September 29th that has Hell’s Kitchen Underground excited, 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 is releasing his autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press with foreword by Artie Lange and is available to pre-order on Amazon.com. Fat Jack’s BBQ and Bluejeanfood.com hope you will TuneIn worldwide or catch the following day on iTunes or Player FM.

Click to listen http://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-61/

Rat’s Restaurant at Grounds For Sculpture – Hamilton, NJ

Rat’s Restaurant at Grounds For Sculpture – Hamilton, NJ

Chef Ed Crochet oversees Rat’s, a French-focused restaurant famous for its unique setting within the 42-acre Grounds for Sculpture park. We REALLY enjoyed our visit to Grounds for Sculpture and anyone looking for a nice day outdoors and some cool art indoors as well should visit.  The restaurant, Rat’s was conceptually designed to be reminiscent of Claude Monet’s beloved Giverny by sculptor Seward Johnson. It is named after the gregarious character “Ratty,” from Kenneth Grahame’s famed children’s story, The Wind in the Willows. The restaurant patio, noted for its sweeping views and al fresco dining, overlooks a lily pond framed by weeping willows, and the “Monet bridge.”

We had a fabulous meal here. Things started out with their seasonal lemonade which during our visit was Blueberry Lemonade.

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Then things got started with a delicious appetizer of CHARRED WAGYU BEEF with Porcini, Mustard Greens, Rye Crouton that just melted in our mouths.

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To follow-up that tasty treat was an even tastier morsel of FRENCH ONION SOUP with  Croûton, Gruyère that was one of the better versions I have had in a long time.

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Ending the meal was their COQ AU RIESLING with Griggstown Chicken, Bacon Lardon, Oyster Mushroom, Cippolini Onion, Pommes Pureé that was AWESOME. Every bite was more flavorful than the next and was cooked perfectly. I would definitely drive all the way up here again just to dine at Rat’s, but making a day of it combined with Grounds for Sculpture made it a day to be remembered and enjoyed by all in the party. It’s a great time topped by a great meal!

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Case’s Pork Roll – Trenton Thunder – Trenton, NJ

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Case’s Pork Roll – Trenton Thunder – Trenton, NJ

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On a beautiful Sunday, September 3rd the Trenton Thunder AA affiliate of the New York Yankees hosted the Reading Fightin Phils AA affilate of the Philadelphia Phillies for a doubleheader. My beloved Phils won both games, and while there I enjoyed the Swine Sandwich from the Case’s Pork Roll station. The sandwich was of course Case’s pork roll topped with pulled pork, bacon, and American cheese on a Kaiser roll. It was delicious and the stadium is a great place to watch baseball. Highly recommend a visit and this sandwich. Congrats to the Trenton Thunder on an amazing season and best of luck in the Playoffs.

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08-27-17 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com

08-27-17

Click here http://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-60/

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Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio returns this Sunday, August 27th at 635pm with a GREAT lineup. We have joining us Chef Gemma Stafford of Gemma Stafford’s Bigger Bolder Baking. Chef Gemma Stafford is on a mission—to create a culinary legion of Bold Bakers of all ages and experience levels who are ready to create amazing baked goods and meals using her game-changing “Bold Baking” recipes and techniques. Born and raised in Ireland, Gemma studied under legendary Chef Darina Allen at the world-famous Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork. She used her new skills to work in kitchens around the world including as a pastry chef at the Michelin-starred restaurant Spruce in San Francisco. Passionate about sharing her Bold Baking style, Gemma created and hosts Bigger Bolder Baking, one of the top baking shows online with millions of fans (“Bold Bakers”) across social media and her website. Her videos have been viewed 100 Million+ times and featured worldwide by Today Show, The Doctors, The Dr. Mehmet OzShow, BuzzFeed Food & Daily Mail. We can’t wait.

Shore season still has a few weeks left, but we have J Mario Chiong the Food & Beverage Manager for Tropicana Atlantic City to remind us that they have many reasons and places to dine ALL year round. He oversees all of Tropicana’s restaurants including Il Verdi, Golden Dynasty, Fiesta Buffet, Seaside Café, Olón , Okatshe, Tango’s, 10 North, Boogie Nights, In-room dining, and Blue Parrot Beach and Pool Bar. To keep you coming to visit Atlantic City, New Jersey to #DoAC they also have coming up soon their second annual Beer and Whiskey Festival October 14th in the Grand Exhibition Center. The festival will showcase over 60 beers including, craft, domestic and imported, in bottle and drafts, as well as 30 whiskeys. Live music from John Eddie and His Dirty Ol’ Band will take the stage from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Tropicana Box Office and through Ticketmaster online or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Still looking for more places to party? Well we will also be joined by Brauhaus Schmitz. Owners Doug Hager and Kelly Hager combined with Chef Jeremy Nolen put together some of the best parties around the area with Brauhaus Schmitz Oktoberfest Saturday September 16th 2017, 12:00PM – 8:00PM

700 Block of South Street Headhouse District and 23rd Street ArmoryBrauhaus Schmitz 23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest from October 6th-8th. The restaurant also has many reasons to visit daily to go along with their top-notch German food options to enjoy. For more information on the events click below:

https://www.brauhausschmitz.com/events1/

All this typing has me thirsty. Well lucky us, we will talk to Kate Johnston the Sales Director of Virginia Distillery Company. Virginia Distillery Company which is an American Single Malt Whisky distillery located among the Blue Ridge Mountains Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge because Virginia is for Lovers. Their visitors center in Lovingston, Virginia is open 7 days a week for whisky tasting and tours. They recently had a Whiskey Tiki event with a custom made Tiki mug produced by Tiki Diablo at Little Buddy Hideaway near Asbury Park Boardwalk.

Chef Barbie Marshall will talk about her coverage of Dîner en Blanc – Philadelphia at Franklin Square which you read about clicking below:

http://chefbarbie.com/…/08/the-most-colorful-diner-en-blanc/

Actor John DiRenzo will also be helping in studio with his valuable insight and experience in the culinary world.

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 Kitchen Season 10 finalist, just announced by FOXshe will be starring in the newest season of Hell’s Kitchen #AllStarspremiere on September 29th that has Hell’s Kitchen Underground excited, and Chef Barbie was named Pennsylvania’s most influential chef by Cooking Light with her tip of the week, and joke of the week from legendary joke teller Jackie Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame and Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling is releasing his autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press with foreword by Artie Lange and is available to pre-order on Amazon.com. Fat Jack’s BBQ and Bluejeanfood.com hope you will TuneIn worldwide or catch the following day on iTunes or Player FM.

Click below to listen

http://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-60/

Artic Freeze Creamery – Collingswood, NJ

Artic Freeze Creamery – Collingswood, NJ

Enjoyed a delicous treat of vanilla ice cream base with fresh strawberries and cheesecake mixed in the ice cream topped with fresh strawberries and whipped. It was yummy and the service was friendly, quick, and atmosphere festive.

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