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Amber Steakhouse – Scotrun, PA

Amber Steakhouse – Scotrun, PA

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American Whiskey Convention – Philadelphia, PA

American Whiskey Convention – Philadelphia, PA

American Whiskey Convention

(The following is a special series on Bluejeanfood.com written by guest contributing writer and correspondent for “Small Bites Radio” William Knowles. He highlights his passions of trying something new whenever the opportunity presents itself, or possibly something old, but new again since it has been a while. I hope you enjoy his very special perspective that I am sure many of you can relate to. Follow him on his exciting journey “Around Town”)

On Friday evening, March 24th, I had the good fortune of attending an event in the luxury Hall of Fame Club at Citizens Bank Park.  The home of the Phillies had no ball games on this night, but instead hosted the country’s finest distillers and distributors for the American Whiskey Convention.

During the course of the event, I was able to sample some of the best whiskeys and bourbons around, with over 50 vendor’s present.  Some of the most well known names in the biz were there – Jim Beam, Jack Daniel’s, Evan Williams, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey and Buffalo Trace were all onsite.  The true highlight of these events though is the opportunity to try something new, or maybe have never even heard of…

Among the many tastes that I sampled from others not as well know, but regardless had an equal (if not superior) product were: Wigle, Big Spring Spirits, Whistlepig, Filibuster, Hidden Still Spirits, Manayunk Moonshine, Bulleit Bourbon, Five Saints, Hewn, Calumet Farm, Rittenhouse Rye and George Dickel.  All of the representatives were enthusiastic and eager to discuss their product and demonstrate what makes them unique…

Food was generously spread out for enjoyment, with some of the vendors bringing their special whiskey based creations.  Masey & Leigh maple syrup manufacturers showed off their spread of whiskey and rye syrups, which were awesome to taste.  John & Kira’s Chocolates, a local favorite, had some bourbon infused treats.  There also were numerous exhibits showing how whiskey is distilled; book, craft and novelty items for sale, as well as tasting contests…

Many notable guests were on hand for the events to discuss their craft.  Jimmy Russell (of Wild Turkey fame), noted author Lew Bryson, historian Fred Minnick and others presided over forums about their love of the drink, and their thoughts on modern day distilling.

The event was well worth attending if you enjoy all things whiskey, and had a great turn out.  The organizers did a fine job in utilizing the unique setting of this part of the ballpark to make the evening even more special.  Keep your eyes peeled for the next convention of this sort, “around town”…and I will see you there!

03-26-17 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com

03-26-17

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What a show Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio has for you this Sunday. We have Chef Christopher Siversen the owner of Maritime Parc near Liberty State Park with panoramic views of the Hudson River, Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island, and the Manhattan, New York skyline. He also runs Burg at Military Park in Newark, New Jersey next to New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). Chef Chris’s restaurants have been named one of the Best in New Jersey 6 years in a row by New Jersey Monthly Magazine. Also, Chef Chris’s menus have garnered praise from The New York Times, Crain’s New York Business, WCBS Newsradio 880, GAYOT.com – The Guide to the Good Life, The Wall Street Journal and Inside Jersey.

 

Good food deserves a good drink, but you say you want to have your cake and eat it too. Well your in luck! Full Spirited Flavours – Liqueur Cakes, one of the best known liquor infused bakery’s that ships cakes worldwide and is based in the Philly area will be visiting us. Owners Sue Katein, Carole Algier, and Kathy Lanyon here to tell us how this match made in heaven happens.

 

Food, booze, and cake sounds like a party to me, and what kind of a party is better than a PIZZA PARTY? Well the crew from Visit Valley Forge’s marketing team Dan Weckerly and Joe Tacynec is also joining us in studio as they slice through the competition to find out which local pie is primo in Montco’s Best Pizza Tourney. The tourism board launched a bracketed competition – NCAA March Madness-style – pitting 64 pizza palaces against each other and down to the final 8. The best-pizza topic reached more than 400,000 people on Facebook, and its associated YouTube videos were watched more than 80,000 times.

 

Each of the 64 contenders was also given a marketing kit, delivered by hand in a carton that resembled a personal pizza box. Inside were giveaway magnets, a pad of tear-off voting requests (to accompany customers’ checks) and a copy of Crave, the VFTCB’s award-winning dining guide. Chiaro’s Pizza & Restaurant was winner last year and is still in the running this year against Vinny’s Pizzarama, Bacco Restaurant, Penny’s Pizza, Nippers Bar and Pizza, BRAVO PIZZA WORCESTER, Nicoletta KOP, and Angelo’s Pizza. Who will win???

 

STILL NOT ENOUGH??? We’ll also have Actor John DiRenzo in studio to talk about his recent visits to The Halal Guys, The Florida Keys & Key West cook off at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College , Garces Group Wedding Showcase, and Garces Foundation’s Garces Foundation 2017 Benefit this Friday at Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

 

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 will be available April 3rd, Chef Barbie Marshall who is a Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen finalist and 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 “The Joke Man” Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame and Jackie 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.

 

We at Small Bites Radio are also thrilled to announce that the sports reporter icon from CSN Philly Leslie Gudel who has joined Crossing Broad as a reporter on the Philadelphia Phillies with her first piece about Howie Kendrick. Leslie Gudel will be following our show on WildfireRadio.com with her first episode Sunday, April 2nd, with show called “Inside Corner” live at 8pm at Paddy Whacks Pub – South Street joined by Sportsradio WIP host Glen Macnow talking all things MLB and Philadelphia Phillies. Glen is already a member of the WildfireRadio.com team as he has another successful show called Bar Talk with Glen Macnow & Joe Sixpack Don Russell and Don is the owner of the recently relaunced Philly Weekly. They are joining another recent addition of Ron Burke and Jason Ashworth on the entertaining “Any Given SportsDay” and their first guest was Philadelphia Eagles alum Randall Cunningham. This to go along with Big Daddy Graham, Ava Graham, Darnell Hicks, Gervase Peterson, and many many other great talents, WildfireRadio.com is the place to go for all your entertainment needs.

V3 Bistro & Cafe – Voorhees, NJ

V3 Bistro & Cafe – Voorhees, NJ

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I-CE-NY at Chinatown Square Food Hall

I-CE-NY at Chinatown Square Food Hall

I-CE-NY at Chinatown Square Food Hall

(The following is a special series on Bluejeanfood.com written by guest contributing writer and correspondent for “Small Bites Radio” William Knowles. He highlights his passions of trying something new whenever the opportunity presents itself, or possibly something old, but new again since it has been a while. I hope you enjoy his very special perspective that I am sure many of you can relate to. Follow him on his exciting journey “Around Town”)


I-CE-NY, a new dessert establishment located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Chinatown, held a tasting event on Wednesday, March 15th. I was invited to enjoy their offerings; some of which I have heard of, but have never had the opportunity to try before…

“Rolled ice cream” is something that has taken off recently in the States. The operators of I-CE-NY claim origination of the process and treat in Thailand. The preparation is interesting in itself to watch. The expert staff begin by using flavored milks which they pour onto a frigid circular dish (temperature well below zero). As the milk freezes up, it is crafted using spatulas and small knives, ultimately leading to the “rolls”. Additional toppings are added as requested, as they are in any great ice cream bar.

We tried the St. Patty’s Day special, with mint ice cream and Lucky Charms. The result is unique and more gratifying then your normal every day scoop. Strawberry and banana was next on the list, and the flavor was bold and fresh. The combinations are endless, with many different ice cream bases and toppings to choose from.

I-CE-NY takes the experience to added heights with a friendly, outgoing staff. Their bright, clean shop is located in the new Chinatown Square Food Hall, which is home to numerous new eateries specializing in Thai, Korean, Middle Eastern and Cambodian cuisine, among others. I was impressed by the wide variety of offerings, as well as the set up of the court. This will surely become a destination for those looking to try new and varied offerings for lunch and dinner in the coming months, especially with warm weather approaching…

Visit our friends at I-CE-NY soon, and I will see you there and elsewhere “Around Town”…

 

03-19-17 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com

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03-19-17

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Sunday, March 19th at 635pm Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio is back and bigger and better than the #Blizzardof2017 😉 This week we are pleased to welcome Stacy Lyn Harris one of the stars of The Sporting Chef on The Sportsman Channel. Her latest cookbook “Harvest Cookbook: Cook Fresh Food Every Day of the Year” from Bookmasters Gray Forest Publishing, will be available March 31st, and you can pre-order it on Amazon.com. You have also seen her in many publications such as Southern Living, Glamour, Healthy Living Magazine, and PARADE Magazine.

 

Supporting a great cause with an amazing event, we also will have on Robin Morris. She is the Executive Director of the Garces Foundation and she will be on talking about Garces Foundation 2017 Benefit at Loews Philadelphia Hotel where you can support this great cause with “Small Bites” very own Actor John DiRenzo attending this event. WHEN:

Friday, March 24 from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

VIP Preview 6:30-7:30, VIP After Party 10:30-12:00 p.m.

 

http://www.garcesfoundation.org/2017benefit/

(All the event details at the bottom of the message)

 

Also joining us is Robin Swan Shreeves. Robin is an independent journalist, the wine columnist for Courier-Post newspaper, co-author of The One Year Women in Christian History Devotional from Tyndale House Publishers, and she is the food & drink writer fir Mother Nature Network.

 

Then to have us think of warm things and to Visit New Jersey for the Jersey Shore season will be Chef Mia F Chiarella the owner of Mia Mia Raw Bar and Ristorante giving you to Visit South Jersey shore town of Wildwoods, New Jersey. Mia “FitChef” Chiarella has appeared on ABC Television Network’s The Taste with Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, and Marcus Samuelsson as well appearing on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen She was recently spotlighted in The Press of Atlantic City by Scott Cronick. Read the article here:

 

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/…/article_2793e440-4558-…

 

STILL NOT ENOUGH YOU SAY!!!! 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 will be available April 3rd, Chef Barbie Marshall who is a Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen finalist and 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 “The Joke Man” Martling of The Howard Stern Show fame and Jackie 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.

We at Small Bites Radio are also thrilled to announce that the sports reporter icon from CSN Philly Leslie Gudel who has joined Crossing Broad as a reporter on the Philadelphia Phillies with her first piece about Howie Kendrick. Leslie Gudel will be following our show on WildfireRadio.com with her first episode Sunday, April 2nd, with show called “Inside Corner” live at 8pm at Paddy Whacks Pub – South Street joined by Sportsradio WIP host Glen Macnow talking all things MLB and Philadelphia Phillies. Glen is already a member of the WildfireRadio.com team as he has another successful show called Bar Talk with Glen Macnow & Joe Sixpack Don Russell and Don is the owner of the recently relaunced Philly Weekly. They are joining another recent addition of Ron Burke and Jason Ashworth on the entertaining “Any Given SportsDay” and their first guest was Philadelphia Eagles alum Randall Cunningham. This to go along with Big Daddy Graham, Ava Graham, Darnell Hicks, Gervase Peterson, and many many other great talents, WildfireRadio.com is the place to go for all your entertainment needs.

 

Garces event

 

Think Local, Give Local: An Evening Benefiting the Garces Foundation

 

WHAT:

Garces Foundation presents Think Local, Give Local with tastings from the area’s brightest chefs and a food themed silent auction to benefit the lives of Philadelphia’s immigrant community.

 

DETAILS:

Chef Jose Garces has handpicked a group of local chefs to deliver an unforgettable epicurean experience, highlighting Philadelphia’s unique culinary talent. Throughout the evening guests will enjoy cocktails made with local spirits, local beer, locally created décor elements and more. Entertainment will be provided by American Deluxe, Flamenco troupe De Luna a Lunares. Denise Fike will provide complimentary fashion illustrations of each guest. Guests will also enjoy a Tito’s Vodka Lounge. Petals Lane will provide décor.

 

WHEN:

Friday, March 24 from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

VIP Preview 6:30-7:30, VIP After Party 10:30-12:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:

Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia

 

PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE:

A Mano, Townsend Wentz

Abe Fisher, Yehuda Sichel

Aldine, George Sabatino

Alma de Cuba, Douglas Rodriguez

Baba’s Brew, Olga Sorzano

Bank and Bourbon, Thomas Harkins

Bing Bing Dim Sum, Ben Puchowitz

Bistrot La Minette, Peter Woolsey

Blackfish, Chip Roman

Brauhaus Schmitz, Jeremy Nolen

Capofitto and Capogiro, Stephanie and John Reitano

Cheu Noodle Bar, Ben Puchowitz

DiBruno Bros., Emilio Mignucci

Ela, Jason Cichonski

Fork, John Patterson

Gilda’s Biscotti, Gilda Doganiero

High Street on Market, Ellen Yin

Hungry Pigeon, Pat O’Malley

Kanella, Konstantinos Pitsillides

Kensington Quarters, Damon Menapace

La Calaca Feliz, Tim Spinner

Lacroix, Jon Cichon

Le Cheri, Pierre Calmels

The Little Bird Bakery and Cafe, Jessica Nolen

Mission Taqueria, Andrew Sabin

Spread Bagelry, Larry Rosenblum

Subarashii Kudamono Gourmet Asian Pears, Holly Harter

Townsend, Townsend Wentz

Vedge, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby

Vernick Food & Drink, Greg Vernick

Vetri Family of Restaurants

Weckerly’s Ice Cream, Andy Weckerly

Whetstone Tavern, Jeremy Nolen

Zeppoli, Joey Baldino

 

Stations from Garces restaurants including: 24, Amada, Bar Volver, Distrito, Garces Trading Company, JG Domestic, The Olde Bar, Tinto, Village Whiskey, Volver

 

Guests will enjoy drinks from Tito’s Vodka, Patron, Beam Suntory, Yards, Brooklyn Brewing and Estrella, Bluecoat Gin, Coca-Cola and wine from Winebow.

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

General Admission – $150

Early Admission – $200

VIP Admission – $250 receive exclusive access to the after party on the 33rdfloor and a preview tasting.

Tickets: http://www.garcesfoundation.org/2017benefit/

Cocktail attire.

 

ABOUT THE GARCES FOUNDATION:

In 2012, the Garces Foundation was founded to support Philadelphia’s immigrant community, particularly employees of Philadelphia’s hospitality industry and their families. The foundation raises funds to provide this community with medical, educational and nutritional programming. The goal is to help Philadelphia’s immigrants take advantage of these resources so that they may actively contribute their talents to making this city truly world-class.

 

The foundation currently runs three of its own programs that improve the health, language, cultural skills, and nutrition of this community. The first is a quarterly Community Health Day where uninsured patients can receive free dental care, physicals, and medical screenings. The second is an applied learning English as a second language class for restaurant workers, English for the Restaurant and Everyday Living, which aims to narrow the language and cultural gap in the workplace and beyond. Last, the foundation hosts summer Luna Farm Field Trips to the Garces family farm, where children grow and harvest fruits and vegetables, cook their own healthy lunch from the produce they harvest, and practice fun ways to exercise.

http://wildfireradio.com/small-bites-episode-45/

Mr. Bubbles Seafood – Philadelphia, PA

Mr. Bubbles Seafood – Philadelphia, PA

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This one got lost in the shuffle during the summer months. While at the intersection of Cecil B. Moore and Ridge Ave in North Philly for who knows what reason, I spotted Mr. Bubbles Seafood truck (MR. B) and decided to give them a try. I am happy I did as the strawberry ice tea was AWESOME and given to me complimentary for the extremely long wait for my original order of crab cakes with fries. Let us talk more about this strawberry ice tea. I would drive back to Mr. B to drink gallons of this stuff, it was that good. They should find someone to be able to bottle this up and make a gazillion dollars. I am happy I was given the tea. Fries were basic as was the crab cake. What I can tell you though, is the gentleman behind the counter was so enthusiastic, friendly, and happy even though it was one of those 100 degree sweltering summer days and he was just in the truck sweating and singing while he took orders and sang with a not so friendly line of patrons giving him a hard way to go at times. For a food truck the menu was quite varied and I would be interested to try other things from them. I would give Mr. B another try and order something else, but also just so I can have another cup of that tea.

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