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Pizzeria Beddia – Philadelphia, PA

Pizzeria Beddia – Philadelphia, PA

Named by Bon Appetit one of the best Restaurants of 2019 in America and also named by Time magazine as one of the top 19 best places in the world is a lot to live up to. Well when you serve one of the HOLY SH#! best tasting pizza I’ve ever had, the accolades are well deserved. Best of the World and America? I’m not sure, but the Squash Pizza made 3 ways topped with arugula was hands down an out of body experience regarding pizza and my thoughts on pizza. When ordered, it was the pizza I was least looking forward to eating, but figured I would try the special of the night. The special of the night??? They need this pizza on the menu EVERYDAY!!! I’ve never even been a fan of specialty pizza previously and considered them a gimmick and overdone. I am happy I was proven wrong.

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I will say this. They are certainly the best around anywhere as far as specialty pizza is concerned. There are A LOT of great pizza places in Philly that I really enjoy in regards to plain cheese pizza and tomato pie so competition is tough here. Pizzeria Beddia does not disappoint and ranks up there with a great plain pie and tomato pie. This is Philly style pizza done well with the crust, sauce, and cheese you are used to, but better than most.

Again where they excel is taking good quality and high end fresh ingredients and making them shine. By putting roasted onions, crimini mushrooms, and sausage on top of another pizza, it really elevated it and brought it to another level.

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They really top it all off with an AMAZING sweat cream soft serve dessert. It was like a heavenly fancy version of Mr. Softee. Perfect and the perfect way to end the meal. The check-in process is a little clunky, but the service and food were top notch. I know to eat there isn’t easy, but if you like pizza they are MUST destination to try. You can even enjoy some good adult beverages while there and who doesn’t like that.

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Cacia’s Bakery & Deli – Audubon, NJ

Cacia’s Bakery & Deli – Audubon NJ

With multiple locations, Cacia’s is in reach to many in Philly and South Jersey. I used to visit their Ritner St location often, but we all know the kind of nightmare South Philly parking can be. The traditional plain cheese pizza is AWESOME! Give them try instead of your regular pizza shop and you may be happily surprised. They have more than just pizza as well.

12-05-17 Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com

12-05-17

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LIVE this Sunday, December 3rd at 635pm Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio is back for our last show in 2017 and we are happier than ever to sing “Fly Eagles Fly, on the road to victory, fight Eagles fight, score a touchdown 1-2-3, hit’em low, hit’em high, and watch our Eagles fly, fly Eagles fly, on the road to victory! E A G L E S – EAGLES!!!!” Philadelphia Eagles fans are a tough crowd to please as proven by the time Eagles fans even booed Santa Claus. Yep, Santa Claus! So just imagine how difficult it must be to feed these rowdy fans. Well we have the perfect person joining us in studio. We are pleased to welcome from South Philly NFC East 1st place, yep you heard that right, 1st place Philadelphia Eagles Executive Chef James Hennessey for Lincoln Financial Field by Aramark. Not only does he keep our hometown team’s fans fed and happy, he also cooked at the 2012 Summer Olympic in Visit London. Awesome, and here’s to hoping he keeps on cooking for this team all the through to the Super Bowl.

What goes great with watching football? PIZZA of course! Also joining us in studio will be Mariano Mattei, the owner of Mattei Family Pizza When you are supporting a 1st Place team, you want to be eating the best pizza possible. Well Metro Newspaper Metro Philly Philly’s Jennifer Logue even wrote an article stating that Mattei Family Pizza may be the best pizza in Philly right now and they were also spotlighted by Alex Tewfik in Philadelphia Magazine. To top the accolades, Mariano has also appeared on the Food Network show Cooks vs. Cons. Sounds like a winning combination to us, and we can’t wait to try their pizza for ourselves.

Then it seems we are having everything move towards craft and artesian. So what will be next? We will be joined by Megan Giller a food writer, editor, and chocolate enthusiast, and her blog Chocolate Noise was a 2016 SaveurBlog Awards finalist. She offers private chocolate tasting classes, hosts “Underground Chocolate Salons” at shops across the country, and is a judge at chocolate competitions, including the International Chocolate Awards. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Slate.com, Zagat, Food & Wine, and Modern Farmer. She has recently released a new book “Bean-to-Bar Chocolate: America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution: The Origins, the Makers, and the Mind-Blowing Flavors” from Storey Publishing. The next big movement in the artisanal food world: bean-to-bar chocolate. Like craft beer and specialty coffee before it, this small-batch industry is on the brink of something big:American craft chocolate sales are $100 million annually and rising. Bean-to-Bar Chocolate, by Megan Giller, provides a lively and mouthwatering window into this growing market. In her new book, Giller demystifies the “bean-to-bar”process — how craft chocolate is made by sourcing high-quality cocoa beans, then roasting, grinding, and finessing them into finished bars. Readers will learn what to look for in a chocolate bar and who are the bean-to-bar makers to watch. Profiles of more than a dozen chocolate makers from cutting-edge businesses — including Taza Chocolate, Dandelion Chocolate, and Askinosie Chocolate — guide readers through the fascinating, delicious, and burgeoning bean-to-bar chocolate movement. Bean-to-Bar Chocolate answers questions that real chocolate lovers will have, such as, how do cocoa beans from Venezuela differ from beans from Madagascar? Or, what is dark milk chocolate and who makes the best? Giller includes delicious suggestions for readers to create their own chocolate tastings, offering advice for pairing chocolate with coffee, tea, beer, spirits, bread, cheese, and other foods. Top chefs and chocolatiers like Michael Laiskonis, Alice Medrich, and Janina O’ Learyprovided many of the book’s 22 recipes. From Champurrado Drinking Chocolate and Ceylon Tea Fudge Sauce to Olive Oil Sourdough Truffles, Pop Rocks Chocolate Bark, and Chocolate Sorbet, these decadent treats defy expectations of what chocolate should taste like. Sounds like a great holiday gift to get for friends and family!

Joining us again will be Chef @Ed Crochet of Rat’s Restaurant at Grounds For Sculpture. Philadelphia’s renowned Starr Events oversees Rat’s Restaurant at Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. A graduate of L’Academie de Cuisine Culinary School, Crochet worked in the kitchens of Tom Colicchio’s Crafted Hospitality before joining the Starr Restaurants team at Storico at the New-York Historical Society. Rat’s is a French-focused restaurant famous for its unique setting within the 42-acre sculpture park. Rat’s was conceptually designed to be reminiscent of Claude Monet’s beloved Giverny by sculptor The Seward Johnson Atelier. 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”. I have dined there myself and had a great meal after a wonderful visit walking around Grounds For Sculpture.

So we have great meals and chocolate covered, but what is 2018 going to bring us in food trends? Well we will have Darby Hughes the Brand Strategy Director & Trends Expert for Quench Agency (Pavone) to tell us his thoughts of what we’ll see. What a show!

In studio as well will be Chef Christina Martin of Cooking To Nourish and Nourish on the Go #Vegan mobile cart to give us Vegan Recipes News and why to Eat Drink Vegan.

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 Food 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 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 “The Joke Man” 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.com. Fat Jack’s BBQ and Bluejeanfood.com hope you will TuneIn worldwide or catch the following day on iTunes or Player FM.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR – SEE YOU ALL AGAIN STARTING JANUARY 7TH, 2018 at 635PM on WILDFIRE RADIO!!!!