Small Bites is still thrilled and humbled to win Metro Philly’s Best of Best 2023 Arts & Entertainment category last week. We close out 2023 with our last episode of the year with a show so big it is close to 3 hours long with some of the biggest names in the food industry!!! See you again in 2024.
D and L Coffee Service Inc. presents Small Bites Radio the #1 listed “Food Radio show Philadelphia” and #1 listed “Food Radio show South Jersey”. Our newest episode has a fantastic lineup! #SmallBitesRadio has been named #14 out of the Top 30 Best Hospitality Shows on the planet for 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023, #23 Top Philadelphia Lifestyle Influencer in 2021, 2022, and 2023 and nominated by Metro Philly Newspaper as 2022’s Best of Philly Arts & Entertainment, and Winner of Metro Philly Newspaper 2023’s Best of Philly Arts & Entertainment.
John Howard-Fusco started the show off talking about SIN Philadelphia, Schulson Collective restaurants, Royal Tavern, South Jersey Food Scene, Wawa, Philadelphia Pretzel Factory, and more.
We had a fantastic conversation with Frankie Faison (01:58:30 of episode), a talented and accomplished actor and a legend in the entertainment industry with a successful career spanning several decades. He is best known for his versatile performances in film, television, and on stage. One of his most notable roles is as Commissioner Ervin Burrell in the critically acclaimed television series "The Wire." Faison's contributions to the entertainment industry have been significant, and his performances have left a lasting impact on audiences and critics alike. Now he is entering the food industry with a successful launch of Frankie’s Fabulous Granola with an anticipated nationwide launch in 2024. After spending more than 2 decades carefully crafting his recipe, Frankie is ready to share his product with the world! During the actors strike, with every bag that was sold, a portion of the proceeds were donated to the SAG-AFTRA Emergency Relief Fund to help support those in his union during the strike against the AMPTP. Frankie's Fabulous Granola is hand made (and mixed) with love and care. Each batch is crafted in small quantities to guarantee freshness and flavor. Using only the finest organic ingredients, their granola is the perfect combination of crunch and sweetness, making it a delightful addition to your breakfast or snack time.
With the holiday season in full force in the Philadelphia area we welcomed Grace Gosnar (59:30 of episode) Marketing Coordinator for Teddy Sourias’s Craft Concepts Group. CCG really goes all out to make any visit a full sensory experience. The collection of CCG restaurants, bars, beer gardens and pop-up concepts focuses on showcasing and being a driver in the elevation of Philadelphia’s thriving dining and nightlife scene. Their locations include BRU Craft & Wurst, U-Bahn, Kontrol, Finn McCool’s Ale House, Uptown Beer Garden, Tradesman’s, Blume Burger, Sueño, Tinsel holiday pop-up bar, and more.
Coming soon to Philadelphia is Bake'N Bacon that will open a new bacon themed restaurant in South Philly. We chat with Chef/Owner Justin Coleman (01:16:50 of episode) about the new 2,500 sq. feet space that will seat around 74 people inside and around two dozen outside, with room for more as they complete additional dining and event space. From the kitchen, foodies will find Bacon BBQ, Bacon Mac, Bacon Buffalo Sandwiches - and more handhelds, plus Bacon Burnt Ends, Bacon Caramel Pound Cake, Chocolate Covered Bacon, and Coleman's favorites Savory Brisket Waffle and Bacon Brisket Sandwich. The restaurant and bar will have a full liquor license with a menu of cocktails designed special to pair with the bacon-centric food offerings. Talking about bacon we even discussed 322 BBQ’s triple smoked candied bacon.
Steve Luttmann (23:10 of episode) of Hercules Mulligan Rum and Rye available at Reading Terminal Market joined us to describe how they started and the history of the name. A unique recipe from the era of revolution and self-determination, custom-tailored for the modern independent thinker. Perfectly balanced Caribbean Aged Rum & American Rye Whiskey create an equilibrium of duality. The Rum & Rye blend is combined with macerated, fresh organic ginger - not artificial flavors. And it’s the essence of this magical root that gives the blend a kick and builds its distinctive character. The potion is finished with a dash of bespoke bitters that add that extra flavor. No fakery, only honest-to-God ingredients that capture the essence of a bittersweet life.
A little more conversation about cocktails with Carey Jones & Mixologist John McCarthy (37:40 of episode) joined us to talk about their new book ‘Every Cocktail Has a Twist: Master 25 Classic Drinks and Craft More Than 200 Variations’ published by Countryman Press. You love your favorite libations, but sometimes you want something different that you know you’ll like. Providing all the tools you need to create delicious new concoctions, this comprehensive collection reconfigures 25 timeless tipples, from Bloody Marys, Daiquirís, and Manhattans to Margaritas, Negronis, and Old-Fashioneds.
Jeremy Scheck (07:25 of episode) has charmed a new generation of home cooks with his simple yet remarkably tasty recipes and his reliable culinary know-how. Now, in this stunning and personal book ‘ScheckEats―Cooking Smarter: Friendly Recipes with a Side of Science’ published by Harvest & William Morrow HarperCollins it is brimming with approachable recipes and step-by-step guidance. Jeremy shares the building blocks of what he calls culinary literacy: understanding why a recipe works and empowering readers to cook with confidence every day. Recipes are designed to minimize single-use ingredients and equipment (for example, all baking recipes are no-mixer-required), encouraging versatility with easily available essentials and Jeremy’s favorite kitchen staples.
If the young gourmands on MasterChef Junior are anything to go by, lots of kids are eager to get into the kitchen. We talked to Danielle Acken (01:43:05 of episode) about the new book ‘Let's Eat: Recipes for Kids Who Cook’ published by TouchWood Editions. Seasoned cookbook author Danielle Acken, food stylist Aurelia Louvet, and their six proteges (age 7 to 17) are here to help. Let's Eat brings together kitchen basics, tools, terminology, and 60+ recipes with loads of variations to suit a range of tastes.
You want to be the toast of town hosting a holiday gathering? We talk to Lea Dixon (02:27:30 of episode), known online as ThePlatterGirl about her new book ‘Mostly Plant-Based Platters & Boards: Gorgeous Spreads for Clean Eating + Great Gatherings’ published by Castle Point Books. Treat yourself and others to an eye-catching, party-friendly array of mostly fruits, veggies, nuts, and grains—with a side of dips and cheeses. Whether you’re feeding just you, a cozy few, or a full house of family and friends, Mostly Plant-Based Platters & Boards features 60 delicious grazing designs and platter starters that are easy to put together and guaranteed to please.
You say you STILL NEED MORE!!! The Small Bites team consists of many segment producers and correspondents. Expect culinary tips and events from celebrity Chef Barbie Marshall who was awarded the title of Pennsylvania’s most influential chef by Cooking Light Magazine, Season 10 Hell’s Kitchen Finalist and appeared on Season 17 Hell’s Kitchen All Stars. You’ll be provided with latest food news and happenings from John Howard-Fusco who has been featured in the Courier-Post South Jersey (a Gannett newspaper), as a contributor for NJ Monthly Magazine, and a New York Times recognized blogger for Eating in South Jersey. The latest trends and food concepts from Chef Beth Esposito the Chef/Owner of Pink Garlic Private Events and Butcher’s Pantry in the Reading Terminal Market and has been spotlighted on The Rachael Ray Show, The Food Network programming, multiple appearances on Fox 29 Good Day, and many more television and radio outlets. Enjoy a funny joke from legendary joke teller Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling, the former head writer for “The Howard Stern Show”. Last but not least we also have freelance writer William Knowles, the personality behind “Around Town” for Bluejeanfood.com doing coverage and blog posts about events.
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