Small Bites – Episode 106

D and L Coffee Service Inc. presents the #1 listed “Food Radio show Philadelphia”, Small Bites with Donato Marino and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio this Sunday, March 10th at 635pm EST with a great lineup.

HOT off her record breaking appearance on Chef Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen Season 18, we are thrilled to welcome Chef Mia Castro. Chef Mia N. Castro's background with food and cooking roots go back to growing up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Discover Puerto Rico helping her grandmother cook delicious meals everyday with ingredients they harvested themselves. Chef Mia then trained at The Culinary Institute of America and apprenticed for established Chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Thomas Keller, and José Andrés and is now a private chef in Visit Miami and New York, New York. Like many young women in the restaurant industry have experienced, Mia was often called "cocky" or "arrogant" for expressing confidence in her abilities. Only 28 years old at start of filming Hell’s Kitchen and a mere 5 feet tall, Chef Mia was frequently called "Munchkin" and dismissed as a serious threat by her competitors, but showing them all wrong, she won more challenges than any other competitor in Hell's Kitchen history. Chef Mia has also appeared on Food Network Chopped where she made it to the final round before barely being defeated by Executive Chef Royden Ellamar of Sensi restaurant at Bellagio Las Vegas Visit Las Vegas. We can’t wait!

To celebrate National Cheesesteak DAY! on March 24th a partnership of famed Campo's Philly Cheesesteaks and Philly’s own Hank's Beverage Company Gourmet Root Beer and we will talk to Tony Salvatore who is Co-Founder, partner, and Chief Customer Officer for Genuine Hanks Beverages about this collaboration. Campo’s Deli and Hank’s Gourmet Beverages are making March a month-long party for cheesesteak lovers. They have joined forces, and their beloved culinary inventions, to create the first authentic Philly cheesesteak sandwich crafted with a sweet and spicy rub and marinade made with critically-acclaimed Hank’s Gourmet Root Beer and its secret Philadelphia formula called Hank’s RBM Cheesesteak. This limited-edition delectable will feature tender, thin-sliced ribeye steak grilled after an application of Hank’s Secret Root Beer Spice Rub, drawn from Hank’s own classic, 100-year-old Philadelphia recipe, and a 24-hour “float” in a special marinade made with Hank’s Gourmet Root Beer. This mouth-watering steak will be topped with a choice of the classic Cheese Whiz, or Swiss, American, Jalapeno Cheddar or Sharp Provolone Cheese and other toppings, including Grilled Onions, Mushrooms, Peppers hot and sweet, and many more. It’s all comes served up in a plain or seeded Italian roll, made fresh by local bakers. The special limited-edition cheesesteak sandwich will be available now the through the end of March at Campo’s landmark Old City location at 214 Market Street. Campo’s also operates outlets at Wells Fargo Center and Citizens Bank Park. Throughout the month, Campo’s will offer the tasty Hank’s RBM Cheesesteak, paired together with a bottle of Hank’s Root Beer (or one of their other delectable flavors, including Wishniak Black Cherry, Vanilla Cream, Birch Beer and Orange Cream) for a discounted package price of. $9.75 – a healthy $3.00 savings. Don’t live in or around Philadelphia? Don’t worry, Hank’s is widening its Cheesesteak Day celebration across the country with a nationwide poster campaign spotlighting this national holiday at other cheesesteak and specialty sandwich chains that carry its brands. Under the headline, “Two Brothers from the City of Brotherly Love,” the posters suggest consumers enjoy a cheesesteak and Hank’s Root Beer to mark March 24, National Cheesesteak Day. In Greater Philadelphia, this includes Dalessandro's Steaks, Chubbys Steaks, Wit or Witout Cheesesteaks, Hoagie Xpress and The American Pub Philadelphia. Multi-location Cheesesteak chains participating across the nation include Big Tony's West Philly Cheesesteaks of DeSoto in Texas, Connecticut’s Blue Cactus Grill, Philly Grill located throughout Florida and New England, as well as the growing Philly's Best chain that’s spread across southern California, a true cheesesteak hotbed.

Staying in Philadelphia, we are happy to be joined by Mike and Lisa Spinelli Lorenzo who are the owners of Lorenzo's CAFE Espresso Ristorante Italiano who have been voted the #1 restaurant in Tacony, Pennsylvaniaarea and have also won an award from Yelp three years in a row for being a FIVE-STAR rating on the site. Lorenzo's Cafe Espresso & Ristorante Italianoare a cozy BYOB family run business well known for having some of the best meatballs around the area along with traditional Italian dishes all made fresh on the spot. If you take a peek inside the kitchen, you will see that they serve only the freshest ingredients to their customers as they are one of the few establishments with no freezers or microwaves for the chef to use. That’s right – made fresh and made to order – every single time. To top it all off, Lisa is also a psychic medium that does readings to help people heal from grieving, does private readings, group readings, and they even have event nights at the restaurant where you can have dinner and then a reading. I would say we can’t wait, but Lisa already read my mind!

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 for Blog Eating in SJ, 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 Publishing The History Press is available, Chef Barbie Marshall who is a Chef Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen Season 10 finalist, appeared on Season 17 of FOX Hell’s Kitchen #AllStars, as well 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" Martlingof The Howard Stern Show fame and his autobiography “The Joke Man: Bow to Stern” from Post Hill Press is available for purchase on Amazon.com.D & L Coffee Services Inc. and Bluejeanfood.com hope you will use the TuneIn app to listen worldwide or also catch Small Bites Radio syndicated on KGTK 920AM, KITZ 1400AM, KSBN 1230AM, KBNP 1410AM, Salem Radio Network, ScyNet Radio, Stitcher Radio, PodOmatic, Indie Philly Radio, Player FM, iTunes, and TryThisDish Radio which is the only independently owned and operated international chef-driven foodie and lifestyle radio network in the world. Also a special joke from Derek Timm Jr.

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