After a week off, this Sunday, June 25th at 635pm Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com returns to Wildfire Radio bigger and better than ever. We have a very special guest and are honored to welcome Award-winning Chef Rocco DiSpirito. Chef Rocco Dispirito is a James Beard Foundation award-winning chef, health advocate and author of 12 highly acclaimed cookbooks, including five The New York Times Best Sellers. Chef Rocco currently appears on Z Living the leading health entertainment tv network with his own show "Now Eat This!" Fridays at 1pm et/pt and he is guest starring this Sunday, June 25th at 8pm et/pt on Z Living's new original series "The Big Fat Truth" hosted by tv pioneer JD Roth. Chef Rocco is also recognized for his inspiring weight loss journey and rocked the nation when he proved that healthy and delicious are not mutually exclusive. He founded The Pound a Diet meal delivery service where he personally cooks for and coaches clients to achieve their best health. Featuring bespoke menus to meet each customer’s preferences, weight loss and health goals, all meals are freshly prepared in DiSpirito’s NYC kitchen using only the best local, natural/organic ingredients.
Chef Rocco is also the creator of the successful Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious line of products including Rocco’s Organic Protein Powder Plus, Rocco’s Raw Vegan Organic Dark Chocolate Bliss Bar, High Protein Shakes and Shake Powder and Chocolate Crunch bars, among others better-for-you snacks and meals, available at www.PoundADayDiet.com.
Over the years, Chef Rocco has guided life-changing transformations as the Healthy Food Coach on ABC’s hit series Extreme Weight Loss. He starred in Restaurant Divided on Food Network and Rocco’s Dinner Party on Bravo, and The Rachael Ray Show among other fan-favorite shows. Well, Chef Rocco has finally reached the pinnacle of his career by now appearing on "Small Bites"
Wow do we need to even talk about anything else? Well this is Small Bites and our fans expect A LOT. So also joining the party will be Rob Lucas, the owner of Donkey's Place - Camden and was bestowed by Anthony Bourdain on his Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown show by saying Donkey's Cheese Steaks having the best cheesesteak in AMERICA!! That's right Bourdain didn't give it to Philly. I don't make the news, I just report it. Well Rob will not only talk about their delicious cheesesteaks, but also about an event that is important to him. Donkeys Place Snakehead Fishing Tournament will take place on Saturday July 1, 2017. Check in starts at 7:00am at Donkeys Place located at 1223 Haddon Ave in Camden, NJ. Donkeys place will be open from 7am-7pm for this event. It is free to enter however; a non perishable food item is requested. After your day of fishing, please return to Donkeys Place by 4:00pm with your catch. There will be prizes for the biggest fish, most fish by weight, biggest fish cought by a girl, and biggest fish caught by a child under 14 years old. The Helping Other People Eat organization will donate all fish caught and your non parishable food donation to help support families in our community.
Then we'll talk about more thing great in New Jersey. Yes Jersey Foodies, I said great things are in New Jersey and we have author John Holl to talk about his book "Dishing Up New Jersey". With John as your guide, you can cook up 150 delectable dishes from New Jersey like Sautéed Ricotta Gnocchi and Funnel Cake at home, and experience the state through in-depth profiles of the proud people behind the best local family farms, food trucks, famous bakeries, and much more.
Well let's keep rolling. Did you say rolls? No, I did, but you know who has great rolls? Bakeries, and we have Erin Frombach the owner of Summit Cakery & Cafe in Woodbury Heights, New Jersey. Summit is a third generation, family-run bakery offering a large assortment of homemade baked goods.
How do we get all this great food to eat? Well one way our other guest Barbara Pleasant author of "Homegrown Pantry" from Storey Publishing will tell us with in-depth profiles of the 55 most popular crops — including beans, beets, squash, tomatoes, and much more — to keep the pantry stocked throughout the year and Booklist calls it, “[A] guidebook of soul-saving coherence, practicality, thoroughness, deeply seasoned wisdom, and reconnection from our imagination to our soil to our labor to our mouths.”
Then if we have time, Actor John DiRenzo will also be joining us to talk about the world premiere of the movie "The Listing" by Mario Cerrito III screened at the The Newtown Theatre starring JESSICA CAMERON, Jennifer M Kay, Andrew Hunsicker, Julie Stackhouse, Frank Modica, Bernard Glincosky, Jason Boyle, and of course the biggest star of them all - ME! John will also chat about his recent visit to the multi million dollar renovation of Le Méridien Philadelphia.
We will also have a special message from Chef Christina Martin of Cooking To Nourish who we are happy to announce is joining the Small Bites crew to give Vegan Food updates periodically for us and she has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a Vegan Food Cart.
I need a coffee as I am tired after this long post. Oh, lucky us, we will also have Donato Marino the owner of D and L Coffee Service Inc., Philadelphia's premier bean to barista provider and he is also the owner of Terry's Too joining us as special guest in studio.
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 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.