Small Bites – Episode 69

LIVE this Sunday, November 5th at 635pm Small Bites on Wildfire Radiowith Derek away, Glenn and #Actor John DiRenzo will play. We are thrilled to welcome Robyn Eckhardt who is an American food and travel journalist based in Piemonte, Italy. Her writing and recipes have appeared in SAVEUR Magazine, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Cured, The Economist's monthly magazine 1843, SBS Feast magazine, AFAR, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure and the Chicago Tribune. Since 2005, Robyn has published, with 'Istanbul and Beyond' photographer David Hagerman, the food blog EatingAsia, which focuses on ingredients, food markets, cooks and food artisans, and culinary cultures in Turkey, south east Asia and beyond. In 2014 and 2016 EatingAsia was named Editor's Choice, Culinary Travel in the Saveur Food Blog Awards. EatingAsia has been featured and/or cited for excellence by the New York Times, BBC, Food52, Australian Gourmet Traveller, The Guardian, The Splendid Table, CNN, and other media. 'Istanbul and Beyond' is the result of Robyn's nearly two decades-long passion for Turkey, its food and its people. After her first trip to Turkey in 2008 Robyn studied Turkish at University of California, Berkeley, while returning annually to Turkey to travel. Between 2011 and 2015, as they conducted research for 'Istanbul and Beyond', Robyn and David clocked more than 16 months on the road, covering more than 15,000 miles, in Istanbul and Turkey's eastern half. Several of the regions featured in 'Istanbul and Beyond' are little referenced by food writers outside of Turkey; many recipes in the book have never before been published in English. From village home cooks, community bakers, café chefs, farmers, and fishermen, they have assembled a broad, one-of-a-kind collection of authentic, easy-to-follow recipes: “The Imam Fainted” Stuffed Eggplant; Pillowy Fingerprint Flatbread; Pot-Roasted Chicken with Caramelized Onions; Stovetop Lamb Meatballs with Spice Butter; Artichoke Ragout with Peas and Favas; Green Olive Salad with Pomegranate Molasses; Apple and Raisin Hand Pies. Many of these have never before been published in English. When not reporting, writing, developing recipes, or simply traveling to eat, Robyn organizes food and photography workshops with David in Turkey, Italy, and Asia.

Then in studio we are happy to have join us Executive Chef Jenn Grosskruger of Ocean Prime. Chef Jenn’s love of cooking developed at a young age, when she would prepare simple meals for her family. Now Chef Jenn oversees one of Philadelphia’s largest scratch kitchens with a team of culinary professionals behind her. Ocean Prime is a modern American restaurant and lounge from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell. There are currently 14 locations from coast to coast, with the original location, Mitchell's Ocean Club, in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio. OCEAN PRIME delivers an extraordinary experience to guests: stunning settings and a vibrant energy, an impressive menu of seafood and prime cuts of steak, signature cocktails, a Wine Spectator-honored wine list and truly genuine hospitality. Each OCEAN PRIME location is unique and inspired by the energy of the city where it’s located. Dramatically designed, the restaurants are social, fun, and glamorous. Every element has been carefully curated with attention to every detail. They specialize in incredible seafood and prime steaks, but OCEAN PRIME is much more than just a steakhouse or a seafood restaurant. OCEAN PRIME is an extraordinary dining destination. Their menu features classic dishes crafted with a modern sensibility and an appreciation for ingredients. With lighter fare, like their shellfish cobb salad and sushi, as well as more indulgent items like their smoking shellfish tower, juicy steaks and decadent desserts, there’s something for every occasion.

We also have coming in studio Mark Van Horn the owner of French Quarter Bistro in Royersford Borough, Pennsylvania. French Quarter Bistro is one of the area's premier destinations for pleasant dining and superb cuisine. Situated in one of Royersford's most congenial settings, they offer a casual, comfortable atmosphere and it is the perfect place to spend time with family and friends. Their friendly staff looks forward to making your next dining experience pleasant and truly unforgettable. We can’t wait!

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 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 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 Jack's BBQ and hope you will TuneIn worldwide or catch the following day on iTunes or Player FM.