Small Bites – Episode 92

LIVE this Sunday, August 19th at 635pm Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of Bluejeanfood.com on Wildfire Radio will be a special episode hosted by Chetna Macwan the founder of Spice Culture Cooking, an Indian Cooking instructor, and an award winning chef. She will be joined by Small Bites Radio’s resident #Vegan Chef Christina Martin.

 

They are thrilled to welcome Jesse McDonald and Cole Forrest of New Wing Order Food Truck who serve award-winning wings and Southern grub. New Wing Order is a hot wing focused food truck hitting the streets of Memphis! In addition to award-winning wings, they offer delicious dishes like Buffalo Chicken Tacos and BBQ Nachos. It started as a group of friends who loved hot wings – fried, grilled, smoked – you name it, they ate it. They would count down the days to the Southern Hotwing Festival. The event is like no other, featuring more than 70 competition cooking teams making the best wings in the South. They’d go each year, partake of amazing wings, and watch as a new team was crowned Grand Champion. After years of developing their own recipes, they decided to throw their hat in the ring and began competing. They made finals their inaugural year competing in the Southern Hot Wing Festival. After a couple more years of creating and perfecting new flavors, they took home the Grand Championship in 2015, Third Place in 2016, the Grand Championship in 2017, and Second Place in 2018! One of the team members, Jesse McDonald, had been working in the culinary industry for years and looked at the success at the festival, the biggest one of its kind in the South, as a sign these wings should be available to Memphians year round.

 

Then in studio is Madura Sotolongo, the Founder of The Chai Bar. She came to the U.S. as a graduate student of Financial Engineering at Temple University in the Summer of 2014 after completing her undergrad in Math and master’s in International Business in India. She ended up getting an 8 am desk job at Comcast as a Data Analyst right after her graduation. While at work she got Chai tea cravings and would often go to coffee shops in search of a good cup. She soon realized that if she wanted a real cup of Chai she would have to brew her own. This led Madura to brew for her friends as well and she really enjoyed sharing Chai and culture with an expanding group of friends and Chai lovers. She left Comcast in the spring of 2017 to start working on The Chai Bar and was up and running in farmers markets that fall. Her love for all things Chai and disappointment at the lack of availability of good Chai at coffee shops drove her to quit her job and purse this dream of introducing a real cup of Chai in American lifestyle. Chai is a most loved and served Indian drink and Madura says, it takes practice and patience to brew this surprisingly simple drink to make. A fresh and delicious cup of Chai is a work of alchemy. The Chai Bar in Philadelphia welcomes you to experience this wonderful experience called Chai in its most authentic form made from freshly ground spices with love and recipes that’s been handed down generations over centuries. So, don’t forget when you sip a cup of Chai it’s not just a blend of spices and tea with milk, it’s the amalgamation of popular culture, tradition, diversity, history and stories in one cup!

 

Also in studio will be Natasha Bhalla a Health & Wellness Coach for Prana Wellness & Health. Natasha has fused her knowledge, experience and passion into programs and workshops that empower individuals to take control of their health and wellness. Through vital nutrition and self-care techniques, Natasha offers the knowledge and skills necessary to increase prana, a Sanskrit word that mean “life force energy,” which is critical to feeling well and happy. Natasha’s mission is to help women and men become their healthiest versions naturally. A breast cancer survivor and thriver, Natasha is well-versed in healing the body through nutrition, meditation, and is a Reiki practioner. She uses different modalities that foster physical, mental and emotional wellness, as well as, energetic healing in her clients. Natasha has been in the beauty industry for more than 15 years and has experience both behind-the-chair as a makeup artist and as a marketing and communications professional, giving her great insight into cosmetologists’ lifestyles and needs. A graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Natasha gained her Health Coaching certificate in 2011 and prior to this, she graduated as a Makeup Artist from the Christine Valmy International School Institute. Natasha attended Pace University for her undergraduate studies and has a BA in Mass Communications and Marketing. Now that is what I call a show!

 

Small Bites Radio correspondent Actor John DiRenzo is out and about with his valuable insight and experience in the culinary world so be sure to catch him on QVC selling the high quality Copper Chef products and will be visiting Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse and New York Jets with a report on both TBA.

 

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 book “A Culinary History of Cape May: Salt Oysters, Beach Plums & Cabernet Franc” from Arcadia Publishing The History Press is now available to buy and Chef Barbie Marshall who is a Chef Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Season 10 finalist and appeared 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. Fat Jack's BBQ and Bluejeanfood.com hope you will use the TuneIn app to listen worldwide or also catch Small Bites Radio syndicated LIVE Sundays on KGTK 920AM, KITZ 1400AM, KSBN 1230AM, KBNP 1410AM, distributed by satellite through the Salem Radio Network, ScyNet Radio, Stitcher Radio, PodOmatic, and TryThisDish Radio which is the only independently owned and operated international chef-driven foodie and lifestyle radio network in the world! Also repeats of our shows are available to be listened to daily on the above platforms 5:30pm-6:30pm and on Mondays at 10am on Wildfire Radio, and as usual the newest episodes are available the following day on iTunes and PlayerFM.

 

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After the show this week, we hope everyone has a great rest of summer and a Happy Labor Day. Derek and the Small Bites crew will return for your listening pleasure Sunday, September 9th at 635pm for more foodie fun. See you then!