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18 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Family-Run Apple Orchard Thrives, Despite Challenges
Andrew Blake of Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk about how the family business has adapted over the years, fighting spring frosts, and preparing for the return of orchard visitors this summer.
19 minutes | May 21, 2021
Starting a Successful Food Business Isn’t Easy, But Detroit Kitchen Connect Is Here To Help
Chef Laura Romito of Detroit Kitchen Connect joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk about the food entrepreneurship program at Detroit’s Eastern Market. She also offers tips for new food business owners to consider when they’re starting out.
17 minutes | May 7, 2021
The Benefits of Hoop Houses for Home Gardeners
Tomm Becker of Nifty Hoops and Sunseed Farm joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk about the benefits of hoop houses for home food growers.
24 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Mark Kurlyandchik Honors Detroit Food Fighters in His Last Piece for the Detroit Free Press
Mark Kurlyandchik joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk about the Detroit Free Press 2020 Food Fighters honorees, which was also his last piece for the Free Press after five years as food writer.
20 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Online Ordering is Key Ingredient in Good Cakes and Bakes’ Resilience During Pandemic
April Anderson of beloved Detroit bakery Good Cakes and Bakes joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to tell the story of how appearing on The Today Show created an unimaginable demand for shipping her cakes across the country, and how that experience set them up for success when the pandemic hit.
29 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
There’s a Wine for Everyone in Chris Hunter’s World
Sommelier Chris Hunter of Vino Volo at Detroit Metro Airport talks all things wine with Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato, including his childhood introduction to the wine business. He also weighs in on the screw cap vs. cork controversy and decides on the wine he would choose for his last glass.
14 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Launching an Online Grocery Store with Drew Patrick of Michigan Fields
Drew Patrick of Michigan Fields joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk about launching an online grocery store during the pandemic. His new company connects customers with Michigan-made, locally sourced food. Chef Rigato also talks about why you should think about adding beef liver to your menu.
18 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Dearborn Michigan's Arab American Food Scene Adjusts to a COVID World
Dearborn, Michigan has a vibrant food scene known for its traditional and modern Arabic cuisine. But can Dearborn’s Arab American-owned restaurants make it to the other side of the pandemic? In this episode of Essential Cooking, Zahir Janmohamed joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk about how Dearborn’s Arab American food scene is coping with COVID-19.
16 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
S 1 EP 14: Make Your Own Soups, Stocks and Broths for Cold Winter Months
The winter months are long and cold, but there is plenty to enjoy this time of year. Chef James Rigato shares his recipe for an aromatic sipping broth and talks with Ann Delisi talk a few comfort foods that anyone can make at home: soups, stocks, and broths. Using ingredients that are easy to find at your local supermarket, you can create a broth or stock that will provide a welcome warm-up in Michigan’s cold weather months.
18 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
S 1 EP 13: Dink Dawson: From Prisoner to Restaurateur, How Learning to Cook Changed His Life
Dink Dawson owns the Green Mile Grille in Detroit, a dream he nurtured while serving six and a half years at the Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater, MI. Dawson joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk about how he learned to cook and become a restaurateur in prison under the guidance of Chef Jimmy Hill.
22 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
EP 12: Recipes for Success with Food Influencers The Kitchenista and Mighty in the Mitten
Food influencers The Kitchenista and Mighty in the Mitten join Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk about what led them to cooking food for Instagram and the challenges of creating daily content.
18 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
EP 11: The “Slow and Low” Brewing Philosophy with Zach Typinski of Urbanrest Brewing Company
Urbanrest Brewing Company’s owner Zach Typinksi joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk about the “low and slow” brewing philosophy, the rigors of becoming a certified cicerone, the history of Oktoberfest, the 11-year-old culture behind their kombucha, and being a victim of his own success.
26 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
EP 10: Always Tip Your Server, and Other Restaurant Etiquette
Restaurant staff work hard to give you an enjoyable dining experience. As a customer, small acts of kindness towards your server and kitchen staff can go a long way. In this episode, find out why you should always tip your server, never send your food back, and bring a 12-pack of beer with you next time you eat at a gastro pub.
35 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
EP 9: How to Roast Your Turkey, and Other Thanksgiving Tips for the Home Cook.
Thanksgiving is going to be different this year, but don’t let that stop you from going all out in the kitchen. You can make your Thanksgiving meal memorable and delicious with these tips from Chef James Rigato and Chef Molly Mitchell (Rose's Fine Food). This special Thanksgiving episode covers brining and roasting your turkey, plus pro tips on favorite side dishes like mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and much more.
24 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
EP 8: Origin Stories: From Culinary School to Cooking Shows
Climbing the culinary ranks requires hard work and persistence, but it’s also full of laughs and surprises. Chef Anthony Lombardo (Shewolf) and Chef John Virmiglio (Grey Ghost) join Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato (Mabel Gray) to share hilarious stories from their culinary careers. The chefs compare cooking school experiences, talk about the difference between cooking in Italy and the United States, being contestants on cooking shows and naming their restaurants.
12 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
EP 7: Remembering Julia Child, an American Culinary Icon
Julia Child is a culinary icon. Her pioneering cooking shows made home cooking fun and easy for a generation of Americans. In this episode, Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato talk about Julia Child’s legacy, her relationship with Chef Jacques Pepin and recall some of her famous sayings.
10 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
EP 6: 100th Anniversary of Prohibition
What did Prohibition have to do with America’s love for Italian food? A lot, it turns out. Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato look back 100 years to the start of Prohibition and talk about its lasting impact on Italian food, how it affected cider production in the U.S., and the origins of the famous cocktail, The Bees Knees.
24 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
EP 5: Two Generations of Italian Chefs
Ann Delisi interviews her co-host, Chef James Rigato and his friend and mentor, Chef Luciano Del Signore about what they cook for themselves at home, their favorite noodle and what they love about each other’s cooking.
32 minutes | Sep 10, 2020
EP 4: The Truth About Fish
Have you ever wondered where the fish sold at your local supermarket are from, or which ones are sustainably raised? Fishmonger Matthew Wiseman of Motor City Seafood joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk seafood: The fish we eat too much of, the fish we should eat more of, and how to find the right fish to cook at home.
23 minutes | Aug 27, 2020
EP 3: Farming in Detroit with Michelle Lutz
Starting your own garden. Climate change issues for farmers. Farming in Detroit. Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato talk with Detroit farmer Michelle Lutz, who has worked with Detroit Public Schools, Recovery Park, and Buckets of Rain.
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