food

Decadent Departure
10:59 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Exit Interview: Bittersweet Farewell to L.A.-Bound Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith

Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith whipped up meringue with champagne vinegar instead of water. Until recently, she was the executive pastry chef for the Genuine Hospitality Group.
Credit Alicia Zuckerman / WLRN

Hedy Goldsmith is the mastermind behind rich-and-salty chocolate chunk cookies, coconut lime macarons and praline panna cotta.

Until last month, she was the executive pastry chef with the Genuine Hospitality Group, which includes Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink and Harry’s Pizzeria (where you can still find the biscotti-of-the-day), among other Michael Schwartz restaurants.

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Nutrition
11:10 am
Mon May 4, 2015

In Miami-Dade, It Takes A Forest To Feed An Elementary School

Strawberry tree -- which doesn't grow strawberries -- is one of the fruit trees in the Kelsey Pharr Elementary School food forest.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Rain is terrible when you’re trying to give tours of your new garden.

But it’s great for the spinach, sweet potatoes and purple passion fruit rapidly taking root.

On a very rainy day, Kelsey Pharr Elementary third graders Ronnield Luna and Jeffrey Arroyo are showing grownups around what used to be a grass field.

Now the school in Miami’s Brownsville neighborhood has several thousand square feet of all kinds of fruit and vegetables.

Some you can find at your supermarket.

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Feature
8:59 am
Thu April 30, 2015

To Get More Customers, Small Businesses Bake Social Media Strategy

Brenda Shapiro sets up a LibbyLicious display table, part of a "Ladies Night Out" fundraiser for a South Florida Kosher food bank.
Credit Kenny Malone / WLRN

In the middle of the night, Brenda Shapiro woke up and thought: “LibbyLicious.” The prefect name for a small baking business built from a mandelbread recipe handed down by her husband’s grandmother, Grandma Libby.

Unfortunately, the South Florida baker did not wake up with a social media strategy.

“This is why I have my daughter-in-law do this for me,” Shapiro says. “I’m busy baking, delivering, packaging, going out and selling my cookies myself. I’m a one-person show.”

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Culture
12:55 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Matzoh Luck! Film Bids Farewell To NYC's Streit's Matzoh Factory

Streit's signature pink boxes of matzoh.
Credit Matzofilm.com

Jewish families celebrating Passover this year might want to take a good look at that box of matzoh in the kitchen. If it says "Streit's" on it, they're looking at the end of an era.

For almost a century, the Streit's company has been making 40 percent of the country's matzoh out of a factory on New York's Lower East Side.  Now, after 90 years, the factory is shutting down, and Streit's is moving to New Jersey.  But not without a cinematic send-off.

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Business
8:00 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Social And Anti-Social Trends In Customer Service

Not too long ago, good customer service meant a warm welcome and personal attention. Today, great customer service can mean leaving the customer alone to fend for themselves. That shift is thanks, in part, to technology.

It’s the smartphone that allows customers to be simultaneously social and anti-social in how they relate to and interact with service staff. Websites like TripAdvisor, OpenTable and Yelp have given customers a voice, and restaurants and hotels are listening -- and responding.

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Food
1:24 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Miami May Make It Easier For Farmers Markets To Get Permits

Miami is considering a measure that would create a path for farmers markets to get permits for cheaper than currently available options.
Credit Creative Commons via Flickr / Andrew Malone (https://flic.kr/p/4AvCRp)

The Miami City Commission will vote Thursday on a measure that would pave the way for farmers markets to get operating permits in the city.

Several years ago Miami approved a pilot program to make it easier for some small new farmers markets. On Jan. 1, 2014, that program lapsed and no one really took notice. Until an organization in Wynwood tried to get permission for a new farmers market and was told the special permit no longer existed.

Since then, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff has introduced an ordinance that would permanently reinstate the program.

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Food
12:28 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Delray Beach To Throw "Upscale" Celebration Of Bacon And Bourbon

Delray Beach's inaugural Bacon and Bourbon Fest is being held this month.
Credit Edson Hong / Flickr Creative Commons

Another unique food festival is coming to South Florida.

At the end of this month Delray Beach will be celebrating bacon and bourbon.

Why bacon and bourbon?

"We just thought it would be a great hook to come up with some creative menus with bacon and bourbon," said Nancy Stewart, the executive director of the city's inaugural Bacon & Bourbon Fest.

Her company is also behind Delray's Garlic Fest and the city's Wine and Seafood Festival.

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Norman Van Aken's A Word On Food
8:40 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Nacatamales

Listen to the aired episode by clicking play below.

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SoBeWFF
10:52 am
Mon February 23, 2015

The Healthier Side Of The South Beach Wine And Food Festival

Some of the attendees of South Beach Wine and Food Festival's Buddhas and Bellinis event.
Credit Lisann Ramos

There’s no doubt the South Beach Wine and Food Festival includes many mouth-watering events. The Amstel Light Burger Bash and the Death By Chocolate Dessert Party certainly paint images of dietary free-falls.

But the festival is also starting to reflect growing health trends that are sweeping the nation.  

In only two years, the Buddhas and Bellinis event has become a huge hit. On both Saturday and Sunday of the festival, 200 people gathered by the pool of the Raleigh Hotel on South Beach for a yoga class.

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South Beach Wine and Food Festival
5:30 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

8 Chefs On What Kind Of Food Miami Is

Host of The Kitchen and Sandwich King on The Food Network.
Credit Lisann Ramos / WLRN

During the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, we asked eight renowned chefs (some local, some not) to describe greater Miami as a dish. 

They were gathered at Scarpetta at the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach to talk with Topical Currents host Linda Gassenheimer and with the Miami Herald's Evan Benn and Sara Liss.

Hear those interviews below, and read the chefs' food interpretation of Miami after that.

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Food Culture
3:46 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Why Honoring Locals At The South Beach Wine And Food Festival Matters

Chef Daniel Serfer of Blue Collar and Mignonette, South Florida Food 50 honoree.

About a year ago, the Miami Herald named business reporter Evan Benn its new food editor. He was appointed because Miami's paper of record noticed the importance of South Florida's booming culinary industry. 

That's an industry Benn is well connected with, and during this year's South Beach Wine and Food Festival, he's putting in the spotlight the people who make South Florida matter to the larger world of good cuisine.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America

02/09/15 - On the next Topical Currents we discuss the future of organic farming, sustainable agriculture and how the common lentil can help.

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Food
7:47 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

World's Largest Key Lime Pie Travels To Its Northernmost Point

David Sloan, left, and Marky Pierson, right, put the finishing touches on the world's largest Key lime pie Thursday. The pie was served to commuters in Boston's South Station Thursday afternoon as part of a Florida Keys tourism promotion.
Credit Andy Newman / Florida Keys News Service

  Commuters in Boston’s South Station, coping with temperatures in the 20s and light snow, on Thursday got a taste of the Florida Keys. 

The Monroe County Tourist Development Council this week took over the station with ads and promotions for the Florida Keys. On Thursday, they provided samples of the islands’ signature dessert: Key lime pie.

And not just any Key lime pie. This is billed as “the world’s largest Key lime pie.” It’s 9 feet in diameter.

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Knight Cities Challenge
12:35 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Miami Forager Wants To Hand Out Free Fruit Trees

Tifanny Noe wants to share her love of fruit trees with the community.
Credit Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr

Recently, the Knight Foundation released the finalists for its first Knight Cities Challenge.

 

The foundation was looking for proposals to make more than two dozen communities around the country better places to live and work, and 10 of the 126 finalists come from Miami.

Tiffany Noé is one of those finalists. She owns a small urban farm in Miami called the Little River Cooperative.

Her idea is to provide the public with free fruit trees.

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Food
6:18 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Would Kids Eat More Veggies If They Had Recess Before Lunch?

A baked potato with toppings on a lunch tray at a school in Wisconsin. Students are less likely to eat fruits and vegetables if they're rushing to get to recess, researchers say.
Micheal Sears MCT/Landov

Schools are offering more and more healthy foods for lunch. And schools that participate in the National School Lunch program require students to choose a fruit and a vegetable side. Yet plate waste is a big problem in schools; as The Salt has reported, kids throw away anywhere from 24 to 35 percent of what's on their trays.

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