The Foods Of India

Jun 17, 2014

‘A Word on Food’ is done with words of course. Where would I be without them? Our blonde-haired, blue-eyed granddaughter Audrey is not yet two yet she is teaching me to try more communication...

Open-Face Steak Sandwich

06/12/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and Bonnie Berman interview Lee Schrager, founder of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival.  His latest book is Fried and True: More than 50 Recipes for America’s Best Fried Chicken and Sides. From down home diners to top a rated restaurant, French Laundry, fried chicken is part of Americana.  Lee gives us tips, stories and a tour through America.  

Sausage Potato Salad

06/05/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host and Bonnie Berman interview Anna French author of A Pinch, A Dash, and a Pocketful of Cash, inspired by her 16 years of living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We discuss Brazilian recipes in time for the opening of the World Cup tournament and we taste Brazilian dishes in the studio.


Jun 4, 2014
Containers filled with caviar.
Norman Van Aken

You don’t eat caviar because you’re hungry. But the portion set before us at a dinner the other night was certainly capable of staving off a serious quantity of pang.

We all eye’d the curvaceous morsels of edible hedonism. They were caviar-stuffed, chive-tied crêpes perched upon the base of empty, over-turned, long stemmed Riedel wine glasses. This caviar presentation was done in the style of the legendary “beggars purses” as created by Chef Barry Wine the once-upon-a-gilded-time owner of the ‘Quilted Giraffe’ restaurant of New York City.


Jun 4, 2014
Pictured from left to right, Onions in a skillet going through the cooking process of caramelization.
Norman Van Aken

Inevitably I have a conversation with nearly every chef that comes to work with me as well as the students who attend my cooking classes. It has to do with a cooking term “caramelization”.

Maria Murriel / WLRN

I always struggle to explain how enthusiastic beer geeks are about the beers they love. Yes, it's like being passionate about any other hobby: Craft beer is a community in which beer-obsessed people, myself included, get excited to befriend others who share their favorite breweries.

But the devotion of craft-beer fans still always surprises me.

At the first anniversary of the Funky Buddha Brewery last Saturday, I spotted a handful of familiar faces, Scott Rain among them. He's one of the usual suspects at these craft-beer events. Usually, he's with his friend Jeff Davis.

05/30/14 - Friday on South Florida Arts Beat, Chef Allen Susser talks about Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation and their “No Kid Hungry” mission. Choreographer Rosie Herrera speaks with contributor, Judith Bishop, about  Ballet Hispanico’s world premiere coming to the Arsht Center. Contributor, Chris DeAngelis, previews the 13th Annual Hukilau coming to Fort Lauderdale in mid-June. Chef Norman Van Aken stirs up A Word On Food and our Florida Keys calendar features Andy Newman.

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05/29/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host and Bonnie Berman interview Zak the Baker (Zak Stern).  He discusses how he created and executed his bakery concept, what kickstarter is and how it helped him and about the craft food revolution in Wynwood.  And he brought some bread for us to taste on air.


May 21, 2014
A plate of crispy nachos topped with jalapeños, sour cream, and guacamole.
Norman Van Aken

Miami Brewers Form Alliance To "Protect The Industry"

May 20, 2014
Miami Brewers Alliance/Courtesy

Miami's beer makers have officially unionized. Sort of. The owners of two Miami-Dade County breweries rallied their brewer colleagues to form the Miami Brewers Alliance, a sort of advocacy and education group for local craft-beer businesses.

05/15/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents is our popular “Restaurant Roundabout,” with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer. Also with us are restaurant critic Jen KaretnikMatt Meltzer, the Miami Editor of the Thrillist Media Groupand our favorite wine columnist, Fred Tasker.  We’ll get the lowdown on the always-changing South Florida restaurant scene, as well as take listener calls about favorite dining spots. Perhaps you have a new bistro to tell us about . . . or a favorite mom and pop pizza place. Listen in . . . Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm.


May 10, 2014
A Hamburger with fries, ketchup and mustard.
Norman Van Aken

05/08/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Bonnie Berman interview Elisa Camahort, co-founder and COO of BlogHer, Inc.  This is the largest community network of people who blog and are social media influencers.  The BlogHer/Food conference is in Miami, May 16-17, 2014.  She discusses food blogging, why it has become so popular and what it means to the media community.


May 7, 2014
Green bell peppers for pope chilies.
Norman Van Aken

05/01/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and Bonnie Berman interview Chef Richard Ingraham, personal chef to Dwyane Wade.  He talks about what he makes for the Heat star to keep in shape especially for these championship games and we taste Wade’s favorite dish on air.