03/20/14 - On Thursday's Topical Currents it's a fundraising hour of Food & Dining, with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer. We visit with humorist, journalist and actor Mo Rocca. You've heard him on NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me . . . On CBS Sunday morning . . . For many years he was a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He’s now the host and creator of "My Grandmother’s Ravioli" on the Cooking Channel. Of course, Fred Tasker will joins in with his wine suggestions. And we hope you join in . . . with a pledge to support regional and local programming on the station. Mo Rocca Thursday on Topical Currents at 1pm.
Florida’s southernmost winery is located in the heart of Miami Dade’s farm country, Redland. It’s called Schnebly Redland’s Winery and it’s been up and running over a decade. For me, the trip to Schnebly Redland’s Winery meant a couple of hours in the car, heading south on U.S. 1, with a view of Miami Dade slowing down.
South Florida may not have the valleys and vineyards of Napa Valley nor the hollows and oak barrels of Kentucky but the wine and liquor industry is here in its own unique way. Think mango wine not chardonnay, rum not bourbon and you've got the idea.
South Floridians can talk about rum the way oenophiles go on about wine. There are the aromas of the rum, the notes and the finish. There may be hints of chocolate, berries or citrus. For many outside of South Florida rum means one company: Bacardi.
10/24/13 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Dr. Arthur Agatston. His latest book is The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution. He talks about the myths and reality of gluten intolerance -- is it a fad, who does it affect, what are the solutions?
09/26/13 - Thursday’s Topical Currents is with chef, author and syndicated columnist Linda Gassenheimer and wine columnist Fred Tasker. Linda’s “Food & Dining” segments have been broadcast weekly now for some 15 years, and she discusses some of her favorite programs . . . and what new challenges are presented. Many internationally renowned chefs, authors, Food Network stars and others have appeared. That’s Topical Currents . . .Thursday at 1pm on WLRN.
08/15/13 - 1:30 -Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN host Bonnie Berman interview author Mandy Baca. Her book is The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Cortaditos, Stone Crabs and Empanadas. She recounts the history of Miami cuisine from the Tequesta Indians to the present–day local food revolution. A Miami native, Mandy studied at the Hospitality School at Johnson & Wales University and holds a master’s degree in Italian gastronomy and tourism from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Colorno, Italy. On the second half of Topical Currents Thursday at 1:30pm.
06/13/13 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview PB Steak Chef, Jose Mendin. Sunday is Father’s Day - we have tips for cooking the perfect steak for Dad on his day - what are the best cuts and what to serve with the steak.
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03/28/13 - 1:30pm - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Shari Gherman, founder of the American Fine Wine Competition and Chef Christina Machammer, from B Cellars Napa Valley Blends and winner of the 4th season of Hell’s Kitchen. Shari talks about the best American wines and Christina shares her thoughts on pairing food and wine.