Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ep. 48: School for Chefs and the Sandwich Scene

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In this podcast episode, we're learning what it's like to be a student at one of the top culinary schools in the country, and we're visiting two local lunch spots that are making their mark with sandwiches.

First is our interview with guest Keith Seeber, a Finger Lakes native who recently graduated from the renowned Culinary Arts program at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. We'll talk with him about what it's like to study food and cooking at professionally, and discover what makes a culinary degree program valuable in the kitchen.

We also have two dining reviews this week, as our journey through every restaurant in Ithaca A to Z brings us to two places starting with the letter "J" - JJ's Cafe at Community Corners in Cayuga Heights, and Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches in Downtown Ithaca. Both specialize in sandwiches, but one of them has a personality and neighborhood spirit all its own.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Ep. 47: Maple Season at Sapsquatch / Lunch at Jade Garden

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The middle of March is peak harvest time for maple syrup producers in our region. Last year, New York State’s more than 1,500 maple syrup producers made over 362,000 gallons of syrup according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Only Vermont with 920,000 gallons and Maine’s 395,000 with gallons produced more maple syrup.

New York’s estimated 1.51 million taps produce enough sap to account for about 15% of the maple syrup made in the United States, and an increasing number of those are from small farms. In this podcast, we'll visit one of those small farms at Sapsquatch, a sugarbush just outside of Ithaca in Enfield, NY. We'll talk with co-owner Steve Gabriel, who tells us about the unique pleasures of making food from the forest. You can see photos from our visit on Flickr.

Then we're continuing to eat our way through every restaurant in Ithaca from A-Z with a review of the lunch buffet at Jade Garden, a Chinese restaurant in downtown Ithaca that seems unchanged in the nearly two decades we've known it. All that, plus news of upcoming events for the local food community and more, in this podcast.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Ep. 46: Going Local with Xeo and Burger Time at Jack's

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It's our first podcast of 2010 and we're glad to be back! The new year is already shaping up to be a great one for Eating Ithaca, especially with so many new restaurants opening on our local dining scene.

The big standout for many local food lovers so far has been the opening of the tiny cafe called Xeo (pronounced SAY-oh) in the Collegetown neighborhood. In this podcast Dave talks with Sebastian Villa, the young chef/owner and sole employee of Xeo, to find out why he became so committed to serving the freshest food possible from as many local or regional sources as he can.

We'll also discuss some of the dozen or so other restaurants that have opened or will be opening since our last restaurant review, and then we're right back to eating our way through every restaurant in Ithaca from A-Z. We've reached the letter "J" now, which brings us to Jack's Grill in Collegetown. We have that review, plus up to date info on some of the great food-related events going on around Ithaca, all right here in the podcast!

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Monday, March 1, 2010

We're Back...


We finally got back to the microphones this weekend! Join us for a new season of the Eating Ithaca podcast, with new interviews and conversations about the local food community and more of our restaurant reviews from A-Z.

It all starts with Episode 46 on Wednesday March 3rd!

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