Gretchen Gondek

General Manager

712-274-6406 ext. 1341

gretchen.gondek@witcc.edu

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland

Gretchen speaks with Rocky Welker (E.D. at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Siouxland) about the annual Chili & Salsa Cook Off, September 19th at the Hard Rock Hotel. 

Rocky (who does a mean cha-cha-cha) will talk up the festival which expands this year to include a kid’s zone, live music, and, of course, great chili and salsa!

Solar Powered

Aug 27, 2015
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What’s all the buzz about solar power? Find out as Gretchen Gondek speaks with Kim Clay, Area Specialist, Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture about the upcoming Solar Energy Conference on September 2nd in Le Mars. Dolf Ivener of King of Trails will also speak about his role in the conference and harnessing the power of solar energy.  

Shrek returns to the Sioux City Community Theatre this weekend. Many of the characters are portrayed by students in the Youth Theatre program, which will be beginning again in September, with new curriculum focusing on acting, music, puppetry, dancing, and more. Gretchen Gondek speaks with Youth Theatre director Ashley Ziska about fall classes and the encore of Shrek. 

Margaret Holman

  Today on Food for Thought we taste cheese: Bonne Bouche from Vermont Creamery; Marin Triple Creme Brie from Marin Fench Cheese Co.; Fat Bottom Girl from Bleating Heart Dairy; and Twig Farm Tomme from Twig Farm, Vermont. Our friends Chef Bret McCarthy and Chef Michael Gasaway from WITCC's Culinary Arts program joined us. 

Margaret Holman

Food for Thought is on the road, traveling north of Sioux City on highways 75 and 60 toward Alton. In the shadow of a grain elevator rests our favorite place for pizza: Sfumato Pizeria. Proprietors Mark and Matt Slemp took time out of their day to chat with us, time they normally spend making fresh mozzarella, kneading dough, and bringing their oven to temperatures way above what a normal person would consider reasonable.

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"It's got fighting and cowboys and farmers and picnic lunches. It's got everything you can imagine in a show," says Morningside's Randy Peters of Oklahoma!. The show brings this summer's Betty Ling Tsang Fine Arts Series to a close this weekend, which is so difficult to believe. It will feature some of Siouxland's favorite actors, including Mike Skaff and Bill McKenney, and quite a few of our favorite songs.

The Gift of Dance

Aug 4, 2015
Mararie "Shrunken Pointe Shoes"

Siouxland Civic Dance Association is offering the "Gift of Dance" to at-risk middle school children. The project is made possible by the Gilchrist Foundation and offers an opportunity for 50 children to receive instruction in classroom technique, etiquette and performance skills.

Laurie Taylor, ISU Extension and Outreach regional foods coordinator and Master Gardener, tells us about the Farm to Fork tour of locally grown food. It sets out August first.     

Dave Herholz

Brent Stockton, who sits on the executive planning committee for RAGBRAI, chats with Gretchen about a range of diverse offerings available for thousands of cyclists descending on Sioux City tomorrow. From Mexican and  Mediterranean to Vegan and beyond, there’s great food ahead!    

Mark Munger

 Once a popular fruit to grow in Iowa, sour cherries are now a bit rare in our orchards. They are labor intensive, delicate, and loved by birds. But they are also so beautiful and delicious, so sour yet fruity, they are worth all the effort. I have two very young trees in my yard, and I spent hours (hours!) picking and pitting what turned out to be 6 pints.

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