Food for Thought

Fridays, 12:10 pm

Join FM90’s Gretchen Gondek for “Food 4 Thought” Friday afternoons at 12:10 preceding “Friday Film Scores” on KWIT-KOJI.

A variety of local topics are discussed ranging from recipes, organically grown foods, food fundraisers and restaurants to food safety and preparing healthy meals. 

Guests from the community are regularly featured on the show with Gretchen.

F4T: Pumpkin Spice

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Like changing leaves and decorative gourds, the pumpkin spice latte has become a symbol of fall's commencement. Possibly it has become THE symbol. In the future we will complain that Starbucks has begun serving the libation before Labor Day, which will be a delightful complaint for those of us who enjoy such grumbling, and for those who want seasons to stay within their defined boundaries. Such a wish would make sense when stirred by what we call "pumpkin spice." 

Safe Turkey

Nov 20, 2015

Renee Sweers is back again this week to talk turkey safety and the proper temperature for storing leftovers in the refrigerator.

Food Safety

Nov 13, 2015

Renee Sweers, human services specialist of nutrition and wellness with ISU Extension and Outreach, talks up monthly food safety classes, Buy-Eat-Live-Healthy (a program for families), and food preservation.

Super Latkes

Nov 6, 2015

Gretchen chats with Dolf Ivener and Debbie Bernstein-LaCroix about the Super Latke Brunch-Lunch-Dinner at Beth Shalom this Sunday.  On the menu, matzah ball soup, egg salad, apple cake, and all the potato latkes you can eat!



Oct 16, 2015
Sioux City Art Center

This week Gretchen speaks with the Sioux City Art Center's Erin Webber-Dreeszen about ARTilicious on October 22nd from 5 to 8 p.m.  An evening of amazing cuisine, selection of beers and wines. 


Oct 9, 2015


Gretchen talk with Aaron Beutler, community outreach director at the Boys and Girls Home and Family Services Inc., about the annual fundraiser Tailgating for our Kids, happening tonight at the Marina Center. 


Herbs in the Hills

Sep 25, 2015
ISU Extension and Outreach

This week Siouxland Public Media’s Gretchen Gondek speaks with Laurie Taylor (ISU Extension and Outreach regional foods coordinator and Master Gardner) about Herbs in the Hills, a festival of nature, knowledge, live music and, of course, food on October the 4th in Rodney, Iowa.  Laurie will also report on the Sioux City Community Schools Garden program and the 2015 International Master Gardener’s Conference.  

Libby Green

Sioux City native Libby Green has created an EatAway app that will help travelers communicate their dietary restrictions. Right now, she's in Japan, which is a difficult place to be a vegan like Libby. We caught up with Libby at the beginning her Japanese excursion. 


ISU Extension and Outreach

Gretchen speaks with Laurie Taylor ( ISU Extension and Outreach regional food coordinator and Master Gardner) about some exciting news!  Spaulding Park Community School has been selected as a site for a new environmental science specialty program for kids with an outdoor classroom and expansion of the school’s vegetable garden.