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.

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!

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.

Food for Thought: The Fence Post

Jul 31, 2015
The Fence Post

Today Gretchen puts a spotlight on The Fence Post, a little restaurant at the entrance to Woodland Campground near Little Sioux, Iowa. They specialize in a traditional American fair, including biscuits and gravy, home-smoked ribs, potato salad, freshly ground hamburgers, and broasted chicken. 

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.

Mark Munger

Roger Caudron, secretary/treasurer of Buy Fresh Buy Local and an organizer of the Sioux City Farmers' Market, brings Gretchen up to speed on the latest selections of produce at the market. He also tells us about Ribfest (an event hosted by Camp High Hopes this Saturday) and some very cool activities for kids.    

Iowa State Extension

Gretchen speaks with Laurie Taylor (regional foods and Master Gardner coordinator for ISU Extension and Outreach) about community school gardens and the Farm to Fork Dinner on June 25th at the Tucker Hill Vineyard and Winery in Hinton.     

Summer commences with Greek Fest in Siouxland. There is lamb, pastry, Greek coffee, and so much more that makes us completely forget about the months we spent burrowed in our coats. Christine McAvoy joins Gretchen to whet our appetites. 

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