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: Flavors Forum

Feb 5, 2016

This week SPM’s Gretchen Gondek speaks with Laurie Taylor (regional food coordinator and Master Gardner with ISU Extension and Outreach) about the upcoming “Flavors Forum,” happening February 16th, and “Soil to Supper—Garden for Food,” a free, one-day workshop for folks who raise produce, happening Saturday, February 27th.

SPM’s Gretchen Gondek speaks with Melissa Fischer, development director at the Siouxland Humane Society, about the annual Gourmet Double Chocolate Caramel Apple fundraiser supporting programs and services at the SHS.

Sioux City Now

This week, SPM’s Gretchen Gondek talks to Thomas Ritchie, editor of Sioux City Now,  about the site's Best of Sioux City results. The web magazine is a great resource for food, realtors, dog groomers and much more, including film reviews with our own Dr. Leslie Erickson. 

Food Bank of Siouxland

The 12th annual "Empty Bowls" event takes place on Febraury 5. The event helps to raise funds for the Food Bank of Siouxland, a critical organization helping to feed the hungry in our community. Hear about the event on today's Food for Thought. 


FFT: Stone Bru

Jan 8, 2016
Stone Bru

The corner of Gordon Drive and Stone Avenue used to be just another anonymous spot in a city canvassed with chain stores. Now however, it is home to a local coffee shop, Stone Bru, that brews coffee roasted by a local roaster, Caturra Coffee Roasting Co. It's a refreshing shot of local flavor. 

  Gretchen chats with Iris Hammer from the Pastry Parlor about holiday confections and memories from her years as a girl growing up in Germany.    

This week Gretchen speaks to Sarah Peterson, executive director of Support Siouxland Soldiers, about “Holidays for our Heroes,” a program to assist Siouxland veterans and military families with gifts, groceries, dinner and more.

Gretchen chats with Claudia Hessa from The Sugar Shack about Food Network Magazine's December issue, which chose the bakery to represent Iowa in the "Sugar Cookie USA" annual review. 

F4T: Pumpkin Spice

Nov 27, 2015
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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."