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.

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.

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!