Food Friday

Whet your palate on Food Friday from 2-3 PM,  as a wide variety of experts from around the region will answer questions about food, drink, and how to throw the best gatherings around.

Food Friday will focus on topics like seasonal veggies, quick and easy recipes, the homegrown movement, creating the perfect cheeseboard, juicing, mixology, and so much more. Supplemented by an interactive website, listeners and online viewers will also be able to get our weekly recipes, restaurant updates, restaurant week postings and reviews, and share their tips with others.


Food Friday favorite Deanna Fox returns with soups and stews to help you shake winter's cold. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


John Fischer of the Culinary Institute of America joins Food Friday to help you create unique cocktails and spirits for New Year's Eve. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


The Italian Christmas show returns to Food Friday. Rocco DeFazio of DeFazio's Pizzeria in Troy, NY and Maria Perreca of Perreca's Bakery in Schenectady, NY are in the studio. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


Chef Brian Arnoff of Kitchen Sink Food & Drink and Meyer's Olde Dutch joins Food Friday to detail his favorite Hanukkah dishes. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Facebook: Tara Kitchen

Today we welcome back Aneesa Waheed of TARA Kitchen in Schenectady, New York which specializes in Moroccan food. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.


Ever receive a food gift basket during the holidays and have no idea what to do with it? Chef Ric Orlando joins Food Friday with unique recipes using the basket items. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


Need help preparing your Thanksgiving meal? Deanna Fox and Gail Sokol join Food Friday to answer your questions about the big meal. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


Please pass the salt! How about a little pepper? We’re going to talk about the art of seasoning food today, and how it can enhance your culinary experience. Tony Carlotto and Darby Weigel are the proprietors of Rolling Rock Farm in Sheffield, Massachusetts, and they produce a line of seasonings. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


With the holiday season approaching, wine expert Bill Johnston and food aficionado Peter Blackman join Food Friday to discuss pairing food and drink. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Bruce Weinstein

Cookbook authors Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough return to Food Friday to discuss their latest work, All-Time Favorite Sheet Cakes & Slab Pies. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Ron Mancini and Jacki Baker of Mother Myrick's Confectionery in Manchester, VT join Food Friday today. The shop is known for its buttercrunch toffee, caramels, cakes and chocolate assortments. WAMC's Brian Shields hosts.


Food writer Deanna Fox and Rocco DeFazio of DeFazio's Pizzeria in Troy, NY join Food Friday to discuss Italian cuisine throughout the WAMC region. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


Today's Food Friday is all about chowder. Dan Frament of Muddaddy Flats Quesadillary and Richard Matthews of The Shop are participating in the 11th annual Troy Chowder Fest are in the studio. Joining them is Katie Hammon, executive director of the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District - which is organized the event. The Troy Chowder Fest runs from 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Facebook: Bread Alone Bakery

Food Friday favorite Amy Halloran returns to the show today. She is joined by Sharon Burns Leader of Bread Alone Bakery, which has numerous locations in the NY's Hudson Valley. They are here to discuss baking. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


Today marks the start of Autumn so this Food Friday is all about apples and cider. Sue Goold Miller of Goold Orchards in Castleton, NY and a member of the New York Apple Association, along with Alan Sax of Franklin County Cider Days are in the studio. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Capital region chefs Jsoh Coletto and Michael Lapi join Food Friday to discuss the trend of pop-up restaurants, including ones in the WAMC listening area. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


It’s happy hour here on Food Friday. We’re going to delve into the wonderful world of cocktails, distilling and spirits. John Fischer, professor at the Culinary Institute of America, is joined by Rick Sicari and John Curtin of The Albany Distilling Company. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Facebook: Hattie's Restaurant

Chef Jasper Alexander of Hattie’s Restaurant of Saratoga Springs, NY is here with us to discuss fried chicken and more classic southern food. Hattie's will be the only vendor from a non-Southern state at the National Fried Chicken Festival in New Orleans, LA from Sept. 23-24. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Facebook: Taste of Troy Food Tours LLC

We discuss food tourism on Food Friday today. In the studio are Amy Koren-Roth of Taste of Troy Food Tours and Marla Ortega of The Ilium Café. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Today's Food Friday is all about Seafood. Katie Haskins of Hooked Seafood Co. in Latham, NY is in the studio. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Deep fried Oreos

At the height of the season, Deanna Fox is in the studio for this Food Friday to answer your questions about the delicious treats you can try at fairs and carnivals. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Slidin' Dirty food truck
Facebook: Slidin' Dirty Restaurant and Food Truck

Tim and Brooke Taney of Slidin' Dirty join Food Friday to discuss food trucks and more. Slidin' Dirty has two restaurants in Troy and Schenectady, New York along with food trucks throughout the Capital Region. WAMC's Brian Shields hosts.

The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market at the city's Common
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  Chef Ric Orlando is in the studio to discuss the best meals you can make using ingredients from local farmers markets. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

open fire cooking

Today we welcome Michael Lapi, Josh Coletto and John Sconzo to discuss open firing cooking. Michael and Josh are among the chefs taking part in the Fire Feast on the Farm event at Pitney Meadows in Saratoga Springs, New York on August 1. John is the event’s main organizer.  WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Facebook: Tara Kitchen

Aneesa Waheed of Tara Kitchen in Schenectady and Troy, NY is joined by her father Mohammed Waheed of the Taj Mahal Restaurant in Schenectady to discuss Moroccan and Indian food on Food Friday. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Are you screaming for ice cream? Matt Scott and Dustin Rotenberg of SoCo Creamery are in the studio. Based in the Berkshires, SoCo Creamery offers numerous flavors of ice cream and sorbet throughout the Northeast. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


How do you take your coffee or tea? Flavio Lichtenthal of the No. Six Depot in West Stockbridge and at Tanglewood in western Massachusetts joins us for Food Friday, along with Kevin Borowsky of The Whistling Kettle in Ballston Spa and Troy, New York. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


Today’s program is all about pairing food and drink. Wine expert Bill Johnston is joined by food aficionado Peter Blackman. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Blueberry Rhubarb Pie by Deanna Fox
Deanna Fox

With the official start of summer coming on Wednesday, June 21, Deanna Fox is in the studio for this Food Friday to answer your questions about delicious summer pies. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Flickr/NicoleAbalde Cooking adobo

Do lobsters scream when you boil them? Does baking soda take smells out of your refrigerator? Renowned cookbook author Bruce Weinstein is in the studio to debunk these and other culinary myths. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.