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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.

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On this Valentine's Day, WAMC shows love for its listeners by welcoming Rocco DeFazio of DeFazio's Pizzeria in Troy, NY back to Food Friday. This week saw another successful WAMC Fund Drive and as a treat, Rocco joins WAMC's Ray Graf to talk all things pizza.

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For many Valentine's Day means flowers, cards and of course sweets. Joe Suhrada of Uncle Sam's All-American Chocolate Factory joins Food Friday with his favorite candy and chocolate for the holiday. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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On this Food Friday, Liz Weibrecht and Ana Maria Moise of The Nutrition Center join WAMC's Ray Graf with their tips for healthy cooking and eating this new year.

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Kizzy Williams-Francisco of Allie B's Cozy Kitchen in Albany, NY joins Food Friday to discuss soul food and Southern cooking. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Not much beats a hot drink on a cold winter day. Here with their favorite coffee and teas are Ron Grieco of Stacks Espresso Bar and Michael Harney of Harney & Sons Fine Teas. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Today on Food Friday we welcome John Curtin of Albany Distilling Company and Derek Grout of Harvest Spirits Farm Distillery in Valatie, NY. They are here with their New Year's Eve spirits and cocktails to help us ring in 2020. 

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Rocco DeFazio of DeFazio’s Pizzeria in Troy, New York returns to WAMC's studios to talk about the culinary traditions associated with Christmas Eve and Italian food. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Today on the show, Food Friday favorite Deanna Fox returns with her holiday baking tips and recipes. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Maybe you're getting or giving an air fryer for this holiday season? Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, authors of The Essential Air Fryer Cookbook, join Food Friday with their tips and recipes for the contraption. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Today on Food Friday, Jennifer Clair, founder of Home Cooking New York, offers her Thanksgiving preparation tips and suggestions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Chef Gail Sokol, author of Baking With Success, returns to Food Friday to discuss Thanksgiving pies and desserts. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

Today on Food Friday, we welcome the following chefs: Josh Kroner of Terrapin Restaurant in Rhinebeck, Jesse Frederick of Butterfield in Stone Ridge and Walter Hinds of The Roundhouse in Beacon. The three establishments and many more are taking part in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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With less than a week before Halloween, Joe Suhrada of Uncle Sam's Candy in Latham and Schenectady, New York and Tom Krause of Krause's Homemade Candy in Albany, NY join Food Friday with their favorite sweet treats. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Today on Food Friday we welcome Al Sax of the Franklin County Cider Days and Steve Gougeon of Bear Swamp Orchard & Cidery in Ashfield, MA to discuss apples and cider. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Today on Food Friday, we welcome some of the participants of the upcoming Saratoga International Flavorfeast. Tim James is with Peabody's, Dave Zuka is with Ravenous, Zouhir Lian and Michelle are with Falafel Den and Joe Krison is with Three Vines Bistro. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Today on Food Friday we welcome the folks taking part in the Halal Food and Family Festival on Oct. 19 in Albany, NY. WAMC's Brian Shields hosts.

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Pull up a seat and raise a glass for this Oktoberfest edition of Food Friday. Joining us for today's program are Helen McIntosh and Steve Rose of Wolff's Biergarten. They are to discuss German beer and food. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Today on Food Friday we explore the wide and wonderful world of cheese with Brian Schlatter of Old Chatham Creamery in Old Chatham, NY and Joyce Henion Acorn Hill Farm in Kerhonkson, NY. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Today on Food Friday, we explore Armenian cuisine with two folks from the Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Church in Troy, NY. Antranig Karageozian and Sonya Sukljian join WAMC's Ray Graf.

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Today on Food Friday, we discuss the process of pairing food and wine. Joining us for the show are Christy Frank of Copake Wine Works, Chef Joel Viehland and food instructor Peter Barrett. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Author, community organizer and grain expert Amy Halloran is in the studio today for Food Friday to answer your questions about all things grain, from breads to gluten-free baking, to pancakes and cookies. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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John Fischer and Hutch Kugeman of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY along with Sam Pagano of the C.H. Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station join Food Friday to discuss summer and fall beers. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Today on Food Friday, we welcome two folks invovled in the 4th annual Grillsdale event taking place August 24 in Hillsdale, NY. Chef Jack Peele of Jacuterie in Ancramdale, NY and event organizer Joanna Virello are in the studio to answer your grilling questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Today on Food Friday, three cooks and vegan enthusiasts join WAMC's Ray Graf to discuss vegan cuisine, the diet's health benefits and plant-based cooking. 

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Today on Food Friday we discuss farming and farmers markets. In the studio are three farmers. First up is Dale-Ila Riggs of The Berry Patch in Stephentown, NY and the Troy Waterfront Farmers' Market. Representing The Kinderhook Farmers' Market are John Joseph of Greener Pastures Poultry in Valatie, NY and Curt Gobrecht of Lovers Leap Farm in Kinderhook, NY. WAMC's Brian Shields hosts.

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Today on Food Friday, Aneesa Waheed of Tara Kitchen returns to discuss Moroccan cuisine. Aneesa has been featured on "Beat Bobby Flay" and "Guy's Grocery Games." Tara has two locations in Schenectady and Troy, NY. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Steve Burrington and Dustin Rotenberg of SoCo Creamery join Erica Komoroske of Stewart's Shops on Food Friday for an inside look at the tasty world of ice cream. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Tony Carlotto and Darby Weigel of Rolling Rock Farm in Sheffield, Massachusetts return to Food Friday with their latest seasonings and spices. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Today on Food Friday, cookbook authors Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough return to discuss the methods in their latest work, "From Freezer to Instant Pot: The Cookbook." WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

For many in the Northeast, summer is a time for enjoying the great outdoors, BBQs, ice cream and of course summer pies. Food Friday fixture Deanna Fox returns to the show with this year's take on summer pies. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.