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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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The 16th annual Jewish Food Festival at Congregation Gates of Heaven in Schenectady, New York will be held on Sunday, April 7 from noon to 3 p.m. The event focuses on the wide world of Jewish cuisine and here to discuss it are Seth Front, Jeff Walton and Randy Simon. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Time to wake up and smell the coffee! Ron Grieco and Sarah Johnston of Stacks Espresso Bar join Food Friday today for a discussion of the liquid fuel. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


Katie Haskins of Hooked Seafood Co. in Latham, NY is joined by Dora Swan and Peter Kenyon of Fin in Guilderland, NY for a discussion of seafood on this Food Friday. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, the team from Katie O'Brynes Irish Pub in Schenectady, New York joins Food Friday. Owner John Maloney and Chef Greg Paige have brought bangers and mash, shepherd's pie and corned beef and cabbage for WAMC's Ray Graf to try out.

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Today on Food Friday, we get a taste of the Hudson Valley with a trio of area cooks. Chef Josh Kroner is representing Terrapin Restaurant in Rhinebeck. Waldy Malouf is the senior director for special projects at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Janet Crawshaw and Marcella Micillo are representing The Valley Table, a magazine on farms, food and cuisine. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Not able to make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? Fear not, Chef Ric Orlando brings the celebration's culinary flavor to Food Friday. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Today on Food Friday, we take a culinary trip across the pond for a taste of the food and drink in the land of the Union Jack. In the studio are Executive Chef Bev and General Manager Khloe of The Olde English Pub in Albany, NY. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Today on Food Friday, we discuss the sweet treat of maple syrup. Lanore Hahn along with Marian and JP Welch of Justamere Tree Farm in Worthington, Massachusetts join WAMC's Brian Shields to detail all aspects of the maple industry. 

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Today on Food Friday we pair food and drink with Oliver Antunes and Jeremy Kenny of Rouge Restaurant in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Antunues is the establishment's chef while Kenny serves as general manager and beverage director. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Need help making a pizza, wings and snacks for your Super Bowl party? Then this is the Food Friday you need. Program favorites Deanna Fox and Rocco DeFazio join WAMC's Ray Graf to answer your questions.

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Do you have a resolution for 2019 to eat healthier? If so, Liz Weibrecht and Ana Maria Moise of The Nutrition Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts join Food Friday to answer your questions and to offer their tips. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Chef Jasper Alexander of Hattie’s Restaurant of Saratoga Springs, NY is here with us to discuss fried chicken and more classic southern food. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Chef Josh Coletto of Nighthawks in Troy, NY and food writer Peter Barrett team up to discuss whole animal cooking on Food Friday. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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On this first Food Friday of 2019, we explore food access in our region with Amy Halloran of the Unity House and Amy Klein of Capital Roots, both based in Troy, NY. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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John Fischer of The Culinary Institute of America returns to Food Friday with a host of cocktails, wine and sake to help ring in 2019. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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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 Food Friday, Chef Gail Sokol joins the show with her holiday baking tips. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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With the official start of winter on the horizon and most of our region already experiencing snow and cold temperatures, Jennifer Clair of Home Cooking New York returns to Food Friday with tips and suggestions for winter cooking. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Here on this Food Friday to discuss Mediterranean cuisine with Afghan origins is Mahmood Faiz, the owner and chef of Mazadar Mediterranean Kitchen in Albany, NY. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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For many Thanksgiving is the biggest cooking day of the year, so appropriately we are bringing in the all-stars. Food writer, cook and baker Deanna Fox is joined by Chef Ric Orlando to answer your Thanksgiving cooking and baking questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Tony Carlotto and Darby Weigel of Rolling Rock Farm in the Berkshires return to Food Friday with their favorite spices and seasonings for Thanksgiving and the holiday season. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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We're joined on Food Friday by Taisia Fedorov of the Taste of Russia Festival taking place Saturday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Nativity of the Mother of God Russian Orthodox Church in Colonie, New York. She is here to discuss a host of Russian delicacies. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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We have a real treat for today's Food Friday as the show is all about bacon! Cookbook authors Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are in the studio to discuss this breakfast staple and answer your questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Fall has arrived and on this first Food Friday of October, we discuss this year's apple crop. Sue Goold Miller of Goold Orchard in Castleton, NY and Cindy Bartlett of Bartlett's Apple Orchards and Farm Market in Richmond, MA have brought a variety of apples along with apple cider. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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It's Oktoberfest on Food Friday today! We welcome kitchen manager Preston Kirkpatrick of Adirondack Brewery and marketing manager Greg Chanese to the show. They're here with the brews and food featured in the 8th Annual Lake George Ocktoberfest & Fall Festival which runs from October 5 to October 7. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Richard and Mary Anne Erickson of Blue Mountain Bistro-To-Go in Kingston, NY join Food Friday with their book of recipes "Feel Good Food." WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Today's Food Friday is all about fermentation. A number of folks taking part in the Berkshire Fermentation Festival being held Sept. 16 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts join the program to answer your questions about the process - Adam Elabd, Jack Peele, Maddie Elling and Mark Phillips. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Today on Food Friday, Deanna Fox and The Culinary Institute of America's John Fischer join Ray Graf for a dinner party. The number to call with your questions and comments is 800-348-2551. 

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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 Ray Graf hosts.

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Author, community organizer and grain expert Amy Halloran is in the studio today for the final Food Friday and last Vox Pop show of 2016 to answer your questions about all things grain, from breads to gluten-free baking, to pancakes and cookies. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.