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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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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.

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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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It is the dog days of summer and Chef Ric Orlando joins Food Friday to help you get through them. Ric is in the studio with his barbeque and outdoor cooking tips. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Summer is a time for BBQ, 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 Brian Shields hosts.

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Linda Kindlon of Bake For You in Albany, New York joins Food Friday with tips for making the best cookies, cakes and more. WAMC's Brian Shields hosts.

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Food writer and photographer Peter Barrett joins Food Friday with recipes and tips utilizing summer fruits and vegetables. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Dora Swan and Rob Handel of fin: your fishmonger in Guilderland, New York join Food Friday to discuss seafood grilling. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Tony Carlotto and Darby Weigel of Rolling Rock Farm shift their focus from seasonings to cheese as they join Leah and Justin Kruszyna from the upcoming Cheshire Cheese Fest in western Massachusetts. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Summer has officially arrived and farmers markets are in full swing in the WAMC region. Joining us on Food Friday is Liz Comitale, the manager of the Troy Waterfront Farmers' Market. Vendors Dale Ila Riggs of The Berry Patch and Jess Garritty of Collar City Cold Pressed Juice are also in the studio. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Bruce Weinstein joins Food Friday to discuss his latest book with his co-author Mark Scarbrough, The Kitchen Shortcut Bible. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Dale Davidson and Ariel Robinson of Umana Restaurant & Wine Bar in Albany, NY join Food Friday to explore world cuisine. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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To cap off Fund Drive week, Rocco DeFazio of DeFazio's Pizzeria in Troy, NY and Joey Berben of Berben & Wolff's in Albany, NY Food Friday to discuss vegan cooking. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Today on Food Friday, we explore Polish and Lithuanian fare as we welcome folks taking part in the 16th Annual Polish Fest in Latham, NY. The event runs through June 3. Chef John Kowalski, Elizabeth “Betty” Stolarek, Barbara Chepaitis and Anntonette “Antosia” Zembrzuski Alberti join WAMC's Ray Graf.

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Rindala Rahal, executive chef of Phoenician Mediterranean Palace, joins Food Friday to discuss Mediterranean-Lebanese cooking. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Today we welcome chefs Michael Lapi and Josh Coletto back to Food Friday to discuss open firing cooking. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.