There’s a good story behind every product, especially one handcrafted by a food artisan. We talk to food artisans and producers, the passionate champions of local foods, as well as food experts and cookbook authors. We share delicious recipes, take you to fun food festivals, and offer giveaways of some of the local foods that make America great.
Regional Best Foods – The Poor Girl Gourmet shares tips for eating great food on a budget. Experience the unique flavor of dessert fruit salsas and chips from Texas and learn tips for serving Mojito Cocktail Sauce made fresh in Maine. A well known blogger and author, and some of the best foodcrafters and artisans in the country share their stories and recipes.
Food blogger Amy McCoy talks all about her newly released cookbook, Poor Girl Gourmet. Food artisans Michael Weinstein of Dread Head Chef of Dallas and Jeff Garstka of Appledore Cove of North Berwick, Maine talk about their artisan foods and give serving tips for the end of summer season.
Regional Best Foods with Marsha Cade and Caragh Whalen
Lifelong foodies and business professionals who care about what their families eat, Marsha and Caragh founded and launched RegionalBest.com (www.regionalbest.com), an online food marketplace that offers regional foods produced by artisans, farmers, ranchers, cheesemakers, bakers, chocolatiers and other small, family-owned companies across the country. RegionalBest.com is committed to help small producers who champion local foods and flavors move beyond their local market to reach a broader audience. Their company supports sustainable and eco-friendly farming and production practices.
In their love for food and quest to support local artisans, farmers and other small food producers, Marsha and Caragh have discovered some of the best and hard-to-find foods across the country from chocolate bars to organic lamb, biscotti, handmade crackers and artisan cheeses.
“Food artisans are so passionate about the food they produce,” says Marsha. “You can be assured it’s high quality and made with the very best ingredients and with special care. And, there’s always an interesting story behind the producer and behind their product. That’s the story we offer on Regional Best Foods.”
Marsha lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband and two young teenagers. She’s originally a farm girl from West Texas, where she grew up on local food — her own family’s bounty of meats, fruits and vegetables.
Caragh lives in the Boston area with her husband and four children. She’s a lifelong New Englander, who at an early age, was exploring local farms and farm stands and picking wild Maine blueberries.
- Regional Best Foods – The Poor Girl Gourmet shares tips for eating great food on a budget. Experience the unique flavor of dessert fruit salsas and chips from Texas and learn tips for serving Mojito Cocktail Sauce made fresh in Maine. A well known blogger and author, and some of the best foodcrafters and artisans in the country share their stories and recipes. Food blogger Amy McCoy talks all about her newly released cookbook, Poor Girl Gourmet. Food artisans Michael Weinstein of Dread Head Chef of Dallas and Jeff Garstka of Appledore Cove of North Berwick, Maine talk about their artisan foods and give serving tips for the end of summer season.
- Regional Best Foods – Experience the bold flavor of artisan made Cape Cod barbecue sauce, learn how to marinate and grill an entire leg of lamb and get the secrets to making the perfect glass of iced coffee. Some of the best food crafters and artisans in the country share their stories and recipes Food artisans, Stan Langston of Cape Cod Sauce Company of Orleans, Massachusetts; Cheryl Bennett of Lava lake Lamb of Hailey, Idaho; and Piper Jones of Kohana Coffee of Austin, Texas tell about their artisan foods and give grilling and serving tips for the summer season.
- Regional Best Foods – Experience Wild Alaskan salmon fishing, learn how to make jam in a copper kettle, and how to grill with specialty artisan sea salts from around the world. Some of the best food crafters and artisans in the country share their stories and recipes. Food artisans, Sara Pozonsky of Wild Alaskan Salmon Company of Kenai, Alaska; Wendy Read of Sunchowder’s Emporia of Longwood, Florida; and Andy Schloss of Chef Salt tell about their artisan foods and give grilling and entertaining tips for the summer season.
- Regional Best Foods – “Manly Foods” – Break out the grill for barbecue season, plus get ready for Father’s Day with great gift ideas like Chocolate Covered Bacon! Food artisans, Allen Daggett of Cape Porpoise Lobster of Kennebunkport, Maine; Robbie Robbins of Robbins Family Farm Olive Oil of San Luis Obispo, California and Casey Benedict of Kitchen Witch of suburban Philadelphia tell about their artisan foods and give ideas and recipes for grilling and entertaining, plus gift ideas for dad.
- Regional Best Foods – The Flavors of Spring from Around the Country From artisan shortbread bars to Vermont maple syrup and some of the best tasting ham ever, three food artisans discuss their very own flavors of spring. Guests include Nicole Bergman of Simply Nic’s of Princeton, New Jersey; Janine Norman of Green Mountain Sugar House of Ludlow, Vermont; and Meghan Meehan of Ham I Am ...
- Regional Best Foods – Game Day Entertaining! Food Artisans Give Party Ideas for the Super Bowl and the Olympics Artisan cheesemaker Pat Ford of Beehive Cheese Company in Utah talks about what beer and ale pairs well with Beehive’s award winning cheese. Steven Lynch of Montebello Kitchens in Virginia gives a recipe for Chicken Chipotle Dip using his new handcrafted Chipotle Ketchup. Food blogger Kimberly Mayone of Flavorista.com talks all about her blog and ...
- Regional Best Foods – Happy & Healthy New Year! Food Artisans and a Food Blogger Give Tips for Eating Healthier Jodi Spindel, owner of Spindel Farms of southern California and maker of Simply Outrageous Pomegranate Vinegar; Katie Kearney of Naturally Nutty of Michigan and makers of nut butters; and Tina Haupert, a Boston-based food blogger and creator of Carrots N Cake, share stories, tips and recipes for a healthier new year.
- Regional Best Foods – The Holidays Are Here! Cheese, Chocolate and Baking Artisans Give Tips for Gift Giving and Entertaining Hannah Sessions, a Vermont Cheesemaker; Rhonda Kave, a New York City Chocolatier; and Caren Weaver, an Organic Cookie Baker from western Pennsylvania share gift-giving ideas and tips for serving artisan cheeses, chocolates and baked goodies for the holidays.
- Regional Best Foods – Ahhhh…The Perfect Cup of Coffee, Chocolate Bliss!, and a Trendy Food Cart We talk to food artisans Piper Jones of Kohana Coffee in Austin, TX, and Chocolatier Susie Norris of LA. Cookbook author Julie Hasson talks about Her Complete Book of Pies, upcoming Vegan diner book and trendy new food cart in Portland, Oregon.
- Regional Best Foods – From California Pears to Texas Honey the Smell of Fall is in the Air! We talk to food artisans Susan Knapp of A Perfect Pear and Steve Goldstein of Range Honey. Also, cookbook literary agent, Lisa Ekus, spills the beans on the latest trends in cookbooks and what’s hot for the season.
- Regional Best Foods – Interviews with New England Food Artisans – Say “Cheese” & Crackers! Marsha and Caragh talk with two New England food artisans — Whitney Lamy of Castleton Crackers of Vermont and Barbara Hanley of Shy Brothers Farm of Massachusetts.
- Regional Best Foods – Co-hosts Marsha Cade and Caragh Whalen interview two local artisan bakers. Suzanne Fromm of Suzanne’s Sweets of Westchester County, New York, is maker of some of the best Rugelach in the world. And Stephanie Thaw of SWEET! in Philadelphia bakes an assortment of delectable pound cakes and cookies. Both Suzanne and Stephanie share a passion for baking and tell their story about how they got started, ...