On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Aarón Sánchez grew up on the Mexican border town of El Paso. He learned to cook from his mother Zarela Martinez, who would come to be one of the first female Latin chefs in New York City, if not the nation. At age 16, Aarón was accepted for master class with Chef Paul Prudhomme, which launched his career, through schooling at Johnson & Wales, and under the tutelage of other nuevo-Latino chefs like Douglas Rodriquez. In 2001, Aarón’s own voice was heard, opening Paladar in New York City’s Lower East Side. Gritty and true to his roots, it helped define the kind of cooking Aarón would continue to perfect. His understanding of chilis, salsas, chorizo, and moles, made Aarón a go to authority for Mexican cooking, landing him a judges seat on Food Network’s Chopped, and in front of many other food television shows, like Cooking Channel’s Taco Trip. When the cameras, and Aarón heads home, he still longs for his mother’s famous arroz con crema.
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Jud Mongell & Ken Addington, are partners in Brooklyn cornerstone all day cafe Five Leaves, and it’s adjacent Latin inspired bar/restaurant Nights & Weekends. Recently they’re gone west, opening L.A. Chapter at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, and King’s Highway in Palm Springs. How did a place on the edge of hipster Williamsburg, find manifest destiny in a Grass Fed Burger with Fried Pineapple, Pickled Beets, Harissa Mayo, and a Sunny Up Egg? Can you believe it all started on two islands, oceans apart from each other? Jud’s upbringing in New Zealand, and Ken from the St. Thomas US Virgin Island, both eventually calling New York City their homes. While Ken’s mom worked for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, organizing bus tours of the borough decades before it was popular, he found himself in a Manhattan kitchen at 15 years old, working for the likes of Thomas Keller. Jud, just really wanted good strong coffee, and planned on serving Oceania fare. A bus now passes by Five Leaves every day, people get on, people get off. This reminds both Ken & Jud, that their spots are for everyone, everyday, just as a neighborhood joint should be.
*photo by Andy Ford
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Anna Jones, a cook, writer, stylist, and vegetarian, only meant to cut out meat for a 6 week trial. Seven years later, she’s still at it, and inspiring other to join in. In her cookbook, “A Modern Way To Eat”, Anna uses her many years in London with Jamie Oliver as a chef and creative, as well as working with Yotam Ottolenghi, Sophie Dahl, the Fabulous Baker Brothers and more, to guide us through a vegetable based cuisine that can still be indulgent and delicious, make you feel and look good, leave you feeling light yet satisfied, help lighten the footprint on the planet, that’s quick and was and won’t cost the earth, and still impress your family and friends. From the Really Hungry Burger, which finally offers us a worthy veggie patty, to a more worldly approach with Turkish fried eggs, Dosa-spiced potato cakes, and Indonesian gado gado, Anna provides us with tutorials on how to make a great salad, variations on soups from the base up, all while elevating vegetable underdogs like turnips, chard, and rutabagas. You too may never turn back to your past eating habits.
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, April Bloomfield, chef of contemporary New York classic The Spotted Pig, her restaurants that bookend the Ace Hotel, The John Dory and The Breslin, and the famed revive of the Tosca Cafe in San Francisco. In April’s second cookbook, “A Girl and Her Greens”, she celebrates vegetables seasonally, with all the adoration she has for those not-so-nasty bits oh so loved in London. Growing up in England with her nan’s Sunday roast and her mum’s garden, hear how April traded in bacon sandwiches with HP sauce and a side of frozen peas, for salad sandwiches and crushed spring peas with mint. Don’t worry, this show isn’t just for vegetarians, there’s still a bit of lardo between every slice of hasselback potatoes. From pot-roasted artichokes with white wine and capers, boiled asparagus with ramp béarnaise sauce, watercress soup with spring garlic, swiss chard cannelloni, kale polenta, and broccoli raab morning buns, you too will be eating your vegetables from the top to the tail.
*photo by Gabriela Herman
On today’s THE FOOD SEEN, Chris Fischer is a 12th generation Martha’s Vineyard resident. When his grandparents bought Beetlebung Farm in 1961, it was inevitable that Chris would return to this small island south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. What “The Beetlebung Farm” cookbook documents is not only the seasons, but the legacy that his family has made in Chilmark. They raise and butcher their own cows, sheep, and pigs, grow their own produce on 5 acres, and host dinners in their greenhouse. True transparency of not only the their processes, but also the Beach Plum restaurant’s ideals. Griddled squid, bluefish in parchment, lobster pan roasts, spring panzanella and strawberry shortcake. Chris’ New England cuisine consists of open fires, and the brine of Great Pond oysters, just as his family’s always has.
Today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN marks 5 YEARS on HeritageRadioNetwork.org. It only makes sense to return to where it all began. Hear New York Times food photographer Andrew Scrivani on our first show ever:
Now we have Scrivani revisit, with an update about the current state of food photography. Tips on light, styling, props, how to photograph your own dish, what gear is worth investing in, how to find your own style, and what are the most challenging foods and cooking situations to capture, and why more and more still photographers are turning to motion pictures.
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Benjamin Sormonte & Elisa Marshall, opened, Maman, a SoHo bakery & café via South of France
Papa Poule, rotisserie chicken française, as an ode to their childhood favorite foods, but really, it shows reverence to their mothers and fathers. Decorated with an eclectic and vintage aesthetic, mismatched custom furniture, a church benche and 1920’s bread machine, with pastry cases full of chocolate chip cookies, croissants, quiches, and croque ‘maman’, it’s no wonder people come in flocks as if it were summer on the French Riviera. Transfixed watching poulet roti rotate, when you leave with your “to go” order, it feels transportive too, like walking out of a French countryside marketplace. Their parents should be proud.
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, we raise a glass of Lillet, a French aperitif made in Bordeaux since 1872, made in blanc, rouge and rosé, from blends of wine and liquors, reminiscent of exotic citrus groves and a life well lived. The USA’s national brand ambassador Claire Needham, will walk us through the culture & lifestyle associated with this legendary bottle, from it’s place in the home, at the bar, and even on screen, when James Bond most famously ordered a Vesper Martini with Kina Lillet, shaken, not stirred course. Hear how these “tonic wines” have made a splash in US bars from Philly to NOLA, Dallas to SF, while we mix a batch of La Coquette (made with Lillet Rosé) on air, in celebration the upcoming national aperitif day, Thursday, May 21st, 2015. à votre santé!
*photo by Flora Hanitijo
On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Mina Stone, like her yiayia (grandmother), relies on three holy Greek ingredients; lemon, olive oil, and salt. Whether it’s to dress a salad, stew chickpeas, season a steak, or bake a cake, it’s this trinity that has fed galleries of artists all around New York City since 2006. Mina has catered openings at Gavin Brown Enterprise in the West Village, and for the past 5 years, cooked lunch for 20, 3 days a week at Urs Fischer’s studio in Red Hook. In her book, “Cooking For Artists” published under Urs Fischer’s imprint, Kiito-San, there are not only delicious and comforting recipes like Kopanisti (Whipped Feta), Elies Tsakistes (Olives with Coriander Seeds and Lemon Peel), Faki (Greek Lentil Soup with Cinnamon and Cloves), Revitha (Chickpea Stew with Rosemary, Lemon, and Olive Oil), Makaronia Me Kima (Cinnamon and Clove Meat Ragu), Grilled Whole Fish, Smoky Spiced Chicken Kebabs, Braised Lamb, and homemade Baklava, but also art works by Hope Atherton, Darren Bader, Matthew Barney, Elizabeth Peyton, Peter Regli, Spencer Sweeney, Philippos Theodorides and more. Come, eat with your eyes, and stay for the food.
On today’ episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Chef John Cox has quite the view from Big Sur, California, cooking on cliffs 1000 feet above the Pacific Ocean, along a windy stretch of Hwy 1. His restaurant, Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Inn, is a reflection of what’s outside, the depth of the sea, and the diversity of the varied terrain around him. A strong advocate for sustainable aquaculture, Cox frequents Monterey Bay for it’s red abalone and squid boats. He harvests acorns from the woods and makes them into flour, and forages for locals ingredients to add into an indigenous blend of furikake, which uses seaweed that grows wildly up to 5 feet a day. Hear about the land’s bounty, and how Chef Cox takes such beauty, and represents it on a plate.