Food…Farms… & Chefs

Food…Farms… & Chefs

Food Farms and Chefs: Interviews with Derek “Deke” Denmead, Mardel West, Samuel Kennedy Download

00:56 Download December 12th, 2023

You’ll want to take a big bite when you hear what this week’s guests have on their plates! We dove right in with a beloved spot in Philadelphia: Deke’s Bar-B-Que!  Afterwards, we cracked open the doors for a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to establish a growing restaurant with Banging Grub, a brand-new fast-casual restaurant in Philadelphia.  Lastly, we switched gears to chat with one of the Co-Founders of Culinary Harvest & Berwyn Farmers Market who also happens to be a Cheesemaker at Birchrun Hills Farm.
Looking for a new take on two of your favorite things to eat?  Then we highly recommend trying out Deke’s Bar-B-Que, which has several locations including their new Cloud Kitchen that opened about one month ago.  Derek “Deke” Denmead joined us on the show for a deep dive into how he and his wife met, and eventually established Deke’s BBQ.  I know that it was wonderful hearing how they began, but even better is the mouth-watering menu options that they offer, including their Brisket Cheesesteak, mac and cheese, cornbread, and so much more!
From an established business to new ones–we cover it all, which is why we spoke with Mardel West, the Owner of the brand-new Banging Grub located inside Liberty One in Center City Philadelphia! Mardel and our hosts pulled back the veil on what it takes to start a business, including advice on how to prepare for financial, technical, and culinary upheavals.  Afterwards, we bit into some of Banging Grubs new menu options, scratch-made sauces, and unique desserts!
Lastly, we spoke with Samuel Kennedy, Co-Founder of Culinary Harvest and Berwyn Farmers Market off of the Main LIne.  Not only does Samuel share the amazing locally-sourced products, gifts, foods, and more from area small businesses, he works at Birchrun Hills Farm as an expert cheesemaker.  The Berwyn Farmers Market offers so much to taste and enjoy, and per Samuel, you can shop for your weekly grocery list and fill your fridge with farm-fresh products weekly.  What is even more important, you can build relationships with the farmers and vendors who live, grow, and produce in your community-creating the opportunity to know exactly what goes into what you eat and knowing you’re supporting the community!

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