Food…Farms… & Chefs

Food…Farms… & Chefs

Food Farms and Chefs: Interviews With Galen Thomas, Matthew Audette, and Luis Gongora Download

00:55 Download April 18th, 2023

Spring has sprung, and we’re celebrating it with frozen treats, delicious eats, and artisanal caffeine to keep you motivated for your warm-weather fun!
We began our show by staring at clouds…Cloud Cups to be exact!  Galen Thomas, who founded Cloud Cups in 2018, joined us to announce the Grand-opening of his first brick and mortar location in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood.  Thomas, who co-owns the popular gelato company along with Kolande Oronti and Drew Posey, is opening Cloud Cups where Little Baby’s Ice Cream was previously located.  What’s even more exciting than enjoying the sweet frozen treats?  How about grabbing a slice of ‘za from Pizza Brain and some of Thomas’ gelato!  That’s right–the best of both (culinary) worlds is back: Pizza and Gelato from two Philly favorites! And if you want to learn more about Cloud Cups, or taste some of Galen’s delicious flavor creations for yourself, order some online to be shipped or stop by when he opens Cloud Cups in a few weeks!
Now that you’ve made room for dessert, we’ve invited a spectacular guest to join our table: Executive Chef Matthew Audette joined us on Food Farms and Chefs to chat about Cooper Shark Baltimore.  Copper Shark Baltimore (CSB), which is located in the Locust Point neighborhood of Baltimore, MD, is home to Maryland’s history during the prohibition era. Unfortunately, the pandemic delayed the opening date for Copper Shark Baltimore.  However, the wait was worth it, as evidenced by the need to make reservations asap.  You’ll be delighted when you visit CSB for brunch, lunch, or dinner–there’s so much to indulge in with exquisite meals curated by Chef Audette.  Everything on the menu is inspired by foods that Matthew loves, which he incorporated from various places he lived like Boston and New York.  Equally as passionate are the selections of Bourbons and Whiskeys offered at Copper Shark Baltimore; given the history of the building, the owners brought a nod to the locations’ previous business in the Copper industry speak-easy, leaving a still that will eventually be used to create a house-made whiskey.  If you want to hear more about Copper Shark Baltimore, tune in to this week’s show!
Lastly, we spoke with single-origin coffee roaster, Luis Gongora who owns Vamo Coffee Company in Philadelphia.  Gongora was inspired while working in restaurants for eleven years and was drawn to the science behind brewing and roasting coffee and tea.  After learning from other roasters, like industry leader Scott Rao, Luis brought his adoration of caffeinated beverages to new origins.  He now works closely with two companies that introduce him to seasonal coffee beans from small-batch farms and roasting them to peak perc-fection; the outcome lends itself to flavorful brews that highlight the regions they hail from, moreover the cherries they were picked from.  If you would like to learn more, visit Vamo Coffee Company for classes, coffee, and more!

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