Food…Farms… & Chefs

Food, Farms, & Chefs: Interviews with Trevor Vaughan, Michelle Shannon, and Michael Brenfleck Download

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We have a remarkable show this week, as we speak with a James Beard Award winning restaurateur, the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Philadelphia’s Center City District Restaurant Week (CCDRW), and the Executive Chef of a phenomenal restaurant that is participating in Restaurant Week!

We began our episode by serving up the freshest meals in Camden County as we spoke with the co-owner and Chef of Corinne’s Place.  Originally born from a small catering business, the Founder Corinne Bradley-Powers grew her business into a beloved neighborhood spot; offering scratch-made foods that visitors from all over would travel to enjoy. Eventually word spread and her meals became so enticing that even celebrities and food critics became repeat customers.  Mrs. Bradley-Powers eventually sold her business to Trevor Vaughan & his partner, Craig Sawyer, but not without Corinne’s blessing; Corinne’s new role within her famed restaurant is being the new owner’s consultant.  After ownership of the restaurant changed hands in 2019, Corinne’s Place was nominated (and won) the James Beard Foundation’s “America’s Classics” Award, which is given to establishments that have remained open for at least 10 years, and reflect the character of its community.  We touch on all of this and more, so stay tuned to hear about Corinne’s Place’s mouth-watering foods made with a whole lot of heart.
Speaking of heart, we take you into the heart of Philadelphia’s dining scene as we speak with Michelle Shannon who is the Vice President of Market and Communications for Center City District’s Restaurant Week.  Michelle and Gene had an enlightening discussion regarding the origins of Restaurant Week and the role it plays within the community.  The two-week long event not only highlights some of the most prestigious restaurants within center city, it benefits all of you by providing the opportunity to taste the flavors of Philadelphia’s vibrant dining scene at a set price.  If you are looking to experience a restaurant that you’ve not heard of before, or perhaps one that is on your date-night bucket list, Center City Districts Restaurant Week is the perfect time to get a taste of what you’re craving!
Now if what you’re craving is a delicious Mediterranean meal, then our next guest will surely tempt your taste buds!  Spice Finch’s Executive Chef, Michael Brenfleck, joined us to discuss the delectable options for their Center City Restaurant Week Menu!  As we discussed a variety of Spice Finch’s menu, both our co-hosts salivated over the luscious descriptions of every item.  And what better way to enjoy a richly devised meal than to pair it with the perfect wines? This is why Chef Brenfleck sat with Spice Finch’s Beverage Manager to pick just the right wine to pair with the first two courses.  Now that is something I would like lingering on my palate–and you can too, so long as you stay tuned in for the entire episode of Food, Farms, & Chefs!

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