27 episodes

How to sharpen your knives, what drinks to serve, where your seafood comes from – WDET's Ann Delisi and James Beard-nominated Chef James Rigato are here to empower you in the kitchen and have some fun along the way. Through interviews with chefs and industry experts, Essential Cooking is a key ingredient in your culinary journey.

Ann Delisi's Essential Cooking WDET FM

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

How to sharpen your knives, what drinks to serve, where your seafood comes from – WDET's Ann Delisi and James Beard-nominated Chef James Rigato are here to empower you in the kitchen and have some fun along the way. Through interviews with chefs and industry experts, Essential Cooking is a key ingredient in your culinary journey.

    Supporting Food Workers in Detroit with Desiré Vincent Levy

    Supporting Food Workers in Detroit with Desiré Vincent Levy

    Desiré Vincent Levy talks about supporting food workers in Detroit during the pandemic and facilitating training and job placements with her company, Detroit Kitchen Terminal.

    • 18 min
    Hyperlocal Produce Delivery in Detroit with Dazmonique Carr

    Hyperlocal Produce Delivery in Detroit with Dazmonique Carr

    Dazmonique Carr of Deeply Rooted Produce joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk about delivering locally-grown produce to Detroiters.

    • 15 min
    Michigan Winemaking and Climate Change with Sean O’Keefe of Mari Vineyards

    Michigan Winemaking and Climate Change with Sean O’Keefe of Mari Vineyards

    Sean O’Keefe of Mari Vineyards talks about what makes Michigan-made wine so unique, and how climate change is affecting the delicate environmental balance necessary for growing grapes in Michigan.

    • 28 min
    Ryan Burk of Angry Orchard on the Never-ending Pursuit of Flavor

    Ryan Burk of Angry Orchard on the Never-ending Pursuit of Flavor

    Ryan Burk, head cider maker at Angry Orchard, joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk all things hard cider – how the apple made its way to North America from Kazakhstan, the key components of a well-balanced cider, and the never-ending pursuit of new apple varieties.

    • 39 min
    Family-Run Apple Orchard Thrives, Despite Challenges

    Family-Run Apple Orchard Thrives, Despite Challenges

    Andrew Blake of Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk about how the family business has adapted over the years, fighting spring frosts, and preparing for the return of orchard visitors this summer.

    • 17 min
    Starting a Successful Food Business Isn’t Easy, But Detroit Kitchen Connect Is Here To Help

    Starting a Successful Food Business Isn’t Easy, But Detroit Kitchen Connect Is Here To Help

    Chef Laura Romito of Detroit Kitchen Connect joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk about the food entrepreneurship program at Detroit’s Eastern Market. She also offers tips for new food business owners to consider when they’re starting out.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

gettysberg trip ,

Interesting. Professional. Fun. Awesome.

I have enjoyed this podcast so much. I love to cook, but was also looking to make some lifestyle changes. This series has offered a whole new perspective on how I should be thinking about food. Without sounding overdramatic, I would say they are life-changing. Thank you for your work.

behindblueyez14 ,

So awesome!

This podcast is so great - packed with amazing cooking tips and awesome local-to-Detroit guests. So proud of the Detroit food scene, glad this podcast is getting out the word!

rosebudd29 ,

Oh you spicy honey

With only 2 episodes made the show has inspired me to buy a dehydrator and start researching local native Michigan bees. I can’t remember a show that influenced me so quickly

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