Learn things you never knew, and get to know the people behind the restaurant scene in St. Pete, as we delve into their backgrounds, find out what brought them into the industry, and what's literally, and figuratively cooking at their restaurants. The St. Petersburg Foodies Podcast features interviews with chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, bartenders, and more, and covers the burgeoning food scene in St. Petersburg, Florida. Episodes air every Tuesday.
141: Chef A.J. Lambden from Kiosk Kitchen. Recipe from Delish.com Using St. Pete Meat & Provisions Chicken Thighs.
We interview Chef A.J. Lambden. A.J. has worked at several Tampa Bay area, and downtown St. Pete restaurants with most of his hours being logged at Cassis on Beach Dr. He started his catering business two weeks before the first pandemic shutdown. Then he pivoted by taking several business courses, and is now launching his new culinary-tech crossover - Kiosk Kitchen. After A.J., we'll tell you about the best Baked Boneless Chicken Thighs we ever had. The boneless, skin-on thighs are from St. Pete Meat & Provisions, and the recipe came from Delish.com.
140: Chef Olive Davis from Salty's Sandwich Bar. Abby Allen with her Recipe for Quesa Birria Tacos.
We interview Chef Olive Davis. She's been a charter boat chef in the Caribbean, appeared on Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" with Guy Fieri, was the chef at Stella's in Gulfport, and was part of the opening team for Locale as the in-house butcher. Currently, Olive is the chef at Salty's Sandwich Bar in Gulfport, and we love the food. At the top of the show, for Cinco de Mayo, we have Abby Allen-Leach with her recipe for Quesa Birria Tacos. Be sure to wear your apron for this one. It's worth it though!
139: Don Nguyen on all Things Asian Food. Making Korean BBQ with St. Pete Meat & Provisions
We interview Don Nguyen in this special episode solely dedicated to Asian cuisine. Just a few of the things we talk about include, the evolution of Asian cuisine, hidden gem hole in the wall local Asian eateries, fish sauce, myriad types of soy sauce, Asian cooking, why there is no cheese in Asian cuisine, or is there?, and a whole lot more in this extended longest episode ever on all things Asian cuisine. After Don, we make Korean BBQ with the flank steak from St. Pete Meat & Provisions.
138: Chris Ciarcia from the New Sauvignon Wine Locker & American Trattoria. Conversation about Quesa Birria Tacos and a Ketchup Shortage.
We interview Chris Ciarcia. He was the GM and sommelier at Annata for five years, and he is now opening his own place named Sauvignon Wine Locker & American Trattoria. They are in a 100-year old building on the first block ever built in St. Pete, and they will be serving Italian-inspired New American cuisine including homemade pasta and gelato, Creekstone Farms steaks and more. To start they will have 177 bottles of wine, including - 115 reds, 42 whites, 16 sparkling, four rosés with 73 available by the glass. There is also an optional membership with benefits including temperature controlled wine lockers. At the top of the show we'll talk about the quesa birria taco craze, and Ketchup shortage.
137: Florida Food Expert Heather McPherson. News & Food from St. Pete Meat & Provisions
We interview Florida food expert Heather McPherson. She doesn't bill herself as a food expert, but that is what we are calling her after we found out how much she knows about farms, livestock, fish, and produce that has its origins in our state. A few interesting things we found out during this interview are that olives and blueberries love old citrus soil, Florida is in the top five cow producing states, and there is real sturgeon caviar being farmed in Florida. Who knew? Heather was the food critic and a food editor during her over 30-years with The Orlando Sentinel. She has authored three cookbooks, and co-hosted a radio talk show about food. Currently, she is the media relations and PR machine behind Chef Art Smith's Homecomin Florida Kitchen, Splitsville, and several other restaurants.
136: ESPN & Fox Sports TV Personality, and Former TV Food Show Host, Rich Hollenberg
We interview Rich Hollenberg. Rich is a TV sports personality calling college basketball on ESPN, and the pre and post games on Fox Sports for The Rays. He is also a former TV food show host, and has cooked on live television with the likes of Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Cat Cora, Art Smith, Scott Conant, Michelle Bernstein, and Roy Yamaguchi amongst many others. Rich's first culinary lessons came from the late Tom Pritchard of Salt Rock Grill fame. At the top of the show we have Abby Allen with her modern, lighter recipe take on the classic Lobster Thermidor.
The best resource for dining around St. Pete!
If you’re visiting St. Pete and want to hear the scoop on local chefs and restaurants, this is your best resource. If you’re a local, like me, then your dining experiences will be further enriched by getting the back story on your favorite places, chefs and restaurant owners. Lori and Kevin are so charming and entertaining to listen to and the production value is superb. I love this podcast!
Great way to learn about our amazing food scene!
Whenever someone asks us where to go for great food in St. Pete we always point them straight to the foodies list and podcast. The content is informative and the interviews with Restauranteurs, Chefs & Sommeliers provide such great insight into how our local community thrives in so many different and diverse tastes and still brings us together! Great work Foodies!
I’ve been listening for just over a week, and I’m hooked! Excellent interviews, and a behind the scenes look at the foodie culture that’s such a big part of St. Pete!