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Gridiron Gastronomy

Food and beverage play central roles in any football experience, and this week’s show was dedicated to the eats, the drinks, and the settings that quickly find their way to any football fan’s heart…the Frozen Cactus Ice Bar & Flame Grill!

Rob Gallo, Richard McClelland, Matt Russell & Hector Sandoval

Our celebrity co-host was fellow foodie, football fanatic, and director of sales for Tucson Indoor Football, Rob Gallo. Rob revealed the latest news on Tucson’s new football team, while sharing some of his favorite game day eats and drinks. We also caught up with national BBQ authority and TV star Danielle “Diva-Q” Bennett, who shared her tips for maximizing your next tailgate party. We were then joined by the Frozen Cactus’ Richard McClelland and Hector Sandoval who took us on a tour of their ice bar and flame grill concept, while showcasing some of the food and brews that make a football game experience complete!

Buttermilk-marinated chicken wings with a sweet and spicy sauce, cotija cheese, and cilantro!

A true touchdown for your taste buds!


Anniversaries on the Avenue

Matt was out of town this weekend judging yet another epic food competition, so this show came to you live from the KQTH studio with guest host Fred Ronstadt, executive director of the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association!

Micah Blatt, George Miguel, Maria Mazon, Fred Ronstadt & Ben Sattler

Fred updated us all on the fun and frolic on Fourth Avenue these days, while celebrating the anniversaries of some of the Avenue’s most delicious destinations.

Fred’s guests included Americana Recording Artist George Miguel, Micah Blatt and Ben Sattler of the Drunken Chicken, and Maria Mazon of BOCA Tacos y Tequila.

See you soon on the Avenue!


Beer Hall Banter

In the science of food and beverage pairings, not many companions make for a better chemistry connection than a premium hand-made sausage and a local craft beer, and we rejoiced in the bounty of both on this live broadcast from the new Ten Fifty-Five Brewing & Sausage House!

Chris DeSimone, Ema Peterson, Matt Russell, JP Vyborny & Chef Ivor Cryderman

Our celebrity co-host was fellow foodie and AM drive time radio man Chris DeSimone, who shared some of his latest adventures including a recent visit to sausage and suds town Milwaukee! We then caught up with Tom Firth of the Hacienda del Sol who had some delicious things to report about his upcoming Tucson Heritage Food & Wine Festival. Ten Fifty-Five’s co-owner and head brewer JP Vyborny sat down with us as well to share some reflections on the first two weeks in his new downtown digs. Ten Fifty-Five’s chef Ivor Cryderman joined the party as well and told some stories about his culinary journey, his great, great, great grandmother’s role on his menu, and his passion for sausages.

The Leap Polish sausage, inspired by Chef Ivor Cryderman’s great, great, great grandmother!

We even got to try a tasty trio…Leap Polish sausage, Belgian fries, and some pimiento cheese! Ema Peterson of the Beer Geek Bakery wrapped things up with some beer-forward desserts. The cherry oat stout chocolate brownie with a sage crust was bomb!


Rib-Cast 2018

Every year for nearly 10 years, we’ve dedicated one entire broadcast to the beauty that is the BBQ rib, in preparation for our annual pork pilgrimage to the Nugget Rib Cook-Off in Sparks, NV. This week’s show was the 2018 edition, which came to you live from Tucson’s Hardwood Headquarters..Ken’s Hardwood Barbecue!

Alan Zeman, Matt Russell & Ken Alexander

Our celebrity co-host was returning lead judge at the Nugget Rib Cook-Off, the Fuego Daddy himself, Alan Zeman, who shared some inside news on this annual pork-a-palooza and walked us through the judging categories and process. We were then honored to hang out with Ken Alexander, of Ken’s Hardwood Barbecue, who took our taste buds on a tour of his concept, a journey that started as a kid growing up in Louisville that evolved into a passion for local brews, a fun and fascinating tribute to Big Red soda (what he calls a must for pairing with southern BBQ), and some pretty righteous racks of ribs.

Ken is a master storyteller, especially when it comes to his perspective on ribs!

We had ours rubbed, smoked, and delicately dipped into his house-made Memphis Mild sauce. A smokin’ hot time awaits you at Ken’s Hardwood Barbecue!


Cruisin’, Part Two

This week’s broadcast was the second in a two-part series of shows designed to prepare your palates for our Culinary and Cocktail Cruise of a Lifetime, and we revealed what awaits us in Greece, live from a Tucson taverna that transports your palates to the Hellenic Republic…Pelio Grill!

Lisa Summer, George Markou, Matt Russell & Chris Cohen

Our celebrity co-host was luxury travel specialist with Bon Voyage Travel Lisa Summer, who shared some of what she and her team have planned for us in the Greek Isles. Our resident olive oil authority Tom Alfonso, of Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oil & Balsamics, also joined the conversation with his thoughts on Greek olives and Greek olive oils. We then shifted from oil to ouzo, Greece’s national spirit, when Chris Cohen of Young’s Market Company presided over Ouzo 101. Pelio Grill’s own George Markou sat down with us as well to discuss the regional expressions of Greek cuisine and how his menu is representative of different styles and traditions.

This is what Greece looks and tastes like! A powerful statement of protein on a platter.

The dolmades were a huge hit, as was the protein platter with Greek sausage, chicken, gyro meat, and a selection of spectacular sauces. νόστιμο!