Butter Carving; The Last Supper; Sizzurp; Cheftestants
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Passover begins on Monday and matzah will be on many tables all throughout the eight-day holiday. Segment producer Sarah Rogozen visits a mock-matzah factory in Westwood where preschoolers learn about the history and symbolism of the unleavened bread. LA based chocolatier Jonathan Grahm says his chocolate-covered matzah is so popular that he sells it year round. Art historian Ross King details the food on the table in Leonardo da Vinci's 15th Century painting, The Last Supper, and butter carvers Jim and Marie Victor discuss the art of food sculpture. Top Chef contestant Richard Blais talks to KCRW producer Darby Maloney about what it was like to be a "cheftestant" and how his reality TV career changed his career as a chef. Producer Gillian Ferguson finds out the history of sizzurp, an illegal cocktail popularized by hip hop culture; and Jonathan Gold digs the seafood at Little Fork in Hollywood. At the market Laura Avery interviews cookbook author Amelia Saltsman about her market-inspired Passover sides and pomologist David Karp tells the story of California rhubarb.
Market Report ()
David Karp is a pomologist with the University of California Riverside and he writes the Market Watch column for the Los Angeles Times Food section. This week he shares the story of California rhubarb. At its peak there were over 1,000 acres of rhubarb grow in California. Today there are only four acres.
The Matzah Factory ()
Good Food segment producer Sarah Rogozen tags along on a pre-school field trip to Chabad's matzah factory in West LA. It's not a real factory, but a teaching tool - each year, in the weeks before Passover, children visit to learn how to bake the unleavened Passover bread.
You can find a video of Manischewitz's real matzah factory, and Sarah's recipe for matzah brei, on the Good Food blog.
Chocolate for Easter and Passover ()
The Last Supper ()
Ross King is an art historian. His latest book is Leonardo and the Last Supper. He explains the significance of the food on the table in Leonardo da Vinci's 15th Century painting "The Last Supper."
Little Forks and Little Plates ()
Jonathan Gold visits Little Fork, a new restaurant in Hollywood helmed by chef Jason Travi. The restaurant is named after the small forks often used for eating shellfish. He recommends ordering the clams casino, Portuguese mussels, crispy head cheese, smoked meat poutine, duck confit, and lobster roll.
1600 Wilcox Ave
Hollywood, CA, 90028
All of Jonathan Gold's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food restaurant map.
The Life of a Cheftestant ()
Darby Maloney produces The Business on KCRW. She talks to Top Chef's Richard Blais about how leveraging the TV exposure he had on the various iterations of the Top Chef franchise has helped him build a career in the entertainment business as a celebrity chef.
Blais has a new cookbook out called Try This at Home.
The Story of Sizzurp ()
Good Food producer Gillian Ferguson reports on the history of sizzurp, a recreational drug that contains codeine promethazine cough syrup, soda and jolly ranchers. After high-profile rapper Lil Wayne was hospitalized from a suspected sizzurp binge, nationwide scrutiny over the cocktail ensued.
She interviews Lance Scott Walker, author of two forthcoming books about Houston hip hop culture and history, and Dr. Ronald Peters, Associate Professor at Texas University's School of Public Health.
Butter Carving ()
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