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Playing With Food
Fr. Ian Delinger
A monthly program on unique ways of looking at everyday foods on the California Central Coast.
Nov 21, 2022
A Central Coast local played with food on PBS
This episode feature a celebrity on Playing With Food! PBS broadcast a new cooking show called Great American Recipe. 10 home cooks shared themselves, their recipes and their families with all of America for the judges. One of those contestants just happened to be from the Central Coast: Silvia Martinez from Morro Bay.
Oct 31, 2022
Farming in the Bay - Oysters!
In the shadow of the iconic volcanic plug rising from the middle of Morro Bay, Lisamu or Morro Rock, are some farms hidden in plain sight. The Playing With Food Team visited the Grassy Bar Oyster Company’s farm, watched an oyster planting and tasted some of the produce.
Sep 26, 2022
Teaching Peace through Food
The Peace Academy of the Sciences and Artssummer camp included preparing and sharing food. Having the kids playing with food was a small part of their week-long program. But like all the other elements of the program, the Peace Academy leadership knew that preparing and sharing food is a vital element in achieving their pillars and values.
Aug 29, 2022
Botanical Garden Tour of Not-So-Obvious Edibles
Wandering through the Botanical Gardens was yet another eye-opening experience of just how much edible bounty there is here on the Central Coast.
Jul 25, 2022
Playing With Flavors for Beer
Beer has been around for a long time, about 13,000 years. It’s since been refined into stouts, pale ales, hefeweizens, lagers and other classic styles. But recently, the craft beer explosion has led to some pretty interesting flavors: Belgian fruited beers, milk stouts, orange wheat, habañero IPA, chocolate stouts and many more. Central Coast Brewing in San Luis Obispo has a very popular Peanut Butter Stout. Playing With Food met up with George and Matthew at CCB to find out how a Peanut Butter Stout is made…and why.
Jun 27, 2022
Tortillas of Love
Some people made handmade tortillas every single day. In King City, Isabel Garcia does just that. Her experience, skill and love produce amazing tortillas with just a few ingredients.The song in this segment is "There's No Tortillas" by Lalo Guerrero.You can listen to the full song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbZo42AczmY
May 23, 2022
Foraging for mushrooms in the forest and at the neighbor's
Foraging for mushrooms is a fun way to get exercise while hunting for food. However, with California's lack of rain, there are more mushroom graveyards than there are mushroom fields. Some have taken an entrepreneurial approach and are growing them in their homes.
Apr 25, 2022
Borscht and the Plight of Ukraine
The siege on Ukraine is an atrocity playing out before our very eyes. How are local Ukrainians coping? Canadian-Ukrainian Annie Capelli makes Ukrainian Borscht for Fr. Ian as she describes the scene in Ukraine that her family and friends are endeavoring to endure.
Mar 28, 2022
A Journey of Racial Justice and Paella
During the George Floyd Black Lives Matters Protests, food blogger and podcaster Jaime Lewis decided to remove from her deed the restriction that read: No person of any race other than a Caucasian race shall use or occupy any building or any lot. She worked with Race Matters SLO to document the process in a film titled "Restrictions Apply". Jaime and Race Matters SLO Executive Director Courtney Haile share their journey of racial justice since the completion of the film over a dinner of salad, paella and apple empanadas.
Mar 7, 2022
Ever-abundant acorns become flour
Imagine if we could use a food source that is naturally abundant and doesn’t consume another scarce commodity (ie, water). Centuries ago, the native peoples of California used the food sources available to them. One of those was the ever-abundant acorn!
Jan 31, 2022
Bread Bike and Breadfellows
Sharing freshly baked bread by bicycle turned into a business, one that takes "companion" (translates from Latin as "breadfellow") to a deeper level.
Jan 3, 2022
When you need a bigger kitchen: Rent
When a company in the food industry outgrows their domestic kitchen, does not need a restaurant or cannot justify a standalone kitchen, The Kitchen Terminal has a solution for those playing with food on a small commercial scale: Rent.
Nov 22, 2021
From Goats to Cheese
Dairy animals contribute more than just their milk toward making good cheese. Playing With Food looks at how every aspect of the life of a goat herd near Cambria is part of making a high-quality cheese.
Oct 26, 2021
Playing With Food: Off the grid
Lowering one's carbon footprint takes committment and determination. When it comes to food, we can reduce our meat consumption, eliminate food waste and consume less, in general. But committing to cooking off the grid? That is Aaron Gomez's committment to saving the planet one meal at a time.
Oct 25, 2021
Playing With Food: In the fields with GleanSLO
California has an endless supply of fresh food. We all know that. But we also have hungry people. So, how do those living with food insecurity gain access to the bounty they see all around them? Well, there are hundreds of people in your neighborhoods who are helping make that happen. And it’s GleanSLO at the Food Bank.
Aug 30, 2021
Playing With Food - Farming in the city with Jon Aimonetti
Living on the Central Coast, we see farms as we drive along any highway. But Fairview Gardens is an urban farm, right in the middle of Goleta. Playing With Food explored the challenges and opportunities of urban farming.
Aug 24, 2020
Playing With Food: Feeding the fifteen thousand
San Luis Coastal Unified School District is not only providing students with nutritious food, but making sure that no child goes hungry, even in a global pandemic. The district's director of food services tells the story.
Jul 28, 2020
Playing With Food: The daily quarantini
While the bars have been closed, one person is doing his best to do his part to flatten the curve by staying home and recreating the ambiance of a cocktail bar right in his own home. Dusty Colyer-Worth has been creating his own unique "Quarantini a Day," and turning into a fine mixologist.
Apr 25, 2018
Playing with Food: Learning and growing
Imagine going from juvenile hall to julienne vegetables! The Drummond Culinary Academy invites at-risk teenagers to learn valuable skills in the culinary and restaurant industries that will be useful for the rest of their lives. Fr Ian Delinger gets alongside those who are learning and growing by Playing With Food.