Ann Delisi's Essential Cooking 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

Ann Delisi's Essential Cooking

From WDET 101.9 FM

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.

Most Recent Episodes

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

The Benefits of Hoop Houses for Home Gardeners

Tomm Becker of Nifty Hoops and Sunseed Farm joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk about the benefits of hoop houses for home food growers.

Mark Kurlyandchik Honors Detroit Food Fighters in His Last Piece for the Detroit Free Press

Mark Kurlyandchik joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to talk about the Detroit Free Press 2020 Food Fighters honorees, which was also his last piece for the Free Press after five years as food writer.

Mark Kurlyandchik Honors Detroit Food Fighters in His Last Piece for the Detroit Free Press

Online Ordering is Key Ingredient in Good Cakes and Bakes' Resilience During Pandemic

April Anderson of beloved Detroit bakery Good Cakes and Bakes joins Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato to tell the story of how appearing on The Today Show created an unimaginable demand for shipping her cakes across the country, and how that experience set them up for success when the pandemic hit.

Online Ordering is Key Ingredient in Good Cakes and Bakes' Resilience During Pandemic

There's a Wine for Everyone in Chris Hunter's World

Sommelier Chris Hunter of Vino Volo at Detroit Metro Airport talks all things wine with Ann Delisi and Chef James Rigato, including his childhood introduction to the wine business. He also weighs in on the screw cap vs. cork controversy and decides on the wine he would choose for his last glass.