Food for Thought

Fridays, 12:10 pm

Join Siouxland Public Media’s Adrian Kolbo for “Food 4 Thought” Friday afternoons at 12:10 preceding “Friday Film Scores” on KWIT-KOJI.

A variety of local topics are discussed ranging from recipes, organically grown foods, food fundraisers and restaurants to food safety and preparing healthy meals. 

Guests from the community are regularly featured on the show with Adrian.


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Aug 8, 2016


Greek Fest Returns

Jul 22, 2016



The buzz downtown is being generated by Food Truck Fridays, a weekly happening that is importing great food from through Siouxland. Join Donna Brooks and Mark Munger as they navigate the crowds and dig into the food. 

F4T: Pink Salt BBQ

Jul 1, 2016

SPM’s Gretchen Gondek speaks with Chef Brett McCarthy, director of the WITCC Culinary Arts Program, about grilling ideas for the 4th of July. He suggests that the more adventurous pit masters use the Himalayan Pink Salt Slab to prepare your meats and vegetables.

F4T: Wearable Art

Jun 24, 2016

SPM’s Gretchen Gondek talks with local artist Klaire Pearson about her creations of wearable art in the form of an apron.     

F4T: Three Sisters

Jun 17, 2016

SPM’s Gretchen Gondek chats with Ann Muller about a wonderful new eatery in Remsen that is located in a the former German Bank, established in 1877.  The Three Sister’s Bistro recently opened and offers homemade crackers, soups, salads and baked goods, all from family recipes.  

F4T: ARTcetera

May 6, 2016
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 Gretchen speaks with the Sioux City Art Center's Stacie Anderson about ARTcetera '16, an evening of food, fun, and art on Wednesday, May 18th, from 6 to 9 p.m.

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This week Gretchen speaks with Rosanne Plante, a certified Master Gardener, attorney and lead instructor/advisor of paralegal studies at WITCC, and Mrs. Iowa International,  about the Green Ambassador program she is implementing to benefit the Sioux City Gospel Mission.  Families and individuals are encouraged to plant a row or portion of hope in their gardens to donate to the Gospel Mission’s soup kitchen and pantry.  

SPM’s Gretchen Gondek speaks with Mike Orlando, owner of Gud n Free, Siouxland’s first allergy free restaurant, which will open soon at 3120 Floyd Boulevard.    

Gretchen talks with Linda Scheid of the Foodbank of Siouxland about “Scouting for Food” on Saturday, April 9th.   Also, a visit with Amy McFarlane, a volunteer for the Siouxland Alzheimer’s Association, and vintner Bob Landon about the “Wine and Chocolate” fundraising event.

Gretchen talks with Linda Scheid of the Foodbank of Siouxland about “Scouting for Food” on Saturday, April 9th.   Also, a visit with Amy McFarlane, a volunteer for the Siouxland Alzheimer’s Association, and vintner Bob Landon about the “Wine and Chocolate” fundraising event.

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When, 4 inches below the soil surface, the temperature rises to 55, the morels begin to emerge. Dawn Snyder from the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center is here to tell us about foraging for these seasonal delights as well as other things that spring brings. 

SPM’s Gretchen Gondek speaks with Dr. Michael Piplani CMO of the Sioux City Community Health Center and Jim Wharton, director of marketing and fund development, about “Walk with a Doc,” a program for folks interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle.  While walking folks have a chance to chat and ask questions answered by local physicians.


F4T: Flavors Forum

Feb 5, 2016

This week SPM’s Gretchen Gondek speaks with Laurie Taylor (regional food coordinator and Master Gardner with ISU Extension and Outreach) about the upcoming “Flavors Forum,” happening February 16th, and “Soil to Supper—Garden for Food,” a free, one-day workshop for folks who raise produce, happening Saturday, February 27th.

SPM’s Gretchen Gondek speaks with Melissa Fischer, development director at the Siouxland Humane Society, about the annual Gourmet Double Chocolate Caramel Apple fundraiser supporting programs and services at the SHS.

Sioux City Now

This week, SPM’s Gretchen Gondek talks to Thomas Ritchie, editor of Sioux City Now,  about the site's Best of Sioux City results. The web magazine is a great resource for food, realtors, dog groomers and much more, including film reviews with our own Dr. Leslie Erickson. 

Food Bank of Siouxland

The 12th annual "Empty Bowls" event takes place on Febraury 5. The event helps to raise funds for the Food Bank of Siouxland, a critical organization helping to feed the hungry in our community. Hear about the event on today's Food for Thought. 


FFT: Stone Bru

Jan 8, 2016
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The corner of Gordon Drive and Stone Avenue used to be just another anonymous spot in a city canvassed with chain stores. Now however, it is home to a local coffee shop, Stone Bru, that brews coffee roasted by a local roaster, Caturra Coffee Roasting Co. It's a refreshing shot of local flavor. 

  Gretchen chats with Iris Hammer from the Pastry Parlor about holiday confections and memories from her years as a girl growing up in Germany.    

This week Gretchen speaks to Sarah Peterson, executive director of Support Siouxland Soldiers, about “Holidays for our Heroes,” a program to assist Siouxland veterans and military families with gifts, groceries, dinner and more.

Gretchen chats with Claudia Hessa from The Sugar Shack about Food Network Magazine's December issue, which chose the bakery to represent Iowa in the "Sugar Cookie USA" annual review. 

F4T: Pumpkin Spice

Nov 27, 2015
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Like changing leaves and decorative gourds, the pumpkin spice latte has become a symbol of fall's commencement. Possibly it has become THE symbol. In the future we will complain that Starbucks has begun serving the libation before Labor Day, which will be a delightful complaint for those of us who enjoy such grumbling, and for those who want seasons to stay within their defined boundaries. Such a wish would make sense when stirred by what we call "pumpkin spice." 

Safe Turkey

Nov 20, 2015

Renee Sweers is back again this week to talk turkey safety and the proper temperature for storing leftovers in the refrigerator.

Food Safety

Nov 13, 2015

Renee Sweers, human services specialist of nutrition and wellness with ISU Extension and Outreach, talks up monthly food safety classes, Buy-Eat-Live-Healthy (a program for families), and food preservation.