On today's "Food Show" on KONK AM 1680, I interviewed Jimmy Weekley, who runs the meat counter at Fausto's on Fleming Street (among many other notable accomplishments). It's a little known secret around town that some of the best burgers served in Key West restaurants owe a lot to Jimmy's hand-ground burger mix. We'll let him explain...
Start with Jimmy's burger mix, cook it on The Big Green Egg from The Restaurant Store, add your own favorite toppings and maybe a fresh loaf of Cuban Bread, instead of a bun, from Cole's Peace Bakery, well, that's Summer barbecue heaven my friend.
Well as if I didn't have enough to do... I just started hosting a weekday radio show on the new "KONK AM 1620" radio, the new public-interest radio station in town. My show will air Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 4:00 until 5:00 in the afternoon. We hope to make it a fun time to talk about food and wine happenings around Key West. On today's shows we spent a lot of time talking about quality knives. One of my guests was Charles Kowanetz from the Dexter-Russell knife company. Charles is an old veteran in the knife business and the company he represents is one of the few knofe manufacturers still producing in the United States. Here's a clip of Charles talking about the Sani-Safe and Softgrip lines of knives that are very popular in Key West restaurant kitchens and with the serious fishing community:
(Sorry about the audio quality. This is only our second day and we are still getting the kinks worked out.)
We were among a lucky group of about 80 locals who got a preview of the dinner that is being served at the James Beard House on June 4th in NYC. Owner Stuart Kemp and executive chef Chris Otten run 915, one of the nicest restaurants in Key West. It's been written up in The New York Times and this is going to be their second trip to Beard House. You can find out more about the event at the following link: James Beard Dinner. When you come to Key West you need to dine at 915. Visit them on line at 915 Duval They've got a nice website.