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The Philly Food Show

Take a culinary tour of the entire Delaware Valley - from Philadelphia cheese steaks, to Jersey tomatoes.

About the Program

WHYY producer and lifelong Philadelphian, Ed Cunningham examines the unique history of the Philadelphia region through food. The program is hosted by FOX29 Meteorologist Sue Serio and features expert commentary from William Woys Weaver, food historian and author of Country Scrapple: An American Tradition; Aliza Green, chef, consultant and author of A Field Guide to Herbs & Spices; and Glenn Brendle of Green Meadow Farm, an organic farm which provides herbs and vegetables plus local meats and dairy products from other local farmers for restaurants in the greater Philadelphia area.

Ed Cunningham speaks with Mike Strange and Roger Bassett of Bassett's Ice Cream at their Reading Terminal stand.

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Have a Favorite Philly Food?

Here's just some of the highlights from the show:

  • Cheese Steaks - An example of Italian-American street food that has become famous around the country, and which thrives in every local neighborhood.
  • Hoagies - Another part of the Italian-American story, this sandwich bursting with Italian meats and cheeses is a success story that many fathers claim as their own. DiCostanza's will explain why they claim that their hoagie is best.
  • Soft Pretzels - Also from the Pennsylvania Dutch, by way of their medieval German heritage in which young children were rewarded for prayer by receiving these treats meant to resemble arms folded in prayer.
  • Jersey Tomatoes - Featured in The Philly Food Show as being the secret behind Campbell Soup's famed Tomato Soup.
  • Fralinger's Salt Water Taffy - Another candy confection, this one as Atlantic City as the Steel Pier.
  • Goldenberg's Peanut Chews - A local candy bar made from a unique recipe that combines chocolate, caramel, peanuts and molasses.
  • Mushrooms - A visit to Chester County's Kennett Square the self-proclaimed "mushroom capital of the world."
  • Ice cream - A treat in this city since colonial times. The popularity of ice cream was advanced in the 19th century thanks to the work of Philadelphian Augustus Jackson, an African-American businessman who made the frozen treat affordable for working class residents of the city.