This week on the Joshua David Stein Variety Hour… Half Hour we’re talkin’ school lunch! Opening the show with food poems in an English accent by Mr. Daniel Thurlow, originally from Brighton. Discussing fond school lunch memories with Daniel and Matthew Tong, this sets the stage for Joshua to relive his recent review of a school lunch, having eaten it during the lunch hour at a local school. Joshua credits the recipe of the reviewed school lunch to none other than his next guest, Bill Telepan, of Telepan Local in NYC. Bill has worked in some of the world’s top kitchens, and definitely has an appreciation for fresh ingredients, so it is no surprise that he implemented his culinary knowledge in his daughter’s school lunch program. Upon meeting the founder of the Wellness in the Schools (WITS) program, he recognized that the organization’s work was amazing and that their work was the perfect platform for his skill in the kitchen. Bill goes on to share more about the WITS program and the difference that he is helping to make. In the musical segment of the show, Joshua welcomes Mark Dzula to the show. Sharing his inspiration for writing music about food and school lunches, as it turns out, Mark is a teacher so is quite familiar with the cafeteria cuisine. Tune in for an episode that will leave you craving cafeteria delicacies! This program has been brought to you by Heritage Foods USA.

“It’s a matter of not only teaching [school food workers] how to cook but also how to prepare and mise en place themselves – how to be ready to make a chili for 600 in a day.” [16:00]

“Wellness in the Schools sort of brings ideas of how to get better ingredients into the schools.” [20:22]

Bill Telepan on the Joshua David Stein Variety Hour… Half Hour

“I was going through the Joy of Cooking looking for a good wheat bread recipe, and I found a photograph of her and her ex-boyfriend, and it prompted me to write a song!” [33:28]

Mark Dzula on the Joshua David Stein Variety Hour… Half Hour