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The Stone Balloon’s chef Robbie Jester stars in the first “In the Pantry” episode

Want to know how to make a mouth-watering restaurant-style burger?  An impossibly decadent but healthy chocolate cake?  Delicious vegan quesadillas?

You’re in luck – a new video series serves up cooking secrets of the areas top chefs, while raising funds for the Food Bank of Delaware.

 

Wilmington’s Short Order Production House introduced the series, In the Pantry, so that professional chefs can coach people at home to work with the ingredients and equipment they’ve got to whip up the tastiest dishes possible.

Directed by Short Order’s Mauro Giuffrida, the chefs take on challenges sent in by viewers and film themselves cooking in their own home kitchens. 

 

The first three episodes feature Robbie Jester (Stone Balloon Ale House, Limestone BBQ and Bourbon and Full Circle Food) cooking up restaurant-style burgers, sisters Angie and Rous Robles (My Sister’s Fault) baking a healthy(ish) chocolate cake, and married couple Nate Farrar and Elaina Leshock (Bellefonte Cafe) making vegan quesadillas.

 

“In the past two months, people suddenly have had to rely more on their own cooking skills,” Mauro said. “In The Pantry offers a way to connect with professional chefs who are willing to give advice and help solve some culinary issues at home.”

Short Order has also launched a weekly podcast, The Other Side, focused on people and businesses who are adapting, innovating and sometimes just surviving during this time of disruption and social distancing. Hosted by Matt Sullivan, the podcast seeks to navigate the unknowns and offer a glimpse of what might be waiting for us on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Episodes are now available on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Google Play, Spotify, and many other podcast players.

 

Debut podcast episodes feature interviews with Sasha Aber, owner of Home Grown Cafe who found herself on vacation in Iceland at the beginning of the pandemic, and Joe Trainor, the Wilmington musician who has hundreds of people voting on their favorite bands and songs after organizing online bracket competitions far larger than March Madness.

“I’ve spent most of my career interviewing people on the telephone, and it turns out, that’s a pretty useful skill to have in this time of social distancing,” Matt said. “I know there’s a lot that’s happening out there that I might not be able to see from my home office, and I’m looking forward to learning more about it myself.”

 

Viewers and listeners are asked to support the Food Bank to help those in the greatest need.

“We’re all facing so many challenges during this pandemic. Everyone. But many of us are struggling to meet our most basic needs. The Food Bank of Delaware is one of the organizations directly supporting the people hit hardest by this, and they are going to need our continued support for some time to come,” said Zach Phillips, founder and CEO of Short Order. 

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