The Breakfast Nook is a new breakfast, bagel and coffee shop with an artistic twist, coming to Cross Keys Rd in Gloucester Township, close to the Black Horse Pike. They are hoping to be open by late February!
Last Sunday, Mark from 42Freeway sat in on the Small Bites Radio Podcast! Mark sat in for the entire hour long show but the last 10 minutes or so were dedicated to updates on restaurant stories in the 42Freeway area!
In the 42Freeway segment Mark talks about the hot restaurant stories of the area:
Cinder Bar (Crosskeys), Shana’s Wild Fig (Gloucester Township), Grindstone (Williamstown), Briglia’s Tavern (Cedarbrook), Round One (Deptford), Dave & Busters (Gloucester Township), Bistro Di Marion (Washington Twp), Chipotle and First Watch (Washington Twp), Jenaro’s (Washington Twp), The Wing Kitchen (Washington Twp, Glassboro), Donkey’s Cheesesteaks (Camden), Miller’s Ale House (Deptford)
The podcast is available on all the key Podcast apps, but also avail on the web at the Small Bites page. Mark sits in for the whole show but his dedicated segment starts at 53:30
Small Bites and Blue Jean Food
42Freeway also spent some time chatting after the show with lead host Derek Timm. Derek was sharing that podcast industry site Feedspot named the Small Bites podcast one of the top 30 Hospitality podcast to listen to in 2020! It’s already gaining him more global exposure… he heard about this listing from an Australian media outlet who reached out to him regarding making the list!
I personally marvel at the work that goes into the show, both by Derek and the show’s producer. It’s a very well tuned engine, from guest coordination and flow and Derek is the heart of it.
In my chat with Derek I asked about his background. Well it all starts with his website BlueJeanFood.com
He and his wife love to travel and enjoy food. He mentioned they have been to every continent! So specific to food, whenever they ate locally Derek would always comment to his wife mini reviews of the food. She encourage him to start a blog… and with no action on his part she went ahead and created for him BlueJeanFood.com! The name comes from the idea… Derek feels most comfortable in places that he can where blue jeans to!
His site growth and exposure led to him helping write, contribute and participate on a radio show with famed radio personality Ed Hitzel. A series of growing opportunities followed and in many cases another series of left-turns… but it’s clear Derek has found his rightful place at Small Bites podcast. His personality is clearly the heart and engine of the show.
Today the BlueJeanFood.com website still runs, but is more of a food experience blog… and the review aspect has diminished.
The full podcast was incredibly interesting and entertaining and also featured:
- Chef Nick Liberato from Bravo “Top Chef Masters” and Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue,” as he will be part of a new show called “Restaurants on the Edge”. The 6-episode premiere season takes viewers to some of the world’s most spectacular locations
- Alex & Stavros Vasiliadis the owners of Bodega Bar & Kitchen one of the newest and hottest dining destinations in Midtown Village Philadelphia Center City District. Bodega is a first-of-its-kind stylish, lush, intricate and colorful new restaurant, bar and live entertainment venue that is ready to dazzle with a tantalizing blend of Latin-inspired cuisine, unique hand-crafted cocktails, and live upbeat music.
- Maria Campbell the Founder of Cooks Who Care to let those in the field know that support is out there if you need it. They offer healthy industry connection opportunities, leadership training, career services, development tools, mentors, outlet share thoughts and ideas, and an all-encompassing support network.