Show 34, July 6, 2013: Food Journalist Randy Clemens and “Sriracha” filmmaker Griffin Hammond

Randy ClemensWhen you say that Randy Clemens wrote the book on Sriracha that’s both figuratively and literally true. Randy has authored two books on Sriracha. The first, still in print and selling well, is the Sriracha Cookbook. Just released from Ten Speed Press is Clemens’ latest, The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook : 50 Vegan “Rooster Sauce: Recipes that Pack a Punch.

On Randy’s Web site he graciously shares favorite recipes from each book. Look for Honey Glazed Sriracha Buffalo Wings and Watermelon-Sriracha Sangria.

Griffin HammondGriffin Hammond is a video producer at YouTube Next Lab where he manages Indy Mogul. This You Tube channel teaches low-budget filmmaking techniques to over 500,000 subscribers.

Griffin was intrigued with the story of Sriracha and Vietnam refugee David Tran the founder of Huy Fong Foods who developed the ubiquitous American brand with the familiar Red Rooster on the distinctive plastic bottle with the green cap.

Hammond felt compelled to make a 30-minute documentary revealing the story of Sriracha – where it comes from – how it’s made, and the people who love it.

He went to Kickstarter to fund the travel & related expenses necessary to complete the film. (He already had the video equipment needed.)


Show 13, January 19, 2013: Rahul Aggarwal, Director & Founder–Trip Feast

One of the highlights of visiting the 8th Annual Travel & Adventure Show in Long Beach on January 13th was stumbling across Trip Feast, who was exhibiting there. They are based in London. The boutique firm organizes small group tours with a insider’s culinary twist.

You actually cook with chefs from the visited country learning the secrets of the local cuisine.  You can even dine in small groups at the homes of locals.

Food and drink is very much an integral part of the travel experience and Trip Feast visits countries with a rich culinary heritage.

Featured countries (with new stops in development) are India, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, China, Mexico, South Africa, Portugal, Ireland, Serbia, Morocco, and Lebanon.