Our Go-To-Grill-Ghuru is finally forty! And that’s our gift to him. Hee Hee.
Our gift to you is his episode, “All Up In Jeff Parker’s Grill” where we learn the intricacies of cooking over fire. It’s our first on location shoot and the first appearance of DISH DUDES!!! #MustSeePC.
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She’s lovely. She’s audacious. You may be thinking it, but she has the stones to say it. Her name’s Ann Walker and she is AWESOME.
For those of you fans of talk radio The Ann Walker show on UBN Radio is not to be missed. Every Wednesday 6-7:30 pm PST devotees cop a squat and lend an ear to brassy, sassy good talk. On the air for just over a year the show covers talk, walk, politics, pleasure, Washington, Hollywood and Purgatory in between. Ann Walker hosts this vivacious foray through current events with an unwavering eye for detail and the charm of a dear aunt. (the aunt that gave you your first adult beverage) The show begins with her RANNT in which targets are skewered rotisseried and served up to invited guests. An informed opinion, a tremendous sense of humor and an enormous capacity to care make Ann an exemplary interviewer. And a freedom with F-Bombs make her a sizzler on a microphone. Her hosting skills fall in the caliber of Johnny Carson, disarming and smart. Her ginormous sense of humor rounds out a lethal tongue. She’s a toast of Texas and a great person.
This Roaster has a pedigree. Ann’s award-winning theatrical career has included the 2001, 10-month Los Angeles run of Del Shores’ play, Southern Baptist Sissies. Her portrayal of Odette Annette Barnett garnered her a Robby Award, a Maddy award, as well as the prestigious Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and a nomination from her peers for The Ovation Award. Ann happily returned to Dallas, Texas the next year to play Odette again in SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES to SRO houses.
Los Angeles theater-goers have enjoyed her in other award-winning productions such as Tyler Hansen’s BALLAD (for which she received a Drama-Logue award and the Robby Award for Best Actress in a Drama), RAIN, BEST WISHES, HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES, HYSTERICAL BLINDNESS, OPERA COMIQUE, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, DAUGHTERS OF THE LONE STAR STATE by Del Shores. But her biggest joy in her theatrical career came in 1996 with Del’s other big comedy hit SORDID LIVES in which Ann originated the enduring and beloved LaVonda Dupree, a role she reprised in the award winning film in 2000.
Ann’s film career can be called sordid. THE JAGGED EDGE, SOUL MAN, and FATHER OF THE BRIDE II run the gamete of variety. And no doubt were discussed in Variety. I digress. Fans far and wide will say it was her role of LaVonda Dupree in the epic Del Shores’ SORDID LIVES that endeared Ann to audiences. LaVonda is the voice of Del and the movie is his coming in to being as an out gay man and artist. LaVonda is actually based on Del’s Aunt Rita who gave him unwavering love and support growing up. Trash, sass and ass make SORDID LIVES a cult favorite. If you haven’t seen it, you are missing something special in your lives. Leg prosthetics, Leslie Jordan and ‘Livia Newton John (I wanted to get the L out) to boot, the movie is wonderful view into a small Texas town.
Ann makes numerous appearances on behalf of the LGBTQI community. Her support of Marriage Equality, Gay Rights, HIV prevention and the underdog is well recorded. Unabashed, she is willing to lend her great voice to help. Ann can frequently be seen in Pride parades and bright colors. Best of all, she is a colleague as a non-denominational minister and can marry anyone anytime. Wouldn’t you just die????
Our second season has been one blessing after another. From the super talents of healthy lifestyle guru Jesse Brune, to Jeff Parker’s sizzling grill skills our episodes have been AMAZINGLY received and fun to produce. We are so thankful to Karma Tequila and new sponsor Melissa’s Produce for solid support and inspired ideas. This second season we promise big flavors and food that does a body good. And as good bodies go, the Dish Dudes line up has been expanded. Just wait and see. We have many more wonderful people to come cook with us so Like, Follow, and Subscribe to get all the Dish! you deserve. Come hungry….
We were blessed to have this very busy lady in our kitchen. Ann’s demeanor and humor were eaten up faster than the tasty roast we were making for lunch (more on that later this week). She was a great sport and a true pro. Her improvs were fantastic and be warned of her knife skills. The episode, “Ann Walker: Texas Roaster” will air later this week. It was a complete joy to produce, delicious too. You can see Ann in the just released film version of SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES. Check out the wonderful Ann Walker Show on UBN Radio and tell her Dish! sent you.
Ann Walker is a hoot and a holler.
A long time ago, in a backyard far far away, an alliance was formed. Formed over cupcakes. We had arrived at a holiday barbecue with lots of interesting people to meet. Meet over meat, how sweet. We were admiring these perfect Hostess cupcakes that someone had on a tray as dessert. Really ingenious, un-wrap some favorite childhood snack for everyone and present it on a fun tray for your party guests. Saves time, and sweat. Ha Ha. When we met the fella who brought these treats we were floored to know that they were indeed MADE BY THE CHEF. They were perfect to the eye, easily mistaken for the lunchbox staple. Who was this chef? A Hollywood make-up wizard? We weren’t far from the truth, Jeff Parker makes the delicious, gorgeous.
Jeff Parker is the founder, guy in charge and head dishwasher of Food Crew, a great outlet for the man whom teachers remarked, “he’d be a great student if he could sit down and shut up.” Food Crew creates amazing food and beverage recipes, styles food for television and print, teaches workshops and writes about food. Playing with his food at an early age brought inspiration to this artist. Imagine Food Crew to be a culinary trek through the Emerald City; their wares are bound to be tasty, pretty and capable of making even witches drop by.
Like so many chefs, Jeff’s passion for cooking came about as a child watching The French Chef with Julia Child and Graham Kerr as The Galloping Gourmet. This and a fair amount of pulling out pots and pans and playing “Grocery Store”. Jeff cut his teeth in this mother’s spice cabinet, creating delicious food and big bold flavors…something that today is still his culinary signature.
All that “Grocery Store” visualization came to light when Jeff opened the country’s first low-fat restaurant and grocery store, Fresh Start Market in Dallas, TX in 1993. An immediate success, Fresh Start attracted loyal fans and international media attention, including a segment on the newly born TV Food Network.
Los Angles welcomed Jeff to their exploding food community. In 2003, Jeff Launched On The Range, a personalized home chef service featuring fresh, appetizing and nutritious meal plans. Jeff soon cultivated a trove of busy hungry professionals and families that “ate up” On The Range.
On The Range became Food Crew to house Jeff’s growing involvement in culinary media. His creativity and culinary skills brought him to the attention of one of the Food Network’s highest-rated personalities; Jeff acted as Culinary Director for “Semi-Homemade Cooking” for 5 years.
Over cupcakes & hamburgers (a Meet & Sweet) we discussed Jeff coming onto DIO! to guest star. He was immediately enthused with our little show and it’s culinary direction. We all love fresh big flavors, made with some flair. Good to the taste, good to the waist. Over cupcakes we met, and the rest is truly tasty.
“Bacon’s bacon.” – “Desire Under The Elms”, Eugene O’Neill
It’s a nice way to end the summer; BBQ and Bacon and Back to School. (All of my parenting friends agree, with the last part especially). Add some Bubbles and you’ve got yourself a holiday. America’s pride and joy will always be their bacon. It’s celebrated in cupcakes, cocktails, Colorado. There’s a propensity of alliteration today, bear with me. It is definitely what vegetarians miss most and what Lady Gaga has yet to wear. Bacon, bacon, bacon!
This recipe is from a friend of DIO! and an upcoming guest, Jeff Parker. His food blog Jeff Parker Cooks is a great follow for food enthusiasts and gourmet amis alike. Enjoy Jeff’s Bumped Up Bacon Wrapped Sweet & Spicy Peppers. Click photo for recipe
Happy National Bacon Day!