Saturday Night Cooks

Oct 3, 2016
Courtesy of © Mark Bourdillion/Love Productions / PBS

Sat. Oct. 8 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | New to Saturday nights following Antiques Roadshow, it's a trio of foodie favorites.

Tailgating: not just hot dogs and hamburgers any more

Sep 20, 2016
Tailgating grill photo
Andrew Sprung / flickr creative commons

We talk with MSU corporate chef Kurt Kwiatkowski about football season tailgating.

Jared Bobkin photo
Brooke Allen / WKAR

You may recognize him from cooking on TV with Gordon Ramsey. Jared Bobkin chats with Brooke Allen about being a TV celebrity and shares a recipe, too.

Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen photo
Courtesy photo / YMCA Lansing

The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing just launched the Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen. We talk to president and CEO Jeff Scheibel and kitchen manager Ashley Beversdorf to find out how it works.

Lansing Soup Grant awardees Lansing Track Club photo
Jennifer Whorf

Soup Grant Lansing supports community service organizations and small neighborhood businesses, and celebrates three years this month. Current State's Peter Whorf serves that story up.

Hunter Park garden photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

Young people are in charge of the "Edible Park" garden in Lansing's Hunter Park. Current State’s Katie Cook gets a tour.

Erin Caudell photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The food truck phenomenon in America is often seen as a novelty, literally a vehicle to offer specialty cuisine or as a mobile culinary classroom, but a new truck getting ready to roll in Flint is at the heart of a much more basic mission. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports on the impending debut of “Flint Fresh.”

Taste of Lansing photo
Courtesy Eat Pomegranate Photography

The Taste of Downtown returns to Lansing this weekend, and we look ahead to this savory event.

Canned trantula photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Could insects be the next food craze in America? Advocates say insects are high in protein and nutritious. Current State talks with Dr. Jeff Swada, an assistant professor of food science at Michigan State University.

Mark Nixon photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

How do you feel about Lansing's restaurant options? Is Lansing keeping up with current food trends? Current State speaks with City Pulse contributor Mark Nixon about the changing dining scene in Lansing.

Whole Foods photo
Mark Bashore / WKAR

The long-anticipated Whole Foods in East Lansing opened last week. Current State's Mark Bashore goes to Whole Foods for the very first time to see what all the buzz is about.

Japanese ramen “pops up” in Lansing restaurants

Feb 4, 2016
Ramen photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

There’s a new restaurant popping up in the Lansing area. Supu Sugoi is a pop-up ramen shop that’s been partnering with local restaurants to bring Lansing area restaurants authentic Japanese fare. We talk to co-creator Dominic Cochran.

Creole restaurant photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Old Town Lansing’s freshly opened Creole restaurant has a new neighbor, the Creole Coffee Company. We speak with owner and CEO Sam Short about opening two restaurants at once.

Food Processing and Innovation Center
Courtesy image / Michigan State University

Michigan is known for its strong agricultural industry. In the Lansing area, plans are moving forward to create the Michigan Food Innovation District. We talk with the two co-managers of the project, David Spencer and Brent Forsberg.

Fresh and Furious truck photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Gourmet food trucks are a cultural phenomenon. They’re an increasingly familiar sight on city streets and college campuses. There’s a new food truck hitting the streets in mid-Michigan soon, and this one is different. Current State's Kevin Lavery reports on the first food truck run by high school students in the state of Michigan.