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Culinary Connections

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This new WPSU original series tells the stories of people and places in our area that use food to connect with the world around them. These restaurateurs and artisans create more than culinary experiences, they also create connections to their patrons, communities, and cultures.

Each episode is hosted by Tamra Fatemi-Badi and features a cooking demonstration with guest chefs.

Host Tamra Fatemi with guest

Host Tamra Fatemi (left) with guest chef Santina Randazzo



Food Is Where We Belong

Posted on May 6, 2023

Meet Bill and Kristin, a couple who found themselves and one another through food. Together, their business honors their family and is home to approachable elegance. Learn how to make an elevated take on tuna noodle casserole. Continue »


Everything Comes from Mama

Posted on May 1, 2023

From Sicily to Altoona, the Randazzo family has been cooking up Italian staples for years. Experience this family run restaurant and learn how to make one of their signature dishes. Continue »


Good Day Cafe employees

Coffee with a Cause

Posted on April 22, 2023

The doors opened in 2018, but the vision started long ago. Meet the people who make Good Day Café a special place and learn how to make chocolate chip scones. Continue »


Serving with Open Hands

Posted on April 15, 2023

Hitham Hiyajneh arrived in the U.S. with $400 in his pocket in 1989. He now owns four restaurants and even more virtual kitchens. See his faith-fueled journey and learn to make tabbouleh. Continue »


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