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FM On Demand with Tara Fitzpatrick: Retro recipes can wow today’s kids

Chartwells’ Southwest Regional Chef Carrie Richardson dabbles in culinary archaeology, takes on new role


In this episode of FM On Demand with Tara Fitzpatrick, special guest Chef Carrie Richardson spins the yarns that come from researching recipes in dusty corners of school offices and cracking open cookbooks that hold secrets to the next hot LTO. Wait, what? That’s right, an old recipe from the 1970s that fell out of favor and almost became lost to time was revived by Richardson. She recreated and adapted the legendary Western Burger, a kind of Texas-style kolache (doughy Eastern European hot pocket), a few years ago. It’s been welcomed back big time, and just this year was featured among mostly new menu items for back to school “first day hoorays” from Chartwells.

It's time to catch up with Texas-based Richardson, as she’s taken on a new role as regional chef for Chartwells School Dining Services, working with different teams and doing a lot of driving on the Texas prairie. If you also have a lot of drive time, be sure to listen to these podcasts to make the time fly by.

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