Michael Drabenstott

Program Host

Michael Drabenstott is host of The Inside Dish, a monthly program highlighting the exploding Lehigh Valley food and culinary scene. He interviews restaurateurs, artisans and others involved in bringing a unique assortment of foods and beverages to our region.

Michael has been involved in the food business since he waited tables at private clubs and upscale restaurants in his 20's. As a marketing consultant, he has worked with more than a dozen restaurants on branding, promotion and publicity. An accomplished home chef who loves makes everything from bolognese sauce to chicken vindaloo, Michael loves sharing his passion for the culinary arts.

Michael Drabenstott chats with Amber Sarivan, owner/baker of Bake House on Main in Phillipsburg, NJ about the inspiration for her bakery and her many different varieties of cinnamon rolls.

Host Michael Drabenstott welcomes Troy Reynard, co-owner of Two Rivers Brewing Company in Easton to talk about the beginnings of Two Rivers, their reputation for food, and their new location in Quakertown at the Trolley Barn Public Market.

PHOTO: SUSAN A. ANGSTADT

On this month's edition of The Inside Dish, host Michael Drabenstott welcomes Beau Baden of Sherman Street Beer Company in Allentown to discuss how his varied experience in microbrewing over the last 20 years has prepared him to open his own operation.

Michael Drabenstott chats with Samantha Younes, part of the family celebrating 40 years of Aladdin Middle Eastern Cuisine in Allentown, about how the Lehigh Valley's exotic tastes have changed for the better, plus her new location for Zahra in the Bethlehem Riverport Market.

For the April 2021 edition of The Inside Dish, host Michael Drabenstott talks spirits with Russell Fletcher, CEO and Master Distiller of Mishka Premium Vodka in Allentown. 

For the April 2021 edition of The Inside Dish, host Michael Drabenstott welcomes Sarah Collins of Café Santosha in Trexlertown, which focuses on organic, small-batch, locally-sourced dishes. 

Photo by Marco Calderon

Host Michael Drabenstott dives into the latest dessert craze with Sean Darby, co-owner of Khanisa's Pudding in Easton. Sean shares how it all started with his wife Khanisa and a banana pudding recipe plus the risks and rewards of starting a small business before and during the pandemic.

Host Michael Drabenstott speaks with Kim Kmetz, Main Street Manager of the Easton Main Street Initiative who shares an update on the Easton food scene with the initiatives that have helped area small businesses through the pandemic, and upcoming programs and events to check out and support.

Host Michael Drabenstott welcomes Mark Will-Weber, author of Mint Juleps With Teddy Roosevelt, who shares the enlightening and the sometimes amusing history of presidential drinking.

Host Michael Drabenstott welcomes Tim Balshi, owner of Seasons Olive Oil and Vinegar Taproom in downtown Bethlehem, who talks about how high-quality extra-virgin olive oil is made and the qualities that make it special.

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