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.

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.

For the first edition of The Inside Dish for 2021, Michael Drabenstott welcomes Mandy Tolino, general manager of Tolino Vineyards in Bangor, to talk about their wines, nurturing their land and the growing wine scene in the Lehigh Valley.

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Host Michael Drabenstott welcomes Jonathan Davis, co-owner of Pearly Baker’s Alehouse, which has been a restuarant fixture in downtown Easton since 1994.

Host Michael Drabenstott talks with Chris McCall, co-founder with his wife, Kaitlin, of McCall Collective Brewing Company, a brewery that opened in 2020 on Susquehanna Street in southeastern Allentown.

Matt and Christie Vymazal from Southside Bethlehem's Flying V restaurant (and food truck) share the secrets of perfect poutine and other Canadian food delights.

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