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NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Episode 29 – Eating and talking flavorful food with Peculiar Culinary Company

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Episode 29 – Eating and talking flavorful food with Peculiar Culinary Company
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Professionally recorded every Monday at The Stude in TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton and released exclusively on every Tuesday, the NEPA Scene Podcast is a free supplement to the website, expanding on the arts and entertainment stories covered on the site and going beyond them to discuss other news and entertainment topics.

Each week, the unedited and uncensored podcast features Rich Howells, NEPA Scene founder and editor; Mark Dennebaum, president and owner of TwentyFiveEight Studios; Lauren Quirolgico, commercial and content strategist at Lavelle Strategy Group and editor at TwentyFiveEight; and in the control room, Jimmy Reynolds, a musician, teacher, and lead audio engineer at TwentyFiveEight. Every episode streams on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and

We start off Episode 29 by stuffing our faces with beautiful handmade burgers and delicious pulled pork mac and cheese courtesy of Pittston catering and pop-up restaurant concept Peculiar Culinary Company and offering our amateur reviews. Over a few beers by Susquehanna Brewing Company, we talk to the PCC husband and wife team – chef/owner Gene Philbin and business manager/event coordinator Miranda Philbin – about when they met, how Gene’s Italian family and some sabotaged dinner got him into cooking, making weird concoctions at McDonald’s, working corporate jobs until they launched their dream business full-time, training their palettes and developing peculiar dishes, what it was like behind-the-scenes of “Guy’s Grocery Games” on Food Network, who Gene’s all-time favorite chef is and why, the importance of buying local ingredients and supporting local artists of all kinds, where the couple chooses to go out to eat, and their current Kickstarter campaign to fund a food truck.

In The Last Word segment, we point out that satire and humor should be left to those who understand how it actually works, which leads into a bigger discussion about how to better support local artists and businesses, why every little bit helps, and Internet criticism.

Also, see the hosts of the NEPA Scene Podcast introduce the performers live at the NEPA Scene’s Got Talent Finals Showcase next Tuesday, June 23 at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant, starting at 7 p.m.! The details are at the end of this week’s podcast.

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Photo by Mark Dennebaum/TwentyFiveEight Studios