Tom Harte

Host - Caffé Concerto

Tom Harte is a retired faculty member from Southeast Missouri State University where he was an award-winning teacher, a nationally recognized debate coach, and chair of the department of Speech Communication and Theatre.

A founder of “My Daddy’s Cheesecake,” a bakery/café in Cape Girardeau, a  food columnist for The Southeast Missourian, and a cookbook author, he blends his passion for food with his passion for classical music in his daily program, The Caffe Concerto.

An inveterate traveler as well as a connoisseur of food and classical music, Tom has been to the five major continents and sailed the seven seas in search of great music and great cuisine, delicacies which he enjoys most when consumed simultaneously.  He also hosts A Harte Appetite.

Ways to Connect

Flickr User jen (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

What makes state and regional fairs so popular? Some people go for the tractor pull, others go to be entertained by the gospel sing, and still others are attracted by barrel carcass judging. I, on the other hand, go for the food.

Chef Boyardee

Sep 4, 2017
flickr user Mike Mozart (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Betty Crocker, Mrs. Butterworth, and Chef Boyardee: there are so many culinary icons that have been invented purely for marketing purposes that you could be excused for assuming that all three of these names are fictitious.

Betty Crocker clearly is, even though at one time she was named by Fortune magazine as the second most popular woman in America after Eleanor Roosevelt. Likewise, even though she has her own Facebook page, Mrs. Butterworth is not real and for that matter, neither is her syrup, as it contains neither real butter nor real maple syrup.

A Culinary Quiz

Aug 28, 2017

Put on your thinking caps...inspired by the quiz show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" I've got a little culinary quiz for you. Keeping in mind the old adage that a fool can ask more questions that a wise man can answer, see how you do with these.

Question #1: One stick of butter is equal to:

a) one cup
b) 1/2 cup
c) 1/3 cup
d) 1/4 cup

The answer is b.

Butter comes in one pound boxes containing four sticks. Each stick is therefore one-quarter pound but the equivalent of 1/2 cup.

flickr user m01229 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

I have a confession to make.  For years I have been making a chocolate cake that everybody raves over. Once I took it to a committee meeting and one of the committee members said it was absolutely the best chocolate cake he had ever tasted.  Another time I took it to a party and people actually fought over the last slice.

Without fail, whenever I serve it, somebody asks for the recipe.  Well, the cake does contain some flavorful ingredients—Kahlua, sour cream, and almost a pound of chocolate.  But, and here’s the confession, it begins with a mix.

Delmonico's

Aug 14, 2017
flickr user C R (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)

Ben Wenberg was a wealthy sea captain who sailed between Cuba and New York in the late 19th century engaged in the fruit trade.  A gastronome, when ashore he often dined at New York’s Delmonico’s Restaurant.

One evening in 1876 he walked into the restaurant and announced that he had learned a new way to cook lobster.  Summoning a chafing dish to his table he proceeded to concoct an extravagant preparation of lobster chunks, cream, eggs, butter, sherry, and a little cayenne pepper.

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