COVID-19 / Entertainment / Media

Short Order adapts with new local content featuring Delaware chefs and community members

The production company's new cooking show and podcast aim to support the Food Bank of Delaware.

Chef Robbie Jester on "In the Pantry." (Screenshot)

Short Order Production House is keeping busy as the COVID-19 State of Emergency lockdown continues on, from a PSA for the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce to two new series, now streaming on YouTube and major podcast players to help raise funds for the Food Bank of Delaware.

The video series “In the Pantry” has Short Order — already a company with a soft spot for restaurant culture — collaborating with local professional chefs, who show viewers how to make their favorite dishes at home from their own kitchens. The first episode features Robbie Jester of the Stone Balloon Ale House, Limestone BBQ and Bourbon and Full Circle Food demonstrating how to make a restaurant-quality cheeseburger like a pro:

Future episodes of “In the Pantry” will feature sisters Angie and Rous Robles of My Sister’s Fault baking a healthier chocolate cake, and Nate Farrar and Elaina Leshock of Bellefonte Cafe making vegan quesadillas.

The show, directed by Creative Director Mauro Giuffrida, encourages people eat healthy and get creative with home cooked meals while using ingredients and equipment that’s on hand.

“In the past two months, people suddenly have had to rely more on their own cooking skills,” Giuffrida said. “In The Pantry offers a way to connect with professional chefs who are willing to give advice and help solve some culinary issues at home.”

The other new project is a podcast hosted by Short Order’s director of creative operations, Matt Sullivan, that looks at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people in the community and at what lies ahead. “The Other Side,” produced by Alexander Newman and sound mixed by Josh Johnson, features guests such as Sasha Aber, owner of Home Grown Cafe, who was on vacation in Iceland at the beginning of the pandemic, and Wilmington musician Joe Trainor, who started a massive online music bracket competition during the lockdown.

“I’ve spent most of my career interviewing people on the telephone, and it turns out, that’s a pretty useful skill to have in this time of social distancing,” said Sullivan, a former journalist. “I know there’s a lot that’s happening out there that I might not be able to see from my home office, and I’m looking forward to learning more about it myself.”

“The Other Side” is available on major podcast players, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Play.

The new content is free, with donations to the Food Bank of Delaware encouraged.


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