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Chef Talk — “Cook With Brooks: Brewing Change”

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Before we get started, first let me say what an honor it was to premiere “Cook With Brooks” on AETN this last weekend! What a kick to see our show on the television. Thank y’all for watching with us and helping make it possible. I hope you enjoyed it!

Chef Brooks and Leo Orpin

And now that we’re rolling, we’ve got lots of great places, dishes and more on the way! Coming up on this week’s episode of “Cook With Brooks,” I’m making a visit to the first and only cidery in The Natural State: Black Apple Crossing in historic downtown Springdale.

George’s Chicken of Springdale

When we stop in, we’ll get to know more about the area’s history and how Black Apple Crossing has transformed an old office building and hatchery that once housed George's Chicken into a cool cidery. It’s a great mix of history and innovation that are giving downtown Springdale a whole new flavor.

Filming at Black Apple Crossing

We’ll also get the chance to talk with owner Leo Orpin about the dream behind this place, the juice they use to produce the product and how the cider is made. From the Ozarks, to Michigan and Washington state, there are some great U.S. products involved and a fascinating process behind it all!

Taste Testing a Flight of Cider

It’s a hard job, but somebody has to do it … A little later, I also get to have a taste of each flavor that is offered in the bar while Leo explains what makes them unique. Just a hint … apples aren’t the only fruit featured. Keep an eye out for some other great local produce!

Cider Pork Tacos

And, of course, it wouldn’t be an episode of “Cook With Brooks” without something mouthwatering you can whip up at home. Watch how I get inspired by the cider and the local Mexican joint, Taquería Don Güero, across the road from Black Apple Crossing.

We can't wait for you to come with us again and meet another character in The Natural State who has taken local to a whole new level! See “Cook With Brooks: Brewing Change” this Saturday, Jan. 14, at 5 p.m.


Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017

“Cook With Brooks,” 5 p.m.