I never could have imagined any of this but I sure am having fun. Last summer, I decided to put my 45-year broadcasting career in the rearview mirror. I am incredibly grateful to the millions of listeners who supported me all these years and the courageous radio management folks who trusted me with their towers and transmitters. It has been one heck of a ride. The last 24 years have been spent doing mornings on B93 and also a talk show on WOOD Radio.
I loved every minute of it, but something else was “gnawing” at me. See what I did there?
Anyway, I have been a “Foodie” all of my life and have always done all of the cooking at our house. When you have four hungry boys, you learn to cook! I decided to take this passion to the next level by actually working at it and writing about it. I love all kinds of food and the preparation is exciting to me as well as therapeutic. I get great pleasure sharing my culinary exploits on my website AND, I don’t have to get up at 3:00 am to do it! But, that’s not all.
Anyone who has listened to me for any length of time understands that I love great food, my family, the outdoors, hunting and fishing, music and books. I collect cookbooks and I’m a history nut as well. My website, NealDionne.com, is dedicated to the things that I feel bring great pleasure to life.
We now live in a small cottage up north (downsized empty nesters) although we have a nice kitchen and a walk-in pantry. Those were my “must have’s” when we built the place last year. I feel very fortunate to have been invited back to the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival for the third time. This will be the 10th Annual and it happens to be one of the highlights of my year.
Autumn is a magical, beautiful season and I intend to celebrate the bounty of Michigan fall flavors in my demonstrations on the Meijer Food Stage. I will prepare a seared duck breast, served on a bed of butternut squash and Michigan apple hash. Simply follow your nose. You’ll be able to smell the cinnamon and sage in the air.
Once again, I’d like to thank all who have listened to me for years. I hope this blog and the Festival itself will give us the opportunity to reconnect and share memories, great conversation and great wine, beer and food.
See you there!
Neal’s free cooking workshop, “Celebrating Michigan’s Fall Flavors,” will be presented at 2pm and again at 6pm on Saturday, November 18 on the Meijer Food Stage. For the schedule of additional workshops: https://showspan.com/GRW/seminar-schedule/.
Neal refers to himself as a “recovering” radio personality. Following a highly successful 45-year career in broadcasting, the last 24 of which were spent in West Michigan as the Morning Host on country powerhouse B93 and mid-day talk show host on News Radio WOOD 1300, Neal decided to put all of his energy into his passion for great food. He has created his own website, NealDionne.com, to share his recipes and thoughts on everything from ingredients to techniques, family, the outdoors, music, literature and life in general. Neal’s blog is widely read as he discusses all the beautiful things that add to the enjoyment of life. A weekly podcast is coming to the site as well.