TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., Jan. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Lick the Plate, one of the first foodie shows to feature the food and music tastes of firefighters and paramedics, is back in a firehouse kitchen, this time in Traverse City, Michigan for  Host David Boylan sits down in the kitchen of Fire Station #1 with Captain Steven Ball and firefighter paramedics Tyler Vandemark, Ken Funk, Jake Steichen and Vincent Castaneda who share their go-to dishes when it’s their turn to cook, where they eat around Traverse City, music memories, and why they love what they do. The five represent a wide cross section of Midwesterners who hail from towns in Michigan including Allen Park, Caro, Roscommon, Jonesville and Chicago, Illinois with a wide variety of backgrounds but a shared passion for their chosen career path.

Regional favorites like pan-seared walleye, backstrap venison, pierogies, and chicken recipes from Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth are all well represented among the guys, although their foodie preferences came out with mentions of sushi and some of the trendier Traverse City restaurants.

The music portion of the interviews revealed an eclectic mix from the firefighters with country being the consistent genre throughout. As is the case with many Lick the Plate guests, the memories of first concerts and the dream concert lineups were highlights of the show.

Firefighter paramedic Jake Steichen wrangled the guests for the show and was excited for the opportunity. «When Lick the Plate approached me about bringing the show to our station I thought it would be a lot of fun and the guys agreed. It was easy to line up four other people to talk about food, restaurants and music—those are all things we talk about on a regular basis anyway and David made it very comfortable for us.»

Host David Boylan was excited to bring the show to another fire station in one of the more desirable locations in the state to work at that profession. «I spent a good chunk of my early years hanging out at the fire station by my house in Royal Oak and always admired the folks that choose that as their livelihood. So for me to hang in their kitchens over food and good conversation is a cool experience. The Traverse City guys were awesome because you can tell they are genuinely stoked to be doing what they do in an amazing location given their shared passion for outdoor sports. Tyler said something that really resonated when I asked him what he liked about his job and he replied: ‘Helping someone out on one of their worst days gives me great satisfaction.’ These guys are all solid people and I really enjoy giving them a platform to tell their stories through Lick the Plate.»

Click here to hear all 5 firefighter paramedics from Traverse City Fire Station #1 tell their stories. readers can also enter to win a dinner for two prepared by the Firefighter Paramedics at Traverse City Fire Station #1. Click here for all the details

Lick the Plate also airs on 93.9 The River in Detroit and Windsor, KSON, Sunny 98.1, FM94/9 in San Diego, Edible San Diego and The Coast News in Encinitas, California.

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About Lick the Plate
Lick the Plate has interviewed over 700 chefs, restaurateurs, growers, brewers and culinary personalities over the past 10 years as a column in the Coast News in Encinitas, California and in Edible San Diego.  It’s on-air and podcast presence began on 102.1 KPRI in San Diego in 2011, then in 2014 moved to the Entercom group of stations in San Diego that include KSON, FM94/9 and Sunny 98.1 where it still resides.  In 2015 it expanded to 93.9 The River in Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario and recently joined, part of MyNorth Media in Traverse City, Michigan.  Its unique format allows the radio audience to really get to know the culinary talent behind their favorite restaurants. Besides their culinary background and experience, guests share the road to their current position, music memories and dream concert lineup, where they eat and drink around town, and an in-depth look at their current menu. The original format has proven to be very popular with both the culinary community and their foodie audience.  More at 

About MyNorth  & Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine
MyNorth Media, founded as Prism Publications Inc. more than 36 years ago by Deborah Wyatt Fellows, publishes Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, Northern Home & Cottage, MyNorth Vacation Guide and MyNorth Wedding, in addition to several other print and online publications. It also produces, the online home of Traverse and, Northern Michigan’s ticket source. Traverse Magazine has been covering food since its first issue and prints a sought-after restaurant directory in every issue and online, and its free email newsletter, Food & Drink reaches more than 70,000 inboxes. 

MyNorth Media is also a proud producer of events including the inaugural MyNorth Beer Tour during Traverse City Beer Week, MyNorth Sweet Tooth Tour and the Northern Home & Cottage Tour in September and October. The privately held company is headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan. More at or call 231.941.8174.

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