Von’s on A&E’s New Series “Best In Chow” Airing August 26th 11am PST

Salted Caramel Apple Strudel. Menu item at Von's 1000 Spirits in Downtown Seattle, Washington

We are so excited to announce that our famous Salted Caramel Apple Strudel is soon to be even more famous! We had such a blast having comedian Matt Richards come in to film a segment for a brand new series on A&E “Best in Chow” beginning Saturday July 8th at 11am! Be sure to catch our episode airing Saturday August 26th at 11am PST. We could go on and on about it ourselves, but we think it would be best to have you read the press release from A&E, below.


Join us as we travel the country pitting wildest dishes against each other in an all-out food fight to see who really is the #BestinChow premiering with back-to-back episodes on Saturday July, 8 at 11am ET/PT on A&E

The reality food competition is the ultimate food fight with host comedian Matt Richards traveling to the biggest state fairs and street scenes across the country to try the most unique dishes

New York, NY – July 5, 2023 – Premiering Saturday, July 8 at 11am ET/PT, from 495 Productions (producers of “Jersey Shore”) comes a new series “Best in Chow” which follows host comedian Matt Richards as he travels to the biggest state fairs and street scenes across the country to find America’s wildest foods and most creative cooks to judge the best of the best. The 21-episode series is executive produced by 495 Productions SallyAnn Salsano, Dave Hamilton and Ebony McClain along with Teri Kennedy and Brad Holcman serving as executive producers for A&E Network. “Best in Chow” is the ultimate and most outrageous cross-country food fight.

Richards, who is known for his wit and humor from shows like “That Damn Michael Che” and “Flatbush Misdemeanors,” will travel across the country to places including the Wisconsin State Fair, State Fair of Texas, San Francisco’s Mission District, Little Tokyo in Los Angeles and more. In each location, he’ll taste six dishes over three rounds of competition, looking for over-the-top inventiveness, eye-popping visuals and that special quality that makes his taste buds tingle. He’ll then choose the best of the best and declare that dish “Best in Chow.”

In each half-hour episode, your eyes will pop out of your head and your deepest cravings will kick in as Richards tastes the wildest dishes across the country like Sushi Pizza, the Deep Fried Country Cookout, the Peanut Butter Avalanche and the Crack n’ Cheese Stuffed Turkey Leg.  Get ready for your belly to grumble!  

“It’s like going to the fair while sitting on your sofa and salivating over the newest and gooiest food creations from all over the country!   It’s fun to see who takes the crown every week and then decide where you and the fam go next.” Said SallyAnn Salsano Founder & CEO 495 Productions. 

Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELHpUV8j04s

About 495 Productions:

SallyAnn Salsano is the Founder, CEO, Executive Producer and creative force behind the Daytime and Primetime Emmy nominated 495 Productions team. Boasting the highest-rated shows for both MTV and CMT with “Jersey Shore” and “Party Down South,” along with the record-breaking “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” on VH1, 495 Productions has cemented their place in pop-culture history. Some additional shows on 495 Productions versatile roster include: “Best in Chow” (A&E), “Joe Millionaire: For Richer or Poorer” (FOX), “Peace of Mind with Taraji” (Facebook Watch), “Double Shot at Love with Pauly D and Vinny” (MTV),“The Real” daytime talk show (syndicated), “Blue Collar Millionaires” (CNBC),“Nashville Star” (NBC),“Taboo USA” (National Geographic Channel), “Design Star” (HGTV), “A Shot At Love with Tila Tequila” (MTV), “Tool Academy” (VH1), and many others

About A&E Network

A&E leads the cultural conversation through high-quality, original programming that captivates viewers and brings them to the heart of the stories that matter. Through its distinctive brand of award-winning non-fiction and documentary programming, A&E always makes entertainment an art. For more press information and photography, please visit us at press.aenetworks.com.

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About Matt Richards: Abracadamn!!

Matt Richards is a trained actor, comedian and writer that has performed on several thousands of shows all across the country and currently hosts the popular game show app HQ Trivia. Matt has appeared in “Flatbush Misdemeanors” (Showtime), “That Damn Michael Che” (HBOMax), “2 Broke Girls” (CBS), “School of Rock” (Nickelodeon), as well as “KC Undercover” and “Bizaardvark” (Disney). Matt was selected as a NEW FACE Character 2018 for the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and was a standout in the 2017 CBS diversity Showcase. Matt wrote and performed his original sketches for Complex’s new web-series, Group Therapy sponsored by Old Spice and has appeared as himself on “The Funny Dance Show” (E!), “World Star TV” (MTV) and “The Steve Harvey Show.”

Full Episode Schedule:

JULY 8, 2023

The Wisconsin State Fair 

SAVORY: Dill Pickle Taco vs. Milltown Brats

SWEET: Apple Pit Nachos vs. Cookie dough Sundae

WILDCARD: Hawaiian Tots vs. Shepherd’s Pie Grilled Cheese


CHICKEN BATTLE: Hot Chicken Fryder vs. Seafood Lovers Stuffed Wing

GRIDDLE GAMES: Spaghetti Grilled Cheese vs. Smoked Brisket Monte Cristo

WILDCARD: Sushi Pizza vs. The Lumpia Burger

JULY 15, 2023


SAVORY: Nacho ‘Roni vs. Deep Fried Sushi Burrito

SWEET: Reese’s Puffle Waffle vs. Deep Fried Ice Cream with Churros

WILDCARD: PB&J Fries vs. Sushi Donut

State Fair of Texas (new Foods for 2022)

SAVORY: Deep Fried Country Cookout vs. Deep Fried Lasagna

SWEET: The Ultimate Brookie Monster vs. The Doh-Muff

 WILDCARD: Deep Fried Charcuterie Board vs. The Stuffed Chamoy Pickle

JULY 22, 2023

San Francisco Mission District 

SAVORY: Whole Barnyard Burrito vs. Fritterburger

SWEET: Monster Toast vs. Milkbomb Sandwich  

WILDCARD: Volcano Noodles vs. Deep Fried Musubi       

New Mexico State Fair

SAVORY: Green Chile Chicken and Waffle Burger vs. Deep Fried Green Chile Philly Cheesesteak

SWEET: Peanut Butter Avalanche vs. Navajo Dessert FryBread

WILDCARD: Wonderstick Ice Cream vs. Chile Cheese Bacon Wrapped Corndog

JULY 29, 2023 

626 Night Market (Los Angeles)

SAVORY: Wagyu Ramen Burger vs. Chick’n Skin Nachos

SWEET: Korean Street Waffle vs. Beach Cup

WILDCARD: Gizmo Korean Corn Dog vs. Pelagic Paradise Roll

Ohio State Fair

SAVORY: The Hearty Hash Bomb vs. Double Decker Loaded Loin Sandwich

SWEET: Deep Fried Monster Twinkie vs. Deep Fried Bucket

 WILDCARD: Crack n’ Cheese Stuffed Turkey Leg vs. The Roast Beef Sundae

AUGUST 5, 2023

Nebraska State Fair 

SAVORY: Crack Quesadilla vs. Cow Hog Dog

SWEET: Pineapple Whip Nachos vs. Cookie Dough Explosion

WILDCARD: Cornbread Surprise vs. Outlaw Fries 

Little Italy (San Diego)

SAVORY: Lobster Chowder Fries vs. Short Rib Pizza

SWEET: Big Poppa Tart Donut vs. White Chocolate Bread Pudding

BRUNCH: Barnyard Bloody Mary vs. Fried Chicken and Waffle

AUGUST 12, 2023

Grand Central Market (Los Angeles)

SPICY SAMMIE: The Hot Honey Sammie vs. The Leberkese Sandwich

SWEET: Halo Halo vs. Fat Elvis Sandwich

WILDCARD: Pizza Fries vs. La Patrona Burger

New Orleans

BRUNCH: Ultimate Bloody Mary vs. King Cake French Toast

PO’ BOY: Killer Sausage Po’ Boy vs. BBQ Oyster Po’ Boy

WILDCARD: Blackened Gator Nachos vs. Jambalaya Pizza

AUGUST 19, 2023

 Washington State Fair

 SAVORY: Kalua Pork Loco Moco vs. the Matt Dog

 STICK: Bacon Wrapped Meatballs vs. the Half & Half Elote

 WILDCARD: Donut Smashburger vs. Pickle Pizza

Deep Ellum, Dallas

EVERYTHING IS BIGGER IN TEXAS: El Jefe Taco vs. Queso Birria Taco Slice

SWEET: S’Mores Tower vs. Picole’s Waffle Pop

WILDCARD: F-Philly Cheesesteak vs. The Gobbler


Pike Place, Seattle

SAVORY: The Crab Roll vs. The Crab Melt

SWEET: Salted Caramel Apple Strudel vs. Wenatchee Apple Sundae

WILDCARD: Loaded Smoked Potato vs. Stroganoff Bread Boat.

California State Fair & Food Festival

SAVORY: Mango Habanero Loaded Fries vs. Captain Crunch Fried Chicken Sandwich

SWEET: Maple Bacon Bomb vs. S’mores Stuffed Cheesecake

WILDCARD: The Hulk vs. Fried Chicken Waffle Cone




Smorgasburg, Los Angeles

SAVORY: Lobsterdamus Nachos vs. Pomegranate Glazed Pork Belly Tacos

SWEET: S’Mores Beignets vs. Churro Cheesecake Taco

WILDCARD: Garlic Butter Shrimp Boat vs. Pizza Dumplings


SAVORY: The Stinger vs. Buffalo Mac n’ Cheese

SWEET: Cinnamon Peach Cobbler vs. Ice Cream Taco Flight

WILDCARD: The Melted Hen vs. The Whole Farm 

SEPTEMBER 16, 2023

Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

SAVORY: Takoyaki Octopus Balls vs. Okonomyaki

SWEET: Animal Crepes vs. Cereal Killer Pie

WILDCARD: Chasu Hash vs. Doquito

State Fair of Texas 

SAVORY: Crispy Crazy Corn vs. Deep Fried I-35

SWEET: Deep Fried PB&J vs. Toffee Coffee Crunch Cake

WILDCARD: Deep Fried Halloween vs. The Armadillo

SEPTEMBER 23, 2023


CLASSICS: 983 Big Cheesy vs. Jersey Elk Dog

BREAKFAST: The Hotbox vs. the Mile High Tower

SWEET: Cheesecake Egg Rolls vs. Sopapilla Cheesecake