Interview with David Venable, host of QVC’s In The Kitchen with David and a Giveaway

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Today I want to introduce you to David Venable, host of QVC’s In the Kitchen with David. Not only is he a great host at QVC, but also an amazing chef with some outstanding recipes. You can check out his popular facebook community here and join for great recipes.

Here’s a little more about David:

David Venable joined QVC as a program host in 1993 and has since helped establish and build the multimedia retailer’s gourmet food business. His hit show, In the Kitchen with David℠, offers a unique interactive viewership experience and features the latest in gourmet foods, cookware, kitchen gadgets and cookbooks.

While not a chef, Venable, well-known to his dedicated fans as “Your Resident Foodie,” loves to cook and his passion revolves around all things food. This passion, coupled with his extensive knowledge of the industry, has solidified Venable’s reputation as a sought-after host and TV personality.

Prior to joining QVC, Venable was an anchor/reporter for WOAY–TV in Oak Hill, W. Va., and CBS-affiliate WTAJ–TV in Altoona, Pa., where he hosted its weekly public affairs talk show “Action Newsmakers.” He also hosted the Children’s Miracle Network telethon for four years.

Venable earned his bachelor’s degree in radio, television and motion pictures from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Since one of the biggest grilling holidays, the fourth of July is right around the corner, David was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about grilling.

1.     What is one of your favorite dishes to grill on Fourth of July?
As much as I like traditional grill favorites like hamburgers and hot dogs, it’s fun to break out some exciting new dishes that will kick off the Fourth with a boom! Grilled meat loaf is definitely one of my favorites. And, it’s a real crowd-pleaser, as everyone loves meat loaf. But, this recipe ensures you needn’t even touch that oven on a hot summer day. Just put the meat loaf in the Technique® Stainless Steel Wire Square Grill Basket and throw it on the grill. The basket ensures the meat sears evenly and it even helps keep the flavor and juices locked inside. (Look for my recipe below.)

2.     What are some fun ways to incorporate the Fourth of July theme into cooking food?
To add a pinch of patriotism to your food, all you have to think is red, white, and blue! Start with the beverages. Fill water pitchers ( with blueberries and strawberries. Then, maybe serve a tomato and mozzarella salad with eggplant and a splash of balsamic dressing. For dessert, whip up a flag cake prepared with pound cake, whipped cream, strawberries, and blueberries. My go-to kitchen tools for preparing both the salad and flag cake would be the knives in the Prepology® 4-piece Nonstick Color Coated Knife Set.

3.     What will be your choice of drink for the Fourth?
 I just attended the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. And naturally, I learned A LOT about food and wine pairings. So, because I’ll be grilling up steaks this holiday, I’m going with a well-bodied red wine. If you’re also serving up steak or another kind of red meat over the Fourth, consider offering Willowdale Merlot. If you’re not personally doing the grilling, this trio makes a great host or hostess gift!

4.     What are some grilling tips to keep in mind for the Fourth?  
Keep it flavorful! Adding in fresh vegetables and spices to meats as you prepare them helps add flavor and keeps meats nice and juicy as they grill. Don’t go overboard, but don’t be afraid to try something new — a little cilantro and red onion can really kick up the flavor of a turkey burger!

5.     When grilling, do you prefer to use a marinade or a dry rub?
Marinades add flavor, but dry rubs with spices like sea salt bring out the natural flavors in meats. So, I’d say it really depends on what I’m grilling. When I am going with a marinade, I’m always careful about consulting a grilling guide or cookbook about specific marinating times. It’s easy to over-marinate if you’re using ingredients with high acidity levels. (Then the meat becomes mushy). If I’m going with a rub, it’s always a blend of my favorite spices and herbs. The best way to apply a rub is to lightly massage it into the meat, or just sprinkle it on.

David also was sweet enough to share this amazing grilled meatloaf recipe:

Grilled Meatloaf


  • 1/2 cup ketchup 

  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats 

  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs

  • 1/4 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1 egg

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 tsp. dried parsley flakes

  • 1 tsp. onion powder 

  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 

  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil

  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt 

  • 1-1/2 lbs. lean ground beef 

  • Cooking spray
Additional ketchup, for brushing


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 13 ingredients (through the salt). Add the ground beef and mix well. Shape into six individual loaves. Freeze until partially frozen, approximately 30 minutes. 

  2. Spray grill basket with cooking spray. Place each loaf into the grill basket and sear over indirect medium heat for 10 minutes. Flip each loaf and sear the other side for another 10 minutes. Flip once more and close the lid. Cook for another 10 minutes, or until the meat is no longer pink, and a meat thermometer reads 160°F. Brush each loaf with ketchup, if desired. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.

Now for the giveaway! I’ve teamed up with David and QVC to bring you this special giveaway for the cookbooks, Food & Wine “Best of the Best” and the book “CocktailGuide 2011″

Wait I’m not done, there’s also a KitchenAid Food Processor in white!

This package is valued at over $200! For a chance to win this amazing prize pack tell me in the comments below, what your favorite food to grill is. Feel free to share your favorite grilling tips and recipes too!

For a second entry, please head over and “Like” David’s Facebook page here.

For a third entry, retweet, share this giveaway on facebook, blog about it, or stumble it.

Please leave a separate comment if you liked David’s page as an entry. Your retweet will now automatically show up in the comments.

Rules for giveaway:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (3) total entries by selecting from above entry

Contest closes July 8, 2011 at midnight.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older

Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.

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32 Responses to “Interview with David Venable, host of QVC’s In The Kitchen with David and a Giveaway”

  1. 1
    Lauren — June 30, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

    I love to grill zucchini, tastes so fresh and always reminds me of a summer evening!

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    Kay Nicholas — June 30, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    I like to grill sirloin steak… favorite cut….and some mixed veggies to go with!! Add A1 of course!

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    Kay Nicholas — June 30, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

    I just “liked” your facebook page.

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    Kay Nicholas — June 30, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

    I also just “shared” this article on facebook.

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    Jenniffer Hernandez — June 30, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    I LOVE to grill salmon and asparagus wrapped in bacon or alone. There is nothing like fresh salmon with that delicious grilled flavor! Sometimes I add a garlic and olive oil rub right on top to give it a huge boost. It is crazy good and healthy as a bonus :)

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    Jenniffer Hernandez — June 30, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

    I “liked” David’s page. Love him, even if he makes me spend my money lol

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    Jenniffer Hernandez — June 30, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

    Tweeted as well :) @ChefSugar76

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    Kathy Nolan — June 30, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

    I love to grill Ribeye Steak that I have marinated first then take sliced potatoes and onions in a foil packet with butter and seasonings added and then small zucchini and yellow squash brushed with olive oil and seasonings and a salad.

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    Paula - bell'alimento — June 30, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

    Right now I’m loving grilled pizza!

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    janice amorosi — June 30, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

    I Love to grill steak. Thats my favorite…..also barbaque chicken

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    Love it! My favorite thing to grill is salmon and top it with Tzatziki sauce. Yum!!!

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    Allison C — June 30, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

    I love to grill Haloumi and veggie kabobs. I am a big cheese lover and being able to grill cheese straight up and not just stuffed in something is awesome. If you haven’t tried it you must!

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    Patricia — June 30, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

    We like to grill steaks and barbecued pork steaks.

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    Allison C — June 30, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

    I liked David’s FB page

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    Allison — July 1, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    I love to grill summer squash and onions!

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    Cathy W — July 1, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    We love just about any kind in grilled meat, but have never tried meatloaf. What a fun idea!!

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    Cathy W — July 1, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    “Like” David’s Facebook page (Cathy Wallace)

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    Gina Wilson — July 1, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

    My favorite food to grill is corn on the cob. It’s the best!

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    Gina Wilson — July 1, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

    I have watched QVC for a long time and have been a David Venable for a while now. I had no idea he had a facebook page. I glad I was able to ‘like’ him! :)

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    Theresa — July 1, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

    I love to grill just about anything, meat, veggies and fruit (pineapple, peaches, etc.). Thanks!

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    Foodierama — July 1, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    Interview with David Venable, host of QVC’s In The Kitchen with David and a Giveaway #foodie

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    Mbb — July 2, 2011 @ 6:05 am

    Grilling vegetables is the best – marinate first, pop on the grill, and then devour!

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    Sharon — July 2, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

    Steaks are my favorite! And grilled brussels sprouts.

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    Sharon — July 2, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

    I am a current Fb fan (Rust Hawk).

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    Crystal — July 4, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

    I love to grill my recipe of “Surprise veggie packet”. It is potatoes, onions,baby carrots,fresh thin asparagus red and green peppers. Whisk together EVOO, salt, pepper, garlic powder, fresh dill (to your taste) mix over all veggies well and wrap in non-stick foil packets. Place on grill and cook (time depends on how thinly veggies are cut). Any meat can be prepared along with this but my favorite is Honeysuckle turky brats. A healthy and yummy meal!

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    Karen Gonyea — July 5, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    Baby Back Ribs :) YUMMY :)

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    Yvette — July 6, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

    My favorite food to grill is a hamburger.

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