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Ask the Audience: Food Podcasts

Last week, I was invited to join a friend at a live recording event for the Radio Cherry Bombe tour, The Future of Food.

Radio Cherry Bombe is a podcast featuring interviews with “the coolest, most creative women in the world of food.” Kerry Diamond, co-founder and editorial director of the Cherry Bombe magazine interviews all sorts of amazing women in the food scene from chefs to writers and more. I got to watch and listen as Kerry interviewed some amazing women in the food scene here in Portland. It was SO inspiring to hear them talk about where the food industry is going in terms of kitchens, travel, seaweed (!), and building community.

Radio Cherry Bombe is just one of a whole bunch of shows on the Heritage Radio Network, which is FULL of podcasts and shows such as All in the Industry, The Grape Nation, and A Taste of the Past. I *just* discovered this and I don’t know how I’m ever going to listen to anything else.

[Just kidding, I will always have space in my listening schedule for That’s So Retrograde.]

I got so excited about finding this podcast, that I asked my friends on Facebook (which includes a LOT of people in the food & restaurant business!) for recommendations. Here’s that short list.

What would you add?

The Racist Sandwich Podcast

This one is on the top of my list of the next to check out. From their website:

“The Racist Sandwich podcast serves up a perspective that you don’t hear often: that both food and the ways we consume, create, and interpret it can be political. From discussions about racism in food photography to interviews with chefs of color about their experiences in the restaurant world, hosts Soleil Ho and Zahir Janmohamed hash out a diverse range of topics with humor, grace, and very little pretension.”

Smart Mouth

“Our favorite people, their favorite foods.”

I love the simplicity of just interviewing every day people about their favorite foods. I’d probably talk [separately] about tacos, seaweed salad, oysters, and peanut butter.

House of Carbs

According to my friend that recommended this one, “it’s a bit more restaurant-focused than cooking-focused, but they do talk a lot of food trends and there are some really great restauranteurs that they interview.”


Starving for Attention

Hosted by Richard Blais from Top Chef, this is “an entertaining, behind-the-scenes look at the world of food,” with interviews “including restaurateurs, television hosts, famous chefs, producers of your favorite cooking and competition shows and more.”

Sounds good to me!

Eater Upsell

Eater’s flagship podcast, covering food news, restaurant culture, and industry trends.

Right at the Fork

This one is definitely Portland-focused, which works out great since I live here :)

Interviews with taste-makers and food folks in the scene here, talking about our own food and beverage culture, which, is one of the more influential reasons that I moved to Portland in the first place (almost 8 years ago).

Food Stuff

Stories about the history and backgrounds of the foods we love today.

Road trip

Looks like I have a lot of listening to do! Road trip, anyone?

Portland Timbers

On Soccer & Persistence

I went to my second ever Timbers match tonight and took away a few little lessons as I watched. The first thing I learned/realized is that I don’t need alcohol to enjoy a sporting event. I mean, duh, but also, that’s just always been part of the tradition for me, so I never even think about it and grab a beer as soon as I walk in. Since I’m #dryJune-ing it for another 24 days, I skipped the beer line and got a lemonade instead ($7 for a lemon, ice, water, and sugar? BRILLIANT. Excuse me while I switch careers, because hello $$).

More on my initial reactions on a dry month another day — because don’t worry, I’m having them.

The other thing I took away from watching this match was the idea that for 90-minutes, both teams play a whole bunch of defense amounting to what ends up a pretty low-scoring game. And yet, they persist and persist and persist. Sean pointed out that soccer is a perfect example of staying with something despite “failure,” as these players, through the course of the game, are going to likely take — and miss — a lot more shots than they’ll make. I mean, ideally, that’s not the case, but it’s a game of defense, strategy, and some really technical legwork. They miss more than they don’t, but it REALLY counts when they make it.

I’ve been thinking a lot about failure lately, about setbacks and what we do with them. In fact, I’m working on some kind of book or guide on getting over and through these. Right now, it’s in the research phase. Mostly observation, where I’m seeing these little learning moments in every day life and considering how worth it it truly is to continue to persist, even when someone’s (or something) is focused intently on blocking us, even when it means running a long way over and over, and especially when it means accepting the assistance of your team around you.

Oh! And the Timbers won! #RCTID