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Do you daydream about dropping everything and opening a restaurant, or starting your own brand of condiments? So many trailblazers in the food world actually started their careers in entirely different fields. How did these folks decide to hit the brakes, start over, and become inspiring chefs, entrepreneurs, farmers and activists they are today? Hear their stories and learn how you too can fulfill your food dreams. New episodes available every Thursday. If you made a leap of faith to work in the food industry and want to share your story, please get in touch at why
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Join co-host Vallery Lomas for a special conversation with former attorneys, Nisha Vora & Jessie Sheehan, as we celebrate our 100th episode! These three women all turned in their pant suits and legal pads to focus full time on food writing, Instagram and publishing cookbooks.Nisha Vora is a cookbook author, food blogger, and food photographer. After graduating from Harvard Law School and working as a lawyer for four years, she launched a career in her dream world of food by creating RainbowPlantLife, a popular vegan Instagram account, blog, and YouTube channel. Nisha is a Californian at heart but has lived in New York City for the last seven years, where she resides with her partner in Park Slope, Brooklyn.Jessie Sheehan is a cookbook author, food writer, recipe developer, and baker. She is the author of The Vintage Baker (one of the Washington Post’s best cookbooks of 2018) and the co-author of Icebox Cakes (both published by ChronicleBooks). She has contributed recipes/and or written for Rachael Ray Everyday, the Washington Post, Better Homes & Garden,Yankee Magazine (October 2020), Epicurious, Food52, FineCooking, TASTE, Chowhound, Yummly, and Spruce, among others. She blogs and can be found on Instagram at @jessiesheehanbakes. She likes layer cakes with lots of frosting and cookies that are thick and chewy. Oh, and she has a soft spot for chocolate pudding. She lives in RedHook, Brooklyn, with her husband and two boys, not far from her beloved Baked, the bakery where she got her start.Join Heritage Radio Network on Monday, November 11th, for a raucous feast to toast a decade of food radio. Our tenth anniversary bacchanal is a rare gathering of your favorite chefs, mixologists, storytellers, thought leaders, and culinary masterminds. We’ll salute the inductees of the newly minted HRN Hall of Fame, who embody our mission to further equity, sustainability, and deliciousness. Explore the beautiful Palm House and Yellow Magnolia Café, taste and imbibe to your heart’s content, and bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences and tasty gifts for any budget at our silent auction. Tickets available now at Courtesy of Jessie Sheehan and Nisha VoraWhy Food? is powered by Simplecast.
Join cohost Vallery for a conversation with Kanchan Koya. Kanchan has a doctorate in Molecular Biology from Harvard Medical School and training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. While studying DNA repair as a PhD student, Kanchan’s lab began studying the cancer-fighting powers of curcumin, the active compound in the ancient spice, turmeric. This sparked Kanchan’s interest in the science-backed health benefits of spices, which she had grown up enjoying on a daily basis in India. Upon becoming a mother, she founded Spice Spice Baby, a platform dedicated to shedding light on the healing potential of spices, demystifying them for a global audience, and inspiring their use in food for the whole family. Kanchan’s recipes are original, eclectic, nutritious, and packed with spice. She is part of the Creators Program at Buzzfeed Tasty creating recipes and digital content for a global audience of millions. Kanchan recently launched the Momlightpodcast and platform helping mothers feel their best using cutting-edge science based food and life style changes.Why Food? is powered by Simplecast.  
Join cohost Ethan Frisch for a conversation with Monica Lozano and Daniel Reza. They're partners and the cofounders of La Rifa Chocolateria in Mexico City, working with Mexican cacao farmers to reclaim their country's ancient traditions of eating and drinking pure chocolate. Hear their stories of starting and building the company, building relationships with cacao farmers in southern Mexico and changing the way that modern Mexican citizens engage with their past. Why Food?  is powered by Simplecast.
Claire Matern grew up with a chef for a father, building culinary skills and learning to cook by instinct rather than rote. Join cohosts Vallery and Ethan for a conversation with Claire, educator and Instagram personality dedicated to teaching people to cook without recipes. Why Food? is powered by Simplecast.  
Michael Pollack is the cofounder of the iconic coffee company Brooklyn Roasting Co. After a career as a host and producer of a children's radio show for the New York City Board of Education, he decided to rasie his kids as a stay at home dad. He started roasting green coffee beans in his kitchen as a hobby (which didn't always go well) and decided to apply for an internship with the brand new Brooklyn Roasting Company. He quickly proved himself and became a cofounder of the company, which he has grown into an internationally-recognized brand in less than 10 years. Join host Ethan for a converstaion about coffee and making radical career changes later in life.Why Food? is powered by Simplecast.
Join host Ethan for a conversation with Paul Nasrani, accountant-turned-ice cream maker and founder of Adirondack Creamery. Paul got his start making ice cream in the bathtub of his NYC apartment before quitting his accounting job, moving to Lake George and partnering with a dairy farmer to launch his company.Why Food? is powered by Simplecast.
Join hosts Vallery and Ethan for a conversation with culinary entrepeneur and TV personality Chadwick Boyd. For over 20 years, he's made it his mission to change the world for good through food, which he's done through a cookbook, work with major food brands and regular TV and print media appearances. Don't miss this interview, kicking off our fall season!Why Food? is powered by Simplecast.
Please join hosts Vallery and Ethan for a conversation with Naomi Mobed, founder of Le Bon Magot. Naomi grew up in Pakistan and Iran, and even while pursuing a career in banking, never stopped dreaming about the flavors of her childhood. She swtiched careers to launch Le Bon Magot, a line of sauces, jams and chutneys using fresh produce cooked with the spices of the Middle East and South Asia. Join us for a fascinating conversation about her life traveling the world and her experience of launching and building a highly acclaimed company.Why Food? is powered by Simplecast.
Join cohost Ethan and guest Dan Giusti to hear his fascinating story, going from Head Chef at Noma to the founder of Brigaid, transforming school food. They'll discuss Dan's career path, what it's like to run the kitchen of the best restaurant in the world, and how he decided to change careers to cook school lunches.Why Food? is powered by Simplecast.
Join cohosts Ethan Frisch and Vallery Lomas for a conversation with Anna Francese Gass, author of the recently released cookbook Heirloom Kitchen. After a stint in corporate sales, she traded the boardroom for the test kitchen, and has since worked for Whole Foods, Mad Hungry, and Martha Stewart Living Ominmedia. Currently, she is a regular contributing editor at Food52 and contributing writer for In her new book, Heirloom Kitchen, Anna shares the stories and recipes of 45 strong, exceptional women who immigrated to the United States, and whose family recipes helped shaped the landscape of American food. Organized by region, readers will enjoy Magda's meltingly delicious Pork Adobo from the Philippines; soak in the warmth of Shari's Fesenjoon, an Iranian walnut and pomegranate stew; learn to deftly seal pleat-perfect Northern Chinese dumplings with Tina; and yes, sink their teeth into Anna's mother's perfectly seasoned Calabrian Meatballs from Southern Italy.Along with these recipes are stories: recollections of a journey to America, of hardship and happiness, and of many nights by the stove using food as a comfort and a respite in a new land, a culinary tether to their cultural identities.She lives in Connecticut with her husband and three children.It's HRN's annual summer fund drive, this is when we turn to our listeners and ask that you make a donation to help ensure a bright future for food radio. Help us keep broadcasting the most thought provoking, entertaining, and educational conversations happening in the world of food and beverage. Become a member today! To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have brand new member gifts available. So snag your favorite new pizza - themed tee shirt or enamel pin today and show the world how much you love HRN, just go to Food? is powered by Simplecast.
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