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A podcast on all things African food! Every other week, Host
Yorm Ackuaku delves into the world of African food chefs, curators and bloggers. Interviews with African food entrepreneurs cover new African cuisine, customer experiences, the role of social media in promoting African food and much, much more.
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Take Two is our new mini-series, catching up with guests from previous seasons on what they’ve been up to since they were last on the show. This week, I chat with Naa Oyoo Kumodzi, lifestyle blogger, social media consultant, food blogger and entrepreneur. For full details on her background and work in food, tune in to Episode 4: Telling the Ghanaian Food Story with Naa Oyoo Kumodzi.Find Naa Oyoo online:Naa Oyoo on Instagram.Essi’s Eatery on Instagram.----Follow Item 13 on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @item13podcastDon’t forget to subscribe & leave us a review!Photo Courtesy of Naa Oyoo Kumodzi.Item 13 is powered by Simplecast.
Ruth Nakaar is the founder and owner of Fudena, a food concept currently based in Philadelphia that aims to be America’s first West African fast-casual restaurant chain. Think Chipotle but with the bold flavors of West Africa. Initially an idea she started working on while pursuing her MBA at Wharton, Ruth went from hosting recipe tastings for friends and classmates in her tiny studio apartment to cooking out of a commercial kitchen and serving all of Philadelphia. The love for the food she grew up with as a first-generation Ghanaian American drives Ruth’s passion to push West African cuisine into the U.S. culinary mainstream. She has an MBA from Wharton and a BA in Political Science from Yale University.Find Fudena online:Website: www.eatfudena.comInstagram: @eatfudena----Follow Item 13 on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @item13podcastDon’t forget to subscribe & leave us a review! Photo Courtesy of Ruth  Nakaar.Item 13 is powered by Simplecast.Item 13, Yorm Ackuacku, podcast, talk, radio, Africa, African cuisine, Ruth Nakaar, West African, Ghanian, Ghana
Take Two is our new mini-series, catching up with guests from previous seasons on what they’ve been up to since they were last on the show. This week, I chat with Freda Muyambo, a food blogger and writer with expertise in African cuisine and a passion for sharing African culture through food. For full details on her background and work in food, tune in to Episodes 7 & 8: African Food Flavors with Freda Muyambo.Find Freda online:Red Red videoReddit subredditWebsite: www.myburntorange.com ----Follow Item 13 on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @item13podcastDon’t forget to subscribe & leave us a review!Photo Courtesy of Freda Muyambo.Item 13 is powered by Simplecast.
Rachel Laryea is the founder and CEO of Kelewele, a food service and cultural lifestyle brand reimagining plantains in its mission to connect the African diaspora through food, culture and innovation. She is also a dual Ph.D. candidate at Yale University studying Black capitalists in the transAtlantic financial industry.Find Kelewele online:Website: Kelewelenyc.comLinktree sites: https://linktr.ee/kelewelenycCookbook (A Plantain Love Story - available on Amazon)----Follow Item 13 on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @item13podcastDon’t forget to subscribe & leave us a review!Photo Courtesy of Rachel Laryea.Item 13 is powered by Simplecast.
Take Two is our new mini-series, catching up with guests from previous seasons on what they’ve been up to since they were last on the show. This week, I chat with Chef Cynthia Péan, a professionally trained plant-based chef and nutritional consultant. For full details on her background and work in food, tune in to Episode 13: Eating Vegan the African Way.What Cynthia is currently working on:The Spices: afcavefoods.com Culinary & Conversation: monarchmagazine.com Facebook Watch: The Reclamation Project's "Reclaiming Your Health", every Tuesday 8 p.m. ESTComing Soon: "Uprooted - A Plant-Based Journey Through The African Diaspora"----Follow Item 13 on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @item13podcastDon’t forget to subscribe & leave us a review!Photo Courtesy of Cynthia Péan.Item 13 is powered by Simplecast.
This week’s guest is Beatrice Ajaero, the third of six siblings, was raised on Roosevelt Island, a sliver in the East River between Manhattan (of which it’s a part) and Queens. Her mother’s family has roots in New Jersey, a neighboring state that, like New York, is home to many Nigerian Americans, and her mother’s memories of “how her aunties cooked” are re-enacted in the family kitchen to this day. “My mom still guides the menu” at Nneji, Beatrice adds. From the age of 12, when she was the youngest student in a cake-decorating class, Beatrice had wanted to be a food entrepreneur. Rather than pursue culinary school, however, she went off to Bard College, about 100 miles up the Hudson River, then to the University of Buffalo School of Law, near the Canadian border, where she lived with her godparents. Her godfather served as a cook in the National Guard for many years, and Beatrice took to heart his work ethic, which tempered culinary talent with diligence.During this time she traveled to Africa, where she had the opportunity to study food traditions firsthand. Notably, in the summer before her third year of law school, Beatrice ran bakeries and restaurants in the Gambia, where she took up the challenge of minimizing imported supplies by sourcing domestically. Eventually, with both a B.A. and J.D. in hand, she returned to Bard for its M.B.A. in Sustainability program. After launching an African Art gallery on Roosevelt Island with her mother, IBARI became annual vendors at the Saturday Farmers Market and in September of 2019, an international fine food and gift shop in Astoria. Last June, Beatrice opened Nneji as a way to share traditional West African dishes complete with grains such as garri (cassava) and fonio (millet). ----Bio provided by Beatrice Ajaero, culled from Culinary Backstreets.Find Nneji and Ibari on Instagram: @nneji_astoria and @ibari.nyc----Follow Item 13 on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @item13podcastDon’t forget to subscribe & leave us a review! Photo Courtesy of Brandon Romagnoli.Item 13 is powered by Simplecast. 
Season 5 Trailer

Season 5 Trailer

2021-01-1201:39

Happy New Year! Learn what's coming up in Season 5 of the podcast.----Follow Item 13 on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @item13podcastDon’t forget to subscribe & leave us a review!Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support Item 13 by becoming a member!Item 13: An African Food Podcast is Powered by Simplecast.
This week we want you to hear the trailer for Say Their Name, an incredible podcast that focuses on the assault and killing of unarmed Black people by police and in ‘Stand Your Ground’ states, highlighting incidents throughout the United States.Serving as a memorialization for these individuals, you will learn about who these people were through the words of the people that knew them best, while also helping to understand what these situations do to their families and communities not only in the immediate aftermath, but also what happens when the news-cycle moves on and the social media attention shifts focus.Say Their Name  offers solutions, spreads awareness and supports these families & communities, including a crowdfunding campaign throughout the series to directly benefit the families impacted by these incidents (they receive 100% of those proceeds).Please find out more and subscribe at  https://www.dcpofficial.com/saytheirname
Reflections on 2020

Reflections on 2020

2020-11-1726:28

My thoughts on the season and this year so far. I also share with you, in a pseudo rapid-fire segment, what I'm listening to, reading, eating, watching for the rest of the year.Vonnie William's article: https://www.foodandwine.com/news/yorm-ackuaku-podcast-african-food-storiesZoe Adjonyo's BlackBook Initiative: https://www.instagram.com/blackbook_2020Thank you for your support, have a great holiday season and talk to you again in the new year!----Follow Item 13 on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @item13podcastDon’t forget to subscribe & leave us a review!Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support Item 13 by becoming a member!Item 13: An African Food Podcast is Powered by Simplecast. 
Ginjan Brothers was founded by Mohammed Diallo & Ibrahima Diallo. The brothers immigrated to the States in their early teens, 13 & 14, respectively. Mohammed has a formal training in business management and spent the bulk of his professional career in the financial services industry. Ibrahima is an engineer by training, but spent most of his career in the hospitality industry. Their mission with Ginjan is to make African food, drink, and aesthetics and integral part of global mainstream culture.*CPG = consumer packaged goodsFind Ginjan Brothers online: www.drinkginjan.comGinjan Bros. Social: @ginjanbros + @ginjancafePhoto Courtesy of Ginjan Brothers----Follow Item 13 on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @item13podcastDon’t forget to subscribe & leave us a review!Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support Item 13 by becoming a member!Item 13: An African Food Podcast is Powered by Simplecast.
Ginjan Brothers was founded by Mohammed Diallo & Ibrahima Diallo. The brothers immigrated to the States in their early teens, 13 & 14, respectively. Mohammed has a formal training in business management and spent the bulk of his professional career in the financial services industry. Ibrahima is an engineer by training, but spent most of his career in the hospitality industry. Their mission with Ginjan is to make African food, drink, and aesthetics and integral part of global mainstream culture.*CPG = consumer packaged goodsFind Ginjan Brothers online: www.drinkginjan.comGinjan Bros. Social: @ginjanbros + @ginjancafe-----Photo Courtesy of Ginjan BrothersFollow Item 13 on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @item13podcastDon’t forget to subscribe & leave us a review!Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support Item 13 by becoming a member!Item 13: An African Food Podcast is Powered by Simplecast.
Fozia Ismail is founder and researcher at Arawelo Eats, a supper club which explores East African food and what it can mean for our understanding of belonging in a post-Brexit world.She has designed and delivered workshops/presentations for organizations such as Keep It Complex Serpentine Gallery, Jerwood Project Space, Tate Modern, Museum of London, National Trust -Colonial Countryside Project, Oxford Cultural Collective and The Courtauld Institute of Art. She was Bristol City Fellow for Arnolfini, Bristol's contemporary art centre in 2019.Her work has been published and featured in a range of media including Observer Food Magazine, Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery and BBC Radio 4 Food Programme.Photo Courtesy of Fozia IsmailFollow Item 13 on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @item13podcastDon’t forget to subscribe & leave us a review!Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support Item 13 by becoming a member!Item 13: An African Food Podcast is Powered by Simplecast.
Kodjo Adovor is a Certified Italian Wine Professional and the first person of African descent to qualify as an Italian Wine Ambassador.Kodjo is the founder and sommelier at Africa Wine Club, which seeks to bring club members together to explore wine, food, culture, and business across the continent of Africa.Kodjo has also led travel groups to explore the joys of Italian food and wine on guided tours in places like Milan, Bologna, Umbria, Venice, Verona, and the Valpollicela.Find Kodjo on Instagram: @winekodjo----Photo Courtesy of Kuks Studios / Kodjo AdovoFollow Item 13 on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @item13podcastDon’t forget to subscribe & leave us a review!Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support Item 13 by becoming a member!Item 13: An African Food Podcast is Powered by Simplecast.
Part 2 of my conversation with Dr. Tapiwa Guzha. Founder of Tapi Tapi, producing handcrafted ice cream, inspired by the unique flavors of African ingredients. Based in Cape Town, Tapiwa's work is focused on rehabilitation of the collective African esteem around cultural identity, within and beyond food.“In part, Tapi Tapi is focused on rehabilitating the self-esteem of people from the continent about our food practices, as well as our culture and beliefs. I use food because it’s universal, people need to eat. So it’s a nice tool to get people to listen.”Find Tapi Tapi online: https://www.tapitapi.co.zaTapi Tapi on Instagram @_tapi_tapiPhoto Courtesy of Tapiwa Guzha----Follow Item 13 on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @item13podcastDon’t forget to subscribe & leave us a review!Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support Item 13 by becoming a member!Item 13: An African Food Podcast is Powered by Simplecast.
This week’s guest is Zimbabwean-born Dr. Tapiwa Guzha. Founder of Tapi Tapi, producing handcrafted ice cream, inspired by the unique flavors of African ingredients. Based in Cape Town, Tapiwa's work is focused on rehabilitation of the collective African esteem around cultural identity, within and beyond food.“In part, Tapi Tapi is focused on rehabilitating the self-esteem of people from the continent about our food practices, as well as our culture and beliefs. I use food because it’s universal, people need to eat. So it’s a nice tool to get people to listen.”Find Tapi Tapi online: https://www.tapitapi.co.zaTapi Tapi on Instagram @_tapi_tapiPhoto Courtesy of Tapiwa Guzha----Follow Item 13 on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @item13podcastDon’t forget to subscribe & leave us a review!Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support Item 13 by becoming a member!Item 13: An African Food Podcast is Powered by Simplecast.
This week’s guest is Tayo Oredola, the food photographer, recipe developer, and writer at lowcarbafrica.com.Originally from Nigeria, Tayo lives in Austin, TX with her husband and two kids. Her background is in software engineering but she is passionate about food and developing new recipes.Her blog, Low Carb Africa, was born out of the desire to keep eating her traditional African dishes while maintaining her weight. African food by nature is loaded with carbs so Tayo had to get really creative in the kitchen and come up with low carb versions of her favorite dishes, without sacrificing on taste. Her dishes are usually bold, spicy, and mouth wateringly delicious!When not in the kitchen, Tayo can be found watching movies with her kids or strumming on her guitar.Get a free 7-day keto menu on Tayo’s site when you sign up for her newsletter at https://www.lowcarbafrica.comFind Low Carb Africa on Instagram: @lowcarbafricaPhoto Courtesy of Tayo Oredola----Follow Item 13 on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @item13podcastDon’t forget to subscribe & leave us a review!Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support Item 13 by becoming a member!Item 13: An African Food Podcast is Powered by Simplecast.
This week’s guest is Lola Adeyemi, Founder of It’s Souper. After working for over a decade in the corporate IT world, Lola Adeyemi decided to quit her job to focus on 'It's Souper', an Afro-fusion soup line she launched in November 2018.She felt that there was a need to fill a void that currently exists in the Canadian Retail space for African inspired/ethnic recipes made “By Us for All". It’s Souper is the first African & Black Owned Soup line in Canada.These recipes are shaking up the soup aisle with a burst of flavor and taste that keeps customers coming back.---- Follow Item 13 on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @item13podcastDon’t forget to subscribe & leave us a review!Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support Item 13 by becoming a member!Item 13: An African Food Podcast is Powered by Simplecast. 
This week’s guest is Adégnimika (Adé) Carrena, owner of Dounou Cuisine. Born in Porto-Novo, Benin, Adé started her culinary journey here in the United States when she was adopted at the age of 10. Though then she cooked just with her family. She says her passion did not grow until a few years ago when her perception of food changed. “I saw that food is more than an edible but is instead a shared emotion and an ever evolving yet traditional canvas for our history as beings.” Adé’s objective is to bridge cultural gaps by providing authentic African dining experiences and sharing the land’s rich culture while also honoring her blended upbringing within a Puerto Rican home. For the last few years, she’s hosted Pop-up dinners in which her perception of West African food was showcased. She offers Personal Chef services, catering, Pop-ups and more.“Where I come from we say, Wa mi Dounou. Which means, come share a meal with me. I cherish this thought because there is nothing more special than gathering with fellow beings, nourishing our bodies, exchanging cultures and creating memories, all in the simple act of savoring a meal. I look forward to sharing a meal with you"!Find Adé on instagram: @dounou_cuisineInterested in hosting a private cooking class? Email Adé at dounoucuisine@gmail.com Photo Courtesy of Adégnimika Carrena Follow Item 13 on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @item13podcastDon’t forget to subscribe & leave us a review!Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support Item 13 by becoming a member!Item 13: An African Food Podcast is Powered by Simplecast.
This week’s guest is award-winning Chef Alain Lemaire, Co-owner and Executive Chef of Sensory Delights, LLC and Arome Catering, both full service catering companies based out of South Florida and Haiti respectively.He is a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where he first discovered his interest in cooking. Later on, he developed an increasing passion for food and foodservice which led him to attend the Culinary program at the acclaimed Johnson & Wales University.Thanks to his heritage and having spent most of his career in South Florida, Caribbean and Latin flavors play a major role in Chef Lemaire's style of cooking: "fresh, bold and in your face!" as he would say it.Find Chef Lemaire and Sensory Delights online and on social media:@cheflemaire on all platforms@sensorydelightscatering on all platformshttps://www.sensorydelights.net/ Image courtesy of Alain Lemaire.----Follow Item 13 on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @item13podcastDon’t forget to subscribe & leave us a review!Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support Item 13 by becoming a member!Item 13: An African Food Podcast is Powered by Simplecast. 
This week’s guest is Sophia Musoki, a Ugandan food blogger, writer and photographer whose work through A Kitchen in Uganda has been instrumental in bringing Ugandan cuisine to the world. She has been featured on Cuisine Noir, CNN, City Press and many other publications. Sophie has self published 3 e-books one of which won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in 2015. Her blog has been nominated for the prestigious Saveur Magazine blog award in the food culture category. She is a strong advocate for eating local, exploring Uganda food and way of cooking and using indigenous produce to make scrumptious meals. As a self-taught food photographer, she is on a mission to photograph African food and document food experiences in a positive light. As a food writer, she is passionate about experimenting with and writing about local indigenous produce on her blog while giving her readers practical ways they can incorporate this food in their daily lives.Support Sophie’s work online:Photography Resource:https://mailchi.mp/e8d457b528b3/5-cheap-places-to-source-propsPhotography Prints: https://society6.com/akitcheninugandaE-book: https://payhip.com/b/fl8mBlog & Social Media: www.akitcheninuganda.comPhoto Courtesy of Sophie Musoki-----Follow Item 13 on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @item13podcastDon’t forget to subscribe & leave us a review!Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support Item 13 by becoming a member!Item 13: An African Food Podcast is Powered by Simplecast.
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