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The Food & Convo Podcast is a run and gun style medium where hosts Clyde, Che and Amy talk Cuisine & Culture with your favorite people, brands and more. Good Food & Great Conversation. Subscribe, rate, and eat up!
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Ep.9 -  Founder and CEO of Plant Jam (Artisanal Cannabis Edibles), Cloud Creamery (Cannabis Infused Frozen Deserts) and Sacrilicious (Boston’s High-End Cannabis Dinner Series), Chef David Yusefzadeh takes us through his journey from working in a hotel kitchen (cooking for President George W. Bush when he was only 19), being a triple-major in college, studying Food Science Nutrition, Sociology and Agricultural Economics, moving to Hong Kong to work at the Mandarin Oriental in 2009 to being part of the team that opened Eataly Chicago. After being diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2011 and realizing that the methods and therapies of traditional western medicine were failing him and that natural remedies such as marijuana were more effective and efficient, he embarked on a new venture in the cannabis industry. Informed greatly by the impact food had on his life from an early age and the importance of eating well and together as a family, David knew he wanted to create a higher-end edible experience using cannabis than what was currently available on the market. Enter Cloud Creamery.
Ep.8 -  All hail Senate President Emerita, Harriette L. Chandler, known affectionately to many as Harlee.  On this final Friday of Women's History Month, Food & Convo had the honor of talking with one of the most prolific and staunch supporters of racial equity, social justice, pay equity and women's reproductive rights in Massachusetts. The first woman from Worcester ever to be elected to the Massachusetts Senate, she also served as the 94th President of the Massachusetts Senate. Taking much pride in her Jewish heritage, Senator Chandler shares some of her favorite recipes and the importance of food and independent restaurants to the local culture and economy. We dive into sneaker culture, her friendship with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (her classmate at Wellesley College), the importance of representation in politics, being present in the moment, education and her and her husband's crusade in racial justice.  *Interview recorded VIA zoom out of respect for COVID-19 protocols. 
Ep.7 - Leading up to Mass Beer Week (a celebration of local craft beer, March 6-13), Food & Convo caught up with David Fields, owner and managing partner of Wormtown Brewery, on location of their 3rd taproom set to open on or around March 17th.  As the brewery approaches its 11th year creating a superior class of craft beer, Dave talks about plans to expand their concept- getting into the spirits game, experimenting with different ingredients and partnering with local restaurants and chefs. A master of marketing (though he humbly credits the talent of his team), Dave talks about the DNA of the brand, the history of the moniker "Wormtown" and teaches Clyde a new word (Cicerone). Shout to Noah "Soggy" Sweat and his "if-by-whiskey" speech and the former Worcester IceCats.
Ep.6 - Set in the historical House of Blues in Boston, Food & Convo sat down with Aldin (Dean) Jackson, Director of Marketing at Geffen Records + Founder of Culture Hause.Raised by a single mother and surrounded by strong women such as his aunt and grandmother in North Philadelphia, Dean talks about the impression + influence music and hip hop culture had on him from a very young age. Escaping the violence of early 90's Philly, Dean relocates to Atlanta where his love for The Culture matures and his drive for success takes him from local street team marketing to a national music tour with Ludacris. Known best for his ability to forecast trends and provide cultural insights, Dean has found himself in board rooms at The Coca-Cola Company + Reebok working on winning campaigns featuring the likes of Cardi B +Drake, among others. Citing Drake ("Thankful for the women I know"), Dean emphasizes, throughout the episode, the impact women have had on his life, from his mother, aunt and twin daughters to his a high school teacher and business mentor whom he considers his 'true north'.Speaking of successful black women, shout to Fawn Weaver (owner) & Victoria Eady Butler (master blender) of Uncle Nearest Whiskey Enjoy episode 6 with a glass of Uncle Nearest and tell all your friends to listen, share and subscribe.
Ep.5 - Food & Convo visits with OJ Slaughter, a Boston-based photographer and visual storyteller at Dorchester Art Project (DAP), a community driven art space managed by Brain Arts Org. OJ tells us about their voyage from New Jersey to Massachusetts and how coming from a bi-racial Italian-Jewish household has shaped their outlook on the world and relationship with food. OJ recounts following and documenting the Black Lives Matter movement from rallies and protests throughout Massachusetts to the March on Washington in August. Currently, OJ is working on a documentary called "The History of Now"- the story of black people in Boston as told by black people in Boston and was recently featured alongside Food & Convo's own Che Anderson in The Boston Globe series, "A Beautiful Resistance", written and created by culture columnist Jeneé Osterheldt.Shout out local musician Oompa for joining us, Chef Terrell Wilson for some bomb small-batch southern-pie flavored ice cream and to Miracle Seltzer from our previous podcast for the Pickle Rick seltzer!
The Food & Convo gang talk with B. Thom Stevenson, visual artist and creative behind Miracle Seltzer, a carbonated water uniquely designed through the lens of art, culture and fashion. B. Thom takes us through his journey from fashion design and music collaborations to a decade-long career with Marc Jacobs as a 3D concept designer. Most recently, Miracle Seltzer teamed up with Warner Bros. & Adult Swim for a special edition seltzer flavor based on the hit show Rick and Morty, Pickle Rick. It's no surprise that the limited release sold out quickly, but merch packs are still available on the site. 
Ep.3 - Food & Convo sits down with Jared Forman and Julia Auger, owner and operators of the Deadhorse Hill restaurant in Worcester.  Jared & Julia talk about pivoting and taking risks in the face of a Global pandemic and the need for more human compassion. Chef Jared treated the Food & Convo team to a pair of their handmade pies and a sample from their  ‘Feast of the Seven Fishes’; a focal point of their Traditional Holiday menu.
The Food & Convo gang drive into Boston for a gallery viewing and dinner with visual artist Sam Fish. Fish's Exit Galleries sits nestled in a classic brownstone on Boston's historic Newbury Street. After a Vegetarian meal from Rhythm 'n Wraps, Clyde, Amy and Che discuss Sam Fish's relationship with Art, his creative space, the 2020 consumer experience, and what the future holds post the COVID 19 Pandemic.
Leading up to the 2020 Presidential Election, the Food & Convo crew talk Kanye's run for the oval, the state of our Democracy, a recent trip to Boston's MFA to check out "Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation", and do a taste test of exotic Oreo cookies and Lays chips from local (Worcester) sneaker consignment and snack dive; Scoop Drip.
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