80 episodes

Immigrants make our food system vibrant, diverse and delicious. Each week, food writer Sari Kamin will speak to a noteworthy guest about how food helps connect them to their past, ease potential conflict across cultures and strengthen the future. She’ll also explore what it’s really like to be an immigrant in the U.S.A today.

Food Without Borders Heritage Radio Network

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    • 4.7 • 12 Ratings

Immigrants make our food system vibrant, diverse and delicious. Each week, food writer Sari Kamin will speak to a noteworthy guest about how food helps connect them to their past, ease potential conflict across cultures and strengthen the future. She’ll also explore what it’s really like to be an immigrant in the U.S.A today.

    FWB Episode 80 with Phil Rosenthal

    FWB Episode 80 with Phil Rosenthal

    On this special episode of Food Without Borders, Sari welcomes Phil Rosenthal back to the show. Phil is the creator and host of Somebody Feed Phil, now in its third season on Netflix. Sari and Phil discuss what it's like to release the latest season of Somebody Feed Phil - a show about eating in restaurants around the world - during the Coronavirus. Phil shares his thoughts on how best to find joy during the pandemic and he reveals behind-the-scenes moments of season 3.

    • 35 min
    FWB Presents: At the Table with Chef Tunde Wey

    FWB Presents: At the Table with Chef Tunde Wey

    In episode 12 of At The Table, Sari speaks with Tunde Wey, the Nigerian-born and New Orleans-based artist, writer, and cook.

    In this conversation, Tunde goes into greater depth about his now infamous essay "Don't Bail Out the Restaurant Industry" first published on Instagram. In the midst of COVID-19, Tunde argues that by bailing out restaurants we are "asking the government to subsidize the unequal status, or even expand it."

    Using 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina as past examples of America's failure to interrogate its capitalist systems of wealth and power, he explains the differences of revolution versus evolution in the context of why he sees the window of change for the restaurant industry as already being closed.

    Watch the video interview here: https://www.mofad.org/episode-12

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    • 38 min
    FWB Presents: At the Table with Carina Kaufman-Guttierez

    FWB Presents: At the Table with Carina Kaufman-Guttierez

    In episode 11 of At The Table, Sari speaks to Carina Kaufman-Guttierez, Deputy Director of the Street Vendor Project. Street Vendor Project works with approximately 2,000 people who sell food and merchandise on the streets of New York City.

    About 90% of their vendors are low-wage immigrant workers, often undocumented, who rely on busy streets to feed and support themselves and their families. With little access to grants and government benefits, the pandemic has left many of these vendors with nowhere to turn.

    Carina explains how the Street Vendor Project is providing support to these front line workers at a practical and policy level, from protecting vendors from police harassment to creating access to small business grants. She explains how we can best support this extremely vulnerable population, especially through the Street Vendor Covid-19 Emergency Fund, created to provide relief payments directly to as many individual vendors as possible.

    • 29 min
    FWB Presents: At the Table with Elizabeth Peralta

    FWB Presents: At the Table with Elizabeth Peralta

    In episode 10 of At The Table, Sari speaks with Elizabeth Peralta, Executive Director of the National Supermarket Association. Representing over 800 independent stores, 99% of which are Latino-owned, Peralta explains how the NSA and their members are coping during the current pandemic while on the frontlines of serving their communities.

    Peralta sees the NSA as the embodiment of ‘"the immigrant American dream," where their members have made it their mission to give back to their communities. She breaks down how supermarkets are surviving in a time of overshopping, fluctuating prices, and increased robberies while balancing the difficult decision to either go to work or see their families. Peralta explains how the NSA has built unique partnerships with companies such as Lyft, Bronx Mutual Aid, and Goya Foods, with the goal of making sure that food safely reaches the most vulnerable in our society.

    Most importantly, Peralta outlines best practices for how we as shoppers can take care of each other and the supermarket workers and operators that are doing their best to ensure there is food on the shelves of their stores in these challenging times.



    Watch the video version here: In episode 10 of At The Table, Sari speaks with Elizabeth Peralta, Executive Director of the National Supermarket Association. Representing over 800 independent stores, 99% of which are Latino-owned, Peralta explains how the NSA and their members are coping during the current pandemic while on the frontlines of serving their communities.

    Peralta sees the NSA as the embodiment of ‘"the immigrant American dream," where their members have made it their mission to give back to their communities. She breaks down how supermarkets are surviving in a time of overshopping, fluctuating prices, and increased robberies while balancing the difficult decision to either go to work or see their families. Peralta explains how the NSA has built unique partnerships with companies such as Lyft, Bronx Mutual Aid, and Goya Foods, with the goal of making sure that food safely reaches the most vulnerable in our society.

    Most importantly, Peralta outlines best practices for how we as shoppers can take care of each other and the supermarket workers and operators that are doing their best to ensure there is food on the shelves of their stores in these challenging times.

    • 28 min
    FWB Presents: At the Table with Deepti Sharma

    FWB Presents: At the Table with Deepti Sharma

    In Episode 9 of At The Table, Sari talks to Deepti Sharma, an entrepreneur, mother, and champion of small business owners. Deepti is the founder of FoodtoEat, a company connecting women, immigrant, and minority-owned food vendors to business opportunities. She also co-founded Bikky, a platform solving customer engagement for restaurants and, in the wake of the pandemic, she's built Eat Bikky, a delivery platform that unlike the major third-party delivery apps, allows customers to order directly from restaurants without taking any fees.

    In this conversation, Deepti explains how it has sadly taken a global pandemic to expose inequalities in the food industry and the importance of ‘humanizing’ the experience of food. She also dives into how she had adapted her endeavors to serve local communities and support the businesses she works with, from fundraising to feeding essential workers in hospitals.

    Watch the video version here: https://www.mofad.org/episode-9

    • 34 min
    FWB Presents: At the Table with Devita Davison

    FWB Presents: At the Table with Devita Davison

    Episode 8 of At the Table is with Devita Davison, Executive Director of FoodLab Detroit, a nonprofit business support organization that helps to incubate and accelerate food businesses that want to be part of a good food movement.

    In this conversation, Devita speaks to the fundamental reasons why the restaurant industry is currently in crisis, including, and most importantly, the fact that the industry is propped up on the backs of our most vulnerable workers. According to Davison the Coronavirus has only exposed this "ugly underbelly".

    Devita also explains how class and race are both factors of whether or not a restaurant will succeed or fail during this time and hopeful ways in which the community has banded together in order to come back stronger and more sustainably.

    Watch the online video version here: https://www.mofad.org/episode-8?_ga=2.51530412.484154044.1589123193-892082491.1570804996&fbclid=IwAR1k6F4_lz_fGyp_EvfiCHuvehu_mai4R5OdYFUEV_T3oAB-3pmImfmf8U8

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

LIZ1351 ,

Important Work!!

Sari is an amazing host - she brings her educated perspective to important issues. Her style is really comfortable and engaging, while still talking about serious topics. Cant wait to hear more from Food Without Borders.

sarijk ,

Great conversations

Thoughtful and poignant conversation that highlight the immigrants essential contributions to America’s food culture.

Jacqueline Raposo ,

Excellent podcast!

Interesting, important, always excellent listen. More please!

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