103 episodes

This unique podcast explores the intersection of food and grief. Mother-daughter cohosts Bobbie Comforto and Zahra Tangorra are joined by a special guest who shares their personal experience with loss, grief, and heartbreak, and how food factored into their journey. Bobbie has worked as a psychotherapist specializing in bereavement and trauma for over 30 years, but before entering the world of grief counseling Bobbie was a culinary entrepreneur. Zahra Tangorra is a Brooklyn-based chef and restaurant consultant. They share a deep love of food and a personal understanding of its connection to grief.

Change and loss are inevitable in all our lives. The relationships that we as humans have surrounding food and loss are universal and relatable across different cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles. It is our individual adaptation to the things we cannot control that makes us unique. Processing exposes and digests these commonalities and differences in each episode.
Change and loss are inevitable in all our lives. The relationships that we as humans have surrounding food and loss are universal and relatable across different cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles. It is our individual adaptation to the things we cannot control that makes us unique. Processing will expose and digest these commonalities and differences in each episode.

Processing Heritage Radio Network

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 32 Ratings

This unique podcast explores the intersection of food and grief. Mother-daughter cohosts Bobbie Comforto and Zahra Tangorra are joined by a special guest who shares their personal experience with loss, grief, and heartbreak, and how food factored into their journey. Bobbie has worked as a psychotherapist specializing in bereavement and trauma for over 30 years, but before entering the world of grief counseling Bobbie was a culinary entrepreneur. Zahra Tangorra is a Brooklyn-based chef and restaurant consultant. They share a deep love of food and a personal understanding of its connection to grief.

Change and loss are inevitable in all our lives. The relationships that we as humans have surrounding food and loss are universal and relatable across different cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles. It is our individual adaptation to the things we cannot control that makes us unique. Processing exposes and digests these commonalities and differences in each episode.
Change and loss are inevitable in all our lives. The relationships that we as humans have surrounding food and loss are universal and relatable across different cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles. It is our individual adaptation to the things we cannot control that makes us unique. Processing will expose and digest these commonalities and differences in each episode.

    Alexis Arvidson-Needham- “Inheritance Potatoes”

    Alexis Arvidson-Needham- “Inheritance Potatoes”

    This week we have the distinct pleasure of speaking with Zahra’s long time best friend, Alexis Arvidson-Needham. Alexis is an Acupuncturist and practitioner of Eastern and Western Herbal Medicine. She joins us to talk about a very complicated and very common type of grief: ambiguous grief. Alexis shares about her strained relationship with her father, and how though he is alive, she deeply feels the grief of a life with him being largely absent from her life. This was a really deep and touching conversation, and something that many of us can relate to, and a new way to recognize grief in our own lives and those we love. Thank you to Alexis for her time and vulnerability ❤️

    • 48 min
    Erica Hill- “Apple Slices & Cheese”

    Erica Hill- “Apple Slices & Cheese”

    On this week's show we have the absolute pleasure of speaking with Erica Hill. Erica is the owner of Sparrow Funeral Home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She joins us to discuss her vision and goals with Sparrow, as well as her own personal and profound experiences with grief. We loved our time with Erica, and we hope you enjoy this very special conversation.

    • 58 min
    Luka Romonova- "Pelmeni"

    Luka Romonova- "Pelmeni"

    On this week's very special episode we welcome Artist, Bartender, and Pay It Forward Charleston grant recipient, Luka Romonova. Pay It Forward Charleston provides relief in the form of grants to Charleston's food and beverage community.  Luka shares their experience with Pay It Forward, as well as their experiences with the intersection of food and grief. Their story is so touching and inspiring, and we were deeply honored to have them join us for this beautiful episode.

    Please check out Pay It Forward Charleston, and help support this amazing cause.

    Pay It Forward Charleston began as a collaboration between farmers, restaurants, and community members who united in an effort to feed food and beverage workers during the COVID-19 crisis.

    With every $10 donated, a Charleston community member received a grocery bag filled with goods purchased at a discounted rate from local farms. The donations created income for farmers who were impacted by restaurant closures in the wake of COVID-19 and provided fresh produce to community members who were out of work.

    In all, Pay It Forward raised $100,000 and delivered over 11,000 bags of groceries to the food and beverage community from March - September of 2020, working in collaboration with Feed the Need Charleston. Riding a wave of community support, the program was expanded to serve three area shelters before it was wrapped up that fall.

    • 50 min
    Listener Letter

    Listener Letter

    This week we read a beautiful listener letter from Lori, who shares with us some complicated feelings regarding travel and celebration after the passing of her husband, Lou. Thank you, Lori, for sharing this letter with us ❤️

    • 47 min
    Let’s Talk About Life

    Let’s Talk About Life

    Hello sweet friends. We have missed you so! This week we are back to talk about the goings on in the world, what we’ve been up to, and how we’ve been handling it all. And we want to hear from you and how you’ve been handing it all too. Please drop us a line at processing@heritageradionetwork.org , or on our IG @processing_podcast if you want to share your story with us ❤️

    • 49 min
    Risa Morimoto- "You Are My Sunshine"

    Risa Morimoto- "You Are My Sunshine"

    A special re-broadcast while we are away! On today's show we are joined by film Director and Producer, Risa Morimoto. Risa is also the founder and CEO of "Modern Aging," a foundation that focuses on innovative and holistic approaches and solutions to aging and caregiving. Risa's family also owns The Kura Barn, a homestyle Japanese restaurant in our hometown of Huntington, NY. Our talk with Risa was amazing, and culminated in us all singing and crying together. Please note this episode was recorded before the Coronavirus crisis. We truly hope you are all finding ways to cope with this incredibly difficult time. Please reach out to us at processing@heritageradionetwork.org for emotional support, or if you have a listener letter or story you would like to share.

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

jrgrad21 ,

Filled up my cup for the day

Processing created a beautiful space for vulnerable and honest conversation, and nonetheless about grief. Don’t miss it

Tom22! ,

I can’t get enough of these episodes

Warmth, depth, kindness, wisdom, laughter, tears - this podcast brings it all.

boulder bridget ,

Processing

I so appreciate listening to this Podcast and it’s an important subject for sure. I feel it’s as vital to celebrate one’s end of life just like we celebrate when a baby is born. We all have a beginning and an end. Food is our nourishment in between. I enjoy Zahra’s frankness & 30 something point of view and I enjoy Bobbie’s “bittersweet” knowledge! Luv you two, Bridget

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