102 episodes

Hello beautiful people! Welcome to Food & Wine Pro's weekly Communal Table podcast. Chefs and restaurant workers take great care of everyone else, but often they need a little help themselves. Each week, Food & Wine’s senior editor Kat Kinsman talks with hospitality pros about how they manage their business, brain, and body for the long haul. Some of our very special guests include Samin Nosrat, Angie Mar, Seamus Mullen, David Chang, Pete Wells, and more. Subscribe now.

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Hello beautiful people! Welcome to Food & Wine Pro's weekly Communal Table podcast. Chefs and restaurant workers take great care of everyone else, but often they need a little help themselves. Each week, Food & Wine’s senior editor Kat Kinsman talks with hospitality pros about how they manage their business, brain, and body for the long haul. Some of our very special guests include Samin Nosrat, Angie Mar, Seamus Mullen, David Chang, Pete Wells, and more. Subscribe now.

    Nigella Lawson Talks Solitude, Imperfect Housekeeping, Squishy White Bread, and Listening to Your Food

    Nigella Lawson Talks Solitude, Imperfect Housekeeping, Squishy White Bread, and Listening to Your Food

    Like many of us, Nigella Lawson has spent the last 13 months hunkered at home, in an endless cycle of cooking, eating, washing up (reluctantly), and doing it all again just hours later. Unlike the rest of us, she's adapted her practices into a glorious cookbook—called Cook, Eat, Repeat—that celebrates and elevates this cycle into something contemplative and pleasurable. The renowned author and TV star joined Communal Table for an intimate conversation about isolation, grief, keeping house, re-entering society, the nature of gathering, and the pleasures of a long and non-photogenic braise.
    Nigella Lawson
    https://www.nigella.com/
    Cook, Eat, Repeat
    https://www.amazon.com/Cook-Eat-Repeat-Ingredients-Recipes/dp/0063079542?&linkCode=ll1&tag=fwnigellalawsoncommunaltablepodcastshownoteskkinsman0421-20&linkId=816e0
    Antara's Mom's Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/pal_dough_pal/
    Tadka Dal with Roti
    https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/tadka-dal-with-roti
    Nigella's Chicken in a Pot with Lemon Orzo
    https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/chicken-in-a-pot-with-lemon-orzo
    Best Practices: Nigella Lawson
    https://www.foodandwine.com/fwpro/best-practices-nigella-lawson
    Food & Wine Pro
    https://www.foodandwine.com/fwpro
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Preeti Mistry Is Hanging Out with Puppets, Planning a More Inclusive Food Future

    Preeti Mistry Is Hanging Out with Puppets, Planning a More Inclusive Food Future

    We're living in a golden age of Preeti Mistry and the world is so much more delicious for it. The Juhu Beach Club chef, cookbook author, speaker, and podcaster (among other things) can currently be seen teaching kids and puppets alike about the marvelous universe of herbs and spices on the Netflix show Waffles and Mochi; heard on their new podcast Loading Dock Talks in conversation with food and justice activists; read on their super feisty and smart social media feeds; and channeled via their vibrant and joyful recipes and spice blends. Mistry joined Communal Table from amid the California redwoods to talk about thoughtful representation, who gets to be called a chef, how to monetize talent, and why joy is so essential.
    Preeti's Site
    https://www.preetimistry.com/
    Twitter
    https://twitter.com/chefpmistry
    Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/chefpmistry/
    Waffles and Mochi
    https://www.wafflesandmochi.org/
    More about Preeti's spice blends
    https://www.foodandwine.com/seasonings/spices/chef-spice-blends
    Food & Wine Pro
    https://www.foodandwine.com/fwpro 
    Listen to these great podcasts:
    Loading Dock Talks: https://loading-dock-talks.simplecast.com/
    Copper & Heat: https://www.copperandheat.com/
    Afros & Knives: https://www.afrosandknives.com/
    Home Cooking: https://homecooking.show/
    Extra Spicy: https://www.sfchronicle.com/projects/podcasts/extra-spicy/
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    • 1 hr 54 min
    Sam Fore Talks Feeding Restaurant Workers in Need, Therapy, and Tomato Pie

    Sam Fore Talks Feeding Restaurant Workers in Need, Therapy, and Tomato Pie

    When chef Sam Fore sees something she can fix, she jumps in to help. As the restaurant industry was devastated by COVID-19, she joined The LEE Initiative to help make sure that workers were being fed—and help create a system where the whole community could benefit in the long term. That's just who she is as a person, but it wasn't until recently that she offered that kind of care to herself, in the form of starting therapy. In part two of this two-part conversation, Fore talks about the nitty-gritty of building sustainable relationships between restaurants and farms, how stigma gets in the way of mental healthcare (especially in the South Asian community), and what it means to have your food on the cover of a magazine. 
    Listen to Part One
    https://www.foodandwine.com/fwpro/communal-table-podcast-sam-fore
    Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites
    http://www.tuktuklex.com/
    Follow Sam on Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/tuktuklex/
    The LEE Initiative
    https://www.leeinitiative.org/
    Sam on Medium
    https://heated.medium.com/no-appetit-tuktuk-a3e708cb7427
    Roasted Tomato Curry Pie
    https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/roasted-curry-tomato-pie
    This Spicy Mango Pork Noodle Dinner Comes Together in Just One Skillet
    https://www.foodandwine.com/fwcooks/spicy-mango-pork-noodles-samantha-fore
    These Tempered Curry-Ginger Sweet Potatoes Are Perfect for Fall
    https://www.foodandwine.com/cooking-techniques/fw-cooks-samantha-fore-tempered-curry-ginger-sweet-potatoes
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Sam Fore Will Not Stay Silent, and That's a Very Good Thing

    Sam Fore Will Not Stay Silent, and That's a Very Good Thing

    When it comes to calling out cruddy behavior, chef Sam Fore has never been afraid to speak her mind. Growing up as a first-generation Sri Lankan American in North Carolina, she had a supportive community (and a mom who always warned her about how her mouth would get her in trouble—not that she listened) but outside of it, she began to question why the rules and standards were different for her than for her white peers. Fore's sense of justice and fearlessness has only strengthened over the years, and she joined Communal Table for a lively and frank discussion about growing up brown in the South, why it's important to question your preconceived notions, accidentally becoming a chef, and standing up for vulnerable people.
    Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites
    http://www.tuktuklex.com/
    Follow Sam on Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/tuktuklex/
    The LEE Initiative
    https://www.leeinitiative.org/
    Sam on Medium
    https://heated.medium.com/no-appetit-tuktuk-a3e708cb7427
    Roasted Tomato Curry Pie
    https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/roasted-curry-tomato-pie
    This Spicy Mango Pork Noodle Dinner Comes Together in Just One Skillet
    https://www.foodandwine.com/fwcooks/spicy-mango-pork-noodles-samantha-fore
    These Tempered Curry-Ginger Sweet Potatoes Are Perfect for Fall
    https://www.foodandwine.com/cooking-techniques/fw-cooks-samantha-fore-tempered-curry-ginger-sweet-potatoes
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    • 56 min
    Pinky Cole Talks About Entrepreneurship, Intentions, and Setting People Up for Success

    Pinky Cole Talks About Entrepreneurship, Intentions, and Setting People Up for Success

    Pinky Cole has always known that she would lead an extraordinary life. As a girl growing up in East Baltimore, she wasn't sure what form that would take, but when her friends were outside playing, she was setting goals for herself, like "earn my first million by age 30." Which she did. Next goal—a billion by 40. She's got time. The restaurateur and philanthropist joined Communal Table from her secondary office in Atlanta—a.k.a. her car—to talk about the extraordinary growth of her Slutty Vegan empire, learning from mistakes, taking care of her "inside customers," and how she's empowering generations of color to build wealth and pursue their dreams.
    Slutty Vegan
    https://sluttyveganatl.com/
    The Pinky Cole Foundation
    https://pinkygivesback.com/
    Pinky Cole on Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/pinky907/
    Slutty Vegan on Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/sluttyveganATL/
    An Invitation to Vegan Comfort Food
    https://www.foodandwine.com/chefs/slutty-vegan-pinky-cole
    Food & Wine Pro
    https://www.foodandwine.com/fwpro
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Adrian Lipscombe Talks Black Land Ownership, Texas Tribulations, and Studying Sake

    Adrian Lipscombe Talks Black Land Ownership, Texas Tribulations, and Studying Sake

    When city planner and architect Adrian Lipscombe visited a cafe in La Crosse, Wisconsin for a business meeting, little did she know she'd end up moving her family up all the way from Austin, Texas, running the cafe herself, and revitalizing a whole section of the city. And if running a restaurant during a pandemic isn't a full-time-plus job, Lipscombe also developed an initiative—40 Acres and a Mule—to preserve, research and celebrate Black foodways and support Black land ownership, makes hundreds of free meals for families in need, and got certified as a sake expert. Lipscombe took time from her busy schedule to talk about all of that, as well as what's going on in her native Texas (spoiler alert: plenty), what farmers are up against, and how she ended up with 40 avocado plants in her home. 
    Uptowne Cafe
    https://uptownecafe.com/
    This Juneteenth, Chef Adrian Lipscombe Aims to Preserve Black Foodways
    https://www.foodandwine.com/news/adrian-lipscombe-40-acres-mule-juneteenth
    The 40 Acres and a Mule Project
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/forty-acres-project
    Follow Adrian on Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/adie_eats/
    The Food & Wine Pro Guide to Mental Health and Sobriety Resources
    https://www.foodandwine.com/fwpro/the-food-wine-pro-guide-to-mental-health-and-sobriety
    Texas Restaurants, Bars to Reopen at Full Capacity; Workers Not Yet Eligible for Vaccine
    https://www.foodandwine.com/news/texas-restaurants-bars-to-reopen-at-full-capacity
    Food & Wine Pro
    https://www.foodandwine.com/fwpro
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    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

Jkpoisson ,

Awesome!

I’m not a chef or in the food industry at all and I love this show. The guests are awesome and the content is great.

The Mommy formerly known as Marie ,

Helpful podcast for neurodiverse and/or food industry people

Communal Table is a wonderful podcast for those who are neurodiverse and/or food industry employed. The personal stories from food and restaurant industry players (and from Food and Wine senior editor/host Kat Kinsman) are more like chatting with a friend than a self-help show; it’s a charming and engaging format that will teach you something in every episode without feeling like overbearing advice.

I so admire everyone’s honesty and rawness on this podcast; they talk about topics that are too often pushed under the table. It’s in my top five podcasts, and I’m not even in the food industry. Grateful to Kat and her guests for all that they share; I look forward to every episode.

Wallisus ,

Emotionally intelligent interviews

Kat consistently brings issues and ideas to light that are typically glossed over in the food world.

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