The best conversations happen around the table, specifically a table full of food. Each week, join host Amy Dolan and her dinner guests—chefs, pastors, bakers and soup kitchen volunteers—for conversations about the magic of the table. If you’ve always wanted to host meals but haven’t known how, or you host one every night and you’re looking for ways to bring greater meaning to what you do, Feeding People is for you.
Chi Chi Okwu: What is the World We Hope For?
Chi Chi Okwu, Content Producer and Host of The Next Question web series, joins Amy at the table to talk about race, black and white women in friendship and how wholehearted living for everyone requires every person doing the work.
Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann: Radical Presence at the Table
Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann shares her journey from growing up on the south side of Chicago to her decision to found Mishkan Chicago, a spiritual community "reclaiming Judaism’s inspiration and transformative essence.” Rabbi Lizzi also discusses the role that food—and sitting around the table with others who might be different from each other—plays in the life of the Mishkan community, as well as all of our lives.
Dominique Leach: This Is Only The Beginning
Dominique Leach, chef and owner of Lexington Betty Smokehouse, makes her second appearance on the show and shares with Amy the challenges and joys of opening her first restaurant, her commitment to be herself, and the importance of supporting black-owned restaurants.
Julia Turshen: Food as Revolution
Cookbook author and podcast host Julia Turshen discusses the crucial role food played during the Civil Rights Movement and the Stonewall Uprising, the unifying human connection that cooking creates, and the correlation between her Jewish identity and her love of food, eating, and gathering together for meals.
Emily Scott: Showing Up at the Table
Amy talks with Emily Scott, the former founding pastor of St. Lydia’s dinner church in Brooklyn and the current founding pastor of Dreams and Visions in Baltimore, on the connection between food and spirituality, centering church around the practice of the table and the beautiful nature of seeing the humanity in each other when sharing a meal.
Amy Dolan: Becoming a Home Cook
After much reflection (and hesitation), Amy shares her journey towards embracing her identity as a home cook—how someone without formal training can still be a great cook and feed people with great love.
Food for the soul
The warm, delicious conversations Amy has with her guests will stir your longings for nourishment that feeds the body and the soul. Amy’s chats always leave me re-thinking how, why and who we are feeding when we sit down to the table. Come hungry and, if you’re like me, you’ll want second and third helpings of each discussion!
Fresh new podcast
Amy shares her heart for cooking, hosting, and feeding people while actually cooking and hosting for her guests! This podcast has inspired me to cook more "real meals" and also introduced me to differerent guests using food in different ways.
Nine thumbs up
Amy's heart for people is so apparent and this podcast is a great listen for anyone seeking practical, fun ways to serve others and build meaningful relationships.