A show about the brilliant, powerful women breaking ground in the food world. Host Dana Cowin, former long-time Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine Magazine, holds intimate conversations with successful and boundary-pushing female chefs and innovators. These are moving, personal stories of struggles and triumphs, personal and professional, that can provide lessons and inspiration for anyone looking to succeed in any industry.
Juggling Motherhood, Identity and Justice: Beverly Kim
Chicago chef Beverly Kim has forged a path marked by independence and an acute sense of fairness. Growing up, she heard murmurs of disappointment from her traditional Korean parents about not being born a boy (her name was already picked out: David). Beverly set out for culinary school to prove her worth and worked in some of the best restaurants in Chicago including Charlie Trotter's. It was there that her sense of fairness was awakened. She sued over issues surrounding pay — and won. She has also taken on the fight to make the industry a better place for working mothers through her non-profit The Abundance Setting. Listen in to hear about Beverly’s road to acclaim, self-sustainability and inspired food.
Growing Through Grief: Mary Celeste Beall
Humble, powerful, visionary hotelier Mary Celeste Beall shares her unique perspective on grief, growth and parenting six years after her beloved husband Sam died in a tragic ski accident. Beall took over running the legendary Blackberry Farm resort and has navigated how to stay true to Sam's legacy while creating a vibrant future that includes an exciting new venture, Blackberry Mountain.
Bringing the World Closer Together: Rose Previte
Effusive, funny, game-changing, Rose Previte is an award-winning restaurateur who has expanded our knowledge of international street food at Compass Rose as well as with Caucasian, North African, and Middle Eastern dishes at Maydan. She shares details of her highly anticipated new projects including Go There Wines, which highlights the wines of lesser-known wine-making regions including one of her favorite places on earth, Georgia:
"When Russia cut off importing wines from Georgia, as punishment for a war in 2006, it really hurt the economy. But I was like, 'I'm gonna flip this on its head.' I'm going to sell as much Georgian wine as I possibly can. It's my little Putin protest."
Listen in for more on Rose's fascinating travels, her globe-changing social enterprises, and the story of how a life-changing moment arose on the Trans Siberian railroad in the dead of winter.
The Healthcare Farmer: Christa Barfield
"I worked 16+ hours a day and still had to go home and work because I have a family. So there wasn't enough time for me to sustain myself as well as do all the things for all the people. And I realized that one day while walking to work. I never will forget it. I sat down at my computer around 7:30 in the morning and started to read emails. I got to one from my boss and I started a new thread titled "Resignation." This is how Christa Barfield changed course from exhausted to excited. Tune in to this episode of SB to hear how Christa built her Philly businesses, Farmer Jawn and Viva Leaf Tea, around food justice, regenerative agriculture and a passion for community healthcare.
Using Sugar to Change Minds: Rose McAdoo
Rose McAdoo uses desserts to tell bigger stories. From making crepes on a volcano summit while backpacking solo through Africa, to decorating cakes with men serving sentences for life without parole, to creating a self-portrait dessert on an icy precipice in Antarctica—Rose uses sugar to understand the depths of human connection. Hired to cook at base camp at McMurdo Station, the United States Antarctic scientific research station, McAdoo created the Glacier Collection, translating her experiences there into climate change sweets—making the knowledge she acquired "literally digestible". Listen in to hear Rose's adventures on ice and land, spinning sugar and study into simple and compelling narratives that permanently reshape perception.
Roots & Rights: Candace Thompson
Artist, activist, founder of C.U.R.B., Candace Thompson will change the way you see the natural world around you—if you're ready to pay attention. Candace's trained looking and researching includes an appreciation of spontaneous urban plants, known to many of us as weeds. "Those plants are the ones that are adapting to be able to survive and some of them are wild crop cousins to the plants that we eat everyday. Like black nightshade, it's the wild crop cousin to our tomatoes. At what point are we gonna need to be able to call on some of that genetic legacy and bring it back to our tomatoes?" On this episode, Candace uplifts people working directly with the land and creating abundance, from Ellie Irons and Anne Percoco at the Next Epoch Seed Library to Sheryll Durrant and Renee Keitt of Kelly Street Garden to Nathan Hunter at the Bronx River Foodway. Listen in to hear about urban foraging, optimistic ideas about climate change, and more.
Want to stay up to date on the latest Speaking Broadly episodes? To hear more conversations with Dana Cowin and her fierce guests, subscribe to Speaking Broadly (it’s free!) on iTunes or Stitcher. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate + review us on Apple’s podcast store and follow Dana on Instagram @speakingbroadly and @fwscout. Thanks for tuning in!
Great Podcast I Just Discovered!
I just discovered this podcast and love it so much! I really enjoyed your conversation with Karis Jagger and Fabienne Toback and learning about the High on the Hog documentary, which I’m interested in watching! Looking forward to new episodes!
My old boss is rockin’ the podcast world!
Dana was my boss when I was a wee-intern at Vogue. She was one of the approachable ones...although only a couple of years my senior, she was a memorable mentor to me. Years and an amazing career later for Dana, she now brings that approachable style to her interviews and lets her guests be exactly who they are. Continued congrats Dana! And it was great to hear a Brit say that they normally drank “bloody f’in awful tea!”
Like Folgers in your cup to a coffee drinker! Haha. Signed Nancy B.
The smartest and most engaging
Dana Cowin is one of the best interviewers I've ever heard--smart, subtle, challenging while inviting. She sees food from the widest cultural angle--and the format of a conversation between women feels natural yet so elevated here.