51 episodes

Menu Stories is a multimedia collection of stories about the people and restaurants behind the food we love. Starting with the San Francisco restaurant community, Rebecca Goberstein gets the rare opportunity to interview the chefs, restaurateurs, deli shop owners, and food makers to learn more about who they are, their inspirations, and their motivations. Visit Menu Stories (http://menustories.com) to uncover the stories behind these culinary artists and small business owners who feed and nurture our communities.

Menu Stories Podcast Menu Stories

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

Menu Stories is a multimedia collection of stories about the people and restaurants behind the food we love. Starting with the San Francisco restaurant community, Rebecca Goberstein gets the rare opportunity to interview the chefs, restaurateurs, deli shop owners, and food makers to learn more about who they are, their inspirations, and their motivations. Visit Menu Stories (http://menustories.com) to uncover the stories behind these culinary artists and small business owners who feed and nurture our communities.

    Chef/Owner Fernay McPherson, Minnie Bell's Soul Food

    Chef/Owner Fernay McPherson, Minnie Bell's Soul Food

    A long-awaited episode features Rising Star chef Fernay McPherson of Minnie Bell's Soul Food. Listen to the episode and subscribe to the Menu Stories series on menustories.com. Music provided by Ben Sound.

    • 29 min
    Executive Chef/Owner Suzette Gresham, Acquerello

    Executive Chef/Owner Suzette Gresham, Acquerello

    Menu Stories celebrates this 50th episode with a very special guest: executive chef/owner Suzette Gresham of Acquerello, a beloved Italian restaurant in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood that boasts two Michelin stars. Listen to the episode and subscribe to the Menu Stories series on menustories.com. Music provided by Ben Sound.

    • 37 min
    Chefs Panel at Yelp HQ

    Chefs Panel at Yelp HQ

    Episode 49 features a live recording from a panel Menu Stories hosted last summer with Yelp at their beautiful headquarters in downtown San Francisco. The panel discussed the theme “Surviving and Thriving as Bay Area Restaurateurs” and included veteran chefs like Suzette Gresham (who you'll meet in episode 50), of the two Michelin starred Acquerello and newcomers like Fernay McPherson of Minnie Bell’s, who was named a Rising Star Chef by the San Francisco Chronicle last year. Listen to the episode and subscribe to the Menu Stories series on menustories.com. Music provided by Ben Sound.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Executive Chef/Partner Matthew Dolan, Twenty Five Lusk

    Executive Chef/Partner Matthew Dolan, Twenty Five Lusk

    In Episode 48, we meet Matthew Dolan, executive chef and partner of Twenty Five Lusk. The upscale restaurant-lounge has taken sustainability seriously over recent years, taking steps to become a certified green business and focusing on sustainable seafood, which Dolan writes about in his new book, Simply Fish. Listen to the episode and subscribe to the Menu Stories series on menustories.com. Music provided by Ben Sound.

    • 35 min
    Chef/Owner Jordan Keao and Chef de Cuisine Chris Yang, ‘āina

    Chef/Owner Jordan Keao and Chef de Cuisine Chris Yang, ‘āina

    Episode 47 features chef/owner Jordan Keao and chef de cuisine Chris Yang of ‘āina, a refined Hawaiian enclave in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. Listen to the episode and subscribe to the Menu Stories series on menustories.com. Music provided by Ben Sound.

    • 29 min
    Evan Bloom and chef Eduardo Hernández, Wise Sons

    Evan Bloom and chef Eduardo Hernández, Wise Sons

    Episode 46 introduces us to Wise Sons Deli co-founder Evan Bloom and chef Eduardo Hernández. We learn why Jewish food is so comforting, explore San Francisco's lack of Jewish delis, and hear about what's next for this blossoming enterprise. Listen to the episode and subscribe to the Menu Stories series on menustories.com. Music provided by Ben Sound.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

VespidDelta ,

Awesome insights!

This is a very informative and insightful look into the people and organizations in and around the SF restaurant community. Very interesting and I'm looking for more episodes hopefully coming soon!

m vldz ,

Awesome Podcast Uncovering The Untold Stories Of SF’s Best Restaurants and Food Shops

This review has been a long time coming! I’ve been listening to Menu Stories ever since it started (can’t remember how I came across it - but am glad I did!) It’s excellent!

The interviewer, Rebecca, uncovers a lot of the untold stories behind some of San Francisco’s best (including some underdogs) restaurants and food shops. Every interview covers a bit of the shop history, general manager and/or executive chef’s history, touches on San Francisco history, and also goes into highlighting concerns and issues the restaurant is facing. You hear about the amazing places that have stood the test of time in a city like San Francisco that has gone through so many changes over the last few decades, that it makes you sympathize and want to support even more your local business.

The stories are personal. Rebecca does a great job at keeping it all very conversational, even when interviewees go into more difficult topics such as gentrification, class displacement, etc…

I’m excited to see how this podcast expands out to possibly other cities, as you definitely get a deeper story of local businesses versus the top of the line/well known places that get their own limelight more easily.

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