11 episodes

Hosted by Deb Freeman, Setting the Table is a podcast that explores the stories and histories of African American cuisine and foodways. From Sunday barbeques to the spirits in your cocktails, African Americans have created the foundation of modern American cuisine, yet African American food is one of the least explored food genres. Setting the Table illuminates the ways that African Americans have shaped how this country eats and drinks by exploring the historical events that have influenced the formation of Black foodways in America while also drawing a direct line to the people who are moving the Black culinary narrative forward.

Setting the Table is part of Whetstone Radio Collective. Whetstone Radio Collective creates storytelling dedicated to food origins and culture, with original content centering the perspectives of global majority populations and diasporas.

You can learn more about this podcast at whetstoneradio.com, on Twitter @whetstoneradio, on TikTok and Instagram @whetstonemedia and subscribe to our Spotify and YouTube channel, Whetstone Media, for more podcast content. You can learn more about all things happening at Whetstone at WhetstoneMedia.com.

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    • 5.0 • 134 Ratings

Hosted by Deb Freeman, Setting the Table is a podcast that explores the stories and histories of African American cuisine and foodways. From Sunday barbeques to the spirits in your cocktails, African Americans have created the foundation of modern American cuisine, yet African American food is one of the least explored food genres. Setting the Table illuminates the ways that African Americans have shaped how this country eats and drinks by exploring the historical events that have influenced the formation of Black foodways in America while also drawing a direct line to the people who are moving the Black culinary narrative forward.

Setting the Table is part of Whetstone Radio Collective. Whetstone Radio Collective creates storytelling dedicated to food origins and culture, with original content centering the perspectives of global majority populations and diasporas.

You can learn more about this podcast at whetstoneradio.com, on Twitter @whetstoneradio, on TikTok and Instagram @whetstonemedia and subscribe to our Spotify and YouTube channel, Whetstone Media, for more podcast content. You can learn more about all things happening at Whetstone at WhetstoneMedia.com.

    Yellow Cake, Biscuits, and the Legacy of Black Baking

    Yellow Cake, Biscuits, and the Legacy of Black Baking

    For the season finale of Setting the Table, Deb explores one of her favorite topics, Black bakers and baking. From biscuits to yellow cake, baking has always been a huge part of Black foodways. On this episode, Baker and cookbook author Cheryl Day shares her thoughts on the legacy of Black bakers and preserving recipes, then chef, baker, and TV personality Carla Hall joins us to share her thoughts on biscuits, and representing Black baking in media.
    Setting the Table is part of the Whetstone Radio Collective. Learn more about this episode of Setting the Table at www.whetstoneradio.com, on IG and Twitter at @whetstoneradio, and YouTube at /WhetstoneRadio.

    • 29 min
    Black Women in Activism and Food

    Black Women in Activism and Food

    During the civil rights era, Black women to used their skills as chefs and cooks to support social movements in this country. On this episode, Deb is joined by scholar and writer Suzanne Cope to explores the legacies of two such heroes, Aylene Quin, who helped feed and support the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi, and Cleo Silvers, who helped create the Black Panther Party's Free Breakfast for Children program. Deb also checks in with Arley Bell, a millenial baker who believes she can make a difference in food and activism though her beautifully decorated cakes and pastries.Setting the Table is part of the Whetstone Radio Collective. Learn more about this episode of Setting the Table at www.whetstoneradio.com, on IG and Twitter at @whetstoneradio, and YouTube at /WhetstoneRadio.

    • 30 min
    Barbeque Legacies in Los Angeles

    Barbeque Legacies in Los Angeles

    One of the lasting effects of the Great Migration is the movement of Black foodways, and one of the best examples of this movement is barbecue. On this episode, Deb explores the legacy of Black barbeque in Los Angeles with food journalist Mona Holmes and BBQ pitmaster Lonnie Edwards.
    Setting the Table is part of the Whetstone Radio Collective. Learn more about this episode of Setting the Table at www.whetstoneradio.com, on IG and Twitter at @whetstoneradio, and YouTube at /WhetstoneRadio.
    Read the full transcript here: https://www.whetstonemagazine.com/stt8-transcript

    • 26 min
    Virginia: The Birthplace of Barbeque

    Virginia: The Birthplace of Barbeque

    On this episode, we take a deeper dive into the time-honored American tradition of Barbeque and its beginnings in Virginia by exploring the history of early pitmasters and the barbecue traditions that spread throughout the South and beyond with food historians Adrian Miller and Joshua Fitzwater.Setting the Table is part of the Whetstone Radio Collective. Learn more about this episode of Setting the Table at www.whetstoneradio.com, on IG and Twitter at @whetstoneradio, and YouTube at /WhetstoneRadio.
    Read the full transcript here: https://www.whetstonemagazine.com/stt7t-transcript

    • 27 min
    The Future of Black Food

    The Future of Black Food

    Where does Black food go from here? How are today’s chefs pushing the narrative of Black food forward? This episode takes a look forward be talking to prominent chefs on the cutting edge of African American cuisine. Food influencer Scotty Scott and chef Adrienne Cheatham share their influences and visions for what Black food can be, with a foreword from Washington Post food writer Aaron Hutcherson.
    Setting the Table is part of the Whetstone Radio Collective. Learn more about this episode of Setting the Table at www.whetstoneradio.com, on IG and Twitter at @whetstoneradio, and YouTube at /WhetstoneRadio.
    Read the full transcript here: https://www.whetstonemagazine.com/stt-5-transcript

    • 33 min
    The Complicated Stories of Soul Food

    The Complicated Stories of Soul Food

    Down home cooking, also known as soul food, is African American cuisine stemming from the days of enslavement, spread throughout the country through the Great Migration, and enjoyed everywhere as comfort food. This episode explores the complicated relationship between Black chefs and soul food. Chef & culinary historian Therese Nelson shares her thoughts on soul food as a concept, and then chefs Chris Scott and Mashama Bailey share their individual experiences with making soul food.
    Setting the Table is part of the Whetstone Radio Collective. Learn more about this episode of Setting the Table at www.whetstoneradio.com, on IG and Twitter at @whetstoneradio, and YouTube at /WhetstoneRadio.
    Read the full transcript here: https://www.whetstonemagazine.com/stt-5-transcript

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
134 Ratings

134 Ratings

KMF* ,

Awesome podcast

Food + History = Win for me!!

kasklh ,

Love this podcast!

Please keep going Deb! I love the content, so inspiring, reflects the breadth and depth of Black folk and food. I learn something new with each episode.

VincentCarolA ,

Thank you!

I loved your podcast! It gave me many book ideas and subjects to explore. Keep going

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