A podcast that explores the hustle of entrepreneurship or pursuing your dream career while tackling the realities (health insurance, rent, business failures, a second job!) of that pursuit. Hosted by Agatha Khishchenko, lawyer and former owner of a beloved neighborhood cheese shop, who is obsessed with all things food, restaurants, travel and hospitality.
Alissa Timoshkina - writer, activist, cookbook author, and co-founder of Cook for Ukraine
I am so honored to introduce you to today's guest, Alissa Timoshkina. In her teenage years, she left Russia for England. Now, having moved through a career in academia, she is a London based writer, cookbook author, creator of KinoVino, and activist.
Most recently, Alissa and her dear friend, Olia Hercules, founded Cook for Ukraine, an initiative they started within 48 hours of the war on Ukraine by Russia. To date, they have raised approximately 1 million pounds which has been donated to UNICEF.
Aliss and Olia who has shown tremendous bravery and leadership in calling out the atrocities of this war and continuing to raise awareness and funds for the people of Ukraine. To connect with Alissa and Olia, you can follow them on instagram and all the details of Cook for Ukraine are linked on their websites.
Patrick Miller - chef and founder of Faccia Brutto Spirits
Today's episode is with Patrick Miller, chef, formerly of one of my favorite restaurants, Rucola, in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, and founder, distiller, and creator of Faccia Brutto Spirits. They are a Brooklyn based liquor company that uses a variety of botanicals to make Italian spirits, namely before and after dinner drinks (aperitivo and amaros) popularized in Italy.
If you're enjoying the show, it means so much to me if you link to it on your social media, share with friends and family, and help support not only the work I'm doing on the podcast but also all the amazing guests who have been on the show.
You can find all of their products and check out the stockists section to see who carries Faccio Brutto in your hometown at https://facciabruttospirits.com
I absolutely love following their instagram @faccia_brutto_spirits to see the beautiful photography and cocktail ideas.
At the beginning of the show, I also mentioned some of the organizations doing incredible life saving work in Ukraine. Please continue to support in anyway you can.
Shelter Ugolyyok - patreon.com/ShelterUgolyok
Venmo @pawsofhelp Paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org
UAnimals - email@example.com
Kristen Carbone -- entrepreneur and founder of Brilliantly
Today's guest is Kristen Carbone, founder of Brilliantly, a wearable warming device for survivors of breast cancer and mastectomies. Kristen tragically lost her mother in her early twenties due to metastic breast cancer. The followed a decade of testing, health insurance difficulties, anxiety, and stress about developing breast cancer, until she ultimately decided to undergo a preventative mastectomy and implant reconstruction.
Among the many challenges that came after the procedure, one of which, was the loss of sensation and constant feeling of coldness in her chest. In ensuing conversations with other other who had undergone mastectomies and reconstruction, she came to realize that this was an ongoing issue that dramatically affected the quality of womens lives. Women were using all sorts of methods to feel warm, often resulting in serious burns and scarring of their chests.
Kristen embarked on a multi-year process of research and development, raising funding, and ultimately developing Brilliantly Warm, a wearable device that a woman could insert into her bra and self-control through an app. There were no cords, no battery packs, and a woman could lead her daily life in comfort without anyone knowing she was wearing the device.
Enjoy this incredibly inspiring story and please share Brilliantly Warm with your community.
You can read more about Brilliantly and Kristen's story at
Connect with Kristen directly at: Kristen@brilliantly.co or find her on Facebook or Instagram @brilliantly.co
Katie Quinn -- author, YouTube host, podcaster, creator, exploring all things travel and food
This is the last podcast of 2021 and we are going out with a bang with someone I am very excited to introduce you to. Author, YouTube host, and podcaster, Katie Quinn. Katie has a very popular YouTube channel where she creates videos of her travels, cultural experiences, and of course incredible food.
Katie is also an author of a new book: Cheese, Wine, and Bread: Discovering the Magic of Fermentation in England, Italy, and France. The book is an in depth dive into the world of the artisans, farmers, cheesemakers, bakers, and winemakers behind the 3 pillars of cheese wine and bread.
I hope you enjoy this conversation with the bubbly and oh so fun Katie Quinn!
You can connect with Katie on her YouTube channel, theQkatie, instagram @qkatie or on her website https://www.katie-quinn.com/
Peter Hoffman -- writer, chef, restauranteur, and trailblazer of farm-to-table cooking
Today's guest is Peter Hoffman, a man I've long admired for his greenmarket ingredient driven food, his former restaurants (Savoy, Back Forty, and Back Forty West), his passion and commitment to the land and the food and farmers behind it.
Peter is the author of the highly acclaimed book, "What Good?: A Memoir in Fourteen Ingredients." From the moment I cracked the spine and dove in to this book, I knew I was in good hands. Peter's writing is as eloquent and beautiful as his cooking was, weaving together stories of his childhood, restaurant life in NYC, the farmers behind the greenmarket, and the ingredients that drive the underlying narrative.
I hope you enjoy today's conversation with Peter. You can connect with Peter on instagram at @peterhoffmannyc or on his website at https://peterhoffmancooks.com/
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Brian Keyser -- restauranteur, champion of artisan cheese, and owner of Casellula
My guest on this week's podcast is Brian Keyser, owner of Casellula, a cheese and wine focused restaurant in Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. Brian is a veteran of both the restaurant industry and the artisan cheese world, and I hope you enjoy and learn from hearing his story.
You can visit Casellula at west 52nd street and 9th avenue. It's a wonderful place to meet a friend, go alone for a glass of wine and a cheese plate, or catch a pre or post theater meal.
This episode is dedicate to Anne Saxelby, a woman I greatly admired and was honred to have worked for and learned from. Anne passed away unexpectedly on October 9, 2021, Anne was an incredible human being, mother, friend, entrepreneur and the woman behind Saxelby Cheese. Her friends and family have created the Anne Saxelby Legacy Fund in her honor, which provides training opportunities to financially distressed teenagers and young adults. Funds raised will allow youth to apprentice in sustainable systems and agriculture, domestically and abroad, the way Anne did. and enable youth participants to return home and have the same impact on their communities that Anne had in hers.
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A must listen
Really interesting folks in conversation with an enthusiastic and curious host. The episodes with her parents are fantastic and funny!
I just love this show. So sweet and thoughtful and fun! Great interviews and awesome guests
Love this podcast!!
I just found this podcast and I love it! I’m super interested in all things food related, and listening to the interviews with food entrepreneurs gives me such an amazing insight into that world! A must-listen for any foodie or fan of good eats!