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Dr. Geo Banks-Weston: How Social Media Builds Community

Dr. Geo Banks-Weston: How Social Media Builds Community

August 10, 2021

Dr. Geo Banks-Weston was an early adopter of social media.  Back in the day, when filters flooded people's Instagram feeds, he learned just how powerful of a tool it could be in building communities and how digital media as a whole could be leveraged to become a powerful platform for voices of color. 

Since starting his blog, Geo's Table, in 2014, Dr. Geo has focused on promoting Black owned restaurants, sharing recipes from the African diaspora, and giving his readers resources on how to support under represented communities in the food industry.  He channeled this passion into his Doctorate of Education in Educational Technology where he further researches how technology can be used to drive diversity and representation in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (AKA the STEAM careers). 

In this episode, Dr. Geo shares with host Kae Lani Palmisano how social media and other virtual collaboration tools can be used to build community, offer mentorship, and provide access to other career growth opportunities for underrepresented professionals.  If you're a beginner blogger or an expert whose been in the field for years, this is an episode for you! 

If you’re interested in learning more, check out Dr. Geo’s blog, Geostablephl.com and listen to his podcast Table 86 wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also follow him on Instagram at @GeosTable.  

Follow Amuse-Bouche at @AmuseBouchePod on Twitter and Instagram.  For more food stories and recipes, subscribe to the Amuse-Bouche newsletter at amusebouche.substack.com. And to see what our host Kae Lani Palmisano is doing check her out on Twitter and Instagram at @KaeLaniSays.

 

Alexandra Jones: How to taste cheese

Alexandra Jones: How to taste cheese

July 13, 2021

There's eating cheese and then there's tasting cheese.  Like... REALLY tasting cheese. We're talking about engaging every sense and being present in the moment while indulging in the ultimate dairy bliss.

That's just a brief description of how a proper cheese tasting is done, according to dairy expert Alexandra Jones, author of Stuff Every Cheese Lover Should Know.  In this episode of Amuse-Bouche, host Kae Lani Palmisano chats all things cheese with Alexandra Jones touching on everything from a brief history of cheesemaking in the United States to how to maximize your cheese experience.  There's a lot of delicious dairy talk in this episode, so if you're hungry, pause the episode and build the most Instagrammable cheese plate you can imagine! 

If you’re interested in learning more, get Alexandra’s book, Stuff Every Cheese Lover Should Know available everywhere books are sold!  You can find more of Alexandra’s work on her website AlexandraJones.net.  And be sure to give her a follow on social media — she’s @arockjonestown on both Twitter and Instagram. 

Follow Amuse-Bouche at @AmuseBouchePod on Twitter and Instagram.  For more food stories and recipes, subscribe to the Amuse-Bouche newsletter at amusebouche.substack.com. And to see what our host Kae Lani Palmisano is doing check her out on Twitter and Instagram at @KaeLaniSays.

Bettina Makalintal: Dining in the Suburbs

Bettina Makalintal: Dining in the Suburbs

June 29, 2021

For a long time, food media portrayed the suburbs as a dining wasteland full of chain restaurants and unimaginative menus.  But suburbia is changing. According to Bettina Makalintal, staff writer at Vice Munchies, we should be paying more attention to the evolving suburban foodscape. In a recent series Bettina helped develop called "State of the Suburbs" Bettina and other Vice writers make the case for how the burbs are burgeoning with culinary artisans, local farmers markets and clever restauranteurs taking some pretty ambitious leaps of faith, even in the midst of a global pandemic.  

You can find more of Bettina’s work on Vice Munchies.  You can also follow her on Twitter and TikTok @bettinamak and on Instagram @buttina — she also has an inspiring food styling Instagram called @Crispyegg420.

Follow Amuse-Bouche on at @amusebouchepod on Twitter and Instagram and be sure to subscribe to the Amuse-Bouche newsletter on Substack. Every week you’ll find even more food stories, recipes, and gardening updates.  It’s a free newsletter at the moment, but I do accept tips. So consider helping a sister out by throwing her a few bucks a month. You can also support me by engaging with the show and following Kae Lani at @KaeLaniSays on Instagram and Twitter. 

Emily Contois: Food and Gender

Emily Contois: Food and Gender

June 15, 2021

Why are salads considered feminine? Why is steak seen as a manly meal? Gender and the roles they have come represent is one of the many factors that shape the way our culture perceives food, thus dictating our relationship with eating.  Emily Contois has spent her career as an interdisciplinary researcher and teacher exploring the ways in which gender, power dynamics, marketing and media contort our views on food.  Her recent book, Diners, Dudes and Diets: How Gender and Power Collide in Food Media and Culture is an analysis on the rise of the “Dude" and how Diet culture and marketing companies changed their messaging to target the dude demographic. 

In this episode of Amuse-Bouche Emily Contois joins host Kae Lani Palmisano to discuss food and gender, how the Great Recession changed the way marketers position diet programs, how Guy Fieri fuels the dude machine, and ways we can challenge the patriarchy through the media we consume and produce. 

You can find more of Emily’s work on her website EmilyContois.com and at @EmilyContois on Instagram and Twitter. And you can buy Diners Dudes and Diets wherever books are sold! 

Follow Amuse-Bouche on at @amusebouchepod on Twitter and Instagram and be sure to subscribe to the Amuse-Bouche newsletter on Substack. Every week you’ll find even more food stories, recipes, and gardening updates.  It’s a free newsletter at the moment, but I do accept tips. So consider helping a sister out by throwing her a few bucks a month. You can also support me by engaging with the show and following Kae Lani at @KaeLaniSays on Instagram and Twitter. 

  

Annemarie Dooling on the sweetness of doing nothing

Annemarie Dooling on the sweetness of doing nothing

June 1, 2021

Annemarie Dooling is constantly in motion.  When she's not performing her duties as the Engagement Experiences Product Lead with the Wall Street Journal, she's a writer, burlesque dancer, magician, a fan of antiques, and a home cook. Between her job and her cultural pursuits, it's rare for Annemarie to slow down.  But in her recent Wall Street Journal article, "How Being More Productive Starts with Doing Nothing," she's embracing the Italian concept of dolce far niente, the sweetness of doing nothing. 

In this episode, Annemarie shares how activities like brewing a pot of old fashioned coffee and constantly whisking the cream and cheese for Cacio e Pepe are opportunities to embrace the nothingness. 

You can follow Annemarie Dooling at @TravelingAnna on Twitter and Instagram

Follow Amuse-Bouche at @AmuseBouchePod on Twitter and Instagram.  For more food stories and recipes, subscribe to the Amuse-Bouche newsletter at amusebouche.substack.com. And to see what our host Kae Lani Palmisano is doing check her out on Twitter and Instagram at @KaeLaniSays.

 

Matt Hershberger is Living La Vida Jersey Fresh

Matt Hershberger is Living La Vida Jersey Fresh

May 18, 2021

When Matt Hershberger moved from Cincinnati to New Jersey, he felt a little out of place. Withdrawn from the local community in his new home he started experiencing depression with a whole cavalcade of symptoms that were only exasperated by growing anxieties around climate change and the uncertainty of our planet’s future.

Over time, Matt found that making simple things whether it was perfecting his tomato sauce, making bread, or whipping up some fresh pesto with his children, helped to alleviate his depression.  But food became this point of connection to a lot of areas of Matt's life.  Exploring New Jersey's local foodways gave him a meaningful way to interact with his new home state, focusing on local foods gave him actionable ways to help lower his own carbon footprint, cooking has been an enjoyable activity he shares with his family, and starting up a seed library at his local library is helping him spread the word of climate change and food sovereignty.  

In this episode, Matt and Kae Lani discuss the many ways that food connects us to the land and each other. Plus, they dig into awesome topics like how Guerilla Gardening can help rebuild local habitats, what small things we can do in our everyday lives to live more sustainably, and how Jersey Fresh blueberries deserve to be a Protected Geographical Indication.

You can follow Matt Hershberger at @MattHershberger on Twitter and Instagram.  You can read more of his work on www.matthershberger.com.

Follow Amuse-Bouche at @AmuseBouchePod on Twitter and Instagram.  For more food stories and recipes, subscribe to the Amuse-Bouche newsletter at amusebouche.substack.com. And to see what our host Kae Lani Palmisano is doing check her out on Twitter and Instagram at @KaeLaniSays.

Sam Slaughter: Food and Nostalgia

Sam Slaughter: Food and Nostalgia

May 4, 2021

What do the '90s taste like? If this is something you’ve been pondering, you’re in luck! Food and drink writer, Sam Slaughter, has captured the spirit of the decade in his cocktail book "Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum?: and Other Cocktails for '90s Kids" with delightful concoctions like "I'm too sexy for this grog" and "Pickelodeon."  But successfully pulling off nostalgia takes more work than just clever puns and repeating old catch phrases. Sam talks with Kae Lani Palmisano about how much he had to study the decade and what he had to consider when making original cocktails that bring us back to the '90s.

You can follow Sam at @SlaughterWrites on Twitter and Instagram.  His cocktail book "Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum?: and Other Cocktails for '90s Kids" on Amazon.

Follow Amuse-Bouche at @AmuseBouchePod on Twitter and Instagram.  For more food stories and recipes, subscribe to the Amuse-Bouche newsletter at amusebouche.substack.com. And to see what our host Kae Lani Palmisano is doing check her out on Twitter and Instagram at @KaeLaniSays.

Dr. Neil P. Bardhan: Food and Improv

Dr. Neil P. Bardhan: Food and Improv

April 20, 2021

Dr. Neil P. Bardhan is a professional storyteller. Seriously, he's one of Philadelphia's top improv performers and has a Ph.D. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences.  In this episode he joins Kae Lani Palmisano for a discussion on improv in the kitchen, the language of recipes, and how these worlds collide. Neil also shares with us the art of creating our own spice blends and dreams up the ultimate breakfast sandwich.

 

You can follow Neil at @NeilPBardhan on Twitter and @Knilegram on Instagram.  His dinner party show, My Dinner with Ryanneil PT Bardhanlow is available on Facebook and through YouTube. 

 

Follow Amuse-Bouche at @AmuseBouchePod on Twitter and Instagram.  For more food stories and recipes, subscribe to the Amuse-Bouche newsletter at amusebouche.substack.com. And to see what our host Kae Lani Palmisano is doing check her out on Twitter and Instagram at @KaeLaniSays.

Jessica van Dop DeJesus: Food and Multiculturalism

Jessica van Dop DeJesus: Food and Multiculturalism

April 6, 2021

Jessica van Dop DeJesus is an incredibly multifaceted person. She’s a marine, a food and travel writer, a world traveler, a talented producer and food show host, and does it all while being a mom. She sits down with Kae Lani Palmisano to explore how her multicultural experiences impacts her work, her home life, and how she raises her daughter.

You can follow Jessica at @DiningTraveler on Twitter and Instagram.  You can read her blog The Dining Traveler at DiningTraveler.com and watch The Dining Traveler Series on her YouTube page

Follow Amuse-Bouche at @AmuseBouchePod on Twitter and Instagram.  For more food stories and recipes, subscribe to the Amuse-Bouche newsletter at amusebouche.substack.com. And to see what our host Kae Lani Palmisano is doing check her out on Twitter and Instagram at @KaeLaniSays.

Kate Morgan: Food and Memories

Kate Morgan: Food and Memories

March 22, 2021

Food connects us to one another not just in the present, but also reaches into our past and carries us into the future.  Journalist Kate Morgan joins Kae Lani Palmisano to discuss Food and Memories, how food can elicit memories but also can create new ones. 

You can follow Kate Morgan at @ByKateMorgan on Twitter and Instagram.  You can read her story "My Grandmother Knew a Secret: Survival Can Be Stored in a Jar" in the New York Times' Opinion Section. 

Follow Amuse-Bouche at @AmuseBouchePod on Twitter and Instagram.  For more food stories and recipes, subscribe to the Amuse-Bouche newsletter at amusebouche.substack.com. And to see what our host Kae Lani Palmisano is doing check her out on Twitter and Instagram at @KaeLaniSays.

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