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First Aired - 03/18/2014 03:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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On today’s THE FOOD SEEN, Lisa Gross, founder/CEO of The League of Kitchens, grew up in NYC, daughter of a Korean immigrant and a Jewish New Yorker, all the while eating soup, either doenjang-guk (soy bean paste soup) and matzo ball that is. Her work as an artist, educator, and social entrepreneur has always questioned the values and perceptions of social history, cross-cultural relations, domestic space, and national identity. Projects like The Boston Tree Party, an urban agricultural and political public arts project, engaged the citizens of Boston in a discourse about civic fruit, planting upwards of 70 pairs of apple trees, hoping to bear 15,000 fruit within 4 years. Lisa’s most recent endeavor, The League of Kitchens, celebrates NYC’s largest wave of immigration since the early 20th century by empowering immigrant women who’s passions as home cooks translate into inspiring teachers. These women invite guests into their homes, interactively teaching them of their native cuisines, ranging from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Greece, India, Lebanon, and Korea. You’ll learn how to make Murgir Mangsho (chicken curry), Mantu (dumplings filled with meat and onions and a tomato-chana dal sauce), Spanakopita (spinach pie), Keftedes with Tzatziki (meatballs with cucumber yogurt sauce), Galbi (Korean short ribs), Ka’ak Bi Tamer (Date Cookies, with mahlab, nutmeg, nigella, sesame seeds), and Mixed Dal (lentils, green chiles, garlic, coriander, cumin, tomatoes, fresh curry leaves, toasted mustard seeds, red chili powder) … all within the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. Sign up for your workshop today! This program has been sponsored by Tabard Inn.

"There's often very little opportunity to have really meaningful interaction from people from other backgrounds." [14:15]

Lisa Gross on The Food Seen

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First Aired - 02/05/2014 10:00AM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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Toro is located in the old Nabisco Factory (85 10th Avenue at 15th Street) and helmed by Co-Chef/Owners Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnett along with partners Doug Jacob and Will Malnati. South Chelsea's incarnation of Boston's Barcelona-style tapas bar features an eclectic menu focusing on both traditional and modern tapas, combining regional Spanish flavors and techniques with local and market-fresh ingredients. The Spanish-focused beverage program from Caitlin Doonan features a cocktail menu with a dedicated section of Gin Tonic variations like Nuestra Casa with Oxley gin, allspice and pear and Atencion Gratuita with Bols Genever gin, thyme and lavender, sherry-centric cocktails like Sherry Julep with Amontillado sherry, curaçao and mint, and others such as Verdad y Amor with tequila, hibiscus and ginger and the Rosarita’s Fire with mezcal, pomegranate and cava. The wine list emphasizes Spain and the old world, with a focus on small producers and growers, and features an extensive sherry section. Additionally, seasonal sangrias are available on tap, along with a selection of beer. Caitlin began her career as an actress, but quickly found that her energy and passion were better suited for food and wine than for the stage. Caitlin trained under some of the biggest names in wine, including Theresa Paopao, former wine director at Momofuku. As the beverage manager for Má Pêche, she designed the drinks component of Kappo, the restaurant’s renowned omakase menu, working alongside Paul Carmichael, to help earn the team at Má Pêche a spot among Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Wine Restaurants of 2013. After a stint at Boston's Market by Jean Georges, Caitlin was thrilled to join the team at Toro, where she focuses on varieties from Spain and the old world, with an emphasis on small producers and growers. This program has been sponsored by Many Kitchens. Today's music Today's music provided by Obey City.

"I think for so long people wrote off Spanish wine, so now people are saying 'no, we're going to focus on quality not quantity'." [19:15]

Caitlin Doonan on In The Drink

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First Aired - 01/29/2014 01:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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Lydia Shire is the enduring culinary talent behind some of Boston's most celebrated restaurants. She's universally acclaimed, having won a James Beard award for Best Chef Northeast, and the Women Chefs and Restauranteurs 2011 Golden Whisk Award. She's known for her use of fat and offal, and her exuberant personality in the kitchen. Lydia grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, and fell in love with food at a young age. This program has been sponsored by Hearst Ranch.

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"If you want something in life badly, you'll have to set yourself apart." [3:30]

"At the end of the day, cooking is the fun part of our job, but managing people is difficult at times." [8:45]

"I don't suggest that you eat fat at every meal, but there are times when you just need fat." [18:45]

Lydia Shire on Evolutionaries.

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