The Food Lens Podcast
S2 Ep. 10: It All Began with a Blog for Brian Samuels

S2 Ep. 10: It All Began with a Blog for Brian Samuels

April 1, 2020

How do you turn a passion project into a full-time career? Just ask Brian Samuels, Director of Photography for The Food Lens. We sat down with Brian to hear what it was like to start his site A Thought For Food during blogging’s heyday, and how he went from taking pictures of his plates for fun, to becoming one of Boston’s most well-known, and loved (yes we’re biased!) food photographers. Don’t worry, we made sure to get some advice for upping your Instagram game in the process.

In light of everyone being stuck at home due to Covid-19, we also asked Brian to share one of his best pantry-staple meals from the blog - Pasta Puttanesca. Click HERE for the recipe! 

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Thank you to our season two sponsors, Winestyr and Image Unlimited Communications. 
S2 Ep. 9: How Ashley Stanley Saves 75,000 Pounds of Food a Week with Lovin’ Spoonfuls

S2 Ep. 9: How Ashley Stanley Saves 75,000 Pounds of Food a Week with Lovin’ Spoonfuls

March 18, 2020

When Lovin’ Spoonfuls Founder Ashley Stanley discovered how much good food was being thrown out at big grocery stores, she started by loading up her car, and carrying it to a local shelter. 10 years later, the non-profit rescues 75,000 pounds of food every week. We talk to Ashley about how she got into the business of bringing food to people who need it most, what makes her non-profit unique, and the personal challenges that led her to change her life, and help so many others in the process. 

During the current coronavirus outbreak, communities served by Lovin’ Spoonfuls need our help more than ever. To donate, please go to https://lovin-spoonfuls.networkforgood.com/projects/9629-lovin-spoonfuls.  

Weeknight dinner stress is cancelled! Catherine's company, not just co., helps you get a healthy, delicious meal done fast with their modern pantry staples, plus easy recipes for you on those evenings you aren't hitting the Boston restaurant scene. Use code TFL20 to receive 20% off your order.  

Thank you to our season two sponsors, Winestyr and Image Unlimited Communications. 
S2 Ep. 8: The Business of Baking with Joanne Chang

S2 Ep. 8: The Business of Baking with Joanne Chang

March 11, 2020

Whether you want to learn how to bake a better brioche, or build a successful business, you’re going to want to grab a pen to take notes while you tune in. The baker/restaurant-owner/author shares how she went from a consulting gig as a recent Harvard grad, to scrappily figuring out her first Flour, to running 8 bakeries and 1 restaurant, while writing best-selling cookbooks, and creating a work culture where no one wants to leave. 

Weeknight dinner stress is cancelled! Catherine's company, not just co., helps you get a healthy, delicious meal done fast with their modern pantry staples, plus easy recipes for you on those evenings you aren't hitting the Boston restaurant scene. Use code TFL20 to receive 20% off your order.  

Thank you to our season two sponsors, Winestyr and Image Unlimited Communications. 
S2 Ep. 7: Building an Independent Beverage Business is a Real Hoot

S2 Ep. 7: Building an Independent Beverage Business is a Real Hoot

March 4, 2020

How many people dream of quitting their desk jobs to start a successful craft-brewery? How many people actually take the plunge? We sat down with Night Shift co-founders Michael Oxton and Rob Burns to find out how they turned late night homebrew sessions in their apartment into a fast-growing craft beverage and distribution business.

Weeknight dinner stress is cancelled! Catherine's company, not just co., helps you get a healthy, delicious meal done fast with their modern pantry staples, plus easy recipes for you on those evenings you aren't hitting the Boston restaurant scene. Use code TFL20 to receive 20% off your order. 

 
Thank you to our season two sponsors, Winestyr and Image Unlimited Communications. 
S2 Ep. 6: How Elle Simone Scott Styled Herself a Career in Food

S2 Ep. 6: How Elle Simone Scott Styled Herself a Career in Food

February 26, 2020

How do you get a job cooking on TV? According to Elle Simone, by saying yes to all manner of crazy experiences life serves up. Chef Simone shares the story of her winding path, from aspiring academic and social worker, to food stylist and on-air talent at America’s Test Kitchen. Elle gives us a peek behind the curtain of food TV production, talks about starting She Chef to empower women of color in the industry, and shares a couple of big, brand new projects she’s working on. Keep up!

Weeknight dinner stress is cancelled! Catherine's company, not just co., helps you get a healthy, delicious meal done fast with their modern pantry staples, plus easy recipes for you on those evenings you aren't hitting the Boston restaurant scene. Use code TFL20 to receive 20% off your order. 
 
Thank you to our season two sponsors, Winestyr and Image Unlimited Communications. 
S2 Ep. 5: There’s No Place Like Home for Mr. Kim

S2 Ep. 5: There’s No Place Like Home for Mr. Kim

February 19, 2020

After running away to the islands, and popping up around Portsmouth, Gary Kim is back in his hometown with his new restaurant Mr. Kim’s. In this episode we talk about what hangs in the balance of new and old Portsmouth, wanderlust, finding your food voice, and why he has no fear of “fusion.”

Weeknight dinner stress is cancelled! Catherine's company, not just co., helps you get a healthy, delicious meal done fast with their modern pantry staples, plus easy recipes for you on those evenings you aren't hitting the Boston restaurant scene. Use code TFL20 to receive 20% off your order. 
 
Thank you to our season two sponsors, Winestyr and Image Unlimited Communications. 
S2 Ep. 4: All in the Pam-ily (with Pam & Chris Willis)

S2 Ep. 4: All in the Pam-ily (with Pam & Chris Willis)

February 12, 2020

Ever wonder what it would be like to grow up in a glamorous NYC hotel? Or down on the farm? Pam, the gregarious, fashionable front of the house, and her husband Chris the creative but exacting chef, create the Alchemy that is Pammy’s in Inman Square, Cambridge. Exciting, yet approachable, this elevated Italian-American spot is a reflection of the couple who run the show. We dig into “Pam-ily” dynamics, the unsung beauty of fresh flour, and the emotional pay-off of running a neighborhood restaurant.

Weeknight dinner stress is cancelled! Catherine's company, not just co., helps you get a healthy, delicious meal done fast with their modern pantry staples, plus easy recipes for you on those evenings you aren't hitting the Boston restaurant scene. Use code TFL20 to receive 20% off your order. 
 
Thank you to our season two sponsors, Winestyr and Image Unlimited Communications. 
S2 Ep. 3: No Wine Snobs Allowed with TJ & Hadley Douglas

S2 Ep. 3: No Wine Snobs Allowed with TJ & Hadley Douglas

February 5, 2020

The husband wife duo behind The Urban Grape in Boston’s South End are all about making wine culture more accessible: They take the pretension out of wine talk by making everyone who walks into their store feel welcome. They classify bottles “progressively,” in a unique system that prioritizes finding wine you’ll love. They champion small producers. We chat with the couple about work and family life, running a woman/black-owned wine shop, and why trends won’t dictate what’s on the shelf at UG.  

Don't miss our upcoming Galentine's Day Party at OAK Long Bar + Kitchen on February 13th from 6-9PM. Join us for a night of sipping, snacking, and sweets to celebrate the ladies – all while supporting Women’s Lunch Place, a local charity that helps homeless women. For more information, click HERE. We hope to see you there! 
 
Weeknight dinner stress is cancelled! Catherine's company, not just co., helps you get a healthy, delicious meal done fast with their modern pantry staples, plus easy recipes for you on those evenings you aren't hitting the Boston restaurant scene. Use code TFL20 to receive 20% off your order. 
 
Thank you to our season two sponsors, Winestyr and Image Unlimited Communications. 
S2 Ep. 2: Getting “Saltie” with Boston Restaurateur Kathy Sidell

S2 Ep. 2: Getting “Saltie” with Boston Restaurateur Kathy Sidell

January 29, 2020

The hospitality business is in Kathy Sidell’s blood. The restaurateur’s father, banker and restaurant backer Jack Sidell, and her sister, Stephanie, of Stephanie’s on Newbury, both inspired her to get in to the game. In this episode, we chat about her career as a female restaurateur, the genesis of Saltie Girl, her new potato chip venture, and the importance of not taking no for an answer.

Don't miss our upcoming Galentine's Day Party at OAK Long Bar + Kitchen on February 13th from 6-9PM. Join us for a night of sipping, snacking, and sweets to celebrate the ladies – all while supporting Women’s Lunch Place, a local charity that helps homeless women. For more information, click HERE. We hope to see you there! 
 
Weeknight dinner stress is cancelled! Catherine's company, not just co., helps you get a healthy, delicious meal done fast with their modern pantry staples, plus easy recipes for you on those evenings you aren't hitting the Boston restaurant scene. Use code TFL20 to receive 20% off your order. 
 
Thank you to our season two sponsors, Winestyr and Image Unlimited Communications. 
S2 Ep. 1: JuanMa Calderón & Maria Roundeau Know How to Throw a (Dinner) Party

S2 Ep. 1: JuanMa Calderón & Maria Roundeau Know How to Throw a (Dinner) Party

January 22, 2020

When friends say, “You should open a restaurant!” just because you throw a great dinner party, they are usually wrong. Not in the case of JuanMa Calderón & Maria Rondeau whose Somerville restaurant Celeste started as a supper in club in their Cambridge home. We sat down with the couple to hear how a filmmaker and an architect with no prior experience in the industry opened one of the hottest spots in town, and how they plan to keep the party going.

*NOTE (26:53): The duo's newest concept in Vermont is slated to open in Spring 2020.

Don't miss our upcoming Galentine's Day Party at OAK Long Bar + Kitchen on February 13th from 6-9PM. Join us for a night of sipping, snacking, and sweets to celebrate the ladies – all while supporting Women’s Lunch Place, a local charity that helps homeless women. For more information, click HERE. We hope to see you there! 
 
Weeknight dinner stress is cancelled! Catherine's company, not just co., helps you get a healthy, delicious meal done fast with their modern pantry staples, plus easy recipes for you on those evenings you aren't hitting the Boston restaurant scene. Use code TFL20 to receive 20% off your order. 
 
Thank you to our season two sponsors, Winestyr and Image Unlimited Communications.