The Food Lens Podcast

The Food Lens Podcast


Latest Episodes

S4 Ep. 9: A Lesson in Resilience from a Refugee Restaurant Owner
September 23, 2020

After spending much of his childhood in a refugee camp in Kenya, Yahya Noor, of Tawakal Halal Cafe in East Boston,  has a perspective that has proved useful in navigating the COVID-19 crisis. In this episode, we hear from him about his unique experience .

S4 Ep. 8: How one Local Lebanese Restaurant is Helping Beirut
September 09, 2020

Mo El Zein is guiding his restaurant Moona, through the pandemic like everyone else. But as a Lebanese-American, he’s also working to help with relief efforts in his home city of Beirut, where much of his family still lives. Mohamad gathered industry fri.

S4 Ep. 7: Vincent’s Grocery is a Sign of the Times, and a Nod to the Past
August 26, 2020

Evan Harrison managed a successful pandemic pivot —  turning neighborhood bistro Cafe Du Pays into a local grocery store. He’s been working alongside his wife, Heather, who is also a partner in their restaurant group, and their new baby Louie. Evan share.

S4 Ep. 6: A Very Odd(Fellows) Time to Open an Ice Cream Shop
August 12, 2020

The Brooklyn-based, chef-driven ice cream company OddFellows expanded to Boston with their Chestnut Hill location not long before the pandemic struck. We caught up with Co-Founder and CEO Mohan Kumar about why his wife’s pregnancy cravings spawned a huge.

S4 Ep. 5: For the Love of Restaurants, Tony Maws & Bessie King Say Call Your State Rep
July 29, 2020

Bessie King and Tony Maws share the work of Massachusetts Restaurants United, a coalition of independent restaurant professionals who are advocating on behalf of an industry in crisis. We talk about what the organization aims to accomplish, what they wan.

S4 Ep. 4: Taking Tasting Counter Home
July 15, 2020

Peter Ungár knew from the start that his 20 personTasting Counter wouldn’t be pivoting to take out. Instead, Peter and his wife Ginhee decided to launch TC at home, an interactive dining experience where guests pick up meal-kit boxes, and enjoy cooking, .

S4 Ep. 3: M&M BBQ is Better than Ever, Plus There’s Beer Now
July 01, 2020

After more than a decade at the helm, Geo Lambert decided to make the move from his food truck to brick and mortar with his M&M BBQ business inside Dorchester Brewing. Little did he know that shortly after settling in, the Covid-19 crisis would strike. W.

S4 Ep. 2: NBC’s Shira Stoll Asks Chefs About the Dish They Miss
June 24, 2020

On her podcast, The Dish I Miss, NBC's digital content producer Shira Stoll asks Boston area chefs about the food they miss making for their community, and how they are coping during the Covid-19 crisis. A recent transplant from New York, we chat about w.

S4 Ep. 1: Andy Husbands is Still an Optimist, and Still Opening Restaurants
June 17, 2020

Restaurants are allowed to re-open for outdoor dining, and Andy Husbands, owner of The Smoke Shop BBQ, is here to fill us in on what the the last couple of months have looked like, how it feels to finally have waitstaff and diners back on the scene, and .

S3 Ep. 9: Douglass Williams Welcomes Everyone to Tremont Street
June 03, 2020

This episode consists of two interviews with Douglass Williams, chef-owner of Mida in the South End. In the first half, we check in with him following the nation’s response to the killing of George Floyd and how he has felt the reverberations as a black .