The Food Lens Podcast

The Food Lens Podcast


Latest Episodes

S4 Ep. 13: How to Build a Food Blog into a Successful Business
November 18, 2020

Boston-based baker and blogger Sarah Crawford explains how she built her casual blog Broma Bakery into a successful business. We dig into the evolution of food sites, the “3 waves of blogging,” and why vulnerability is more important than ever. Plus, she.

S4 Ep. 12: How Does a Restaurant with 1 Table Survive 2020
November 04, 2020

Before coronavirus, meals at Tanám were shared among strangers at one 10-seat table; a setup that clearly wasn’t going to work when they reopened this fall. We chatted with chef-owner Ellie Tiglao about how she and her colleagues are reimagining the smal.

S4 Ep. 11: How Staying in Start-Up Mode Helped Sarah Murphy Bring Back Vinal Bakery
October 21, 2020

At a time when so many restaurants are struggling, it’s great to hear from a business that has bounced back - despite facing so many challenges. Find out how staying in start-up mode helped Sarah Murphy figure out re-opening at Vinal Bakery, how a sense .

S4 Ep. 10: Why Josh Childs Is Serving up Nostalgia to Save His Bar
October 07, 2020

Everyone in the Boston restaurant industry seems to have something nice to say about Josh Childs, the beloved bartender-turned-restaurant-owner behind Trina’s Starlite Lounge, Audubon Boston, The Paddle Inn, and Parlor Sports, which pandemic-pivoted to T.

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, .