exploring our style, identity and values through food
episode 32: the queen of Persian cuisine
Najmieh Batmanglij is "the grande dame of Iranian Cooking”. She’s spent the past 35 years cooking, traveling throughout Iran, and adapting traditional Persian recipes to tastes and techniques in the West. Her book Food of Life was dubbed “the definitive book on Iranian cooking” by the Los Angeles Times, and we couldn’t agree more. From her advice to dance while cooking (her favorite tunes are created or produced by her son Rostam Batmanglij, formerly of Vampire Weekend) and connect with others through food, Najmieh makes us feel right at home in her world of beautiful ingredients and delightful flavors rooted in Persian culinary culture.
episode 31: all the likes
In the studio with Holly Liss- a veritable social media magnate who built Goop and the Infatuation's social followings. She’s now growing her own company Enlisst where she leads social storytelling for her clients, such as Misi, sweetgreen, and other amazing brands we #pinefor in food, fashion and beyond. Tune in for her thoughts on the age of influence, how food and style intersect, and the next great social frontier.
episode 30: a hospitality multi-hyphenate
In the studio with Camilla Marcus, founder of west~bourne, NYC’s all-day cafe we #pinefor and investor extraordinaire, chatting about launching social enterprises that last, and bringing creative businesses into the world, such as The Wing, Ramona and Great Jones.
episode 29: rise & shine
Here at pineapple we literally go to bed dreaming about breakfast. One of the highlights of our pineapple LA launch was waking up to LA's breakfast scene. In LA, breakfast is more than the most important meal of the day - it’s an opportunity to give gratitude for what we appreciate most about what's on our plates: the soil growing the delicious ingredients, the people harvesting the food, and the nourishment, flavor, and California bounty we all #pinefor. This episode in collab with Full Service Radio is a breakfast of champions--Caitlin Sullivan of Honey Hi, Ally Walsh of Canyon Coffee, and Nicole Rucker of Fiona--and broadcasted live in front of a 30+ person audience from The Line Hotel in Koreatown.
episode 26: will travel for food
Staying curious about food is our MO at pineapple. Sometimes this means traveling to taste delicious food and drink. So, we invited explorer extraordinaire, Lane Harlan, who is also the genius behind Baltimore establishments WC Harlan, Clavel and Fadensonnen, to share how she plans trips--from Copenhagen's natural wine bars to Japan's sake spots to Oaxaca's markets & palenques--and honors the diverse cultures and traditions of what we love and consume here in the US and abroad.
episode 25: wine, naturally
We care about where our food comes from, so what about our wine? Better yet, how does the way it was made affect the way it tastes, our preferences, and its impact on the food system? Picking out a bottle of wine can sometimes leave you with more questions than answers. By the time we pull a bottle off the shelf, we might be more focused on getting out of the store rather than the story behind the grape. In collab with Squarespace, a convo with Felicia Colbert and Rebekah Pineda all about the #nofilter world of natural wine.
episode 24: feminism & teaism
What does it mean to build a feminist business? This week’s show is all about starting and growing a sustainable, progressive business with Michelle Brown and Lela Singh - the mother-daughter duo behind the 23-year-old, DC-based tea house and pineapple's fave cafe, Teaism. In collaboration with Squarespace, we chat through the "Feminist Business" philosophy & principles from Jenn Armbrust of Sister, so that we may all work toward embodying new values, create new economies and experiment with new distributions of power in 2019 and beyond.
episode 23: hot off the press with Julia Kramer
Talkin' style, identity, and values when it comes to food & media (plus the importance of setting the table, the value of curiosity, and inspiration) with the singular Julia Kramer. She's the deputy editor of Bon Appetit, and also a self-proclaimed bagel lover, Chicago style hot-dog enthusiast and the ultimate food trendsetter. PLUS! Better biz advice in partnership with Squarespace all about nuanced community listening (hint: if your audience loves soup content, do NOT become a soup brand).
episode 22: soil is alive
Soil is the bedrock of our food system. This week's show is all about the social and environmental impact of healthy soil, featuring Aria McLauchlan, co-founder of Land Core USA, an organization advocating for soil health policies and programs that create value for farmers, businesses and communities. PLUS! Better business advice brought to you by Squarespace all about #gratitude.
episode 21: positively body positive
Chatting body positivity- the movement for acceptance, and respect of all bodies, esp marginalized ones with body posi activists Ivy Felicia and Patrilie Hernandez. We'll learn all about what it means to dismantle harmful ideas about the size of our bodies and discuss the idea that that as women, our worth should not and must not be measured by the number on the scale.
episode 20: rethinking Thanksgiving
pineapple is all about community, so with that in mind we wanted to talk about the communities affected by the culture, history of Thanksgiving. The genocide of American Indians is well known to a certain extent: warfare, smallpox, and boarding schools have all contributed to the systematic erasure of Native people and culture. Today we’re discussing the history of orchestrated attacks on their traditional food systems with writer Maura Judkis and founder of Indigikitchen, Mariah Gladstone.
episode 19: aperitif hour
Aperitif is all about the ritual of communal gathering, celebration, and being present with loved ones before a meal. We’re chattin with Rebekah Peppler - author of newly released Aperitif- a book dedicated to that very idea. Come for the discussion about the terroir, history, tradition of spirits, and stay for Rebekah’s go-to cocktail, the Lillet tonic.
episode 18: everday dorie
Dorie Greenspan was a “foodie” before the term was coined. A New Yorker with an affinity for all things French, Dorie has a pulse on everyone and everything in the food world. Through her James Beard award-winning cookbooks and popular columns in The New York Times and Washington Post, Dorie proves that you can be an exceptional cook and baker (and that there isn’t much she can’t do). But what makes a “Dorie” recipe? In “the golden age of cookbooks” what makes hers such hits? On the show we chat with Doire- our ultimate culinary inspiration all about her storied career, kitchen inspo, and favorite cooking techniques so we too can embrace a bit of Dorie’s spunk and spontaneity in our everyday.
episode 17: wine food
Wine and food is our raison d'etre. So we're chatting with wine lovers Dana Frank and Andrea Sloenecker on the air to celebrate their new book Wine Food - all about the pineapple way to enjoy wine. And we mean, truly ENJOY it. Move aside wine, cheese and nuts! What we love about this book is that it’s all about matching that glou-glou to the rustic, casual, global food we all love to eat. In Wine Food, Dana and Andrea deliver recipes for us to enjoy brunches, salads, burgers, vegetable dishes, picnics, weeknight dinners, and feasts with friends, all inspired by delicious, natural, ethical and affordable wines that go with them beautifully.
episode 16: against the grain
Chattin' about the power of heritage, alternative, landrace grains with Sarah Owens - a New York City based cookbook author, baker, gardener, and instructor. She’s a James Beard award winner for her first book Sourdough and recently released her second book Toast & Jam.
episode 15: Helen’s Wine world
Our adventures in the world of women and wine continue with Helen Johannesen of Helen's Wines--her eponymous shop in LA. She's also the wine director of Jon & Vinny's restaurant group, e.g. Kismet, Animal, Petit Trois, etc. She's got taste, style and values when it comes to the wines she enjoys and she's here to share that passion and intel with pineapple.
episode 14: film to farm
What do masterful storytelling, world-renowned female chefs and progressive agriculture all have in common? Our friend Abby Fuller, an award-winning documentarian and the youngest and only woman director of our fave Netflix show Chef’s Table. From Chef Ana Roš’s kitchen in Slovenia to a regenerative cattle farm in Virginia, Abby highlights critical issues in our food system by filming the most highly acclaimed chefs, farmers and activists who are changing the way we eat. We chat with Abby to hear all about how women are transforming filmmaking, farming and food and what we can all do to create a better food system and world with the power of our voice.
episode 13: beauty as wellness
Beauty as wellness is all about body positivity, womanhood & food. We chat with Cindy DiPrima Moirsse & Kerrilyn Pamer, founders of CAP Beauty all about their content, products, and community, plus we'll dig into the juicy things like - what does beauty truly mean anyhow? How do we truly embrace wellness in ourselves and others while fighting impossible beauty standards, a fatphobic society, and body image challenges? How can we embrace a more inclusive wellness culture - with diverse races, bodies, genders, ages?
episode 12: salad for president
Julia Sherman is the creator of Salad for President- a project all about where food and art intersect. Through Julia’s history growing up with artists, studying and practicing art, and ultimately finding her artistic expression through salad, we experience food in wholly new way.
From living with Benedictine nuns clad in denim habits, to constructing gardens on the rooftops of venerable art museums, Julia reminds us that we are all creative. We don’t need to study art history or master the art of French cooking to express ourselves. We #pinefor her because she encourages us to find the artists within ourselves by stealing ideas, breaking the rules, finding the magic in the everyday, and simply creating.
episode 11: the girl behind sqirl
Jessica Koslow is the girl behind Sqirl - aka the restaurant at the forefront of the California cooking renaissance--food that is both virtuous, delicious and oh so seasonal. Bacon lovers and vegans obsess over it equally and there’s always something new to dig into. We love Sqirl, we love her cookbook “Everything I want to Eat”, we love her jams, and her swag. And we’re honored to chat on the air to chat about her style, identity and values through food.
episode 10: smell the rosés
Our fave subjects include wine, wellness, creativity, and style. This episode is all about just that. We chat with Carlie Steiner, co-owner & beverage director at Himitsu - an offbeat & whimsical Japanese inspired joint with an inspired wine & spirits menu. We learn more about Carlie's background, and of course her style, identity and values around wine. Plus, at the end of the show we learn more about the experience around wine with a junk food x fine wine pairing session.
episode 9: appropriation vs appreciation
We talk culinary appropriation, sovereignty, pride and power today with two guest we #pinefor Sunyatta Amen and Krystal Mack. When we think about food, it’s easy to fall back comfortably into feelings of nostalgia, of sharing and savoring. But what happens when your traditions are taken by others that profit from them? We’re at a moment when kimchi is referred to as “trendy” and a “Best Barbecue” roundup doesn’t include any black people, and a chopped cheese (which are those NY bodega chopped hamburger sandwiches) are sold for ten bucks at an upscale supermarket. On the other hand, food can of course, build bridges. By learning the cuisines of others, we see through the lens of a culture we’ve never looked through before. Yet, if we exploit the food and those who create it for our own gain, we decidedly burn those bridges. So, where do we draw the line?
episode 8: not your average scoop
We're chattin' all things ice cream with Victoria Lai of Ice Cream Jubilee and Rabia Kamara of Ruby Scoops. In true pineapple fashion, this conversation goes beyond the surface of our fave frozen confections. We cover a large swaths of topics all through the lens of sweet treats like food freedom, collaboration over competition, sourcing & the supply chain, employment & labor, innovation and creativity, and representation in the ice cream biz.
episode 7: pasta power
We chat with Colu Henry and Domenica Marchetti on the topic of pasta, because there’s much more to it than meets the eye. There’s power, resistance and a herstory to pasta. On this episode we’ll dig into vast range of dishes plus the role of women in pasta-making and embracing a riots not diets lifestyle, always.
episode 6: wine all the time
We're drinkin’ wine, all the freakin’ time. Why? Because it’s 2018 and we do what we want. On this topic, we’ve got some questions...everything from... what is natural wine anyway? To how do we decipher all the info on wine bottles? To What’s going on with sexism and racism in the wine industry? To answer those q’s we’ve got Marissa Ross- she's the author "Wine. All The Time.", a gem of a guidebook to casual & confident drinking. She who also happens to be Bon Appetit Magazine’s wine editor (nbd) and our personal wine hero. We’ve also got Julia Coney on the air -she is one of our favorite DC-based wine writers & wine enthusiasts. Not only is she a wine expert, she’s an outspoken advocate for more women of color in wine. She writes about the need to break the the glass ceiling in wine, esp. for women of color who experience a tremendous lack of representation and inclusion. And we couldn’t agree more. Also, she pairs wines with HBO Insecure episodes, which is pretty much the greatest thing EVER.
episode 5: food & music
We’re talkin' jams- food and music that is! Two subject areas, inextricably linked in so many ways. First, the experience of eating is in no way just about the food. It’s about the atmosphere too, and in a very real way, music can completely change our dining experience. There’s research that music can even change the way we taste! And then there’s the phenomenon of former rock stars turning to the food industry. What is it about music aficionados being interested in food? Chefs are starting bands. Musicians are tweeting what they eat. Producers have food blogs. And as we all know, chefs are the new rock stars. On this episode we chat with cowboy-soul musician, Odetta Hartman & founder of Dim Sum Media, Farrah Skeiky about the many ways in which we can use music express ourselves through food.
episode 4: food justice for all
As women who love food, it’s important to look beyond our plates and fave restaurants and also learn how to feed our food system awareness and activism. Food Justice underpins all food issues, and so we must educate ourselves about food’s connection to our community’s health, prosperity and wellbeing.
DC Greens writes on Food Justice: “To advance food justice is to recognize and address the structural inequalities in our food system. The work of creating a just food system shifts power and knowledge to community members so that they can exercise their right to grow, sell and eat healthy food at all times.”
So on that, we chat with Chloe Marshall of the Capital Area Food Bank and Food Equity Council Communications Chair in Prince George’s County and Laine Cidlowski of the DC Food Policy council on how we as consumers, activists, citizens can create a more equitable food community- whether that’s by purchasing, voting, organizing, or creating.
episode 3: taking care of business
There are so many entrepreneurial women and wantrepreneurial women in the pineapple community striving to create or grow their amazing businesses. Good ideas are the starting point, but execution alongside financial sustainability and profitability are key.
Moreover, as the pineapple community knows well, women’s relationship with and identity in food has evolved majorly in the last few decades--heck, even in the last few years. We’re no longer just homemakers or consumers, but rather we’re creating the next generation of amazing food companies--from restaurants, to packaged goods, to farms. More of us are in leadership positions than ever before and we’re hustling to establish/grow businesses big and small. This episode we'll explore how we empower women to "take care of business" such that we are set up for financial success and can scale our businesses. Covering the fundamentals of your financials to seeking investment, we'll explore how to unlock the food businesswoman in us all.
episode 2: highly cookable, highly sharable
This week, we're chattin' all things community, and accessibility around good food. Our guests are Alison Roman - former food editor with Bon Appetit Magazine, and a current best selling author of her cookbook Dining In. You may know her from the chocolate chip shortbread cookies that have gone completely viral on instagram. And Melissa Jones, an edible activist, environmental advocate, and the founder of FoodTalksDC- an online platform that collects and shares food stories spotlighting people of color. Through FoodTalks, Melissa has celebrated and promoted stories from black and brown communities and shared empowering narratives that stem from the land. Both Melissa & Alison manifest the art of hospitality, and leverage the power of food as a community connector. Join the convo as they chat about the importance of food memories, their love of Detroit, and the power of creating accessible food experiences for people we love.
episode 1: food freedom
This episode on pineapple radio discusses Food Freedom - an idea that we learned from Lee Tilghman, of @leefromamerica. For most women, our identity with food is complicated and wrapped up in some difficult emotions, like shame or obsession- especially in the instagram age where your constantly being told what to eat, what we should look like, and how your life needs to improve. It begs the question- how far should we go with the concept of wellness? And what are the ways that we as a community can combat some of the exclusivity we experience in the wellness space in terms of race, class and gender? We chat with Samantha Attard of Happy Healthy Human & Lina Salazar of Live Well on these questions.