THE FOOD GRIOTCHRONICLES
Hosted by Tonya Hopkins
Serving up richly entertaining stories and inclusive history, The Food Griot Chronicles leads with gratitude for what Americans of many hues, cultures and national origins have brought – and continue to bring – to the table.
Hosted by The Food Griot herself, Tonya Hopkins, the podcast will lead listeners to ancient Egypt, colonial Virginia, modern-day New York, and beyond, diving deep into the untold history of our favorite foods. Listeners will traverse the wide world of culinary arts as Tonya chats with celebrities, cooks, chefs, bartenders, sommeliers, farmers, artisans, and more, uncovering the truth about our culinary past.
A “griot” is a West African troubadour – a historian, storyteller, mystic, time traveler, and our connection to the ancestors. The griot knows everything that is going on and is a living archive of traditions. Tonya, our griot, comes from a long line of chefs and now spends her life researching the great plantation cooks from whom she is descended. She is a culinary scholar, consultant, and educator who is plugged into all the exciting happenings in black & American culinary history, events, exhibits, and more. Tonya is also a co-founder of the James Hemings Foundation, where she conducts original research and mentors young culinary professionals. She has been featured on television and radio shows including ABC’s “The Chew,” written for scholarly publications and consumer magazines, and done research for television personalities such as Chef Carla Hall and restaurants such as Harlem Hops. A University of Pennsylvania graduate, Tonya also studied at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Windows on the World Wine School, and Narativ.
Episode 1: How Philly Invented Ice Cream (As We Know It)
Episode 2: The Most Famous Soup You’ve Never Heard of
Episode 3: What’s on Your Kwanzaa Table?
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