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Playing With Food

A monthly program on unique ways of looking at everyday foods on the California Central Coast.

Latest Episodes
  • Some people made handmade tortillas every single day. In King City, Isabel Garcia does just that. Her experience, skill and love produce amazing tortillas with just a few ingredients.The song in this segment is "There's No Tortillas" by Lalo Guerrero.You can listen to the full song here:
  • Foraging for mushrooms is a fun way to get exercise while hunting for food. However, with California's lack of rain, there are more mushroom graveyards than there are mushroom fields. Some have taken an entrepreneurial approach and are growing them in their homes.
  • The siege on Ukraine is an atrocity playing out before our very eyes. How are local Ukrainians coping? Canadian-Ukrainian Annie Capelli makes Ukrainian Borscht for Fr. Ian as she describes the scene in Ukraine that her family and friends are endeavoring to endure.
  • During the George Floyd Black Lives Matters Protests, food blogger and podcaster Jaime Lewis decided to remove from her deed the restriction that read: No person of any race other than a Caucasian race shall use or occupy any building or any lot. She worked with Race Matters SLO to document the process in a film titled "Restrictions Apply". Jaime and Race Matters SLO Executive Director Courtney Haile share their journey of racial justice since the completion of the film over a dinner of salad, paella and apple empanadas.
  • Imagine if we could use a food source that is naturally abundant and doesn’t consume another scarce commodity (ie, water). Centuries ago, the native peoples of California used the food sources available to them. One of those was the ever-abundant acorn!
  • Sharing freshly baked bread by bicycle turned into a business, one that takes "companion" (translates from Latin as "breadfellow") to a deeper level.
  • When a company in the food industry outgrows their domestic kitchen, does not need a restaurant or cannot justify a standalone kitchen, The Kitchen Terminal has a solution for those playing with food on a small commercial scale: Rent.
  • Dairy animals contribute more than just their milk toward making good cheese. Playing With Food looks at how every aspect of the life of a goat herd near Cambria is part of making a high-quality cheese.
  • Lowering one's carbon footprint takes committment and determination. When it comes to food, we can reduce our meat consumption, eliminate food waste and consume less, in general. But committing to cooking off the grid? That is Aaron Gomez's committment to saving the planet one meal at a time.
  • California has an endless supply of fresh food. We all know that. But we also have hungry people. So, how do those living with food insecurity gain access to the bounty they see all around them? Well, there are hundreds of people in your neighborhoods who are helping make that happen. And it’s GleanSLO at the Food Bank.