Radio Cherry Bombe: Food For Thought
Jeni’s Ice Creams Home Office
Thursday, September 19th
6 to 8 p.m.
On Thursday, September 19, join the Bombesquad at the Jeni’s Ice Creams Home Office for the Columbus stop on our "Food for Thought" Radio Cherry Bombe Tour. We'll be talking to Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Ice Creams, Faith Durand of The Kitchn, Catie Randazzo of Preston’s and Ambrose and Eve, Paula Haines of Freedom a la Cart, Cara Mangini of Little Eater, Bidisha Nag of Create Your Curry, and Ena Hayles of Ena's Caribbean Kitchen about their journeys through food. This panel will be recorded for a future episode of Radio Cherry Bombe.
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Jeni Britton Bauer
Jeni Britton Bauer is an American ice cream maker and entrepreneur. A pioneer of the artisan ice cream movement, she introduced a modern, ingredient-driven style of ice cream making that has been widely emulated across the world but never duplicated. Jeni opened her first ice cream shop, Scream, in 1996, then founded Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2002. Her first cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller and won a coveted James Beard Award in 2012. It quickly became the de facto bible for anybody making their own ice cream or thinking about opening a new-style ice cream shop. Her second cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts (2014), took ice cream to the next level with an array of incredible plated, layered, and piled-high ice cream-centric desserts. Today, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is a Certified B Corporation with 34 scoop shops, an online shop at jenis.com, and distribution in top grocery stores across the country. As Founder, Jeni remains the beating heart of the company and is in charge of all creative output—from the ice cream itself to the supporting details that enhance the experience of eating it. Jeni is a 2017 Henry Crown Fellow and has been recognized by Fast Company as one of the most creative people in business today.
Faith Durand is Editor-in-Chief of Kitchn (thekitchn.com), the largest independent food publication online, with a readership of over 20 million readers a month. Faith coauthored the James Beard Award-winning The Kitchn Cookbook, as well as two previous cookbooks. Faith lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and toddler daughters
Catie is a Ohio native who, after returning from Brooklyn, NY working under Nate Smith, formerly of the Spotted Pig, has spent the last six years working to change the mind of Columbus food culture. She started her journey in 2013 with the Challah! Food Truck by creating Jew “ish” street food. It was through the food truck scene where she met her now business partner Matthew Heaggans.
Together, they own Preston’s: A Burger Joint, as well as Ambrose and Eve, which was recently given accolades in the New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune. She was named a Person to Watch in 2018 by Columbus Alive, and a Tastemaker in 2015 by Crave Magazine.
Paula Haines has served as the Executive Director of Freedom a la Cart since June 2016. She began her work at Freedom in 2013 as a volunteer, board member and founder of the Eat Up! Columbus fundraising event which has raised over $600,000 for the organization in its five years. Paula leads the organization from an entrepreneurial perspective having operated her own boutique marketing agency for ten years. She was awarded a 2017 Pillar Award as a Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year and was named a Central Ohio Smart 50 Award Honoree for her business leadership.
Freedom a la Cart is a nonprofit organization that empowers survivors of human trafficking to build a new life of freedom and self-sufficiency. In 2011, the organization launched a food cart social enterprise to provide job skill training to survivors - which today has blossomed into a thriving box lunch and catering business employing more than 90 survivors - 59 in the last three years. Of those 59 women, 24 transitioned from the program into sustainable employment within the community. And 85% have received no new criminal records!
Cara Mangini is a chef, award-winning cookbook author, and entrepreneur. As the creator and owner of Little Eater restaurants in Columbus, Ohio, she was named one of the top 50 plant-forward chefs in the world by the Culinary Institute of America and EAT, an international organization dedicated to reforming the global food system. Cara’s cookbook The Vegetable Butcher How to Select, Prep, Slice, Dice, and Masterfully Cook Vegetables from Artichokes to Zucchini is the winner of two IACP cookbook awards and a James Beard Award finalist. Southern Living magazine recognized The Vegetable Butcher as the #2 cookbook of all-time after The Joy of Cooking. Her recipes and work have appeared in the New York Times, Time magazine, The Washington Post, Fine Cooking, Better Homes & Gardens, Eating Well, Rachael Ray Every Day, Vegetarian Times, Oprah.com, Instyle.com, Saveur.com, TheKitchn.com and on the Today Show. It is Cara's mission to put vegetables at the center of the American plate in honor of our farmers, in celebration of the seasons and in support of human health, the environment, and biodiversity. She believes vegetables are one of life's greatest pleasures.
Bidisha Nag is the founder of Create Your Curry, where she teaches Indian cooking courses. She created her company to share knowledge, traditions, and cultural aspects of Indian food as a means to break the barrier and the fear of the unknown. Create Your Curry celebrates differences by bringing together people from diverse walks of life as a means to building relationships and community, one meal at a time.
When Bidisha moved to the US in 1993, she quickly became the “go-to” person for friends and neighbors who loved Indian food but wanted to avoid the tedious cooking process. She was pursuing her PhD in Cultural Geography, and began to develop quick and Indian recipes that didn’t sacrifice taste.
Today, her specialty is teaching students how to make Indian meals for whole the family that can be made from scratch in under two hours using fresh, locally available ingredients.
Ms. Ena was born in Mendez, Saint Catherine, Jamaica in the 50's. This is where she mastered her craft of cooking and perfected her well-known jerk sauce. Immigrating to the United States in 1982 under the leadership of her husband, Lloyd Hayles, they moved their five children to the Linden Area of Columbus, Ohio.
Known for their large Sunday family dinners, someone jokingly suggested the family open a restaurant. By December 1999, Ena’s Caribbean Kitchen opened its doors to the public in the same Linden Area they had immigrated to almost 20 years earlier. By 2004, Ena’s Caribbean Kitchen opened a larger location three doors down by renovating a dilapidated laundry mat. Currently, Ena’s Caribbean Kitchen has become one of Central Ohio’s favorite Caribbean restaurant and a staple within the Linden Area.