June 19, 2019
Husna Pasha is the charismatic, engaging female behind Alisha’s Cafe collective, the community restaurant where you can enjoy quirky, authentic vegetarian dishes, weekly cultural events, and the best Chai around.
Today, Husna leads us on a journey through her childhood as the only Indian, Muslim in her town to her time as an occupational therapist and ultimately, to the talk-show host, mother, and restaurant owner that she is today. Enjoy wisdom, laughs, and a few tears as we learn about life, love, and what it takes to be Australia’s answer to Oprah Winfrey.
Stay with us as we learn how the past and the future of Melbourne is shaped by the Muslims.
June 11, 2019
Today, we meet with Barbara Nicole, a PhD and expert in the emergence of Chinese restaurants in Australia from the late nineteenth century through the 1950's.
We sit with Barbara in the Chinese Museum in Melbourne where she volunteers and discuss her research to understand why you can find a Chinatown in most cities in Australia, how Chinese restaurants came to be in even the smallest of Australian towns, and the impact Chinese had on the immigration policies of Australia. We begin to understand Melbourne’s roll in this emergence and see how legislation, war, and business led to the prominent cuisine so cherished by Melbourne residents.
Stay with us as we learn how the past and the future of Melbourne is shaped by the Chinese.
May 21, 2019
Today, we sit with Peter Laliotis, managing director and part owner of Hellas Cakes, a Melbourne Greek sweets staple since 1962.
Melbourne not only has the largest Greek population in Australia, they have the largest Greek population of any city outside of Greece. Located in the heart of Richmond, formerly a primarily Greek suburb, Hellas Cakes has proudly served the residents of Melbourne for over 50 years. Through that time, they have had to adapt their business plan and alter their service style to accommodate for the changing times and diversifying area.
Today, we learn how a restaurant works to retain authenticity and history while adapting with a city through sharing stories, food and the passion passed down through generations.
Stay with us as we learn how the past and the future of Melbourne is shaped by the Greeks.
May 15, 2019
Today, we sit with Greg Hampton, head chef of Charcoal Lane, and Troy Krillin, program manager for social enterprises for Mission Australia.
Although they are the oldest, ongoing living culture in the world, indigenous Australians have almost become foreigners in their own lands. Missions where natives were forced to be housed and “Christianized”, the Stolen Generation where approximately 1 in 3 children were forcibly removed from their families, late 20th century laws restricting land ownership, maternity leave, pensions, inheritance, and more all contributed to an aboriginal unemployment rate that is 3 times that of the average non-indigenous person.
To help combat this statistic, Mission Australia created Charcoal Lane as an opportunity to train Aboriginal youths in the service industry. They create a safe, healthy environment where their trainees can learn about their culture, honor their traditions, and learn valuable skills that they can take into the workforce.
Charcoal Lane also incorporates native Australian produce and animals into their food and press to educate people on the benefits of cultivating these products for food sustainability in Australia. Today we discuss recent history, current events, personal stories, and exotic cuisines to understand more about the native culture and cuisine of Australia.
Stay with us as we learn how the past and the future of Melbourne is shaped by Aboriginals.
April 29, 2019
Today, we sit with Salvatore Malatesta, founder and creative director of St Ali Coffee in South Melbourne.
As a former British settlement, tea used to be the main household brew of Australia. It wasn’t until the first espresso machine was introduced to Melbourne at Cafe Florentino, the predecessor to Grossi Florentino who we speak with in a former episode, that coffee began to emerge in the city. Now, Melbourne is world renowned for its specialty coffee shops, and Salvatore Malatesta is credited with being at the forefront of the movement in Melbourne. He shares with us the journey that led to his passion, the catch 22 of coffee costs and labor conditions, and Melbourne’s coffee evolution over time.
Stay with us as we learn how the past and the future of Melbourne is shaped by coffee.
April 15, 2019
Today, we sit with John Burn, former owner and chef of Ebi Fine Foods.
John is Scottish by birth but Japanese by interest. After visiting Japan, becoming enamored with the culture and cuisine, and making a spur of the moment purchase of a specialty grill, John traveled down a path that led to the opening of a Fish N Chips - Japanese Cuisine joint shop in the suburbs of Melbourne. His love and passion for Japanese cuisine and his unique approach to introducing locals to that earned him rave reviews and stunning accolades. Through his story of luck, dedication, and curiosity to a culture not of his upbringing, we can learn that we aren’t all that different after all. And we begin to see the miracles that can occur from being curious by something unfamiliar to us.
April 8, 2019
Today we sit with Guy Grossi, owner and chef of Grossi Florentino.
Grossi Florentino, formerly the Florentino Cafe, has been a staple of the Melbourne community since the 1920s. Sitting in the heart of Melbourne’s Central Business District, it has seen a vastly diversifying and evolving city. It stood at the forefront of educating the community about Italian customs and cuisines before a large post-WWII Italian immigration to the city. Since then, the cafe traded hands to the Grossi family who has further expanded and diversified their influence in the community. Today we sit with Guy Grossi who educates us on Italian influence on local laws and policies, shares stories of success and family legacy, and shows us how circularly foreigners impact local cuisine while locals are influencing foreign cuisine.
Join us as we learn how the past and the future of Melbourne is shaped by the Italians.
April 2, 2019
Today we sit with Shanaka Fernando and Jessica Tana from Lentil As Anything. This pay-as-you-feel concept opened its first restaurant in Melbourne in 2000, and you won’t find any prices on the menu. They have a donation box and credit card machine off to one side where you can pay for what you can afford. Those who can’t pay are encouraged to volunteer their time with the friendly, inviting staff whom are mostly volunteers themselves. The restaurant also works to eliminate food waste in Australia by partnering with grocery stores, fresh food markets, and their own personal cultivation plots. The concept is simple: share what you can, take what you need, and everyone has a spot at the table.
March 19, 2019
Sit with us as the hosts of Season 2 discuss what to expect as we take on Melbourne, Australia. Get some insight into the season where we recognize "Everyone is from somewhere. Even the locals of today are shaped by the foreigners of the past."
October 13, 2018
Our tenth and final episode of Culture & Cuisine the Podcast features Don Jante, one of the founding cousins of Flip'N Patties Food Truck. This episode is our first SHORT where we tell Don's story ourself in a condensed version.
Don didn’t grow up wanting to be a chef nor does he now dream of unique food creations. Don loves what he does because of the working family he has created, the customers he interacts with, and the challenges unique to the industry. Don and his cousin left their 9-5 jobs to pursue something on a whim. Their love of burgers and the memories they have of childhood led to a unique fusion of American and Filipino flavor. As one of the only Filipino cuisines in the city, they expanded from food truck to brick and mortar and continue to grow in an effort to increase and support their community involvement. With a core mission around building family and supporting our neighbors, Don reminds us that regardless of where we are from, we aren’t all that different after all.
Stay with us as we discover the culture and cuisine of the Filipinos.
Visit Don at Flip'N Patties: http://www.flipnpatties.com/
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