Food Under Fire

Food Under Fire

In the midst of social and economic crises sweeping the globe in 2020, we ask hospitality folk two questions: How can we help you? How can you help us?


12 – Gerard Klass: Grappling with Civil Injustice
Jul 9 • 46 min
As the proprietor of a black-owned business, many people are asking Chef Gerard Klass how they can support him and his peers. Well, there are more ways than you might think.Klass owns Soul Bowl, which is a soul food restaurant at the Graze food hall in…
11 – Who’s Feeding Powderhorn Park?
Jul 2 • 32 min
A problem that has faced decades of neglect in Minnesota is now getting the spotlight following the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest: homelessness.This issue has faced great scrutiny as Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis has become a sanctuary for those…
10 – John Kraus
Jun 25 • 29 min
I decided to go back into the archives for this one. This interview was recorded back in April but remains relevant as restaurateurs continue to struggle.I spoke with John Kraus: a local and global legend in the world of pastries. Not only does he run…
9 – David Fhima
Jun 18 • 33 min
Whether you agree with it or not, restaurants are beginning to reopen their indoor spaces. What does this process look like? How are restaurant owners managing this difficult move? I visited Fhima’s Minneapolis and spoke with restaurateur David Fhima –…
8 – Tim Niver
Jun 11 • 31 min
Thanks for sticking around, folks. It’s been a challenging two weeks for us all.I’m happy to have Time Niver with me: a local legend around these parts. This prolific restaurateur made a name for himself with Town Talk Diner in 2006 and then Strip Club…
In Memoriam
May 28 • 3 min
Out of respect for recent events in my city, I will not be posting a normal episode. Instead, I wanted to briefly reflect on what’s happening here. Thank you for your understanding.//#JusticeForFloyd//I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor by Chris…
7 – Jon Wipfli
May 21 • 27 min
Today we have Jon Wipfli, who runs Animales Barbecue Co: a food truck spot that’s responsible for elevating the BBQ scene in the state of Minnesota. Located outside of the Able Seedhouse and Brewery in Northeast Minneapolis, Jon and his team churn out…
6 – Xiaoteng “X” Huang
May 14 • 33 min
I am thrilled to have Xiaoteng “X” Huang with me today.He’s the managing partner of PinkU, a fast-casual Japanese street food restaurant in northeast Minneapolis. They have another location in the MSP airport, but this one is temporarily shuttered.X…
5 – Jesse Held
May 8 • 34 min
For this episode, I was honored to speak with Jesse Held. His career as a bartender and consultant has spanned across Minneapolis icons, including Town Talk Diner, Marvel Bar, Eat Street Social, Parlour, and P.S. Steak.These days, he’s focused on his…
4 – Yia Vang
May 1 • 43 min
It was great to catch up with chef Yia Vang on this episode of Food Under Fire. He made a name for himself in the Twin Cities restaurant scene with Union Hmong Kitchen: a resident food truck outside of Social Ciderwerks in Northeast Minneapolis that…
3 – Heidi Andermack
Apr 24 • 32 min
My guest today is Heidi Andermack of Chowgirls Killer Catering. Started in 2004 with her associate Amy Brown, Chowgirls became the first “green” catering company in the state of Minnesota. Their fierce dedication to sustainable practices and quality…
2 – Ann Kim
Apr 17 • 34 min
It was a pleasure to have Ann Kim with me for this second episode of Food Under Fire. She’s gained renown for her pizza spots across the Twin Cities Metro in Minnesota: Pizzeria Lola, Hello Pizza, and Young Joni. In May 2019, Ann won “Best Chef Midwest”…
1 – Gavin Kaysen
Apr 6 • 30 min
In this first episode of Food Under Fire, I have a conversation with Gavin Kaysen from Minneapolis. He’s a James Beard award-winning chef who runs some of the most celebrated restaurants in the state of Minnesota, which include Spoon and Stable,…