49: Exploring Quinoa Production through Design Anthropology with Dr. Adam Gamwell

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As anthropologists, it's sometimes rare for us to think about the role that design plays in spaces and lives of the people we work with - and certainly in our food futures! This week I'm exploring the role that design plays in the production and distribution of quinoa with the super cool Dr. Adam Gamwell.

Adam is a design anthropologist, or as he calls it, a design-centred human, with international experience in ethnographic and contextual research, narrative media production, cultural analysis, social strategy, and education. He is one of the co-founders of Missing Link Studios, which is a social impact agency that uses data-driven media production to create compelling stories, using podcasts, blogs, film, music, web interactions, and data journalism to do so. When he’s not producing digital media, he teaching participatory design research and entrepreneurship in Boston, and is always looking for ways to meld food, design research and media.


This was one of those conversations that really let me learn something in the process… I do a lot of work with communities for my PhD, and never really thought about the ways that design functions to shape food systems, or who is involved in designing these spaces. We’re looking specifically today at the production and distribution of quinoa in South America, where he did his doctoral research. It’s a super fascinating conversation that left me with a lot of inspiration about how we’re thinking about designing food systems for our futures, and the roles that various people play in it. 

Learn More about Adam! 

Terroir Pop-Up 2: Chef Bill Alexander from Little Chief Restaurant

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Today’s episode is one of the pop-up episodes of AnthroDish which focus in on some of the speakers and guests of the 2019 Terroir Food Symposium. These are quick mini episodes that capture some of the perspectives of folks in the food industry around the theme of choices – the choices they make within their own work and its impact on their communities, businesses, and selves. 

This pop-up episode focuses on the incredible Canadian Indigenous born Bill Alexander, the executive chef at Little Chief Restaurant at the Grey Eagle Resort and Casino, located on the beautiful Tsuut’ina Nation in Calgary, Alberta.


Chef Bill believes that food brings people to the table, where we can talk about the necessary changes to build relationships, using cuisine to learn more about Indigenous cultures, land and food practices. 

Listen to the interview in the player above, or download on iTunes, Spotify, or Stitcher!

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48: Food & Life Lessons from One Year of Podcasting

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Photo by Ash Nayler

This episode is pretty meaningful for us, because we’re celebrating our official one year anniversary as a podcast today! We launched our first two episodes last July 2nd, and it's been an incredible year with a lot of beautiful conversations and lessons.

Today’s episode is going to be a solo episode, and next week we’ll resume with our regular season episodes and Terroir pop-up episodes as well. I wanted to take an episode just to share some reflections I’ve had now that it’s been a full year of being a podcast, exploring some of the big takeaways I've learned about building a show and keeping things connected to their roots in satisfying ways. I also speak a little about my own food journey, and how this podcast has directly and indirectly caused me to shift my perspective and connections with food - tune in to learn more! 


Terroir Pop-Up 1: Brad Bodnarchuk from Half a Dozen Hospitality

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Today is the beginning of some pop-up mini episodes of AnthroDish that are focusing in on some of the speakers and guests of the Terroir Food Symposium. These are quick pop-up episodes that capture some of the perspectives of folks in the food industry around the theme of choices – the choices they make within their own work and its impact on their communities, businesses, and selves.

I’m calling these pop-up podcasts because they were all done on the side of a very busy main hall during the food symposium’s event day at The Carlu.  I will warn you that the sound quality of these is not the best, but the conversations I shared with so many amazing food industry folks were really inspiring and worth a listen!

This first pop-up episode focuses on Brad Bodnarchuk, who is the creator and host of the Half a Dozen Hospitality Podcast – we met at the pop-up podcast bar and shared the space during the day at Terroir. I couldn’t have asked for a better or kinder person to work all day with - he’s so passionate about his community and the work he’s doing through the podcast and events around BC is really wonderful to see.  

Be sure to subscribe to his awesome podcast, Half a Dozen Hospitality! You can also check out his show on Instagram @bradbodnarchuk or check out his videos on YouTube!

Listen in the player above to our conversation, or on iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher!

47: Live from Terroir Food Symposium 2019

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This week's episode is an extra special (and extra fun!) one for us to share with you - we recently had the opportunity to attend the 2019 Terroir Food Symposium in Toronto, hosted by The Carlu We interviewed several guests and speakers around the theme for this year, choices. We spoke with chefs, writers, anthropologists, drink experts, academics, photographers, and more about the choices they make and how these impact their experiences and connections around food. 


The full versions of interviews from this event will be released over the coming weeks this summer, so stay tuned! This episode serves as an overview of some of the incredible work being done in our food and beverage industry, highlighting key issues and themes our food industry is tackling in 2019. 

Check out the episode in the player above, or listen on your favourite podcast platform (iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, GooglePlay or iHeartRadio).


Episode 46: From Food Industry to Food Hero with K80 Jones

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I am incredibly excited to kick start our THIRD season today, complete with a brand new theme song by Lukas Wojcicki!  

This season is going to be particularly unique, as I will be sharing some on-the-ground interviews I was lucky enough to do at the 2019 Terroir Food Symposium in Toronto this past May. So for the rest of the summer season, you’ll get a new long-format regular interview every OTHER week, and between these biweekly interviews, I’ll be sharing some mini pop up interviews from Terroir. These are shorter, and admittedly steeped in a lot of noise from the crowds during the event, but they were incredibly moving discussions and I’m really excited to share these on top of the normally scheduled interviews.

SO with that all being said, let me introduce this week’s guest: K80 Jones of one of MY favourite shows, Food Heroes Podcast!


K80 and I established a friendship over social media pretty early on when I started AnthroDish, and we’ve been each other’s cheerleaders ever since. It’s always incredibly cool to establish a connection with someone so far away and then have it turn into a real, tangible conversation around food, something we’re both very passionate about!

For those of you who do not know K80, she is an innovator and self-proclaimed food geek with over a decade of experience in the food industry. She created new product categories while working as a Food Technologist in the Organic and Natural food industry. Her concern for the future of food led to the creation of the Food Heroes Podcast.

Today on AnthroDish, we’re exploring K80’s passion for positive conversation around food systems and sustainability. We explore her past in the food industry and how that’s helped to fuel her show and the themes she tackles on it. We also have a really cool chat about what it’s like hosting and creating food podcasts, so if you’ve ever had questions for K80 or I about what it’s like creating these shows or some of our thought processes while we interview, stay tuned for that too! Many thanks to K80, it’s such a pleasure to connect with fellow podcasters around the topic of food, and I really enjoyed getting to know the woman behind the show more!

Listen to the episode in the player above, or find us on Spotify, iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and iHeartRadio!

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