Open Belly

11 Episodes

Open Belly is a podcast exploring Kansas City’s vibrant and diverse food culture. Our mission is to share the stories of immigrant chefs in our community, and to use food as a way to understand the world from other perspectives than our own. We hope you’ll join us on our quest across Kansas City to … read more

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Episode 10: Pirate's Bone

April 9th, 2019


Who says eating a plant-based diet can’t be fun? Chef Zaid Consuegra Sauza is creating Latin American inspired dishes and drinks in his coffee shop, Pirate’s Bone. Hear his story on this week’s episode of the Open Belly …

Episode 09: Desta's Ethiopian Cuisine + Bonus QA with Thelma's Kitchen

April 2nd, 2019


Desta’s Ethiopian Cuisine is an experience like no other. Not only is Desta’s food beautiful and packed with flavor, but her hospitality is …

Episode 08: Antojitos del Peru + Bonus QA with Krokstrom Klubb

March 26th, 2019


Norma Palomino is bringing classic Peruvian dishes from her hometown of Lima to the people of Kansas City. 

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Episode 07: Sura Eats

March 19th, 2019


Keeyoung Kim is bringing traditional Korean dishes to Kansas City in a modern and approachable way. His Instagram-worthy bowls are packed with flavor and fill your belly with warmth and comfort. But Keeyoung’s story …

Episode 06: Queen Sweets Bakery

March 12th, 2019


Today we're excited to share one of Kansas City's best kept secrets: Queen Sweets & Bakery. The Bataineh family originally opened Queen Sweets & Bakery as just that—a bakery, featuring Jordanian and Lebanese …

Episode 05: Anita’s Cuisine

March 5th, 2019


For today’s episode, we had the pleasure of getting to know Anita and Steffanie Rodas, from Anita’s Cuisine in Merriam, Kansas. Anita opened her Salvadoran restaurant in 2015 and has some really interesting dishes on …

Episode 04: Sohaila's Kitchen

February 26th, 2019


It’s been Sohaila Humayon’s lifelong dream to open her own restaurant, and her dream has finally come true. She’s serving Pakistani cuisine, with a couple of Indian dishes as well, at her humble food stand in the Lenexa …

Episode 03: Fannie's African Cuisine + Bonus QA

February 19th, 2019


It wasn’t always Fannie’s dream to open a restaurant, but with a little encouragement from her friends and after gaining over 35,000 followers on …

Episode 02: KC Pinoy

February 12th, 2019


Chrissy Nucum is the chef and owner of KC Pinoy, a Filipino restaurant in the West Bottoms. While Filipinos are the second largest Asian American group in the United States, it’s actually a bit of a challenge to find a …

Episode 01: Waldo Thai

February 5th, 2019


In this episode, we sat down with Pam Liberda and Darrell Loo at Waldo Thai. Pam is cooking up traditional Northern Thai eats in a funky little strip mall location in Waldo. And Darrell, who you’ll find behind the bar, …

This Is Open Belly

December 31st, 2018


Open Belly is a podcast exploring Kansas City’s vibrant and diverse food culture. Our mission is to share the stories of immigrant chefs in our …

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