On this week’s Industry Night with Foodie & the Beast, we start with Sam Sgroi and Sara Abdel-Rahim met in the same study abroad program in Amman, Jordan in 2015, and were moved by seeing the challenges faced by more than 700,000 Syrian refugees in Amman. The two have come to talk to us about their non-profit dinner series, Tables Without Borders, that features refugee and asylum-seeker chefs in DC as a way to help displaced people in DC, specifically those with a culinary experience, reestablish themselves and build a community motivated to support them.
Next, we bring on “Renaissance Man” Nate Mook – He serves as executive director of World Central Kitchen, the non-profit organization founded by Chef José Andrés to leverage the expertise of chefs and implement smart solutions to hunger and poverty. He also recently produced the HBO Documentaries film “Baltimore Rising”, which documents the peaceful protests and destructive riots that erupted in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death in 2015. Nate has also been a producer and filmmaker with What Took You So Long since 2012 after working for TED and spending his earlier career as a technology and software entrepreneur. He has led film productions in places in Africa, Central America, South America, and the Middle East. Nate has traveled throughout Africa with President Clinton, and was selected as a Gates Foundation “Change Hero”. In 2015, he completed a documentary on Haiti with world-renowned chef José Andrés, which he co-produced with National Geographic and PBS. With all that to Nate’s credit, we knew that his multidimensional talents and pursuits would make for an engrossing hour of radio – and, they did! Tune in to hear more!