The Kitchen Stories

“The flavours that connect you to your past are often the ingredients that make you who you are.”


When we talk about food, we often end up talking about so much more: Family traditions, gender dynamics, food justice, our relationship to the land. More than just a source of nourishment, food is a means of communication.

Listen to Seasons 1 & 2 of The Kitchen Stories below.

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Season Two



The Kitchen Stories Season 2 arrives March 4, 2021. Here’s a taste of what you can look forward to with our new host, Liana Glass!


Episode One: The Joy of Hosting

Whether we’re gathering in person or virtually, a good host makes a world of difference. But what does the host get out of the experience? In this first episode of Season 2, we hear about food-centred gathering traditions and what their hosts love about them, and then we call call up an expert to dig into the psychology behind sharing food.

March 4, 2021


Episode Two: Shiva Delivers

How can we draw inspiration from Jewish traditions to show up for others? In this episode, Madison Slobin and Becca Schwenk tell us about Shiva Delivers, an initiative they organized in the Spring of 2020 where Jewish community members prepared meals in an effort to stand in solidarity  with the Black community following the murder of George Floyd.

The resource Becca mentions, “The Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture,” from Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, can be found here: https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/white-supremacy-culture-characteristics.html

And you can check out Strategem: The Podcast here: https://www.welcometostratagem.com/podcast

March 4, 2021


Episode Three: Keeping BC Kosher Across Time and Space

Travel through time and across British Columbia in this episode, as we delve into the history of keeping kosher in BC, learn about the first kosher food importing business in Vancouver, and hear from some of the people working hard to supply Jews in smaller communities with kosher products today.

Head over to our Blog for more about Koffman Food Importers, including the drawing and 1975 Western Grocer article mentioned in the episode.

March 11, 2021


Episode Four: Of Every Tree of the Garden

Today’s menu– I mean episode– is entirely plant-based! Listen to our guests reflect on their vegan journeys, adapting traditional Jewish foods to a plant-based diet, and the relationship between veganism and Judaism.

March 18, 2021


Episode Five: More Than a Bag of Food (1/3)

Food security is so much more than just receiving a bag of food. Part 1 of this season’s series on food security is made up of highlights from a panel discussion hosted by Congregation Beth Israel and Jewish Family Services of Vancouver back in January. The panelists provide a big picture introduction to food security in all its complexity; from the lived experience, to global systems, to the spiritual impact of food (in)justice. Stay tuned for Parts 2 & 3 as we dig deeper into local food insecurity and learn about an exciting development in how it’s being addressed.

Mara Shnay – Chair of the Jewish Family Services Client Advisory Committee
Cindy McMillan – Director of Programs and Partnerships at JFS
Krystine McInnes – CEO at Grown Here Farms
Dr. Eleanor Boyle – Writer and educator on sustainable food systems
Dr. Tammara Soma – Assistant Professor and Food Systems Lab Research Director at Simon Fraser University

March 25, 2021


Episode Six: A Human Voice (2/3)

In this episode, Part 2/3 on food security, hear from two clients of Jewish Family Services about their lived experiences of food insecurity, from the circumstances that brought them to rely on the food bank to how we can provide support as a community.

Please note that this episode includes discussions of chronic illness and gender-based violence.

April 1, 2021


Episode Seven: Welcome to the Food Hub (3/3)

The third and final part in this season’s series on food security is all about Jewish Family Services of Vancouver’s new food hub! What’s a food hub? How’s it different from a food bank? Where did JFS get the idea? All these questions and more are answered in today’s episode as we learn about this big transformation in JFS’s approach to food security.

Be sure to check out the hub’s Grand Opening event on April 18th.

April 8, 2021


Episode Eight: Queering Jewish Spaces (With Food!)

What’s the recipe for accessible, LGBTQ+, Jewish spaces? Carmel Tanaka from JQT Vancouver and Joe Isaac and L.M Jones from the Pink Peacock fill us in on the key ingredients, from community bridges made of rainbow challah to Yiddish Anarchist knishes.

April 15, 2021


Episode Nine: Kat Romanow & the Wandering Chew

Jewish food historian Kat Romanow talks about the Wandering Chew, converting to Judaism, which Montreal bagel is best, and much more!

April 22, 2021


Episode Ten: Feeding the Future

Many Jewish institutions are facing a decline in young adult engagement compared to that of older generations. Could food and land-based programming be the solution? Hear from returning and new guests about how they get young people through the door (virtually and irl), and how previously disengaged Jews are finding community and connection through Jewish outdoor, food, farming, and environmental education (JOFEE) programs.

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Episode Eleven: Secret Family Recipes

In this episode, the last one in Season 2 (the dessert episode, you might say), join me (Liana) as I try to get to the bottom of the mysteries behind my family’s secret chocolate chip cookie recipe.

May 6, 2021



Season One


Episode One: Food & Memory

Exploring the links between food, community, and heritage with the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC.

March 24, 2017


Episode Two: The Networks of Food

This week we learn about the ways agriculture informs Jewish tradition, and much more.

April 9, 2017


Episode Three: Faraway Foods (Part 1)

On today’s episode we hear of Jewish life and culinary traditions brought to Vancouver from Bangalore and Shanghai.

April 21, 2017


Episode Four: Faraway Foods (Part 2)

Today we continue our tour of global Jewish culinary traditions with stories from three African expats.

May 5, 2017


Episode Five: The Business of Food

The flavours that connect you to your past are often the ingredients that make you who you are.

May 19, 2017


Episode Six: Fresh Roots

Three young people employ food as a means of determining and expressing who they are.

June 2, 2017


Episode Seven: Food and Gender; A Spaghetti Junction

What is the relationship between food and gender? What are the expectations, the assumptions, the defiances? How have these changed over time?

June 23, 2017


Episode Eight: The Summer Special

A small taste of the many topics we’re working on for future episodes.

July 24, 2017


Episode Nine: A Love Letter to Vancouver

We asked some of our guests what they miss about where they’ve come from and what they love about the place they’ve come to call home.

September 25, 2017


Episode Ten: The Chosen Food

Sit in on an evening of our supper club series, The Chosen Food.

October 12, 2017


Episode Eleven: Food Security (Part 1)

How has the Jewish community organized around the issue of food security? What do Jewish ethics teach us about hunger and justice? We begin to unpack these questions in this, the first of a three-part series.

November 12, 2017


Episode Twelve: Food Security (Part 2)

Continuing on from our previous episode, we learn about work happening in food security through the lenses of plant genetics, dialogue, and race.

November 28, 2017


Episode Thirteen: Food Security (Part 3)

In this final episode of our series, we apply the ideas from the past two episodes on Food Security into practice by speaking with community members actively engaged in alternative movements that affect change in our local community. These voices come together to show Vancouver’s strength as a city where innovative food initiatives are born and excel.

January 31, 2018

The Kitchen Stories was part of the JMABC 2017 public programming series Feeding Community, celebrating the important role of food in maintaining Jewish tradition and history through generations of BC Jews. Feeding Community was made possible through the support of Instafund, The Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, the Jewish Community Foundation, and the Governments of Canada, British Columbia, and the City of Vancovuer. Other components of Feeding Community included the The Chosen Food Supper Club;  the four-part event series Nourishing Tradition, offered in collaboration with the Jewish Seniors Alliance; and the Britannia Sukkot Festival, offered in collaboration with the Grandview Woodland Food Connection.


The Kitchen Stories in the Press

Sense of Place with Minelle Mahtani
Roundhouse Radio
July 4, 2017