Communal Table Podcast: Sam Fore (Part 1)

The Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites chef refuses to stay silent when she sees injustice, and that's a great thing for all of us.

Sam Fore
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Episode 98 (Part 1): Sam Fore

When it comes to calling out cruddy behavior, chef Sam Fore has never been afraid to speak her mind. Growing up as a first-generation Sri Lankan American in North Carolina, she had a supportive community (and a mom who always warned her about how her mouth would get her in trouble—not that she listened) but outside of it, she began to question why the rules and standards were different for her than for her white peers. Fore's sense of justice and fearlessness has only strengthened over the years, and she joined Communal Table for a lively and frank discussion about growing up brown in the South, why it's important to question your preconceived notions, accidentally becoming a chef, and standing up for vulnerable people.

Note: This is part one of a two-part conversation and includes a discussion of the murders of Asian American women in Atlanta this week.

Links and Resources

Eat: Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites

Follow: @tuktuklex

Give: The LEE Initiative

Read: "We are no longer here to be the token or the diversity quota"

Cook: Roasted Tomato Curry Pie | Spicy Mango Pork Noodle Dinner | Tempered Curry-Ginger Sweet Potatoes

Learn: Anti-Asian violence education and giving resources

Previous episode: Slutty Vegan founder and philanthropist Pinky Cole talks about entrepreneurship, intentions, and setting people up for success.

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