Communal Table Podcast: Sam Fore (Part 2)

The Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites chef talks mental health, taking care of others, and what it means to have your food on the cover of a magazine.

Sam Fore
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Episode 98 (Part 2): Sam Fore

When chef Sam Fore sees something she can fix, she jumps in to help. As the restaurant industry was devastated by COVID-19, she joined The LEE Initiative to help make sure that workers were being fed—and help create a system where the whole community could benefit in the long term. That's just who she is as a person, but it wasn't until recently that she offered that kind of care to herself, in the form of starting therapy. In part two of this two-part conversation (listen to part one here), Fore talks about the nitty-gritty of building sustainable relationships between restaurants and farms, how stigma gets in the way of mental healthcare (especially in the South Asian community), and what it means to have your food on the cover of a magazine.

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

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