Communal Table Podcast: Steve Palmer

Steve Palmer talks about getting and staying sober, and the mission that fuels him.

Chefs and restaurant workers take great care of everyone else, but often they need a little help themselves. Each week, Food & Wine senior editor Kat Kinsman talks with hospitality pros about they manage their business, brain, and body for the long haul. Is there a topic you'd like to know more about or a guest you'd love to hear from? Tell us at or tweet to Kat @kittenwithawhip, and subscribe to the weekly Food & Wine Pro newsletter. Subscribe to the new Communal Table YouTube page and never miss an episode. Catch up on previous episodes here.

Episode 52: Steve Palmer

When people in the restaurant industry worry that a friend is in trouble, they call Steve Palmer. He and fellow Charleston restaurant veteran Mickey Baskt formed the industry-specific recovery group Ben's Friends after the death of a dear friend, and they've vowed not to stop until there's a branch in every state. Palmer sat down for an emotional and honest talk about addiction and sobriety, supporting the wellbeing of people who work in restaurants, and his stunning new memoir, Say Grace.

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