Menu Stories Podcast



Menu Stories is a multimedia collection of stories about the people and restaurants behind the food we love. Starting with the San Francisco restaurant community, Rebecca Goberstein gets the rare opportunity to interview the chefs, restaurateurs, deli shop owners, and food makers to learn more about who they are, their inspirations, and their motivations. Visit Menu Stories ( to uncover the stories behind these culinary artists and small business owners who feed and nurture our communities.


  • Chef Sara Hauman, Huxley

    10/08/2015 Duration: 38min

    Episode 11 features Chef Sara Hauman, a young chef already making waves in San Francisco at Huxley Restaurant in the Tenderloin. Huxley opened less than a year ago, but Chef Sara, who most recently came from Bar Agricole, has already been recognized by Eater and the San Francisco Chronicle as a stand-out. Listen to the episode to discover why this San Diego area native has a strong influence in Spanish cuisine and, at just 28 years old, has already worked at some of the world’s top rated restaurants. Subscribe to the Menu Stories podcast on Music provided by Ben Sound.

  • Executive Chef Anthony Strong, Delfina, Pizzeria Delfina, & Locanda

    31/07/2015 Duration: 38min

    Welcome to episode 10 of Menu Stories! Today's episode is a great fit because this summer marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of Pizzeria Delfina, one of the Bay Area's most popular pizzerias and part of the Delfina Restaurant Group. We meet Executive Chef Anthony Strong, who now oversees all 6 restaurants in the group (4 Pizzeria Delfina locations, Locanda, and the original Delfina), under chef-proprietor team Chef Craig Stoll and Annie Stoll. Subscribe to Menu Stories on Music provided by Ben Sound.

  • Lisa Fetterman, Nomiku

    25/07/2015 Duration: 26min

    Lisa Fetterman, co-founder and CEO of Nomiku, shares how she and her husband and co-founder, Abe Fetterman, put everything on the line to get Nomiku, a device that makes it easy to prepare food with the sous vide technique, off the ground. Listen to the episode and discover what Fetterman has to say about food and sex, what it's like to put everything on the line to get your product off the ground, and how imaginative people can be with Nomiku, creating everything from the expected sous vide proteins to tie dye clothing to cannabis infused foods. Subscribe on for more episodes. Music by Ben Sound.

  • Chef Brenda Buenviaje, Brenda's French Soul Food

    17/07/2015 Duration: 41min

    Chef Proprieter Brenda Buenviaje of Brenda's French Soul Food in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood meets with Menu Stories host and editor, Rebecca Goberstein, in the podcast's 8th episode. Chef Brenda is a native of New Orleans and, after training in classical cooking techniques and being invited to cook at the James Beard House, decided to open her own restaurant in her new home of San Francisco with the flavors and style of the city where she grew up. Subscribe on for more episodes. Music by Ben Sound.

  • Caleb Zigas, Executive Director, La Cocina

    10/07/2015 Duration: 28min

    The 7th episode of Menu Stories features Caleb Zigas, Executive Director of La Cocina, an incubator kitchen that helps low income women get their start as food entrepreneurs. Part of what La Cocina, based in San Francisco's Mission District, strives to achieve is maintaining cultural diversity among the city's small business owners - something Zigas passionately feels makes cities stronger and better for all its residents. Subscribe on for more episodes. Music by Ben Sound.

  • Executive Chef Adam Keough, Absinthe Brasserie

    03/07/2015 Duration: 29min

    In the 6th episode of Menu Stories, we meet Executive Chef Adam Keough, a celebrated chef who was raised in South Boston, trained under Michael Mina, and was integral in cementing Absinthe as one of San Francisco's most loved and acclaimed restaurants. Music provided by Ben Sound.

  • Chef Tim Archuleta & Erin Archuleta, ICHI Kakiya

    19/06/2015 Duration: 43min

    Husband and wife team, Chef Tim Archuleta and Erin Archuleta of ICHI Sushi + Ni Bar, meet with us in their newest restaurant, ICHI Kakiya, which opened just over a month ago. Tim and Erin are full of energy and we cover everything from the origins of sushi in Japan and how to eat it properly, how Tim wooed Erin with oysters (and karaoke skills), and how they've kept up with the dramatic pace with which the neighborhood where they live and work, Bernal Heights, has shifted in just a couple of years. Music provided by Ben Sound.

  • Miguel Jara, La Taqueria

    11/06/2015 Duration: 31min

    Meet Miguel Jara, owner of the legendary La Taqueria in San Francisco’s Mission District, as he sits down with Menu Stories host, Rebecca Goberstein. La Taqueria has been a local Mission favorite for over 40 years, since Jara opened it in 1973, not just because of the food, but because of the warmth and humor that Jara embodies. The magic of La Taqueria extends beyond Jara to the delicious food his taqueria serves, which earned national acclaim when ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight named La Taqueria as makers of the best burrito in America in 2014. Despite the attention, Jara remains humble, with an unbridled sense of humor. Music provided by Ben Sound and the sounds of La Taqueria.

  • Michael Feno, Lucca Ravioli Company

    05/06/2015 Duration: 21min

    Michael Feno's family has owned Lucca Ravioli Company since 1925. Michael’s Great Uncle Francesco Stangalini came to San Francisco in the 1920s to look for work and eventually bought the existing ravioli company that produced pasta at this location in the Italian suburb that became the Mission District. Ever since, Lucca Ravioli has remained a family owned business and Michael started working at the shop in 1966, at the age of 11. We learn about Italian cuisine, how Lucca sources their ingredients and remains authentic to current Italian flavors, and hear Michael tell us how the Mission has changed over the decades.Music by Ben Sound.

  • Chef Gonzalo Guzman, Nopalito

    25/05/2015 Duration: 33min

    Chef Gonzalo Guzman of Nopalito, one of San Francisco's most beloved Mexican restaurants, meets with Rebecca Goberstein on Nopalito on 9th's beautiful garden patio. The day was sunny, the kitchen was preparing for lunch, and the birds were kind enough to provide some background music. Raised in what he calls a 'box' of a house in Veracruz, Mexico, Guzman prepared his first meal, a pot of beans, at the age of six. As you listen to Guzman share his story, it'll be impossible to ignore his work ethic, his humility, and his total dedication to excellent food that reflects the Mexico that Guzman is proud to hail from. He was only a teenager when he made the difficult move away from his family in Mexico to work in the United States. And work, he did. Guzman constantly held multiple jobs at one time, starting out as a dishwasher at age 15. Because of the pride he takes in everything he does, even washing dishes, Guzman kept moving up the ranks of the kitchen, eventually impressing chef Laurence Jossel, owner of Nopa

  • Gwyneth Borden, Executive Director, Golden Gate Restaurant Association

    13/05/2015 Duration: 40min

    Gwyneth Borden, Executive Director of San Francisco's Golden Gate Restaurant Association, sits down with Rebecca Goberstein for the first episode of Menu Stories to discuss the importance of the restaurant community to San Francisco's culture and economy, something that any city can identify with. Gwyneth, who comes to the GGRA from the tech industry, also shares what makes the SF restaurant scene unique, compared with other major food cities, why the restaurant industry is the quintessential opportunity for immigrants to get their start in a new country, how the tech boom is impacting the SF restaurant scene, and why you should get involved with events the GGRA brings to San Francisco, like SF Restaurant Week and Eat Drink SF. Music provided by Ben Sound.

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