This week on The Morning After, host Jessie Kiefer is back joining co-host Sari Kamin for an episode welcoming chefs Jose Ramirez-Ruiz and Pam Yung of Semilla restaurant in Williamsburg, NYC. Kicking off the show with some food news, Sari talks headlines regarding NASA, President Obama’s credit card being declined at a NYC restaurant, and new dating sites for those with dietary restrictions. After the break, Jose and Pam talk opening their first brick and mortar restaurant less than a week ago! Both boast a stacked resume, but also talk about the pop up restaurant, Chez Jose, that evolved into the newly opened Semilla. Notably, at Semilla the chefs cook vegetables, mainly, and this stirs a great conversation about their goals to change the current food system. They go on to explain that they aren’t shy about meat or fish, but their ingredients are based solely on the best of what’s available from their farmers and are seasonal. Moreover, Jose and Pam purposely set up the restaurant’s seating around an 18-seat central bar with an emphasis on communal style dining to provoke conversation and interaction. Tune in to hear more from these culinary innovators and to find out how they do on The Morning After quiz! This program was brought to you by Edwards VA Ham.

“We wanted to create something that felt real.” [19:48]

Jose Ramirez-Ruiz on The Morning After

“We both believe pretty heavily in the fact that we should all be eating less meat.” [20:47]

Pam Yung on The Morning After