After interpreting a Yelp review of a famous NYC wholesale bakery, Jessie Kiefer and Sari Kamin invite Natasha Pogrebinsky into the studio to talk about her Long Island City restaurant, Bear. Hear how Natasha and her family escaped Soviet Ukraine to take their traditions to Cleveland, Ohio. Find out how Natasha’s immigration placed her half a mile from the current location of Bear! Learn about some of Natasha’s earliest food memories sampling sauerkraut in Easter European markets. How did culinary school influence Natasha’s cooking? Why did Natasha open her restaurant in Queens in an area that isn’t necessarily a Eastern European neighborhood? Find out all of this and more on this week’s edition of The Morning After! Thanks to our sponsor, Regional Access. Music by Idgy Dean.
“My parents insisted on cooking the food from Ukraine. We had herring, borscht – very Russian and Eastern European food. So this is my food; and I want to share it with other people so they can enjoy it.” [15:45]
— Natasha Pogrebinsky on The Morning After