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A Little Thanksgiving Zest

Our Zest podcast gives thanks on Florida Matters - pixabay.com

We bring you a special Thanksgiving program featuring some of our favorite stories about food in the Sunshine State. There is a lot to be thankful for here in the land of citrus, seafood, and Spanish flavor with a splash of southern charm.

We speak with historian Rodney Kite-Powell of the Tampa Bay History Center, who explains that the first Thanksgiving feast took place here in Florida, not in Plymouth, Massachusetts. 

Dan Bavaro, the owner of Bavaro's Pizza, talks with Zest producer Dalia Colon. He tells us how he and his family went from New Jersey to Florida, where he started his Neapolitan-style business of pizza. 

Emmanuel Roux, a long time restaurateur, developed a once vacant lot into an urban oasis. The St. Petersburg Ecovillage is now a community garden with a mission to reconnect people with nature. Emmanuel talks with Colon about how he uses food to educate the public about nutrition.

We also speak with Ed Chiles, the owner of the Sandbar on Anna Maria Island, about local sustainable food sourcing. 

Owner Andrew Tambuzzo of the Tambuzzo Sausage Company in Tampa starts a new chapter in what has been a very old tradition in Ybor City. Andrew tells us about the butchery and the changes in business and neighborhood. 

Lastly, we talk with Isabel Laessig, the creator of #SupperSunday, who completes our discussion with how her virtual dinner parties help inspire family meals.

Listen to the show on WUSF 89.7 Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m.  It's also on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9 on Mondays at 10 p.m.

Christy Oshana is the Producer for Florida Matters, WUSF Public Media’s public affairs show.
Robin is Senior Editor at WUSF, spearheading the station's podcasting initiatives and helping to guide the vision for special reporting projects and creative storytelling. She created The Zest, the station's podcast that's all about food, which she continues to host and serve as senior producer.