Open Belly podcast opens its heart to Kansas City's immigrant and refugee communities
98.1 KMBZ MORNING NEWS • august 2019
Kansas City is home to hundreds of great restaurants, and a podcast is shining a light on some of the best among them - with a bit of a twist. Host Danielle Lehman says she started the Open Belly podcast to give immigrant and refugee-owned restaurants in the metro some well-deserved attention.
Best of Kansas City
435 Magazine • august 2019
Voted best food podcast in Kansas City (non-seafood).
Taco the Town Podcast
Taco the Town • June 2019
So this week on T3 we are reviewing the tasty tacos at RED KITCHEN TAMALES in the Brand New Lenexa City Center's Public Market with Special Guest DANIELLE LEHMAN from the OPEN BELLY Podcast! On this episode, we discuss the wide variety of KC restaurants reviewed on OPEN BELLY and Danielle discusses her youth eating tacos growing up in Hutchinson, Kansas (TACO HUT Anyone?) We get into Lenexa's rich Spinach History as well as other Lenexa Fun Facts! WE LIKE LENEXA!
Live from Jasper’s Kitchen
KCUR 89.3 • June 2019
It’s Saturday and that means it’s time for Live From Jasper's Kitchen Radio on KCMO Talk Radio with Chef Jasper Mirabile & Kimberly Winter Stern. Listen in for some great local interviews with Jason Stephens from Tabard's Ale House, Danielle Lehman of Open Belly Podcast and Donutology creator Andrew Cameron.
Food Critics: The Best Sushi and Raw Meat in Kansas City 2019
KCUR 89.3 • May 2019
The transition from the cold winter to warm summer can bring about a shift in food tastes: Instead of soup, we look for fresh dishes. And in recent years, raw foods like poke and sushi have become more popular in landlocked Kansas City. Here are the Central Standard Food Critics' favorite spots for fresh seafood and raw protein dishes around the area.
Open Belly podcast puts voices of immigrant chefs on the menu
STARTLAND NEWS • APRIL 2019
“Immigrant entrepreneurs have been quietly advancing Kansas City’s food scene for decades, said Danielle Lehman. ‘When I started hearing the stories of the chefs, I just felt like they were so compelling, and that food is really what connects us.’”
How entrepreneurs are using podcasts to become thought leaders, empower founders
STARTLAND NEWS • APRIL 2019
“I realized that Instagram was not going to do their story justice. People would just scroll by and not read it. And even if they did read it, you can’t hear their story and the courage and bravery in their voice to really connect with them on a more emotional level. That’s why we went to the podcasting realm, and I definitely think it’s an emerging trend and we’ll see a lot more of it moving forward.”
Screenshot: Danielle Lehman
435 MAGAZINE • MARCH 2019
“Danielle Lehman is never at a loss for words or suggestions for where to eat. As the host and creator of the Open Belly podcast, she’s constantly foraging for stories about immigrant chefs in the metro. Accompanying Lehman on her food storytelling journeys is her essential dining companion: her iPhone.”
Tea Time, A Drinking Circus & Other Weekend Possibilities
flatland • FEBRUARY 21, 2019
“The secret superpower of food stories — likely the reason you’re still reading here — is that they make readers hungry. Open Belly, a new podcast focused on telling the stories of immigrant chefs in Kansas City — is sponsoring Meet The Chef Behind The Story from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Lenexa Public Market (8750 Penrose Lane, Lenexa, Kansas). The event features a meet and greet with chef Sohaila Humayon and podcast creator and host Danielle Lehman, a cooking demonstration and a preview of the episode featuring Sohaila’s Kitchen, which serves Indian and Pakistani cuisine.”
The Hump! Podcast Episode 18: Open Belly
HE SAYS SHE SAYS KC • FEBRUARY 14, 2019
“In this episode, the fellas talk with Danielle Lehman whom Brent met at a Kansas City Global Entrepreneurship Week event he was hosting about podcasting. He learned about Danielle’s efforts to showcase the diversity of Kansas City and … boom … the fellas coerced her onto being on the show. They all know that owning a small business, particularly an independent restaurant is a daily labor of love. So let’s take a moment to explore Kansas City’s diverse food scene as well as the stories and family traditions behind it.”
New podcast showcases KC’s diverse food culture
DOS MUNDOS BILINGUAL NEWSPAPER • FEBRUARY 5, 2019
“A new podcast hopes to highlight the diversity of food culture in Kansas City. “Open Belly” is the podcast exploring Kansas City’s “vibrant and diverse food culture.” The podcast features interviews with first-generation American restaurant owners or chefs. Each episode focuses on a specific restaurant whose owner is of immigrant descent. The first episode, featuring Waldo Thai, premiered Tuesday (Feb. 5). A new episode will come out every Tuesday.”
NEWSPAPER CLUB BLOG • FEBRUARY 5, 2019
“Every month, we print hundreds of exciting, creative, well-designed newspapers and put together a roundup of our favourites. Welcome to our first edition of 2019! Below, some of the newspapers that stood out in January: an illustrated guide to the immigrant-run restaurants of Kansas City, Missouri…”
Maker Profile: Open Belly
MADE IN KANSAS CITY EXPLORE • FEBRUARY 5, 2019
“Meet Open Belly, a podcast dedicated to exploring Kansas City’s vibrant and diverse food scene.”
The New Open Belly Podcast Is Perfect For Foodies Who Want A Culinary Adventure
IN KANSAS CITY MAGAZINE • FEBRUARY 5, 2019
“When Danielle Lehman set foot back in Kansas City after a 12-year stint in L.A., her first order of business was to explore the metro’s burgeoning food scene. “I wanted to find the types of places I loved on the West Coast—like where can I find KC’s best taqueria or an amazing Ethiopian restaurant?” she says. The more she snooped around, the more she realized that some of her newfound favorite restaurants were often hard-pressed to find a following of any kind. Right then and there, she decided to give the chefs and owners of these eateries a platform to share their stories. That’s how the podcast Open Belly got started last October…”
Open Belly, a Food Podcast Covering Kansas City’s Diverse International Restaurants, Launches Feb 5
Feast Magazine • January 30, 2019
“Soon after Danielle Lehman began recording her new Open Belly food podcast, she realized food wouldn’t be the focus after all. Lehman started this passion project with the simple goal of exploring the diverse – and sometimes off-the-radar – international cuisines being served in restaurants across Kansas City. Yet, as she began recording, she realized that Open Belly would be better suited as a vehicle to introduce Kansas City diners to the very people making this food, many of whom are first-generation immigrants…"