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About Open Belly

Open Belly is a podcast exploring Kansas City’s vibrant and diverse food culture. Each episode is an interview with a first-generation American restaurant owner or chef, talking about the traditional foods from their home countries they are bringing to the people of Kansas City. Our mission is to inspire listeners to break out of their comfort zone and explore new cultures, through food. We hope this podcast encourages listeners to get to know their neighbors, and of course, fill their bellies.

Our Mission

To break us all out of our comfort zones while exploring new foods

To share the stories of immigrant chefs in our community

To understand the complexity of communities and cultures

To encourage us all to get to know our neighbors

To use food as a way to unite our community

To understand the world from other perspectives than our own 



Download / Subscribe

Episodes are available on most podcast platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, RadioPublic, TuneIn, and Stitcher. Episodes are also available for streaming at


Season 1 is launching in February 2019 and one episode will be released per week, with a total of 10 episodes for the first season.

2/5: Waldo Thai
2/12: KC Pinoy
2/19: Fannie’s West African Cuisine
2/26: Sohaila’s Kitchen
3/5: Anita’s Cuisine
3/12: Queen Sweets & Bakery
3/19: Sura Eats
3/26: Antojitos del Peru
4/2: Desta’s Ethiopian Cuisine
4/9: Pirate’s Bone

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Creator & Crew

Open Belly was created by Danielle Lehman. Her bio and photo is available here.

Branding and illustrations were created by Frank Norton.

Our photographers are Alyssa Broadus and Chris Dolt.

All studio sessions were recorded at the Barrel of the Bottoms Studio in Kansas City.

Our post-production partner is Resonate Recordings.


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Photo Libraries

These photos may be used to promote the podcast if proper credit is given. Please credit/tag both the photographer (photographer’s name shown on caption) and Open Belly (@openbelly) when using these photos.

Additional photos available upon request