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About The Big Schmear


big-schmear logoThe Big Schmear is a new podcast all about Jewish food. Each podcast will feature an interview with a chef, restaurateur, cookbook author or folks who love to cook and talk about Jewish food. I’ll be talking with my guests about the history of Jewish food, the cultures represented, holiday foods, Israeli food, Jewish food trends, nutrition, farming, and the politics of food. These are just a few of the topics I’ll be exploring. Upcoming guests include: Stephanie Goldfarb of Seven Species in Chicago, Tanya Rosen of Nutrition by Tanya in NYC, and world renowned cookbook writer, Joan Nathan on her new cookbook, King Solomon’s Table.

For me, Jewish food is about my Jewish identity: it connects me with my past through the memories of holiday meals shared with family and friends and at the same time Jewish food links me to the future as I develop my own family food traditions and explore new developments in Jewish food world-wide. Most of all, the podcast is a way for me to share the big picture of Jewish food with as many people as possible. Not incidentally, it’s a great excuse to buy new cookbooks and talk with highly interesting people and share this with you!

Happy Listening and Happy Eating!


About Beth Schenker


beth-schenker-the-big-schmearBeth Schenker is the host and Executive Producer of The Big Schmear.

An experienced producer, she has created numerous radio documentaries including an eight-part series entitled The Art of the Cantor, hosted by the world-renowned Hazzan, Alberto Mizrahi and Bill Evans: An Audio Portrait, a two-hour in-depth documentary about the great Jazz pianist.

Beth has been involved with non-profit educational arts and culture organizations for 25 years and, for the past 10 years, she has served as the Assistant Dean for Jewish Studies/Director of Public Programming at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago.

When she’s not reading about the latest Jewish food trends and connecting with her Big Schmear listeners she enjoys cooking great meals for her family and friends.