Raleigh, North Carolina is a hot dining destination for the culinary curious. An example is Cheetie Kumar's Garland, whose Indian-Asian seasonally inspired menu hits all the high notes of textures, colors and flavors, drawing upon Kumar's youth living in India and also in the Bronx when her family moved to the U.S. A self-taught chef, Kumar was first drawn to Raleigh through the music scene. She is also a rock guitarist who plays with the band, Birds of Avalon. www.garlandraleigh.comThe Connected Table Live Radio Show is broadcast live at 2pm ET Wednesdays on W4CY Radio (www.w4cy.com) part of Talk 4 Radio (www.talk4radio.com) on the Talk 4 Media Network (www.talk4media.com). This podcast is also available on Talk 4 Podcasting (www.talk4podcasting.com).
While we are busy recording new episodes of Homemade, check out this episode from Biscuits & Jam from Southern Living. Sid Evans, Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living Magazine, talks to 2020 James Beard Award finalist Cheetie Kumar about the launch of her celebrated restaurant Garland (Raleigh, NC), dealing with the fallout of COVID-19 as a restaurateur, and the similarities between Indian and Southern cooking. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this week’s episode, Sid Evans, Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living Magazine, talks to 2020 James Beard Award finalist Cheetie Kumar about the launch of her celebrated restaurant Garland (Raleigh, NC), dealing with the fallout of COVID-19 as a restaurateur, and the similarities between Indian and Southern cooking. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chef Cheetie Kumar, finalist for the James Beard Foundation award, Best Chef: Southeast, and mentions of other JB finalists including Kaitlyn Goalen, Chef Chris Shepherd and Chef Ashley Christensen
Chef Cheetie Kumar of Garland in Raleigh chats about being a finalist for the James Beard Foundation award, Best Chef: Southeast. The chef also addresses post-COVID-19 operations for Garland, and her cool heat & eat meal kits. Other JB finalists Kaitlyn Goalen, Chef Chris Shepherd and Chef Ashley Christensen are mentioned.
Cheetie Kumar is a chef and musician who co-owns and operates with her husband, Paul Siler, the restaurant Garland, music venue Kings, and cocktail bar Neptune’s Parlour in Raleigh, North Carolina. The three businesses co-exist in a historic building in the city’s downtown. Together they’re a vital cultural hub in Raleigh’s revival. We talked with Cheetie the day after she was named a semi-finalist for Best Chef Southeast by the James Beard Foundation, and before CV-19 struck. Her businesses are temporarily closed now. With courage and vulnerability she shared her journey, and piercing insights about her city and running her businesses. This is part of our first season on leading women innovators in small cities in the Southeast. Enjoy the show.
What is Southern Food? w/ Bill Smith & Cheetie Kumar
Southern food conjures visions of fried chicken, cornbread, and mac and cheese for many, but the cuisine of the American South is far more complex, diverse, and evolutionary than its most famous exports. In this episode of The Makers podcast, Cheetie Kumar and Bill Smith talk about how their heritage and backgrounds influence their menus and how to expand the public's perception of Southern Cuisine.We’ll be having conversations with other chefs about how they define their cuisine, approach their craft, and how they see the culinary industry progressing. Stay tuned for more episodes of The Makers podcast, made in partnership with Maker’s Mark bourbon, by subscribing on your favorite podcast app. Check out chefsfeed.com/makers for more.
The Beatles, Saag, and a Chef-Rock Star from Raleigh: Cheetie Kumar
Chef and rock star Cheetie Kumar embraces duality in every area of her life. Immigrant/American, musician/chef, partner/wife—Cheetie is all these and more. In one Raleigh, NC project, she and her husband, Paul Siler fuse music and food: they run a restaurant, Garland, a music venue, Kings, and a downstairs bar, Neptune’s. On this episode, Kumar shares the seeds of her passions—from singing alone as an immigrant kid in her Bronx living room to cooking as a way to connect with her family’s tragic past in post-partition Pakistan. For Kumar, life is about letting herself have it all by ignoring nothing. Want to stay up to date on the latest Speaking Broadly episodes? To hear more conversations with Dana Cowin and her fierce guests, subscribe to Speaking Broadly (it’s free!) on iTunes or Stitcher. If you like what you hear, please take a moment to rate + review us on Apple’s podcast store and follow Dana on Instagram @speakingbroadly and @fwscout. Thanks for tuning in! It's HRN's annual summer fund drive, this is when we turn to our listeners and ask that you make a donation to help ensure a bright future for food radio. Help us keep broadcasting the most thought provoking, entertaining, and educational conversations happening in the world of food and beverage. Become a member today! To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have brand new member gifts available. So snag your favorite new pizza - themed tee shirt or enamel pin today and show the world how much you love HRN, just go to heritageradionetwork.org/donate Speaking Broadly is powered by Simplecast.
Episode 139: Cheetie Kumar, Garland (Live from Thrive NC, Raleigh)
The Southern Fork
People often ask me what my favorite food is, and I’ll answer, but for the most part, the answer is deeper than one dish or one ingredient. My favorite foods are the ones soulfully prepared, or another way to put that is prepared with heart, not from a place of purely commerce or transaction, but from a place of communication and connection. I think that’s a true X factor that comes through in flavor on the plate. So, it’s only logical that one of my favorite places to eat in the South right now is Garland in Raleigh, NC. Chef Cheetie Kumar has wowed and wooed me from the first bite at her table, her mix of Indian and Asian flavors with North Carolina ingredients at once comforting yet elegant alchemy. She’s been featured in The New York Times, participates in the popular Brown in the South pop-up dinners and has been at many a food festival as of late, but what I’m most excited about is how her work is only going to get better from here, work that I’m already ready for another helping of.
3-time James Beard award nominee (2017, 2018, 2019) Cheetie Kumar, chef/owner of Garland, Neptune's Parlour, and Kings in Raleigh, NC was recently profiled in the New York Times and was named as one of the 25 Southerners of the Year by Southern Living Magazine in 2018. She's as humble as she is brilliant at her craft, and was so kind to sit down with us. We talked about everything from "imposter syndrome" to therapy to southern food culture. A fun, thoughtful, highly educational conversation with an inspiring lady who we admire greatly. Enjoy...