On the Dish

Stories behind the food we love.

A Story in Every Tuk Tuk Box

By Kate Eplboim

As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. So when the pandemic shut down day-to-day operations at California-based charity Courageous Kitchen, a food education organization serving asylum seekers and refugees in Thailand, Christy Innouvong-Thornton and her business partner Beatriz Aurelio-Saguin knew they had to do something else to raise money and awareness for their cause. The result? Tuk Tuk Box, the only U.S. based Southeast Asian subscription snack box on the market, which officially launched Sept. 4, 2020. The idea, said Innouvong, came about at the beginning of the pandemic when friends and former clients repeatedly asked her where…

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A Q&A with Chef John DeLucie

By Ken Carlton

Before there was food, there was music. Early in his cooking career, John DeLucie, son of a jazz playing father and Italian cooking mother, gigged live on stage at a…

Editor’s Letter: Beyondish was Born on a 2-lane Highway

By Ken Carlton

I pulled off at a 4-way intersection with a flashing red traffic light somewhere in the middle of central New Mexico. I’d been meandering the back roads out east of…

Feeding the Soul with Chicken and Potatoes

By Mr. Joe Walker

It’s no secret among those who appreciate food that some of the best dishes include love as the main ingredient. Chef Andre Murphy of Atlantic City, New Jersey puts heaping…

Boozy Ice Cream: Charleston’s Hardscoop delivers a kick

By Katelyn Chef

After spying a bottle of vodka and a pint of ice cream in the freezer one evening, Jason Kirby of Charleston, S.C. set out to combine the two. The result:…

From Food Truck to Restaurant: The Best Late Night Grub

By Harrison Unterman

When you ask a student at the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University where to go for late night grub – students, after all, are the harbinger of after-hour eats…

Pay What You Think It’s Worth: NY baker leaves his bread in hidden cabinets for anyone to find

By Sarah Strong

Bake good bread and they will come. Chase Fox Harnett may have lucked into the perfect business model for a pandemic when his company, Hudson Oven, started selling bread out…

Attention Cookie Addicts: Mariah Carey starts her own cookie line

By Sarah Strong

What’s been one of the biggest contributors to the added weight we’ve all gained during Covid 19?  Cookies.  Cookie consumption across the country has increased more than 25% since we’ve…

A Foster Son of Orlando Gives Back with Comfort Food

By Samantha Slankard

Twelve years. That’s how long California native Doug Miller spent bouncing from home to home, kitchen to kitchen and school to school in the foster care system. Despite growing up…