31 years ago, six women on an island off the coast of Massachusetts began selling lobster rolls as a church fundraiser. Today, people travel by car, boat, and plane just to taste these hallowed summer treats. And it's not just the Christian fold. "Don't tell my rabbi I'm here," one woman told Dan before leaving with her bounty. This week, Dan travels to New England to uncover Grace Church's secret recipe and learn the surprising history the church holds in its stained glass. Today's sponsors: Go to (promo code: SPORKFUL).
The Holy Smoker
During the week Devin Pickard is the pitmaster at his family's BBQ restaurant in Centerville, Tennessee. But on Sundays he trades the pit for the pulpit at the local church where he preaches. This is the first in a two-part series on churches that are using food to carry out their missions in surprising ways. Today's sponsors: Go to (promo code: SPORKFUL).
Live: The Chef Who Hid Her Restaurant From Her Family
When Ann Kim became an actor, her immigrant parents disowned her. It was no different than “being a whore,” her mom said. When Ann ditched acting to open a pizza restaurant in Minneapolis, she knew better than to tell her folks about her new pipe-dream. She studied crust and dough, and topped pizza with things like kimchi and almonds. Crowds came, then awards came. But would her parents? Today's sponsors: Go to to donate to a food bank in your community.
Am I F*cking Up My Kids? Food Edition.
Every parent fears they’ll f*ck up their kid. But what if there’s a hack, one tiny thing you can control? Maybe if you get their eating right, you’ll set up them up to succeed. Spoiler: there are no hacks. Sorry. And writer Carvell Wallace knows this very well. On the podcast Mom And Dad Are Fighting , he digs into his trove of mistakes – and momentary victories – raising teens to help other people with tiny humans feel slightly less alone. This week, Carvell and Dan talk about using food to connect kids to their heritage, sussing out whether that fight with your kids was about you or them, and questioning whether “adventurous eating” is really a virtue. Hear Carvell's thoughts on the Tooth Fairy and you'll know that you don't need kids to connect with this episode. Today's sponsors: Go to and enter discount code SPORKFUL for 10% off your first month.
This Hot Dog Tastes Like Home
We take you to two iconic hot dog joints in Detroit and New Jersey to find out what makes them special. Plus Kenji Lopez-Alt schools us on the science of deep-fried hot dogs, and Dan's parents make a special cameo. Today's sponsors: Go to to learn more.