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The Icons From Bloodroot + Melissa Clark’s Tips For Eating Less Meat

Bloodtroot owners Noel Furie and Selma Miriam in January 2020. Photo: Tim Rasmussen/Connecticut Public
Tim Rasmussen
Connecticut Public
Bloodtroot owners Noel Furie and Selma Miriam in January 2020. Photo: Tim Rasmussen/Connecticut Public

This week on Seasoned, tune in for a very special conversation with the cooks at Bloodroot, a restaurant in Bridgeport run by two feminists that have been serving vegetarian meals for more than 40 years. We’re also checking in with chefs from some of our favorite spots in Waterbury, New Haven, and Seymour to see how they’re doing at this phase of the pandemic. Plus, cookbook author and food writer Melissa Clark talks about her article “The Meat-Lover’s Guide to Eating Less Meat” and shares tips for home cooks who want to make more room on their plates for beans, grains, and tofu. Finally, Chef Plum and Marysol tip their hats to Seasoned’s first-ever recipe contest winner, Megan Kregel, from Rocky Hill.

Bloodroot’s story on the big screen! Selma and Noel “star” in a documentary about Bloodroot showing at Remarkable Theater, a drive-in theater in Westport, on September 20 at 7:00 pm. Order tickets on Remarkable Theater’s website.

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Robyn Doyon-Aitken and Catie Talarski produced this show.


Selma Miriam and Noel Furie – Owners of Bloodroot, a feminist vegetarian restaurant in Bridgeport
Michone Arrington – Chef and co-owner of The Art of Yum in Waterbury
John Brennan – Chef and owner of Olives and Oil in Seymour and New Haven and Elm City Social in New Haven
Melissa Clark New York Times columnist and author of more than 30 cookbooks

An Interview With Selma Miriam And Noel Furie of Bloodroot

Chef Plum Cooks with Megan Kregel

Recipes featured in this episode:

Bloodroot’s Jamiacan Jerk “Chicken”
Bloodroot’s Sourdough Chocolate Devastation Cake
Megan Kregel’s Elote Corn Salad

Robyn is the senior producer of Seasoned, a show celebrating food and farms. She’s filled in as a producer for several of our local shows, most notably, Where We Live. In 2021, she was part of the team that received first place in the Interview category from the Public Media Journalists Association for the episode “Who Owns History? Connecticut Woman Sues Harvard For Family Photos.” She produced The Faith Middleton Food Schmooze® from November 2015 until the broadcast ended. Before that, she ate her way through the previous seven years of Fine Cooking magazine while its web producer. Robyn is food-obsessed, loves to bake, and constantly thinks about people in the food world, both nationally and locally, who have compelling stories to tell about food.
Marysol Castro, co-host of Seasoned.
Chef Plum, co-host of Seasoned.