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Queer all year! The work of the Queer Food Foundation, and Conn. LGBTQ-owned bars and cafes

Queer spaces are a haven for the LGBTQ community. We’re exploring a few of the state’s LGBTQ bars and cafés, including 168 York Street Café, one of the oldest gay bars in the state. Plus, we hear from the co-founder of Dyke Beer and learn about how the Queer Food Foundation strives to promote, protect, and fund queer food spaces.


  • Joe Goodwin: Owner of 168 York Street Cafe in New Haven, Conn.
  • Wendy Cahill: Owner of Molten Java in Bethel, Conn.
  • DJ Edgewood: DJ at Trevi Lounge in Fairfield, Conn.
  • Nick Olsen-Navarro: Bartender at Trevi Lounge in Fairfield, Conn.
  • Sarah Hallonquist: Activist and co-founder of Dyke Beer
  • Chef Vanessa Parish and Gabrielle Lenart: Co-founders of the Queer Food Foundation, a collective that serves as a resource and platform for queer folks in the food and beverage industry. 

This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Catie Talarski, Emily Charash and Katrice Claudio. Our interns are Anya Grondalski and Mira Raju.

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Robyn is the host and senior producer of Seasoned.
Host of Seasoned and Restaurant Road Trip.
Marysol Castro, co-host of Seasoned from 2020 to 2022.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
Emily Charash is a podcast producer for Seasoned and Disrupted. She also produces branded podcasts for museums, cultural institutions, and businesses. Emily grew up in Newtown, Connecticut and loves UCONN women’s basketball!
Katrice Claudio is a producer of Seasoned.
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