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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 senior producer of 'Seasoned,' a show celebrating food and farms. She's 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.
Chef Plum, co-host of Seasoned.
Marysol Castro, co-host of Seasoned.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
Emily Charash is a producer of Seasoned.
Katrice Claudio is a producer of Seasoned.
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