After a successful 40-episode run, Racist Sandwich needs your help to create our second season of brilliant and challenging podcast episodes on food and its intersections with race, class, and gender!
Hosted by chef/writer Soleil Ho and journalist/home cook Zahir Janmohamed, Racist Sandwich has become one of the most consistent voices in independent food media when it comes to featuring the voices of people of color in the food industry. We’ve interviewed a huge range of folks, from Bertony Faustin (the first Black vintner in Oregon) to Viet Thanh Nguyen (Pulitzer prize-winning author) to Ruby Tandoh (food writer and ex-Great British Bakeoff contestant). We have also done several themed episodes on topics like food photography and workplace sexual harassment.
Since launching, our listenership has grown immensely, and we’ve been featured in publications like Gannet, NBC Asian America, Portland Monthly, GOOD, BITCH Mag, Eater, the NY Times, and even Breitbart (lol). We’ve also been nominated for podcast awards from the IACP, SAVEUR, and the Taste Talks Awards. And we’ve done all of this as full-time workers on a small monthly budget (thanks to the tireless effort of our producer, Juan Ramirez, and the generosity of our great Patreon backers).
Our goal with the Kickstarter is to increase our operating budget so we do more field interviews, upgrade our equipment, and hire another producer. We want to cover more stories in more places and increase our output for the second season to a weekly release schedule. There are so many great topics that we want to cover and world-shaking folks we want to talk to, and this fundraiser is going to help us do just that.
$10 TIER—Ringtone pack and curated playlist (digital). AF THE NAYSAYER, the music producer behind our iconic intro track, will be putting together a playlist exclusively for our Kickstarter backers. We'll also be making some cute and weird ringtones for you!
$15 TIER—Best-of list of Racist Sandwich episodes (digital). We'll put together a list of our favorite episodes for you to check out, plus written commentary from the hosts. Think of it as a "Pop-Up Video"-style retrospective (too old?).
$25 TIER—Recipe cards (set of 3, physical). Recipes from Soleil, Zahir, and Juan (our own, or our families'), lovingly designed by us and printed on 4x6 postcards.
$35 TIER—Online Q&A with Racist Sandwich. You'll be invited to a private video stream where the RS crew will answer your questions about us, the show, and the best ways to peel garlic.
$50 TIER—Exclusive enamel pins (set of 3). Designed in collaboration with Portland's own Wishcandy, we'll be releasing 1" hard enamel pins based on our fave foods: elote asado, shawarma, and halo halo!
$100 TIER—Online Q&A with Michi Trota. You'll be invited to a live Skype Q&A session on sci-fi/fantasy writing and food with Michi Trota, our favorite Pinay speculative fiction writer, Hugo Award winner, and Managing Editor of Uncanny Magazine. MICHI KNOWS HER SHIT and you will not regret hanging with her and talking about blue milk and elf tortas.
$300 TIER—Online workshops with Soleil, Zahir, or Juan. We'll school you on our specialties: food writing, news journalism, or audio production. For the writing-based workshops, we'll read one of your drafts and give you suggestions and tips based on that (up to 2,500 words). For the audio workshop, you can get feedback on a snippet of audio (up to 30 minutes). We're happy to do this via Skype or Google Hangouts.
$600 TIER—Sponsorship. You'll get a 45-second spot on two our episodes during the second season. We'll work with you on crafting the right kind of copy for us to read on the show. If you want to discuss this with us before pledging, shoot us a message here or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
$3,500 TIER—Portland, OR trip with the Racist Sandwich crew. We'll meet up with you in Portland to eat at two of our favorite restaurants. (Podcast superfans can probably guess which ones those are!) Price includes round-trip airfare for you and a friend. Lodging is NOT included.
If we hit $11,000, every backer from $25+ will receive a 1" hard enamel pin with the Racist Sandwich burger logo!
Soleil Ho has been working in the restaurant industry for more than a decade, having done everything from waiting tables to washing dishes to working as an executive chef. She has also published food and culture writing in numerous outlets, including TASTE, On She Goes, BITCH, Travel Oregon, and Edible Manhattan. Find her on Twitter @hooleil.
Zahir Janmohamed is a Senior News Editor at Hyphen magazine based in Columbus, Ohio. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, Boston Review, Guernica, The Washington Post, The Economic Times, The Guardian, Scroll India, The Nation, and many other publications. He previously served in the US Congress, where he was a senior foreign policy aide to Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), and worked at Amnesty International, where he was the Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa. Find him on Twitter @zahirj.
Juan Diego Ramirez is a multimedia producer and freelance journalist. He describes himself as a Mexican born, South Central Los Angeles raised DACA recipient. He has dedicated his free time aligning himself with organizations that help the betterment of undocumented students and families. He is an avid skateboarder and has written about the subject for Latino Rebels. Juan has interned for Oregon Public Broadcasting as a production assistant for OPB’s State of Wonder and Weekend Edition. Find him on Twitter @juandr47.
An up-and-coming voice in the electronic music and instrumental hip-hop scene, the South's own AF THE NAYSAYER (AKA Amahl Abdul-Khaliq) is a Louisiana-based, Los Angeles-bred producer. AF cites g-funk producer DJ Battlecat and legendary video game composer Yuji Takenouchi as his biggest influences. Iman Omari, Los Angeles producer and singer-songwriter, describes AF's first EP as "Electrifying soul-hop with a splash of purple rain; full of vibes!"
Michi Trota is the two-time Hugo Award-winning Managing Editor of Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the first Filipina Hugo Award winner. She is an essayist, public speaker, fire performance artist, and serves as president on the board for Chicago Nerd Social Club.
Wishcandy, AKA Sashiko Yuen, is a freelance designer and illustrator based in Los Angeles, CA. Their work is essentially a sassy candy-coated horror show. It's full of compassion, eroticism, violence, and the search for freedom. Inspired by street fashion, film, retro culture, art history, and life.
Racist Sandwich has featured multiple times for its steadfast resistance to culinary ignorance and prejudice, articulately conveyed. Each and every episode brings insight and empathy to the story at hand. — The Gannet
The “Racist Sandwich” podcast invites white listeners to understand how the food industry caters to their presumed needs and consider the hardships faced by disadvantaged and underrepresented workers and consumers. But it is also a podcast by people of color for people of color who want to hear about experiences like their own. — GOOD
They get that people of color can care about the Michelin guide and James Beard nominees just as much as they care about how their parents taught them to love the difficult-to-appreciate durian. — NYT, Race/Related
Special thanks to...
- Claire Robison
- Chris Farstad
- Gera Araújo
- Taneka Stotts
- AF THE NAYSAYER
- Jen Tam
- Lucia Retamales
- Michi Trota
- Sashiko Yuen
Risks and challenges
We've already proven that we can deliver our show on a shoestring budget (and within the time constraints of our full-time work), so we don't foresee any serious challenges in releasing the second season. The only potential problem with reward fulfillment would be manufacturing or shipping delays, but we'll be sure to keep our backers updated.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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