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The Hungry Jess Podcast

Hi all! It's Jess, your host of The Hungry Jess Podcast. I'll be continuing the conversations with creatives and chefs all across the 412, plus how these places and people have been able to come out stronger than ever following the worst of the pandemic.

Hope you brought your favorite eating utensil, because you’re about to be hungry AF!

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Season 3, Episode 2: Specialty Group

In this episode, Jess is in conversation with Sidney Sokoloff, vice president of Specialty Group and the face behind the orange poster series on his Instagram page, The Restaurant Broker PGH. Restaurants are about the food, but also about the experience. Jess and Sidney talk “eatertainment,” local restaurants, and all ...

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Season 3, Episode 1: Sara Makin of Makin Wellness

To kick off Season 3 of the podcast, host and creator Jess Iacullo of HungryJess talks to Sara Makin, MSEd, LPC, NCC is the founder & CEO of Makin Wellness, a privately owned tele-mental health company based in Pennsylvania. While exercise and eating a balanced diet is essential, well-being means also ...

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Season 2, Episode 5: The YaJagoffs!

In Episode 5, Jess talks to that dynamic duo, John Chamberlin and Rachael Rennebeck — founders of YaJagoff Media. You’ve seen — or heard them — as the zip around the 412 and beyond. Now, they’re hosting their own radio show on Q92.9-FM, “YaJagoff on Q.” What’s behind their partnership? How ...

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Season 2, Episode 4: Plate It, Pittsburgh!

Are you hungry yet? On this episode, Jess is in conversation with Briana “Bree” White, founder of the blog Breelicious Bites, and Dave “the Gastronome” Forman. The trio talks food in the 412 (of course!) and takes you behind the scenes of “Plate It, Pittsburgh!,” a cooking competition-style show that can ...

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Season 2, Episode 3: Cooking with Casbah’s executive chef

Jess sits down (in person!) with Dustin Gardner, executive chef of Casbah, located in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood. Discussions of Dustin’s early career, COVID-19 impacts, and much more coming soon to Hungry Jess Big City! Featuring music by Ross Antonich. Cover art by Billie Sue of @motleysueshop

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Season 2, Episode 2: Got Juice? Hear from Live Fresh

In this episode, hear from the makers behind Live Fresh Juice + Smoothie Bar. Brett Gilliam and Catey Burget opened Live Fresh in 2019 in Homestead, a former steel town along the Monongahela River just outside of Pittsburgh.

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Season 2, Episode 1: Con Alma

Welcome back, everyone! For the kickoff of Season 2, Jess talks to the team behind Con Alma, a restaurant and jazz bar in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood. How have they changed the business in 2020? What’s the inspiration behind the food and the music? Listen in as Jess talks with music ...

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Season 1, Episode 4: Rachel Walton, head pastry chef at DiAnoia’s

In this episode, Jess sits down with Rachel Walton, head pastry chef at DiAnoia’s in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, to discuss all things rainbow cookies and baking inspiration. We also discuss some more serious and open dialogue, like what to do when you find yourself in a compromising position ...

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Season 1, Episode 3: Lauren Townsend, co-founder of Millie’s Ice Cream

It’s the third episode (can you believe it?!) and I’m sitting down with no one other than Lauren Townsend, co-founder of Millie’s and quite honestly one of THE sweetest people you will ever meet…. live from Millie’s headquarters! We’re talking about the birth of Millie’...

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Season 1, Episode 2: Georgia Bloom, creator of Sweet Peach Denim

Welcome to the SECOND episode! On this episode, I cozy up with my girl and fellow creative Georgia Bloom of Sweet Peach Denim. While chatting in my living room, we cover everything from what it’s like to move to a new city and build a business, how to make ...

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Season 1, Episode 1: Becca Romagnoli, chef of The Vandal

For our inaugural episode, Jessie chats with Becca Romagnoli, chef of The Vandal in Lawrenceville and co-creator of Forma Pasta, Pittsburgh’s first pasta subscription service. Plug in as we talk all things self-care (and how to find a work-life balance when your life is your job, and vice versa), ...

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Jessica Iacullo, host of the HungryGrl Podcast

Jessica Iacullo, What started as “just” an Instagram page to pass the time during my college days has boomed into my full-time job working with brands like Cosmopolitan Magazine, Kraft Heinz, Forbes, Jets, Boars Head, Baked By Melissa, Business Insider, various Food Network Chefs, Citi Bank, US Open, McDonald’s, Love Your Melon, Her Campus, and Little Words Project… just to name a few. In the years since I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, came back to New York City, and have since returned to the 412, I have also developed my writing skills for both my website, newsletter, and outside publications.

But at the end of the day, I’m just a girl that likes to eat and tell other people about it. Listen in!

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