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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 and their plans in 2021.

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

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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’s, how the ice cream empire grew to what it is today, and how Lauren balanced starting a company, working a full-time 9-5 job while doing so, and how her and Chad (her husband) started a family in the midst of it all.
This is a story not-to-miss, and if you get hungry while listening, be sure to follow their drool-worthy IG st @milliespgh
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!

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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