Festival Special Event – The Sporkful

Saturday, Sep. 21st: 10:30 - 11:30 am Festival Tent Dan Pashman, Gayle Jessup White
Included with Admission

The Sporkful isn’t for foodies – it’s for eaters.

The number 1 food podcast in America is taping live at the Heritage Harvest Festival – and you can be in the audience!

Join Sporkful host Dan Pashman for a special festival presentation about food and family history. Together with Monticello Community Engagement Officer Gayle Jessup White – a direct descendant of Peter Hemings and Thomas Jefferson – you’ll learn about the five principal cooks at Jefferson’s Monticello, and hear their stories.

The Sporkful uses humor and humanity to approach food from many angles, covering history, science, economics, identity and culture, and more. The show has won Best Food Podcast at the James Beard Awards, the Webby Awards, and the Saveur Awards.

Dan Pashman

Creator, Sporkful Podcast
Dan Pashman

Dan Pashman is the James Beard Award winning creator and host of The Sporkful food podcast, which he says is not for foodies, it’s for eaters. Whether having thoughtful conversations about food, culture, and identity, doing quirky deep dives into food science and history, or taking calls from couples with food-related relationship issues, Dan says The Sporkful is a place where he obsesses about food to learn more about people. Dan is also a contributor to NPR and the host of Cooking Channel’s You’re Eating It Wrong. He has appeared on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Today Show, Radiolab, WTF with Marc Maron, Guy’s Grocery Games, Planet Money, and Beat Bobby Flay, among others. He lives outside New York with his wife and two daughters.
Sporkful Podcast

Gayle Jessup White

Community Engagement Officer
Gayle Jessup White

Gayle Jessup White is Monticello’s Community Engagement Officer. A former award-winning TV reporter and anchor, Jessup White started her career at the New York Times. She’s written and spoken extensively about her work at Monticello and her family’s ties to Thomas Jefferson, his extended family and the enslaved community. She is a direct Jefferson descendant, and is also related to two well-documented families enslaved at Monticello – the Hemingses and the Hubbards.