Welcome to The Hump! Podcast …. In episode 18 of The Hump! Podcast: Open Belly ….  hosts Brent Bowen and Chad Beland chat with Danielle Lehman, creator and host of the Open Belly Podcast.

Open Belly is a podcast exploring Kansas City’s vibrant and diverse food culture. Her mission is to inspire people to break out of their comfort zone and explore new cultures, through food.

In this episode, the fellas talk with Danielle Lehman whom Brent met at a Kansas City Global Entrepreneurship Week event he was hosting about podcasting. He learned about Danielle’s efforts to showcase the diversity of Kansas City and … boom … the fellas coerced her onto being on the show.

They all know that owning a small business, particularly an independent restaurant is a daily labor of love. So let’s take a moment to explore Kansas City’s diverse food scene as well as the stories and family traditions behind it.

So … who has an Open Belly and is ready to eat?  …. (interview starts 14:37 minute mark).

Open Belly Podcast
The Open Belly Podcast explores Kansas City’s vibrant and diverse food culture.

The Hump! Podcast Episode 18 Show Notes – Open Belly

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In Ep. 18 of The Hump! Podcast, Brent & Chad Interview Danielle Lehman about KC’s diverse food culture …

But before we discuss the Open Belly podcast, the group  …

  • Share a few toasts while downing … Founder’s Canadian Breakfast Stout
  • Their toasts of the week include …
    • Chad not having to do a solo podcast from a bathroom (you’ll have to listen)
    • Some friends and family members celebrating birthdays
    • The 2018 Kansas City Chiefs season
    • A recognition of former Sporting KC’s Ike Opara’s contributions
  • What were up to …
    • Preparing our children for their high school Sweetheart Dance
    • Travels to the couch because of illness and Naples, Florida
    • How we all wish we hadn’t missed Kansas City Restaurant Week
    • Entering the KCYA AMC Movie Pass #Raffle
    • The different reasons for our plans to boycott the Super Bowl (Brent joined New Orleans for full-fledged #Boycottbowl)
    • The launch of our guest’s podcast …

This Week’s Topic and Interview — Open Belly With Danielle Lehman

Chad (left), Danielle and Brent syncing their calendars for a Sohaila’s Kitchen visit at Lenexa Public Market.

The Hump! Interview With Danielle Lehman

In their discussion with Danielle Lehman, the fellas:

    • Ask Danielle about the origins of the Open Belly podcast. Why did she want to explore ethnically diverse food and restaurants in Kansas City?
    • Clarify how the show is structured? How did Open Belly become a show more than about food, but a story about the families who run these Kansas City restaurants.
    • Gush over the Open Belly restaurant guide that is circulating about town. It’s a menu of sorts, highlighting each of the restaurants in season 1 and recommending a starter dish.
    • Ask how Feast magazine’s Jenny Vergara got involved in the project. They also explore what a podcast can do that a magazine can’t and why that is such a benefit.
    • Give a shout out to Danielle’s co-conspirators and contributors. She’s got a few other bandmates and the fellas ask how they helped out.
    • Chat about … how hard is podcasting? And for our guest … What was the biggest challenge in getting podcast started?
  • Discuss what restaurant’s story really surprised Danielle as she started to dig deeper into it?
  • Ask true/false question to bust (hopefully) the pre-conceived notion of a friend: T or F: Waldo Thai only Thai food in Kansas City?
  • Pester Danielle about a few of the most interesting dishes from Open Belly’s first season? (This makes them want to create some sort of Spotify app for food. It has to exist already. Tell us.)

More About Open Belly Podcast

Open Belly is a podcast exploring Kansas City’s vibrant and diverse food culture. Each episode is an interview with a first-generation American restaurant owner or chef, talking about the traditional foods from their home countries they are bringing to the people of Kansas City. Our mission is to inspire listeners to break out of their comfort zone and explore new cultures, through food. We hope this podcast encourages listeners to get to know their neighbors, and of course, fill their bellies.

The Open Belly Podcast’s Mission Is To …

  • Break us all out of our comfort zones while exploring new foods
  • Share the stories of immigrant chefs in our community
  • Understand the complexity of communities and cultures
  • Encourage us all to get to know our neighbors
  • Use food as a way to unite our community
  • Understand the world from other perspectives than our own


Season 1 launched February 2019 and one episode will be released per week, with a total of 10 episodes for the first season. Danielle swears that a season 2 is in the works.

  • 2/5: Waldo Thai
  • 2/12: KC Pinoy
  • 2/19: Fannie’s West African Cuisine
  • 2/26: Sohaila’s Kitchen
  • 3/5: Anita’s Cuisine
  • 3/12: Queen Sweets & Bakery
  • 3/19: Sura Eats
  • 3/26: Antojitos del Peru
  • 4/2: Desta’s Ethiopian Cuisine
  • 4/9: Pirate’s Bone

Creator & Crew

In addition to Danielle, Open Belly’s Kansas City contributors include:

And This Episode’s Game of “Triple D” …

To close out The Hump! Podcast … Brent and Chad play a quick round of Triple D.

What’s Triple D?

They throw out a scenario … and discuss whether it’s a DICK, DOUCHE or DUMBASS move …

This week’s Triple D move — What do you call someone who asks to split up the bill based on how much you ate out of shared dishes?

But the real question according to Danielle … What value do you assign the leftovers?

We discuss and debate on the show, but feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments (keep it clean folks, as they reserve the right to delete any personal attacks or defamatory information).

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