#048 – Jenée Libby: Let’s Stop Talking About Our Food & Start Connecting Over It

  • February 6, 2018
Jenée Libby of The Edacious Podcast

Jenée Libby

Jenée Libby is the creator and host of The Edacious Podcast, a show for enthusiasts, chefs, producers, and purveyors, as well as anyone ravenous about food in their region. By fostering connection, she celebrates the bounty that exists not only in her hometown, but throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the rest of the country.

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Jenée is not a chef or a foodie. Just someone who loves to cook, eat, travel, and write – and talk about it all!

“Edacious is an archaic word that means to be hungry or passionate about something… but I’m not going to dumb it down for you. It’s such a great word!” –Jenée Libby Click To Tweet

Jenée’s home of Charlottesville, Virginia is, like many other communities, hyperactive on social media when it comes to food. Too often, Jenée believes, this results in folks talking ABOUT rather than talking WITH one another.

Edacious attempts to bridge that gap, to create connection and strengthen community – To move the focus away from the pretty Instagrammed plate and toward the hardworking individuals doing the WORK OF FOOD in our restaurants, on our farms, in our stores, and around our conference tables.

We also discuss:

  • Eating at her mother’s dinner table, who was “Martha Stewart before there was Martha Stewart”
  • The self-acceptance it takes to cook without a recipe
  • Why Jenée branded herself with the archaic word Edacious (which she now has trademarked!)
  • The good and bad of the Charlottesville area (but mostly good)
  • Jenée’s Golden Fork Awards
  • Moderating the Women & Food panel at the Fire, Flour, and Fork festival, featuring  Chef Joy Crump, Kerry Diamond, Chef Kristen Kish, and Chef Jessica Wilson
  • Finding the perfect oyster
  • Life-changing pho


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