We speak with Jonathan Ammons and Catherine Campbell - hosts of The Dirty Spoon Radio Hour podcast and a new spinoff podcast called Home Fried - concerned with Covid-19 and its effect on the restaurant industry. We discuss the changes in the restaurant industry, breweries, bars and the general struggles of small businesses. We also talk about Catherine's founding of Asheville Strong - a not-for-profit organization that supports local small businesses through a gift card directory, online resources, and crisis relief. We learn about Catherine having contracted Covid-19 amidst all of the other work she has been doing, what she went through and how she has come out on the other side of the virus. A solid conversation with fellow podcasters and raconteurs - and lots of good perspectives on what we are all feeling right now.
Jonathan Ammons is an essayist and journalist, bartender, musician, Southern native, and avid traveller. A contributor to Salon, 100 Days in Appalachia, Mountain Xpress, WNC Magazine, Asheville-Citizen Times, and Paste Magazine. He calls himself a professional hedonist, eating, drinking, and stumbling his way through his beloved Southern culture.
Catherine Campbell is a novelist, essayist, and editor. Her work appears in The New York Times, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, The Millions, Writer’s Digest, Kenyon Review and elsewhere. During the day, she owns Bright Planning, a marketing agency which serves eco-friendly and socially responsible food, bev and lifestyle brands around the United States.