Resume / CV

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Tagan is the founder of The Table Underground radio show, podcast and website.  She has 20+ years experience working in food, as a chef, entrepreneur, activist, policy maker, food business consultant and community builder. The main threads through her life and work are a passionate love of all things food and a deep connection with people and their stories as a source for justice and transformational change. The Table Underground is a place to make visible and share this love of food, community, story, anti-racism and healing justice work. Tagan is a wife and mother of two in a family that she loves with abandon.  She is Jewish, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and also a practitioner in the Yoruba Orisa tradition of which her husband is a Babalawo (traditional priest).  She is from New Haven, CT and has lived in NYC & Boston and traveled and cooked on many continents around the world.

In addition to her involvement in local grassroots community building, Tagan serves on the board of Soul Fire Farm, and deeply supports their work of undoing racism and injustice in the food system. She also served on the advisory board for the ConnCAT Culinary Arts Program and was an Inspiring Equity Fellow with the Graustein Memorial Fund. Tagan works to connect community and university resources for entrepreneurship and economic justice as a mentor in residence at the TSAI City Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale and as a mentor to emerging entrepreneurs with Collab

Before The Table Underground, Tagan wrote about food and life on her blog Tagan's Kitchen where you can find some of her writings and recipes from 2009 to 2016. 

The theme song for The Table Underground episodes is Still Shining by The Passion HiFi  - We are so grateful for this fab beat and their free open-source music!  www.thepassionhifi.com


Stories of food, radical love & creative social justice.
Radio  |  Podcast  |  Writing  | Recipes

The Table Underground is a audio and visual platform to lift up inspiring stories of people who are often marginalized with a focus on food and creative social justice. 

The radio show airs on WNHH community radio 103.5 fm, New Haven, CT, USA
Every other Friday at 1pm, 7pm & Sunday at 3pm
and is available by podcast any time.