Plant found in Wisconsin for the first time in 44 years, Hmong cuisine with world renowned chef

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Chef Yia Vang stands in front of Vinai in St. Paul, Minn.
Chef Yia Vang stands in front of Vinai in St. Paul, Minn. Photo credit: Lauren Cutshall. Photo courtesy: Mary McCallum

Until this year, a plant called “clustered broomrape” hadn’t been seen in Wisconsin for decades. We talk to a Wisconsin botanist about monitoring endangered plants. Then, we talk to a James Beard award-nominated chef about getting his start in Wisconsin and his love of Hmong cooking.

Featured in this Show

  • Volunteers help identify rare, endangered plants in Wisconsin

    Recently, a volunteer with the state DNR’s Rare Plant Monitoring Program found a parasitic species that hadn’t been seen in Wisconsin since 1979. We speak with a botanist and coordinator of the program about monitoring and detecting rare or endangered plants.

  • Hmong chef talks cuisine and culinary scene in the Midwest

    A James Beard nominated chef with Wisconsin roots shares his love of food and Hmong cooking. Chef Yia Vang joins the show to talk about his family, restaurant experience and latest TV show.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Mackenzie Krumme Producer
  • Courtney Everett Producer
  • Maria Lopez Technical Director
  • Kevin Doyle Guest
  • Yia Vang Guest

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