Episode 56
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

'Mac-n-cheese maven' Allison Arevalo on bringing people together over pasta

‚ÄúI think when people think of entertaining, they think of all these things that our grandparents never had to think of. My grandmother had plastic on the couches‚ÄĒshe never thought about what her table would look like on social media."

This week, we're excited to welcome ALLISON AREVALO to Salt + Spine, the podcast on stories behind cookbooks.

Allison is the so-called ‚ÄúMac-and-Cheese Maven‚ÄĚ behind Homeroom, the Oakland, CA ¬†restaurant she co-opened in 2010. After seven years, she stepped back‚ÄĒselling off her shares to spend more time with family and friends‚ÄĒand found herself hosting weekly Pasta Friday dinners at her home.

Allison’s second cookbook, The Pasta Friday Cookbook: Let’s Eat Together, pulls together 52 of her favorite pasta and sauce combinations (she never repeats a pasta shape!) along with salads and side dishes. Her first cookbook is The Mac + Cheese Cookbook.

In today‚Äôs show, Allison joined us for a live pasta dinner at The Civic Kitchen in San Francisco, where we discussed how ‚Äúwhat‚Äôs the worst that could happen‚ÄĚ approach to life, her pivot from Homeroom to Pasta Friday, and what influences her. Plus: We‚Äôre playing a pasta-themed game with Allison.

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