Primary Food



PRIMARY FOOD is an exploration into all the things in life that nourish our minds, bodies and soulsall the fun stuff that guides us towards the quality of the food we eat. Hosted by Rev. DJ CherishTheLuv, who is currently undergoing aggressive cancer treatment and seeking the finest, and funnest, things in life.


  • Episode 44: KINTSUGI

    Episode 44: KINTSUGI

    14/11/2019 Duration: 01h13min

    Join Primary Food’s host DJ CherishTheLuv and guests, Maharlika and Jeepney's Nicole Ponseca, and Licensed Clinical Psychologist Jeannie Celestial to discuss work, life and surviving trauma. Dr. Celestial helps us unpack it all to get us on that healing track.Primary Food is powered by Simplecast.

  • Episode 43: GIRL, UBE KILLIN’ IT

    Episode 43: GIRL, UBE KILLIN’ IT

    29/10/2019 Duration: 01h15min

    Join Primary Food’s host DJ CherishTheLuv and guests, Maharlika and Jeepney's Nicole Ponseca, Cafe 86’s Ginger Lim Dimapasok, and media maven Charmaine Parcero for Filipino American History Month. They’ll discuss the non-edible things in life that nourish them, as well as share stories about their Filipina-American experience.Join Heritage Radio Network on Monday, November 11th, for a raucous feast to toast a decade of food radio. Our tenth anniversary bacchanal is a rare gathering of your favorite chefs, mixologists, storytellers, thought leaders, and culinary masterminds. We’ll salute the inductees of the newly minted HRN Hall of Fame, who embody our mission to further equity, sustainability, and deliciousness. Explore the beautiful Palm House and Yellow Magnolia Café, taste and imbibe to your heart’s content, and bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences and tasty gifts for any budget at our silent auction. Tickets available now at Food is powered by Simplecast. 

  • Episode 42: ART  MUSIC  WHY

    Episode 42: ART & MUSIC & WHY

    20/04/2017 Duration: 53min

    Visual Artist Tim Okamura and Audio/Visual Artist Cecilie Beck join DJ CherishTheLuv on today's episode of Primary Food. Today, we are talking about ART & MUSIC as our primary food and WHY it is SO important, necessary and healthy to have personal creative expression in our lives. We discuss why we make our art and who we nourish with it. Music provided by and performed by Cecilie Beck!

  • Episode 41: How to Cook Up A Song

    Episode 41: How to Cook Up A Song

    13/04/2017 Duration: 47min

    Big News! DJ CherishTheLuv will be doing music work in an orphanage in Ecuador with Unfucktheworld in May, so in today’s episode, we’ll be talking about MUSIC as our Primary Food. We are going to find out HOW TO COOK UP A SONG and ENJOY LIFE with today’s musical guests, Haitian-born SMAX MUSIC, your new favorite Caribbean Rock/Groove and Acoustic Soul Man! He’s described as Bob Marley meets The Rolling Stones. Joining us is Doug Hinrichs, a percussionist and composer based in New York City, perhaps best known for his work in the Broadway musical “In The Heights.” Doug performs and records with countless artists in the New York City area and beyond. A recent highlight: performing with Bobby McFerrin at the Jazz At Lincoln Center series. We are going to make a brand new song to serve up, live on air!

  • Episode 40: Giving Back is Nourishing

    Episode 40: Giving Back is Nourishing

    06/04/2017 Duration: 47min

    In today's episode of Primary Food, DJ CherishTheLuv talks about how giving back is a wonderful form of nourishment with Rebecca Weiss. Rebecca is a 46-year-old breast cancer survivor whose life changed completely when she was diagnosed as stage 3 in 2014. A journalist and corporate communications professional, in 2015 she started Bob’s Boxes, a 501c3 nonprofit that sends post-mastectomy care packages to women with breast cancer. Rebecca has appeared on the Today Show, was featured in Parents Magazine and the book Live Happy; and serves as a Model of Courage in Ford’s Warriors In Pink campaign. On February 3, 2015, the one-year anniversary of her beloved father’s death, she started @onegoodthingproject, a social media project to find and celebrate One Good Thing a Day. She speaks and blogs about finding joy after cancer. Rebecca lives in Rutherford, New Jersey with her husband and two young children.

  • Episode 39: LIVE BREW COFFEE

    Episode 39: LIVE BREW COFFEE

    23/02/2017 Duration: 44min

    Joining DJ CherishTheLuv in the studio today is the one and only Elisabeth Cardiello founder of Caffe Unimatic with roots from Italy! In Sweden another coffee-loving nation the act of sitting for a coffee break solo or with friends is called a "fika," a primary food action that most people don't realize they get to enjoy often! In this part of the world we don't really have a world for this. Today Elisabeth and Cynthia Cherish come up with a word brew some Unimatic handcrafted coffee on air and tell stories about the Cardiello family legacy all during a little fika in the HRN studio. Plus they may or may not have something very cool to announce as well! Listen and find out. Funky tunes provided by Ubiquity Records.

  • Episode 38: HOW DID YOU GET HERE

    Episode 38: HOW DID YOU GET HERE

    16/02/2017 Duration: 54min

    HRN’s very own Jennifer Leuzzi, host of Tech Bites, joins Rev & DJ CherishTheLuv in today's episode of Primary Food. Focusing on a great job as our primary food theme, we discuss Cynthia’s search for work that nourishes her soul, and the wild journey of a woman in a world full of judgment, sexism, and photoshop. This follow-up to Episode 36 with Libby Moore, Oprah Winfrey’s Chief-of-Staff, continues to bring light to the importance of listening to one’s self and not being afraid to change careers. Sometimes you might even be forced to change!

  • Episode 37: Breaking Bread NYC

    Episode 37: Breaking Bread NYC

    09/02/2017 Duration: 35min

    Today's episode of Primary Food combines secondary AND primary food with the themes of exploration, compassion and politics. Breaking Bread NYC's Scott Wiener, Steph Mantis and Jeff Orlick tell us about how they are bringing back humanity to NYC restaurants affected by President Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban. We're here to invite you explore new delicious foods, and inspire other cities to do the same! RESIST! It is Delicious!

  • Episode 36: HOW TO FEED A WOMAN

    Episode 36: HOW TO FEED A WOMAN

    02/02/2017 Duration: 59min

    Libby Moore, Oprah Winfrey's former Chief-of-Staff joins Rev. & DJ CherishTheLuv on today's episode of Primary Food to discuss how women can and should nourish themselves on every level. A sherpa to many, super-connector, and adventurer, Libby Moore, has set off on her own quest to feed herself mentally, spiritually, physically and more, launching her "Libby Moore Gypsy Tour," an inspiring move to find her highest self and best life, with a side of inspiring others to do the same. Listen to this episode and get to know Libby at

  • Episode 35: Nourish the World with Creativity

    Episode 35: Nourish the World with Creativity

    26/01/2017 Duration: 47min

    Joining DJ CherishTheLuv in today's episode is activist and performance artist Robert Galinsky. We are discussing how performance, creativity, coaching, and coffee nourishes the world! Galinsky is a contributing writer to The Fresh Toast, is Head Speaker Coach for TEDxTeen, TEDxFultonStreet, and teaches writing and performance at Rikers Island Jail, through the non-profit Literacy for Incarcerated Teens and His work as an artist activist has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, and on The VIEW, NPR, ABC Nightline News and many media outlets. More at

  • Episode 34: MUSIC FEEDS NYC

    Episode 34: MUSIC FEEDS NYC

    19/01/2017 Duration: 50min

    Joining Cynthia Cherish in the studio is Dan FreeMan (C0m1x), a bassist/producer and one of the world's experts on Ableton Live and its uses in live performance. As a bassist he has performed and toured extensively on 3 continents. He has a studio in Brooklyn where he primarily produces NYC electro house/disco and records bass for other DJ/producers. He also teaches electronic music production at NYU's Clive Davis Institute and travels around the world giving courses in Ableton Live. A Harvard University grad, Dan studied history and enjoys writing on the political and social roots of disco/funk/house and hip hop. In today's episode we discuss how the music of the 70s and 80s fed into the creation of the New York City we know today.

  • Episode 33: Getting Crystal Clear on Creativity

    Episode 33: Getting Crystal Clear on Creativity

    12/01/2017 Duration: 43min

    You just never know how Music and The Arts will affect your life and fill it with all kinds of adventures! DJ CherishTheLuv brings her musical sister, DJ CrystalClear, aka Crystal Durant, into the studio to talk about how performing feeds our soul. Featuring soul and funk music from Ubiquity Records, Psyche of Sound, and The London Project.



    15/12/2016 Duration: 42min

    Memorial Sloan Kettering's Creative Writing Program, Visible Ink, has been an important Primary Food for Cynthia Cherish Malaran. Today, we have the Visible Ink Team in the studio to tell us all about the importance of creative writing as a source of nourishment and healing.

  • Episode 31: MUSIC FEEDS THE SOUL

    Episode 31: MUSIC FEEDS THE SOUL

    08/12/2016 Duration: 47min

    Music is a source of nourishment for many people around the globe. On today's episode, Cynthia DJ CherishTheLuv spins some funky soul grooves from Ubiquity Records alongside musician Carrie Beehan, and tells stories about music and how it has nourished her.

  • Episode 30: Servana Care: Chefs Helping You Recover

    Episode 30: Servana Care: Chefs Helping You Recover

    17/11/2016 Duration: 43min

    For over two decades, Chef Jonathan Forgash provided catering for the biggest names in fashion, television and film. When an executive producer fell ill, he reached out to Jonathan for help during recovery. It was a life changing experience. His new company, Servana Care, provides in-home chef services to individuals and families coping with pregnancy, illness and recovery.



    27/10/2016 Duration: 01h55s

    YouTube Sensation, Laura Vitale, lets our host, Cynthia Cherish, and co-hosts singer Carrie Beehan, Chef Airis Johnson, and Kiesha Dutes, as well as callers pick her brain on how she built a successful culinary brand using social media by cooking and sticking to her passions. With 2.6 million subscribers and 360 million views under her belt since her first video in 2010, she's got LOTS to teach us newbies! We're going to figure something out today!

  • Episode 28: Gin, Dads, and the Making of Music

    Episode 28: Gin, Dads, and the Making of Music

    20/10/2016 Duration: 39min

    New Zealandesque New York singer/songwriter, Carrie Beehan, and her father (in the form of a bottle of gin) join Cynthia Cherish Malaran in the studio today to discuss how food, drink and family inform the music you create and thus, feed into the world. We will discuss the process of creating Carrie's new album, entitled "Alazon In the Quiet Room” which is available now on iTunes, and is receiving critical praise in a growing number of music publications online.



    13/10/2016 Duration: 48min

    Latresa Baker, Actress, Writer, Director, Producer and Model joins Cynthia Cherish Malaran in the studio to talk about food's role in creativity and being onscreen. Most known for creating Ms. Monologue and the Pounds New York web series, Latresa's free spirit and go-getter mentality journeyed her from Harrisburg PA, to New York City where she is blazing her own trail as a Creative Entrepreneur on a mission to inspire and empower women through her art. She enjoys serving her community as member of Hillsong Church NYC, the New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) and CrossFit Hell’s Kitchen. We'll be previewing a new release by Singer/Songwriter Carrie Beehan.

  • Episode 26: Chocolate Ink

    Episode 26: Chocolate Ink

    22/09/2016 Duration: 41min

    Oceana's Executive Pastry Chef, Colleen Grapes, Foodtographer, Nicole Horton and Ryann Mead of Fine & Raw Chocolate Factory, talk with Cynthia about the love of chocolate, sweets, fun times in the kitchen, tools, tattoos, what it was like to cook for SHARE Cancer Support's A Second Helping Of Life, and so much more! This is one awesome Food & Music pairing!

  • Episode 25: A Second Helping Of Life

    Episode 25: A Second Helping Of Life

    15/09/2016 Duration: 45min

    Women Power and Fooding for a Cause is our topic today as Cynthia is joined by Angie Mar, Executive Chef at Beatrice Inn, in the West Village, and Beth Cling, Director of Communications for SHARE. SHARE is a nonprofit organization that helps women facing ovarian and breast cancers. We will be discussing A Second Helping of Life, a food event on Monday, September 19, 6:00-9:30pm, where 26 women chefs, with the aid of celebrity sous chefs (women personalities from media, entertainment, and publishing) will serve their signature dishes. The event will be held at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers, and is in its 13th year.

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