Podcast in Brief

Unveiling Community, Mental Wellness, and Politics

A bowl of ramen in a geometric-patterned bowl; line art

A Conversation with Francesca (Fran) Hong

A photo of Fran Hong (Francesca Hong) standing in a kitchen before blue and white tile backsplash wearing a t-shirt that says "Stay Angry" under a jacket

Podcasts have become an integral part of our daily lives, offering a gateway into the minds and experiences of remarkable individuals. In an episode titled “A Conversation with Fran Hong,” we are introduced to Fran Hong, a state representative and the previous co-owner of Morris Ramen, as she unravels her compelling journey, emphasizing the significance of community, mental wellness, and her active involvement in addressing societal challenges.

In this captivating episode, Fran Hong delves into her multifaceted roles within the community, shedding light on the pivotal importance of building grassroots relationships for mental wellness. Her involvement in organizations that address food insecurity and crucial legislation demonstrates her unwavering commitment to fostering a more inclusive and supportive environment for all.

Fran, a former executive chef, joins the conversation, offering her profound insights and personal journey from experiencing burnout to ultimately opening a ramen restaurant. She passionately emphasizes the soulful and community-building nature of ramen, highlighting its power to bring people together.

A cool-looking bowl of ramen

The dialogue doesn’t shy away from addressing critical issues. Mental health challenges in the food service industry, the necessity for sober spaces, and the impact of alcohol use are earnestly discussed, painting a poignant picture of the realities within these spheres.

Fran’s candid reflections on her engagement with different political parties, her decision to run for office, and the profound influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on her trajectory provide a deeply personal and thought-provoking insight into her journey.

Fran Hong (Francesca Hong) working as an executive chef preparing food

The episode concludes with a moving discussion on the significance of self-care and gratitude, weaving together the various facets of life, from her work at the Capitol to the joys and challenges of parenthood.

This episode is an unmissable exploration of community, mental wellness, and the complexities of public service. Fran Hong’s openness and authenticity resonate deeply, leaving listeners with a profound sense of connection and understanding. Tune in to gain invaluable insights into the intertwining realms of community, mental health, and the dynamic landscape of politics.

A save the date for June 2 for the If They Only Knew dinner party for The Shallot at Cadre in Madison

Since Morris Ramen closed in February, we’ve missed this restaurant’s wonderful food and Fran’s amazing energy. Fortunately, Evan Dannells is hosting an upcoming private dinner party event featuring Fran Hong’s cooking as well as live music and poetry.

Missing Fran’s cooking? Want to celebrate the most recent Shallot? You can scoop up tickets here for this June 2nd event – limited seats available!