The Splendid Table is a weekly radio program about food hosted by Francis Lam. The program began in 1997 on Minnesota Public Radio, and was originally hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper until her retirement in 2017.[1][2][3] It is produced and distributed by American Public Media and airs weekends nationwide on public radio stations. It provides listeners with information on food preparation, appreciation, and culture. The program features travel-related material on restaurants and cuisine from around the country and the world, and also features talk segments in which the host takes calls from listeners with food-related questions. Guests vary from week to week, but have longtime contributors such as food writers Jane and Michael Stern. The program's tagline is "the radio show for people who love to eat".

Hosted byFrancis Lam
GenreFood & Drink
Original release4 January 1997 – present


  • Named "1998 Best National Radio Show on Food" by the James Beard Foundation[4]
  • Named "2000 Best National Syndicated Talk Show" by American Women in Radio and Television
  • Named "2008 Best National Radio Show on Food" by the James Beard Foundation[5]


  1. ^ "About the Splendid Table". Retrieved 2017-08-15.
  2. ^ "Now You're Cooking". Retrieved 2019-08-23.
  3. ^ "About the Splendid Table". Retrieved 2019-08-23.
  4. ^ "Awards Search - James Beard Foundation". Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  5. ^ "The Splendid Table-2008-219 - James Beard Foundation". Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014.

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