Instructor Kae Lani Palmisano

Kae Lani Palmisano (pronouns she/her) is an Emmy Award-Winning television host, food and travel writer, recipe developer, and home cook. She loves to explore the journey that food takes to get to the plate. As an “edutainer,” her work focuses on having fun with food while educating audiences about where it comes from, and its historical and cultural impact.

As the host of WHYY’s Check, Please! Philly, Kae Lani showcases Philadelphia’s favorite restaurants through the eyes of locals, celebrating fine dining establishments alongside hidden neighborhood spots. She’s also the writer and host of Delishtory, a digital series that explores the fascinating histories and hidden backstories behind foods we know and love, streaming now on WHYY’s YouTube and the PBS App.

While some travelers follow their hearts, Kae Lani has always followed her gut, covering food from unique perspectives across four continents. Her culinary travels have taken her from exploring the Spice Route through Israel and Europe to foraging with the Māori in New Zealand. Her coverage has appeared in Food & Wine, USA TODAY, The Philadelphia Inquirer, KitchenAid Stories, Roads & Kingdoms, and more.


“This has been a terrific class! Thanks so much, Naomi and Kae Lani — not only have I had a great time over the last six weeks, but I feel you’ve helped me with my food writing. You’re both excellent editors, who point out flaws (with kindness!), while also providing the necessary guidance to craft a better story. Thank you, thank you!” — Jeremy Tarr

“Thank you Naomi and Kae Lani for your help, kindness, and guidance! I appreciated everyone in the class for their comments as well, as I start journeying into food writing. I learned a lot about ways to improve my writing and my pitching, and it helped alleviate some fears.” — Zac Jones-Gómez