Lifestyle Series Debuts on KPBS Highlighting Women and BIPOC Innovators in Food, Beverage & Entrepreneurship

Fresh Glass, a lifestyle series highlighting women and BIPOC innovators in food, beverage, and entrepreneurship, debuts September 15 at 8:30pm on KPBS. Created by Cassandra Schaeg and Theresa Hoiles, viewers will join Schaeg on adventures to wineries, breweries, and businesses created by women and BIPOC entrepreneurs.

From the first Native American woman winemaker and her wife creating a path to their dreams to the first Creole woman in the United States to own a winery, Fresh Glass dives into the past, present, and future of industries traditionally underrepresented by women and BIPOC hopefuls.

Season One showcases businesses throughout California. Their backgrounds, personalities and journeys symbolize empowerment, grit, and perseverance. “I am privileged to share the stories of individuals who bet on themselves and took a leap, to pursue their entrepreneurial journey,” says Schaeg.

Directed by two-time Emmy award-winning director, michael taylor, Fresh Glass is produced by NWB Imaging. Fresh Glass is the newest edition to KPBS’s Explore Local Content Program.  The Explore Project aims to collaborate with local producers on ideas for programs and series that reflect our diverse and dynamic community and allow audiences to connect over shared experiences.

“One of the key criteria we use to decide if we will bring a show to our lineup is what we call ‘the Explorer Spirit.’ Does the show invite audiences from all walks of life to explore new worlds, discover new ideas and broaden their horizons? Fresh Glass embodies this spirit. When Cassandra and Theresa reached out to me with their show and we saw the pilot, I knew this was something special,” says John Decker, KPBS’s interim associate general manager of content.

Fresh Glass airs Thursdays at 8:30pm from September 15-October 20 on KPBS-TV with encores airing throughout the year, and streams online and on the PBS video app. It is also scheduled for national syndication in January 2023. 

Season One Innovators and Businesses

Tara Gomez and Mireia Taribo


Lompoc, CA

Claudette Zepeda

Executive Chef, Vaga Restaurant

Encinitas, CA

Timothy Parker

Chula Vista Brewery

Chula Vista, CA

Donnie Edwards

Best Defense Foundation

San Diego, CA

Denise Clarke

Altipiano Vineyard

Escondido, CA

Dr. Ricky Shabazz

San Diego City College

San Diego, CA

Donna DeBerry

County of San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce

San Diego, CA

Brandon Montgomery

Black Beer Travelers

San Diego, Ca

Benny Ashburn and Teo Hunter

Amanda-Jane Thomas and Shanita Nicholas

Leslie and LeAnn Jones

Crowns & Hops

SIP & Sonder

1010 Wine and Events

Inglewood, CA

Chris Rivera

Gerardo Espinosa

Joseph Smith

Seis Soles

Anaya Vineyards

Vinture Wine Company

Lodi, CA

Phil Long

Aaliyah Nitoto

Longevity Wines

Free Range Flower Winery

Livermore, CA

Iris Duplantier Rideau

Rideau Vineyard

Solvang, CA

Jason McClain

McClain Cellars

Laguna Beach, Buellton, and Solvang, CA

Fresh Glass is a deep dive into food, beverage, and entrepreneurship with guests whose backgrounds, personalities, and journeys symbolize empowerment, grit, and perseverance. Fresh Glass brings tangible evidence that women and BIPOC leaders exist in industries traditionally overlooked. Guests embody a strong work ethic, purposeful business practices, and proof that the pursuit of the American dream runs through the veins of every citizen, no matter their color or gender. Fresh Glass is the first project through Fresh Glass Productions LLC. Founders Theresa Hoiles and Cassandra Schaeg created Fresh Glass Productions LLC to amplify the voices of women and BIPOC entrepreneurs. Our mission is to be the conduit to representation through storytelling, community engagement, and advocacy.

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