4: Dine & Dish with Danny Trejo

“Everything good that has happened to me has happened as the direct result of helping someone else.”

– Danny Trejo

*Film by Nelson Lee of Noteworthy Collective



For our fourth episode of Dine & Dish with Dawn, I didn’t have to go further than right around the corner from my house to get my interview on…and leave with a new baseball cap on my head.

There, I met up with Machete himself, actor & producer Danny Trejo, at his flagship restaurant, Trejo’s Tacos, where we enjoyed street tacos and street corn, while he waved at fans who honked at us as they drove down La Brea.

Danny and I dished about everything including his time in prison (including 4 months in “the hole”/solitary confinement which led to a life-changing epiphany), addiction and recovery, the importance of having people around you that you trust, what Cinco de Mayo really means, how the whole world can think you’re a movie star but you can’t, his mother’s dream of owning a restaurant and how – as fate would have it – he came to own a chain of restaurants of his own today.

The best role that Danny has played is that of a survivor. And, he’s not only survived, but thrived, and continues to give back. For Danny, he has had dreams come true that he didn’t even know were possible, and now he helps others fulfill their dreams and potential as an intervention counselor.

As much as he might play the “bad guy,” this nice guy is the first to tell you that he is not in charge…his faith is.

A man whose faith and work ethic have helped him overcome every obstacle, you won’t ever think of Danny Trejo the same way again.

Just don’t call him Marcia.

*Producer’s Note: This was our show’s first attempt at recording outside in Los Angeles, the audio is as rough around the edges as Danny is tough. Please be patient with me as I’m still learning here.



To find out more about Danny Trejo: www.DannyTrejo.net

Thank you to the owners, cooks, management and waitstaff of Trejo’s Tacos where this podcast took place. And, thank you especially to the patrons who were so kind and patient to wait for pictures until after we had wrapped.

Special thanks to our sponsor, La Croix Water my healthy must-have as I continue to travel across America, dining & dishing, and indulging in all this good food. I’ve always got three packs of this bubbly goodness in my fridge!

A percentage from the sponsored fee for this podcast has been donated to the charity of Danny’s choice: the Learning Rights Law Center, a legal services nonprofit that fights for a child’s right to education, and assists low-income families by providing free legal counsel and advice, advocacy, direct representation, education, training and policy work. 

Engineered & Edited by: Maddie Ross

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2: Dine & Dish with Kim Carnes

“Anytime I’ve gone against my instinct, I’ve always lost.” – Kim Carnes
In this episode of Dine & Dish with Dawn, I’m dining and dishing with Bette Davis Eyes herself, the Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, Kim Carnes. Though I had met her years before while I was working in a little beauty store in Nashville, I felt an instant kinship when we were reintroduced for this podcast, when we dined at her favorite restaurant in Nashville, the tantalizing Two Ten Jack.
We chatted about everything from common coworkers and cohorts in Barbra Streisand and Quincy Jones to our love of Justin Timberlake to her experience writing an entire concept album for Kenny Rogers to the beauty of birthdays to lifelong dreams coming true to her epic experience with being a part of  “We Are The World,” during which a guy named Michael Jackson held her hand the whole time.
Get ready to fall in love with a dreamer…
To find out more about Kim Carnes: www.KimCarnes.com
Thank you to the owners, chefs and staff of Two Ten Jack in East Nashville, Tennessee where this podcast took place.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Emma J Company, one of my favorite jewelry lines on the planet, who I will be creating a collection with this fall.

A percentage from the sponsored fee for this podcast has been donated to a charity of Kim’s choice, All About Dogs Coastal Rescue, a non-profit rescue and adoption organization made up of volunteers who have a mission to find loving homes for our furry friends.

Episode Engineer: Anna Schulze

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1: Dine & Dish with Peter Cooper

“If you write the song that only you can write, or you do the thing that only you can do, you’ve removed yourself yourself from competition. You don’t have to arm wrestle the world any more.” -Peter Cooper


To kick off this first episode of Dine & Dish with Dawn, I’m dining & dishing with country music expert, Country Music Hall of Fame editor, Vanderbilt University Professor, and Grammy-nominated musician, Peter Cooper at Lockeland Table restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee. My friend – and former East Nashville neighbor – and I talk about everything from finding your passion to the challenges we face as artists, and chat about the many celebrities we have both worked with and those who inspire us, including Kris Kristofferson, Barbra Streisand, Dierks Bentley, Tom T. Hall, John Prine, Todd Snider, Liz Gilbert, Emmylou Harris, Kenny Chesney, Jim Carrey, Johnny Cash, and Cowboy Jack Clement.

Come hungry, and prepare to laugh and be inspired…


*Join me for each Dine & Dish with Dawn episode as my celebrity guests and I indulge in the best restaurants across America, sip cocktails, enjoy wine, have a beer here and there, and talk about their journey, inspiration and what defines their career and life. For every show, I donate to our guest’s chosen charity or non-profit organization.

To find out more about Peter Cooper: www.PeterCooperMusic.com

Thank you to the owners, chefs and staff of Lockeland Table in East Nashville, Tennessee where this podcast took place. It is one of my favorite restaurants on this here planet!!

Special thanks to our sponsor, YouCanHideIt.com, the ultimate site for clever solutions for cocktails.

A percentage from the sponsored fee for this podcast has been donated to Bonaparte’s Retreat, a charity of Peter’s choice that rescues shelter dogs with the mission of finding forever homes for them.

Engineered & Edited by: Anna Schulze

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