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Something amazing is happening in Bakersfield, CA. The once small-town has doubled in its' population over the past twenty years. Now the 9th largest city in California, the growing community is experiencing a cultural shift as it welcomes a more diverse population while still valuing its' rich history, honoring the traditions, institutions and values that have made us who we are. Join our hosts Andrae Gonzales, Rachel Magnus, Jesus Gonzalez & Carla Barrientos as they explore the dynamic people, places and culture of our community.

Apr 21, 2023

Born and raised in Bakersfield, Thomas Benham has always loved good food. While attending UC Berkeley, Thomas landed a summer job at Chez Panisse. He started as a wine runner and eventually made his way up the ranks in the kitchen.

After five years at Chez Panisse, he traveled east to Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he became head chef at The Market.

After four seasons, Thomas and his wife, Alicia Didio, relocated to Sonoma County, where he led the food program at Martin Ray Winery. Eventually, the pull of his hometown, neighborhood, and family drew them to Bakersfield.

Tommy’s pizza specializes in New York-style thin-crust pizza with simple premium ingredients. Thomas‘ philosophy is to do only a few things but do them exceptionally well.