Episodes

Forktales podcast episode with Alex Canter of Nextbite and Virtual Restaurant Afficionado

EP 36 / Alex Canter / Founder of Nextbite, Virtual Restaurant Afficionado

Alex was born into a restaurant world. From his family’s deli to launching his own virtual restaurant concepts from its kitchen, Alex has been spearheading the virtual restaurant revolution. More recently he’s launched Nextbite as a platform for helping other restaurateurs realize the exponential income that comes from solid operations of VR brands. In this episode, we unpack his journey then discuss how virtual restaurants are changing the game for both consumers and restaurant operators around the nation. We dive into Nextbite’s path forward and the future of the restaurant industry as a whole.

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Podcast episode with Michael Attias founder of CaterZen and Catering Mastermind

EP 35 / Michael Attias / Founder of CaterZen & Mastermind of Catering Sales

Catering has long been a fantastic way to grow sales for restaurants. However, for many, selling catering is a chore at best and an impossible enigma at worst. Michael Attias cracked the code for his own restaurant then springboarded into creating the tools and insights necessary for any enterprising restaurateur to build sales via a strong, successful catering program. In this episode, we tap into his knowledge and insights and the magic of CaterZen.

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Chef Kenny Gilbert of Silkie's Chicken & Champagne, Beater of Bobby Flay and Personal Chef to Oprah Winfrey

EP 34 / Chef Kenny Gilbert / Founder of Silkie’s Chicken & Champagne, Beater of Bobby Flay

Chef Kenny Gilbert is the founder of Silkie’s Chicken & Champagne Bar and Chef Kenny Brands. In his career he’s cooked for Oprah, still does in fact, and beat Bobby Flay on national TV. In this episode he lays out how he got to this level in his career, and what makes a fantastic fried chicken dish. We discuss his journey and how others can rise up in the culinary world.

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Forktales podcast episode with Gregory Don Nasser of Borne

EP 33 / Gregory Don Nasser / CEO & Founder of Borne, Data Fanatic & Restaurant Hero

Gregory is an industry veteran with a trail of accolades in his wake. From building and selling successful restaurants to starting up a new software platform dead set on preventing premature restaurant failures, he’s been crushing it. His latest venture is a restaurant location intelligence platform created to help CGOs, Development Directors, and restaurateurs find locations primed for success. It’s called Borne, and we dive into the details in his episode!

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Podcast Episode with Adam Golomb, president and CMO of Primanti Bros and restaurant technology guru

EP 32 / Adam Golomb / President & CMO of Primanti Bros & Restaurant Technology Guru

Adam is a wealth of knowledge on restaurant marketing technologies and the convergence of multiple systems into a coherent vision. He’s built the Primanti Bros. brand from a regional niche tied to a singular sports team, into a viable and thriving regional player that’s growing at impressive speeds. With a dedication to data and insights derived from tech-fueled information, Adam has spearheaded impressive growth. In this episode, we scratch the surface of his thinking and vision, and so much more.

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Podcast episode with former Coca-Cola executive Patrick Magill on imagination

EP 31 / Patrick Magill / Chief Growth Officer for Green Room Collective & Liberator of Imagination

Patrick is a former Coca-Cola executive and McDonald’s dishwasher as well as many other well-known brands. In his tenure, he’s amassing profound insights and valuable skills in locking imagination and creativity in leaders of all walks. In his newest post, he’s been putting those skills to good use in a consultative role.

In this episode, we chat about the Great Resignation and how to attract top talent in the current reality. We unpack how brands can pivot to take advantage of new buying and shopping behaviors, and we weave in the idea of imagination and innovation.

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Karl Travis, Senior Interior Designer, Partner, NCIDQ® at Hager Design Intl.

EP 29 / Karl Travis / Senior Interior Designer & Partner at Hager Design Intl

Interior design and architecture have constant challenges with restaurants. From nuanced local codes to behavioral shifts in consumers, they must be on their feet at all times. My friend Karl Travis and I chat about these challenges along with the design trends hitting the industry as a result of pandemic-fueled behavior shifts in this episode of Forktales!

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Bill Gardner on Papa John's, Burger King, Pizza Hut and other notable restaurant rebranding projects of 2021

EP 27 / Bill Gardner / 2021’s most notable restaurant rebrands

I always love my conversations with Bill. He’s extremely insightful and profound in his design thinking. On this week’s episode, we dive into the rebrands for Burger King, Papa John’s, and Pizza Hut. We unpack what’s driving the throwback, retro approaches to these restaurant brands and whether or not it’s successful.

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Podcast with Justin Bartek at Jinya Ramen Bar

EP 26 / Justin Bartek / Director of Marketing at Jinya Ramen Bar

Justin and I have always had fantastic conversations and this episode is no different. We talk about the rise of ramen in the United States and how it’s begun to shift from trend to staple. Justin dives into his approach to marketing and how he’s tackled the challenges of a growing franchised full service restaurant brand.

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Charles CJ Moyer founder of Presley's Mobile Bar

EP 25 / CJ Moyer / Founder of Presley’s Mobile Bar

Designer turned barkeep steps onto the show to chat about this new format of bar experiences: the mobile cocktail bar. From weddings to corporate events, Presley’s has been gaining momentum. But what are the challenges and how is CJ and his team overcoming them? We unpack that and more in this week’s episode.

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