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Podcast episode with chef Scott Conant author of Peace. Love. Pasta.

EP 18 / Scott Conant / Cook, Chef, Author of Peace, Love, and Pasta

In my chat with Scott, we dive into the passion behind Italian food and home cooking. We discuss the trajectory and path from cook to James Beard Award-winning chef, developing his personality and approach, and his thoughts on what’s next in the restaurant world. It’s a fantastic discussion that will leave you hungry for great food and for advancing your professional and personal life.

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Ricky Raman from Peachstate Hospitality on the state of Hotel F&B

EP 15 / Ricky Raman / COO of Peachstate Hospitality Group

Ricky is a fantastic wealth of knowledge when it comes to the hotel and hospitality industry. Serving as COO for one of Marriott International’s top hotel management companies, Ricky has led the charge in creating new experiences that challenge what people expect from limited-service hotels. His activity in the industry also keeps him at the forefront of what’s happening now and what’s happening next. We dive into that knowledge and have a lot of fun doing it in this week’s episode.

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Tom DuFore of Big Sky Franchise

EP 13 / Tom Dufore / Big Sky Franchise Guru

Tom brings a wealth of knowledge around the franchise industry and how restaurant franchises can win the post pandemic world. In his career, he’s helped many brands scale. He’s also seen where brands have gone wrong. In this episode he shares that knowledge in full detail.

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Di Dang and Tuyet Nhi Le of Happy Endings Hospitality

EP 12 / Di Dang & Tuyet Nhi Le of Happy Endings Hospitality

I’ve been enamored with the Happy Endings Hospitality company for over a year now. Not only because their restaurant brand names are fun and risqué, but because they have a dedication to their team and organization unlike any other hospitality company I’ve encountered. In this episode, we unpack why they believe in uplifting their team so much, and how they simultaneously approach the growth of each person and their company.

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Restaurant podcast episode with Andrew Gruel of Slapfish

EP 11 / Andrew Gruel / Founder of Slapfish, and lover of seafood and honesty

Started as a chef, and is now a restaurant industry leader, Andrew Gruel has a fantastic story of his journey. He spent years at the helm of Seafood for the Future, a non-profit focused on sustainable resourcing of the Pacific ocean and its bounty of life. When that opportunity ended, he launched in Slapfish, a food truck that took the nation and social media by storm. From that truck, the brand flourished into a growing brand that spans the nation.

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Danny Klein, editorial director FoodNewsMedia podcast

EP 10 / Danny Klein / Editorial Director at Food News Media

Danny serves as the editorial director at Food News Media who’s properties include QSR Magazine and FSR Magazine. A byproduct of his post is an acute understanding of what’s happening in the restaurant industry and what’s coming down the pike. In this episode, we unpack some of the trends and challenges the industry is facing, along with some of Danny’s perspectives on what’s coming next.

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Restaurant branding and marketing podcast with Paul Macaluso of Another Broken Egg Café

EP 08 / Paul Macaluso / CEO of Another Broken Egg Café

My chat with Paul unpacks his unique approach to building a culture of resilience within Another Broken Egg Café’s system. Nearly immediately after manning the helm at ABE, the pandemic hit hard. Through his leadership and agility, he was able to operationally pivot like a maverick to not only stay afloat but to thrive and charge ahead. He shares a bit about how he did it and more in this episode of Forktales!

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Chip Klose, marketing strategist for the restaurant industry

EP 07 / Chip Klose / Marketing Strategist, Podcast Host

Chip Klose and I discuss the nuances of restaurant marketing in today’s reality and how Field of Dreams isn’t a good methodology for opening a new restaurant concept. From tidbits of how to launch strong marketing to some pet peeves in poor ideas for marketing, we cover the bases on how to create winning strategies.

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