369: The long game with Alan Silverman

Alan Silverman hails from Brooklyn and has experienced a lifetime of loving and making a living from food. Alan comes from old school fine dining and has worked in some of the greatest restaurants in New York, Chicago, and LA. Today, Alan has settled in Seattle, where he serves as founder and CFO of Festivals, Inc.

In this episode we will discuss: Avoiding mediocrity. Innovation. You’re going to have to prove yourself to certain people. Making connections with your customers. You have to impress EVERYONE who comes into your restaurant. Start small and expand slowly. You have to be on a mission to learn. As an owner you need to be physically involved in your kitchen and food service.

Show notes…

Favorite Success Quote or Mantra.

“In order to be successful you have to fear, ABSOLUTELY FEAR, mediocrity.”


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Career Challenge or Failure

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which “it factor” habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?

    • KEEP YOUR eyes open to every. Dont let anything get by your eye.
    • attention to detail
  2. What is your biggest weakness?

    Being terrible “taster”

  3. What is one piece of advice you have for leading others?

    Lead by example

  4. What’s one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?

    Why do you want to be in this business?

  5. What’s a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?

    Keeping staff motivated

  6. What’s one thing (besides food) your restaurant does well and separates you from other restaurants?

    Special events for holidays. A lot of special events. PR events.

  7. With all the knowledge you have now if you could go back in time and give your past self one piece of business advice, What would it be and why?

    Trust your gut!

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