345: Learning to live by the work of your hands with Eric Michaud

  In 2008, After traveling the world learning how to brew and distil alcohol, Eric Michaud, opened Novare Res Bier Cafe, which has nestled itself comfortably on multiple national best beer bar lists. In 2013 Eric Opened Liquid Riots Bottle Company to satisfy his need to create. Their spirits have been winning awards ever since. … Listen Now…

344: Politics in the restaurant industry with Mary Allen Lindemann

In 1994 Mary Allen Lindemann and Allen Spear opened their first Coffee By Design coffeehouse in Portland, Maine. 23 years later, what started as a humble coffeehouse with a part-time barista has grown into a sustainable business that currently employs 60 individuals in its 5 coffeehouses and its sustainably sourced roastery. Their growth is attributed … Listen Now…

343: No is not in the vocabulary with Chef TJ LaRosa

Originally from Malden, MA Chef TJ LaRosa is a two-time transplant. He first moved to San Francisco where he got his start working in the kitchen of the historic Alioto’s at Fisherman’s Wharf. In 1998 he would relocate again, this time to Texas. In 2012 he opened Fulbelli’s Restaurant, located in Sherman, Texas. In this … Listen Now…

342: Calmness and communication with Tommaso Bunker

Tommaso Bunker has over 20 years of outstanding experience in operations, finance, human resources, marketing, & Corporate Officer-level management for both stable & turn-around corporations and independents. During his tenure as Director of Operations at Sushi Ran, the restaurant earned a Michelin Star. He would then go on to share his knowledge by helping restaurant operators … Listen Now…

341: Culture-driven leadership with Chris Schultz

  Chris Schultz spent 15 years with the Starbucks Management and Leadership team before joining MOD Pizza, aka the MOD Squad in 2009. Since then MOD Pizza has gone from 1 location to 100 locations in 2016. Since the beginning the driving force behind MOD has been their philosophy of putting their people first. Today … Listen Now…

340: Being resilient with Tracy Chang

Tracy Chang is from Cambridge, MA where she first experienced the restaurant industry while observing her grandmother, a multi-unit restaurant owner. She would go on to study finance at Boston College. After college and a short stint in a kitchen, she would continue on to travel the world learning about food, marketing, media, and public … Listen Now…

339: Watching the money with Chef Edward Mendoza

  Chef Edward Mendoza comes from Augusta, GA and has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Augusta State and a Culinary Degree he earned in Vail, CO. He would go on to cook all around the country and world and has garnered countless accolades along the way. Today he is the owner of Cucina 503 … Listen Now…

338: Planning for disaster with Lisandra Pagan (feat. RJ Joyce)

Lisandra Pagan is the founder of Deliberate Plan Consulting LLC. She helps restaurant owners prepare for business interruptions such as natural events, day to day crisis, or anything that can prevent them from doing their job. Then she helps develop strategies to bounce back quickly and prevent permanent business closures. RJ Joyce, is a past … Listen Now…

335: Making everyone around you happy with Jehangir Mehta

  Hailing from India, Chef Jehangir Mehta is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. After graduating in the mid-90’s Chef Mehta got busy working in and opening some of the finest restaurants in New York City. Today Chef Mehta is an author and restaurateur at Graffiti, Graffiti Earth, and Me and You. In … Listen Now…

334: Giving more to this world than you take with Chuck Samuelson

  In this episode, we discuss: Focusing on and enjoying the work you do, living purpose and intention, surrounding yourself with people who are better than you, the evolution of a good manager, treating others the way you would want your children to be treated, how to build a team, the importance of good communication, making … Listen Now…