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NC F&B Podcast

Hospitality industry veterans, Max Trujillo and Matthew Weiss, get behind the scenes of North Carolina's burgeoning food and beverage culture. Hear from local chefs, Sommelier's, distillers, farmers, brewers and the whole lot of them in the NC F&B podcast.

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What You Don't Know About Italian Food, with Sysco's Chef Bennett DePew
Chef Bennett Depew, Director of Italian for Sysco of the Carolinas. The discussion covers the rising popularity of Italian cuisine in America, particularly in the Carolinas, and the evolution of Italian cooking from traditional dishes to novel ingredients like 'nduja and Taleggio cheese. Chef Bennett shares insights on how the Italian segment of the restaurant industry uniquely thrived during the pandemic due to the travel-friendly nature of Italian cuisine. They delve into how restaurants can maintain profitability amidst changing trends like gluten-free diets and the use of technology to streamline operations. The conversation also touches on the importance of work-life balance in the restaurant industry, the role of Cisco in supporting local businesses, and the benefits of utilizing technology and local sourcing to improve restaurant operations and menu offerings.   00:00 Welcome to the North Carolina Food and Beverage Podcast 00:49 Introducing Chef Bennett Depew: A Deep Dive into Italian Cuisine 01:13 The Evolution and Resilience of Italian Food in America 04:57 The Art and Zen of Pasta Making 10:32 Navigating the Business Side: From Chef to Cisco Specialist 16:40 The Journey to the 'Dark Side': Transitioning from Chef to Sales 22:45 Reflecting on the First Day and Sales Experiences 22:56 The Evolution of Work-Life Balance in the Restaurant Industry 24:02 Improving Quality of Life for Restaurant Workers 25:45 The Impact of Minimum Wage Laws on the Restaurant Industry 27:55 Rethinking Tipping and Sales Commissions in Restaurants 29:17 Leveraging Technology for Restaurant Efficiency 33:35 Exploring Italian Cooking Trends and Ingredients 39:10 The Significance of Local Sourcing and Cisco's Role 42:13 Big Business Supporting Small: A New Era of Convenience On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here
47:02 4/18/24
What's Next for Top Chef Contestant Manny Barella
We chat with Chef Manny Barella, visiting from Denver, Colorado. Barella, a Top Chef contestant and renowned chef, discusses his culinary journey, the inspiration behind his cooking, and his excitement for participating in Bubbles and Brisket. Beyond sharing his experiences on Top Chef and his recent culinary experiments, Barella also reveals his upcoming venture in Raleigh, Jaguar Bolera, an entertainment-focused concept aiming to offer high-quality, scratch-made food. The conversation touches on Barella's diverse cooking influences, expectations for his new project, and the significance of his Top Chef fraternity.     01:41 Chef Manny's Brisket Adventures 03:07 Diving Into Top Chef: The Competition, Challenges, and Cheese Curds 10:14 Building a Brand and the Business Side of the Culinary World 11:45 Chef Manny's Top Chef Cheese Curd Challenge: A Learning Experience 18:31 From Mexico to Michelin: Chef Manny's Culinary Odyssey 26:59 Journey to a Dream Job: From Michelin Stars to Top Chef 29:00 The Birth of Jaguar Bolera: Elevating Entertainment Dining 37:37 Culinary Innovations: Blending Cultures and Flavors 41:52 Expanding Horizons: From Chef to Culinary Director 46:47 Top Chef Insights: Behind the Scenes and Future Collaborations 55:54 A New Chapter in Raleigh: Bringing Unique Dining Experiences   Be sure to follow us on Instagram at NCFBPOD and though this week is audio only, follow us on youtube at youtube.com/@ncfbpodcast Get your tix to Bubbles & Bagels here On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here
57:32 4/11/24
Rising to the Top with Top Chef Contestant Savannah Miller
We are joined by a newly minted contestant on Top Chef from Durham, NC Savannah Miller. Max & Matt delve into Savannah's culinary journey, from her beginnings in Southern Pines and education at the New England Culinary Institute to her roles in various restaurants, including her current role at M Tempura. The conversation highlights her early interest in pastry, her move toward a broader culinary role, and her experiences with Top Chef — including the audition process, working under the scrutiny of cameras and judges, and the challenges and opportunities that come with being on the show. Additionally, the hosts discuss their upcoming event, Bubbles and Brisket, and extend an invitation to Savannah to participate. The episode also touches on potential career paths post-Top Chef, and Savannah shares her dreams of owning a business that encompasses a restaurant, events, and a commissary kitchen on a farm. 03:06 Savannah's Journey: From Southern Pines to Top Chef 15:09 A Deep Dive into Top Chef and Savannah's Journey on the Show 25:27 The Unique Experience of Filming Top Chef in Wisconsin 29:06 The Intense World of Cooking Competitions 30:10 The Evolution of Chef Caliber on Cooking Shows 37:17 The Impact of Reality TV on Personal and Professional Life 39:21 Dreams and Aspirations Post-Top Chef 51:13 Reflecting on the Top Chef Experience and Future Opportunities  Be sure to follow us on Instagram at NCFBPOD and though this week is audio only, follow us on youtube at youtube.com/@ncfbpodcast Get your tix to Bubbles & Bagels here On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here
54:14 4/4/24
Feast of Wilmington (Part 4 of 4)
Lastly, we have a bonus episode that features the ladies of the NC F&B Podcast, that’s right, Sarah C Weiss and Felicia Trujillo take over the microphones to show us how to do a proper interview, featuring the local and delicious Boombalattis Ice Cream owners, Kristen and Wes Bechtel. Be sure to follow us on Instagram at NCFBPOD and though this week is audio only, follow us on youtube at youtube.com/@ncfbpodcast Get your tix to Bubbles & Bagels here On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here
12:17 3/29/24
Feast of Wilmington (Part 3 of 4)
Our third episode from Feast of Wilmington features the Journalistic talents of Raleigh Magazine’s Melissa Howsam and Lauren Kruchten, local podcast and great social media follow What’s Up Wilmington as well as digital creators Abbi and Bert of Dailey Dines Together Get your tix to Bubbles & Bagels here On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here
30:35 3/29/24
Feast of Wilmington (Part 2 of 4)
We devote this episode at Feast of Wilmington specifically to Chef Bobby Zimmerman of True Blue Butcher and Table. It's a comprehensive dive into the world of entrepreneurship, post Covid  pivots and straight up Butcher-talk. Get your tix to Bubbles & Bagels here On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here
23:16 3/28/24
Feast of Wilmington (Part 1 of 4)
The inaugural Feast of Wilmington's first night is a VIP experience with notable participants including Matthew Register from Southern Smoke in Garland, Ben Knight from Benny's Big Time Pizzeria, and Chef Will Copeland from Circa 1922 and Kevin Draper of G Prime in downtown Wilmington. We talk about their culinary offerings, experiences, and reflections on the local food scene in Wilmington. Get your tix to Bubbles & Bagels here On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here
28:23 3/28/24
The Chemistry of Spice: Tamasha is now open in Raleigh, NC
In this episode of the North Carolina Food and Beverage Podcast, Max and Matt dive into the story of Tamasha, North Carolina's latest culinary sensation. They are joined by the restaurant's visionary duo, owner Mike Kathrani and Chef Bhavin Chhatwani. The podcast explores Tamasha's inception, from Kathrani's leap from hair salon entrepreneurship to the restaurant industry, to Chhatwani's illustrious career as a Michelin-starred chef. Listeners will get a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges and triumphs of launching a modern Indian restaurant in Raleigh, the evolving local food scene, and the passionate individuals making it happen. They also cover the restaurant's participation in a local Iron Chef challenge, their aggressive approach to building a comprehensive wine and whiskey program, and the philosophy of treating guests with utmost reverence, deeply rooted in Indian culture.   Get your tix to Bubbles & Bagels here On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here
66:33 3/21/24
How Do You Like ‘dem Apples? East Bower Cider Company
In this episode of the North Carolina Food and Beverage Podcast, co-hosts Max Trujillo and Matthew Weiss explore the world of cider, a fermented beverage adjacent to beer, wine, and spirits. They are joined by Oliver Koch and Dustin Skywalker from East Bower Cider, who share insights into the cider-making process, discuss the distinctions between making cider and brewing beer, and address the industry's stance on the terminology. They also delve into the types of apples used in cider making, emphasizing the shift towards using 100% North Carolina apples and the trend towards cider-specific apple varietals. The guests further discuss the challenge of fighting the stereotype of cider as a sweet drink, sharing their backgrounds in the beer industry and their mission to introduce cider as a sophisticated, enjoyable beverage. The episode also touches on the logistics and challenges of running a cidery, including sourcing from Cisco, and concludes with a dive into cider styles, the importance of varietal specificity, and the future goals for East Bower Cider.   00:00 Welcome to the North Carolina Food and Beverage Podcast 00:48 Diving Into the World of Cider 01:22 The Art and Science of Cider Making 02:23 Exploring Apple Varieties and Cider Making Processes 05:41 Battling Cider Stereotypes and Embracing Craft 15:48 The Business Side of Cider: Challenges and Opportunities 17:34 A Deep Dive into Coffee with Carrboro Coffee Roasters 24:18 Exploring the Transformation of Local Spaces 25:23 A Deep Dive into Cider Making: Techniques and Challenges 26:40 Bridging the Gap: Crafting Ciders for Beer Lovers 27:32 The Art of Carbonation and Flavoring in Cider Production 29:21 Scaling Production: Challenges and Aspirations 36:50 The Journey of Starting a Cidery During a Pandemic 42:20 Future Plans and Community Engagement Get your tix to Bubbles & Bagels here On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here Enjoy Duke's Mayo - It's Got Twang!
44:30 3/14/24
Pouring Innovation into Tradition: Foxcroft Wine Co.'s Approach to Wine and Dining
Conrad Hunter has lived 5 lifetimes and knows as much about music as any music pro and more about wine than most Sommeliers! However, hospitality is where him and Foxcroft flex their muscle best. This episode is complete with: Why Frank Sinatra does not move pianos Inspiration of wines like La Mission Haut Brion And the lore of former Charlotte restaurant Chez Darryl. Get your tix to Bubbles & Bagels here On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here Enjoy Duke's Mayo - It's Got Twang!
61:43 3/7/24
The Art and Business of Baking with Kristen Mullins of Slice Pie Company
In this episode of the North Carolina Food and Beverage Podcast, co-hosts Max Trujillo and Matthew Weiss sit down with Kristen Mullins, the owner and head baker of the award-winning Slice Pie Company. From humble beginnings, refining her father's traditional pie recipes to owning a successful business, Kristen shares her journey and the unique challenges she overcame during the COVID-19 pandemic.  As she discusses her experiences of being a pie expert, the future of Slice Pie Company, and her innovative sales strategies, the conversation takes an exciting turn exploring trendy food industry topics such as the growing importance of diversifying roles and the potential decline of sommeliers in mainstream American restaurants.   00:00 Introduction to the North Carolina Food and Beverage Podcast 00:37 Meet the Hosts: Max Trujillo and Matthew Weiss 00:54 Special Guest: Kristen Mullins, Owner of Slice Pie Company 02:01 The Art of Pie Making and the Journey of Slice Pie Company 02:54 Exploring the Neighborhood: Saunders Street, Raleigh 04:56 Upcoming Events: Bubbles and Brisket, Bubbles and Bagels 08:43 The Slice Pie Company: Behind the Name and the Pies 11:03 The Vegan Surprise: Unveiling the Secret of Slice Pie Company's Crust 26:02 Celebrating Pi Day and Slice Pie Company's 10th Anniversary 26:47 Pie Day and Catering 27:24 The Journey to Becoming a Pie Expert 29:07 The Birth of a Passion for Pie Making 31:41 The Impact of COVID-19 on the Business 33:43 The Challenges and Triumphs of Running a Pie Business 34:57 The Future of Slice Pie Company 37:28 The Art of Pie Making 39:27 The Importance of Entrepreneurship and Education 42:05 The Role of Family in the Business 48:44 The Importance of Wine Knowledge in the Restaurant Industry 56:44 The Future Plans for Slice Pie Company On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here Enjoy Duke's Mayo - It's Got Twang!
60:48 2/29/24
Life, Loss, and Love: The Journey of Chef Dan Jackson
Chef Dan Jackson of Osteria Georgi shares his journey in the restaurant industry and coping with his wife Stephanie's passing. He also discusses his time at Eleven Madison Park, meeting his wife there, and eventually opening his restaurant in Chapel Hill. The episode also touches on managing a restaurant while raising three children, and how tragedy gave him an interesting perspective on life. The hosts, Max Trujillo and Matthew Weiss, along with Chef Dan, engage in an in-depth conversation about the realities of running a restaurant and offer some insightful anecdotes about their experiences in the industry.  02:54 Meet the Hosts: Max Trujillo and Matthew Weiss 03:02 Guest Introduction: Chef Dan Jackson of Osteria Georgi 04:25 Behind the Scenes of a Restaurant on Valentine's Day  07:21 The Journey of Chef Dan Jackson  09:21 The Challenges and Triumphs of Running a Restaurant 19:06 Remembering Stephanie Jackson 34:37 The Hiring Philosophy of USHG 35:06 The 51% Rule and Its Impact 35:51 The Stephanie Jackson's 100% Award 36:56 Returning to New York and Joining Union Square Events 37:55 The Challenges and Triumphs of Catering 40:17 Becoming Parents and Navigating Career Changes 41:32 Facing a Devastating Diagnosis 42:10 The Journey of Grief and Resilience 45:57 Looking Ahead: Future Plans and Reflections Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here
68:27 2/22/24
Changing the Food System & Regenerative Farming With Hickory Nut Gap Farm'
Jamie Ager builds community through agriculture as a fourth-generation farmer from Hickory Nut Gap Farm. We go deep into Hickory Nut Gap's dedicated drive towards regenerative farming and ethical treatment of animals to produce high-quality foods. We shed light on farming's significant role in climate change, highlighting the importance of diversified farming methods in transforming the food system. The conversation also encourages listeners to appreciate the contributions made by local ranchers, farmers, and growers within the food and beverage industry.   Further, this episode suggests exploring the topic of regenerative farming more with Jamie Ager and refers to the episode Stop Plowing and Save the World With Regenerative Agriculture with Dr. Allen Williams here   This podcast is available on all platforms.   00:05 Introduction to the North Carolina Food and Beverage Podcast 00:48 The Hosts' Passion for Ethically Raised Animals and Regenerative Farming 01:02 Guest Introduction: Jamie Ager from Hickory Nut Gap Farm 02:27 The History and Evolution of Hickory Nut Gap Farm 07:08 The Impact of Education and Sustainable Agriculture on Farming Practices 15:29 The Challenges and Rewards of Grass Fed Beef Production 26:47 The Role of Regenerative Farming in Addressing Climate Change 29:15 The Vision of Hickory Nut Gap: A Community Partner Model 30:26 Stakeholder Capitalism and the Food System 30:49 The Paradox of Success in Capitalism 31:22 The Impact of Capitalism on Sales 33:39 The Role of Big Corporations in the Food Industry 34:44 The Importance of Local Food Sources 37:44 The Challenges of the Meat Business 38:16 The Importance of Education in Changing Food Systems 38:41 The Need for Paradigm Shifts in the Food Industry 43:14 The Impact of Amazon's Acquisition of Whole Foods 50:07 The Challenges and Opportunities of Grass-Fed Beef 52:45 The Future of Regenerative Farming 57:08 The Role of Processing Plants in the Meat Industry 59:34 The Potential of Grass-Fed Beef in the Food Industry 01:04:25 Conclusion: The Need for Change in the Food System Listen to our previous episode on Subscribe to their YouTube page HERE On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here Enjoy Duke's Mayo - It's Got Twang!
70:15 2/15/24
Take Notice Preeti Waas A Rising Force In The Culinary World
It's the return of the 2021 Person of the Year, 2-time James Beard Nominee, and owner of Cheeni Indian Food Emporium: Preeti Waas. We discuss the benefits of getting nominated with the James Beard Foundation and how it positively affected her business. Also how Indian food is top of mind in the food industry. Get insights on how to expand your restaurant, and your influence on the industry. There's a lot to unpack in this episode, so let's get started. Subscribe to their YouTube page HERE On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here Enjoy Duke's Mayo - It's Got Twang!
56:47 2/8/24
Tina's Vodka is David to the Goliath of the Liquor World
Listen in today to hear how Tina Karras, the owner of Tina's Vodka, uses her skills as a musician, a bartender, beverage purchaser and her own savvy to battle it out in the heavily saturated market of the Vodka industry. Her organic, gluten-free and non GMO vodka hit the market recently and is coming to a liquor store near you very soon. Check out her latest album on Spotify here:https://open.spotify.com/artist/0p5hbQMWIIXDWYQvVUCZqU?si=962dsThVR0mpGj1m6dYYIA   Subscribe to their YouTube page HERE On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here Enjoy Duke's Mayo - It's Got Twang!
59:58 2/1/24
MasterChef Junior's Emerson Pauley Shares His Culinary Journey
MasterChef Junior star, Emerson Pauley joins the show to discuss his epic rise to fame on the cooking show, his experiences working with Gordon Ramsay, and his future plans as an aspiring actor, comedian, and cook. From sharing his savory cooking secrets to showcasing his skills as a stand-up comedian, Emerson paints a bright picture of what it means to be part of Gen-Alpha. Our young guest also delights us by bringing in his own baked delights that include blueberry donuts and meatball sliders.   02:42 Emerson's Journey into Cooking 05:28 Emerson's Audition for MasterChef Junior 08:07 Emerson's Experience on MasterChef Junior 14:12 Emerson's Donut Surprise 16:26 Emerson's Experience on Set 23:09 Emerson's Cooking Challenge on the Show 25:53 Fast Food Fiasco: A KFC Story 26:19 The Art of Pie Making: A Savory Tale 26:57 The Secret Recipe: A Grandfather's Legacy 27:56 The Unexpected Chef: Cooking at Home 28:47 The Future Star: Exploring Career Options 29:08 The Standup Comedian: A Glimpse into Comedy 31:42 The Sports Fan: A Discussion on Football 33:21 The Super Bowl Party: Planning the Perfect Menu 40:01 The Aspiring Restaurateur: Dreaming of a Unique Restaurant 43:44 The Future Plans: What's Next for Emerson   Subscribe to their YouTube page HERE On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here Enjoy Duke's Mayo - It's Got Twang!
46:49 1/25/24
Freestylin' with Chef Diaz of Little Bull in Durham [AUDIO]
Two-time James Beard nominee, Chef Oscar Diaz of Little Bull in Durham, NC joins Matt on this weeks pod. Tune in to learn insights about his unique 'Pocho Cuisine' and future restaurant ventures. Our security-turned-chef guest introduces us to his latest endeavor of transforming airport food culture with his Mexican restaurant. He draws from his experiences as a former airport security worker while discussing his west coast-style business, plans for a taqueria, coffee shop, and potential cocktail bar. The conversation concludes with a creative spin as he reveals plans to incorporate freestyle rap into his new menus. Tune in to discover their journeys, inspirations, challenges, and exciting upcoming projects in the food industry. Subscribe to their YouTube page HERE On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here Enjoy Duke's Mayo - It's Got Twang!
70:19 1/18/24
The Lore of North Carolina Whiskey with Oaklore Distilling
Oaklore Distilling's Matthew Simpkins and Jack Schute join the pod this week. Throughout their discussion, they delve into Oaklore's unique bourbon and whiskey production process, including their commitment to high quality, transparency, and North Carolina roots. They share insights into the distinct characteristics of their four-grain bourbon and honey-finished bourbon, and exciting future releases. The episode also touches on the challenges faced by distilleries in North Carolina. Matthew Simpkins also shares interesting anecdotes about his past as a pastor and their fun tastings.   Subscribe to their YouTube page HERE On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here Drink Lunazul Tequila Enjoy Duke's Mayo - It's Got Twang!
51:33 1/11/24
Build Your Business in 2024 at The Kitchen Space [AUDIO]
 Owner of the Kitchen Space in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina Will Pettis joins Max, Matt & guest Host Kyle Sutton. Offering insights into the growing trend of ghost kitchens and smaller restaurant spaces, they discuss the impact of home and delivery food culture on the industry. They also touch on the transition periods between owning a food truck operation, a commissary kitchen, and now, a unique ghost kitchen facility. The episode presents a lively discussion about the evolution of the food industry and its future trends, driven by consumer habits and technological advancements.   01:43 Will Pettis' Journey: From Kitchen Archive to World Travel 02:07 The Concept of Kitchen Space: A New Venture 02:18 Inside the Kitchen Space: Design and Functionality 04:11 The Evolution of Will Pettis' Career in the Food Industry 06:01 The Challenges of Home-Based Commercial Kitchens 07:56 The Role of Sysco in the Food and Beverage Industry 11:24 The Ghost Kitchen Concept and its Potential 17:19 Will Pettis' Travel Experiences and Their Impact 18:28 The Business Side of Kitchen Space: Funding and Planning 19:58 The Popularity of Dukes Mayonnaise in the Kitchen Space 20:12 The Sweetness of Dukes Mayo 21:11 The Journey from Restaurateur to Business Support 21:43 The Shift from Food Trucks to Ghost Kitchens 22:44 The Future of Dining: Takeout, Delivery, and Ghost Kitchens 23:26 The Evolution of Restaurant Spaces 24:17 The Efficiency of Smaller Kitchens 27:40 The Rise of Pop-Up Concepts 27:51 The Appeal of Change and Variety in Dining 33:41 The Ease of Starting a Food Business Today 36:16 The Potential for Alcohol Partnerships in Ghost Kitchens 38:12 The Role of Ghost Kitchens in Fostering Food Entrepreneurship Subscribe to their YouTube page HERE On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here Drink Lunazul Tequila Enjoy Duke's Mayo - It's Got Twang!
40:18 1/4/24
Wrapping up 2023 & Previewing 2024 [AUDIO]
Join the hosts Max Trujillo and Matthew Weiss, as they reflect on the events and highlights of 2023 and share their hopes and expectations for 2024. This episode includes discussions about their favorite dining and food experiences of the past year, insights on upcoming trends and restaurant openings, and plans for future expansion of their podcasting and video content. The episode also reveals the winner of their annual POTY Award. Tune in for a fun and insightful conversation about North Carolina's food and beverage scene.   00:00 Introduction and Welcome to the Podcast 00:28 Reflecting on the Holiday Season 01:27 Celebrating Partnerships and Events of 2023 03:29 Challenges and Triumphs: The Bubbles and Brats Event 05:48 Venturing into the Video Realm 07:15 Launching 'Where Do We Eat?' Series 13:00 Recap of the Year and Notable Guests 15:50 Looking Forward: Predictions for 2024 22:23 Introducing the Podcast Nominees 23:16 Favorite Food Experiences of the Year 24:24 Memorable Music and Dining Experiences 25:26 Aja: A New Dining Experience 27:19 Other Noteworthy Dining Experiences 28:30 Holiday Celebrations and Traditions 33:36 Announcing the Podcast Award Winner 35:30 Looking Forward to 2024   Subscribe to their YouTube page HERE On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here Drink Lunazul Tequila Enjoy Duke's Mayo - It's Got Twang!
41:29 12/28/23
Chef Confessionals: Bubbles and Brats Asheville Edition
Join hosts Max Trujillo and Matthew Weiss for some candid chef confessions during Bubbles and Brats in Asheville. Witness hilarious and heartfelt revelations from chefs about their careers, culinary preferences, fears, and their signature dishes. From the favored utility salt to the perils of restaurant ownership in the era of COVID-19, we delve deep into their thoughts. Highlighting the event's challenges, the chefs' career reflections, and their culinary convictions, this unfiltered coverage genuinely captures life as a restaurateur. Chefs: Bobby McFarland, Scott and April Franqueza of High Hampton, Jay Medford of STORM RHUM BAR,  Ben Hester The ODD, Alex Ricci  of Prospects Kitchen, as well as Cassie Geiger, Jared Burton and Jacob Cruze.  00:41 Introduction and Overview 01:30 Chef Confessionals: The Questions Begin 03:18 Chefs Discuss Their Career Choices 06:30 Event Reflections and Challenges 12:39 Chefs Discuss Their Signature Dishes 16:40 Closing Remarks and Thanks Directed and edited by Max Trujillo Produced by Matthew Weiss Camera and field production by Jared Burton Written by Max Trujillo & Matthew Weiss Music provided and licensed by Epidemic Sound Sponsored by Sysco, New Belgium Ale, Devil's Foot Beverage, Pleb Winery, Metrowines, Winebow, Southern Distilling Key moments  
17:09 12/21/23
Cocoa Cinnamon's Areli and Leon Barrera Grodski
World class coffee, trash tv, naked attraction! A Latina-owned, women-forward company. Livable wages for our diverse and open-hearted team. 90+ small and independent vendors. Sustained relationships with coffee producers worldwide.   Subscribe to their YouTube page HERE On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here Drink Lunazul Tequila Enjoy Duke's Mayo - It's Got Twang!
64:42 12/14/23
The Sexiest Restaurant in Raleigh & The Padre of Madre
Madre Raleigh is redefining fine cuisine in Raleigh. From design to food this restaurant is teeming with attractiveness! Chef Luis Zouain helms the kitchen and tells us all his secrets! In this episode we learn the secrets of; What makes a Cauliflower dish memorable Why cook a French Onion Croquette Who has Indian Motorcycles Subscribe to their YouTube page HERE On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here Drink Lunazul Tequila Enjoy Duke's Mayo - It's Got Twang!
54:06 12/7/23
Why You Should Drink Israeli Wine
Today's discussion revolved around Israel and its wine industry. We speak about Israel's geographical situation, its people, and the challenges they face, with a particular focus on the wine industry. We highlight the resilience of the Israeli people and the potential of the Israeli wine industry while being faced with the challenges in creating awareness and marketing Israeli wines, especially in the current global situation. Initiatives like organizing trips for sommeliers and buyers to Israel and the 'Sip for Solidarity' program, which donates a portion of proceeds from Israeli wines to support the industry, were introduced. The cultural significance of wine in Jewish practices was also touched upon.   Subscribe to their YouTube page HERE On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here Drink Lunazul Tequila Enjoy Duke's Mayo - It's Got Twang!
48:49 11/30/23
Imagine "One of the Coolest Places to Eat In the World?" With SAAP Laotian Food
Chef Lon & Partner Ann Bounsanga of SAAP are enlightening the new downtown Cary Park! In this episode; Laotian cooking A little insight into Bida & Bhavana Galanga, Le Bec Fin & four daughters Subscribe to their YouTube page HERE On the mic this week: @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here Drink Lunazul Tequila Enjoy Duke's Mayo - It's Got Twang!
51:16 11/23/23
What are The Best Cuts of Meat at The Carolina Butcher
To know thy butcher is divine! Listen in to learn the secrets of meat buying with the Carolina Butcher Shop Denver cut vs. Boneless Short rib Bavette cut Ostrich Meat   Subscribe to their YouTube page HERE On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here Drink Lunazul Tequila Enjoy Duke's Mayo - It's Got Twang!
65:17 11/16/23
[AUDIO Companion] Where Do We Eat with jess Sims
Introducing the “Where do we Eat" Audio Companion with Jess Sims, a well-known Peloton instructor, ESPN's College Gameday field reporter, and featured guest on Good Morning America. This episode dives into the world of food, beverage experiences, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle with Jess's expertise in fitness and balance.  The video portion of this show is available on YouTube and Apple Podcasts today, and this companion piece provides an in-depth conversation that takes you behind the scenes. Discover insights on restaurant concepts, philosophies, and tips for maintaining a fitness mindset. Dive in and enjoy this captivating discussion with Max and Matt. Subscribe to their YouTube page HERE On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Support our Sponsors: Welcome SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here Drink Lunazul Tequila Enjoy Duke's Mayo - It's Got Twang!
37:22 11/9/23
How to Write A Cookbook: A Conversation with Bri McCoy
Ever wondered what it's like to pivot from a career in digital marketing to becoming a successful home cook and author? Tune into our latest NCF&B Podcast episode featuring Bri McCoy, author of 'The Cook's Book'. Get tips, tricks, and insights into her culinary journey. Check it out now! https://book.brimckoy.com/ On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Find us on YouTube: NC F&B Youtube Support our Sponsors: Help us welcome  SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here We have our own bitters thanks to Remedy Cocktail Co!  Get the NC F&Bitters HERE!
49:51 11/2/23
Sysco Carolina's Protein Specialist, Chef Bryan Hudson
It's no longer "going to the dark side" when a chef works for the big distributor. Not when it's working for Sysco. Better hours, quality of life but also getting your 'proverbial' hands dirty by getting into kitchens with chefs all over town and helping where you can. Listen in to see what life's like as a protein specialist for the largest distributor in the world. We also get into Certified Angus Beef, cheesemaking, taco bell and why teenagers are posers. Max may quote some Drake songs... don't miss out. On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Find us on YouTube: NC F&B Youtube Support our Sponsors: Help us welcome  SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here We have our own bitters thanks to Remedy Cocktail Co!  Get the NC F&Bitters HERE!
51:00 10/26/23
How To Become a "Baller" Chef With Ford Fry
This week we discuss restaurant life, expanding concepts, growing smartly in the F&B industry and collecting guitars along the way. Chef Ford Fry comes out of Atlanta with a myriad of concepts that have taken the southeast by storm. Listen in as to why he's entering the North Carolina Market and what's new that he's bringing to the table.  Get tickets Here: BUBBLES & BRATS On the mic this week: @trujillo.media @weisswine Join our Facebook family: @NCFandBPod Follow us on Instagram: @ncfbpod Find us on YouTube: NC F&B Youtube Support our Sponsors: Help us welcome  SYSCO as our Title Sponsor!! Drink better coffee - get Carrboro Coffee Roasters Here We have our own bitters thanks to Remedy Cocktail Co!  Get the NC F&Bitters HERE!
49:41 10/19/23

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