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The Food Marketing Podcast The Tastemakers podcast is a behind the scenes look at the marketing of food and restaurants. We’re talking to people in the business of selling food including founders, marketers, chefs, investors, technologists and data analysts to find out how they do their part creating experiences that their customers love. We're brought to you by Plein Air, the agency that helps brands grow through connected, shareable and useful customer experiences.

The Food Marketing Podcast The Tastemakers podcast is a behind the scenes look at the marketing of food and restaurants. We’re talking to people in the business of selling food including founders, marketers, chefs, investors, technologists and data analysts to find out how they do their part creating experiences that their customers love. We're brought to you by Plein Air, the agency that helps brands grow through connected, shareable and useful customer experiences.
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The Food Marketing Podcast The Tastemakers podcast is a behind the scenes look at the marketing of food and restaurants. We’re talking to people in the business of selling food including founders, marketers, chefs, investors, technologists and data analysts to find out how they do their part creating experiences that their customers love. We're brought to you by Plein Air, the agency that helps brands grow through connected, shareable and useful customer experiences.

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Episodes

Episode 62 - Roy Rogers - Jeremy Biser

11/9/2018
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This is a conversation with Jeremy Biser, the Executive Vice President of the iconic brand Roy Rogers. Jeremy came from the Dunkin Brands Group, where he held leadership positions within Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins. Enjoy!

Duration:00:42:03

Episode 61 - California Pizza Kitchen - Adam Tabachnikoff

9/21/2018
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This is a conversation with Adam Tabachnikoff, the SVP of Marketing for California Pizza Kitchen. Adam cut his teeth in the Burger King system working his way to Director, Global Product Marketing. He then led international marketing for Church’s Chicken before expanding his role to VP of Marketing Activation and Product Development. From there, he joined the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf as the SVP of Global Marketing, and then joined CPK earlier this year. Enjoy!

Duration:00:41:44

Episode 60 - Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar - Chris Simms

9/14/2018
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This is a conversation with Chris Simms, the founder of Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar. Lazy Dog was inspired by Chris’s trips to his parent's ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. They are one of the fastest growing restaurants in the US. Enjoy!

Duration:00:36:22

Episode 59 - TGI Fridays - Sherif Mityas

9/6/2018
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This is a conversation with Sherif Mityas. Sherif is the Chief Experience Officer for TGI Fridays. Over the past two and a half years with Fridays, he’s led their transition from merely dabbling with new technologies to now thinking of themselves as a technology brand that happens to sell beer and ribs. Enjoy!

Duration:00:42:46

Episode 58 - KROST - Robert Benson

8/31/2018
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This is a conversation with Robert Benson. Robert is an industry veteran with experience at California Chicken Cafe, Sea View Restaurants, Water Grill, Open Menu inc, and Claim Jumper Restaurants. He now manages restaurant operations for Krost CPAs and consultants. We chatted at the Restaurant365 booth at the NRA show. Enjoy!

Duration:00:29:18

Episode 57 - XtraChef - Andy Schwartz

8/27/2018
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This is a conversation with Andy Schwartz. Andy is the co-founder and CEO of Xtrachef. Xtrachef simplifies how restaurants manage their inventory and invoicing and makes it easier to manage the back of the house towards profitability. Enjoy!

Duration:00:29:22

Episode 56 - Krystal, Ovation, Fiesta Group - Jason Abelkop

8/22/2018
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This is a conversation with Jason Abelkop. Jason has held CMO roles with Krystal, Ovation Brands, and the Fiesta Restaurant Group. He was also the SVP of Marketing and National Media for Arby’s. Enjoy!

Duration:00:28:21

Episode 55 - LevelUp - Christina Dorobek

8/13/2018
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This is a conversation with Christina Dorobek. She is the Chief Sales Officer for LevelUp.LevelUp connects restaurant brands with digital consumers where they live work, and play to drive transactions, increase guest frequency, and build loyalty. They process orders in over 50,000 locations and their clients include Zaxby’s Potbelly, Sweetgreen, Fives Guys and more. LevelUp was acquired by Grubhub earlier this year. This episode was recorded at the Restaurant Leadership conference last April.

Duration:00:25:40

Episode 54 - Argonne Capital - Ben Nemo

8/9/2018
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This is a conversation with Ben Nemo. Ben started his career as a financial analyst before finding his way to marketing and restaurants. He was a Senior Director of Product Marketing at Burger King, a VP at Marriott, and ran his own consultancy called Scorpio Ventures that helped shape brands like Popeyes, Sonic, Dunkin’ and Focus Brands. He then became the Industry Manager, Global Marketing Solutions for Facebook and is now an operating partner at Argonne Capital Group which owns Krystal...

Duration:00:32:45

Episode 53 - Krystal & On the Border - Sloane Perras

7/23/2018
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This is a conversation with Sloane Perras. She is the Chief Administrative and Legal Officer at Krystal and On the Border. Sloane has led legal teams at Expeditors International, Americold, and Aaron’s before moving into the restaurant business. I got her perspective on changes in the industry at the Restaurant Leadership Conference last April. Enjoy!

Duration:00:15:40

Episode 52 - Fishbowl Analytics - Mike Lukianoff

7/11/2018
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This is a conversation with Mike Lukianoff. He is the Chief Analytics Officer at Fishbowl Analytics and a Society of Fellows Member at the Culinary Institute of America. He is also our first two time guest. We had Mike back on to talk Artificial Intelligence after his presentation at the Restaurant Leadership Conference. Enjoy!

Duration:00:21:47

Episode 51 - Crazy Bowls & Wraps - Keith Kitsis

7/5/2018
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This is a conversation with Keith Kitsis, the founder of Crazy Bowls & Wraps. Founded in 1994, they were a values-driven fast casual before either of those trends existed. This episode was recorded at the NRA show from the Restaurant365 booth. Enjoy!

Duration:00:32:57

Episode 50 - Veggie Grill - Steve Heeley

6/27/2018
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This is a conversation with Steve Heeley, the CEO of Veggie Grill. Before that, Steve led Operations for Baja Fresh, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Collector’s Cafe, and Au Bon Pain. He was also the CEO of Earl of Sandwich. Veggie Grill is a fast-growing fast-casual vegan restaurant serving only plant-based food. Forbes called them one of the 25 most innovative consumer brands in 2016. Enjoy!

Duration:00:25:13

Episode 49 - Wolfgang Puck - Joe Essa

6/20/2018
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This a conversation with the great Joe Essa, CEO & Board Member of Wolfgang Puck Worldwide and the Vice Chairman of the National Restaurant Association. We chatted about the massive growth of the Wolfgang Puck business and the unique challenges of running such a vast organization at the NRA Show in May. Enjoy!

Duration:00:25:15

Episode 48 - Yext - Lee Zucker

6/11/2018
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This is a conversation with Lee Zucker, the Head of Industry, Food Service at Yext. Lee was the Director of Enterprise Sales at SinglePlaform and the VP of Sales and Partnerships at Slice before taking on his current role. Yext is the leading digital knowledge management platform with a mission to give brands control over their brand experiences across search, maps, apps, voice, and other intelligent services. Enjoy!

Duration:00:27:15

Episode 47 - Huddle House - Alison Glenn Delaney - Fixed

6/8/2018
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This is a conversation with Alison Glenn Delaney, the CMO of Huddle House. Alison has been leading marketing organizations for more than 25 years, with head of marketing roles for Ruby Tuesday, Taco Cabana, Rubio’s, Marie Callender’s, and Fridays. Enjoy!

Duration:00:38:11

Episode 46 - The Halal Guys - Mike Speck

6/3/2018
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This is a conversation with Mike Speck, the COO of the Halal Guys. Mike has held operations and HR leadership roles with brands like Qdoba, Cici’s, Red Robin, Boston Market, and Einstein Bagels. He was also the chairman of the National Restaurant Association Human Resources Executive Group. Enjoy!

Duration:00:29:49

Episode 45 - Krystal - Paul Macaluso

5/30/2018
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This is a conversation with Paul Macaluso, Paul joined Krystal as CEO this April after roles in marketing leadership for Taco Bell, Burger King, Sonic, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Focus Brands. He was most recently the President of McAlister’s Deli. Enjoy!

Duration:00:24:14

Episode 44 - Pita Pit - Doug Reifschneider

5/22/2018
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This is a conversation with Doug Reifschneider, the head of marketing for Pita Pit. Prior to Pita Pit, Doug worked in the Hardee’s system, led field marketing for Fazoli’s, and was the VP of Marketing for Firehouse Subs. This episode was recorded at the Restaurant Leadership Conference this April. Enjoy!

Duration:00:26:35

Episode 43 - Naf Naf - Paul Damico

5/9/2018
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This is a conversation with Paul Damico, the CEO of Naf Naf Middle Eastern Grill. Paul was the President of Moe’s Southwest Grill and Focus Brands before taking on the role with Naf Naf in 2017. They are now gearing up for growth with a brand refresh, a new app, and a newly launched franchising program. This episode was recorded at the Restaurant Leadership Conference this April. Enjoy!

Duration:00:30:30