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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 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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Welcome to Tastemakers. 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 with 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 Pita. 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

Episode 42 - Yelp - Ware Sykes

5/2/2018
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This is a conversation with Ware Sykes. Ware was the CEO of NoWait, the first mobile network for casual dining restaurants. He grew the business to millions of customers before they sold to Yelp in 2017. This year, he became the VP of Restaurant Strategy for Yelp, leading their growth in the restaurant industry. This episode was recorded at the Restaurant Leadership Conference this April. Enjoy!

Duration:00:21:52

Episode 41 - Jason's Deli - Jamie Cohen

4/26/2018
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This is a conversation with Jamie Cohen. Jamie has spent nearly 25 years growing the Jason’s Deli brand with roles including People Department Director, Concept Development Director, and Chief Branding Officer. This episode was recorded at the Restaurant Leadership Conference this April. Enjoy!

Duration:00:44:27

Episode 40 with Dan Fogarty

4/10/2018
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This is a conversation with Dan Fogarty. Dan started working with Chipotle at just 4 locations, eventually becoming their head of marketing and helping them add nearly 500 more. He was also the EVP of Marketing for Noodles & Company, uniting the brand under the 'Your World Kitchen' theme and taking them public in 2015. He's also held leadership roles with Potbelly and the Dig Inn. You can now find him traveling the world and, as he says, “helping cool companies build cult brands.” Enjoy!

Duration:00:49:32

Episode 39 - Why You Eat What You Eat - Rachel Herz

4/2/2018
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This is a conversation with the author of Why You Eat What You Eat - The Science Behind our Relationship with Food, Rachel Herz. Rachel is a psychologist and a cognitive neuroscientist, and one of the leading experts on the psychology of smell. She is also an entrepreneur and teaches at Brown University and Boston College. Why You Eat What You Eat examines the factors that most influence our eating habits. Enjoy!

Duration:00:36:24

Episode 38 - Restaurant365 - Morgan Harris

3/21/2018
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This is a conversation with the Founder of Restaurant365, Morgan Harris. Morgan started his career in accounting before shifting into technology. Along the way, he recognized a need for better financial software in the restaurant industry and spent years developing Restaurant365. They have since become one of the fastest growing technology platforms in the restaurant space and recently took on a $20 million investment from Bessemer Partners. Their clients include Blaze Pizza, Freddy’s...

Duration:00:38:30

Episode 37 - Hint Water - Kara Goldin

3/5/2018
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This is a conversation with Kara Goldin, the founder of Hint Water. Kara was a technology executive at AOL before she got into the beverage business. She was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and Forbes' 40 Women to Watch Over 40. The Huffington Post also called her one of six disruptors in business alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. You can find Hint in Whole Foods, Target, Walmart, or at any Google office. Enjoy!

Duration:00:51:23

Episode 36 - Heartland Commerce - John Lukas

12/15/2017
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This is a conversation with John Lukas, the SVP of Restaurant Strategy for Heartland Commerce. John spent his career working in technology for restaurants including roles as Chief Information Officer at Carrols Restaurant Group, Arby’s, and Popeye’s. He joined Heartland last year to help them chart their path with restaurants. Enjoy!

Duration:00:36:18

Episode 35 - GroundTruth - Sarah Ohle

12/2/2017
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This is a conversation with the VP of Marketing Insights for Groundtruth, Sarah Ohle. Sarah worked in marketing for T-Mobile and Palm, then designed custom research for Nielsen before landing at xAd, which is now GroundTruth. They are one of the leading technology platforms aimed at driving and measuring in-store visits by using the location data on your phone. Enjoy!

Duration:00:26:20

Episode 34 - Jrink - Shizu Okusa

11/21/2017
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This is a conversation with the co-founder and CEO of Jrink, Shizu Okusa. Shizu started her career on Wall Street before deciding to make juicing a living. Jrink is a digitally enabled, vertically integrated juice brand with customer experience at the core. They now have 5 tasting shops in Washington DC and a growing on-demand business through their website. Enjoy!

Duration:00:20:20

Episode 33 - Results Thru Strategy - Fred LeFranc

11/9/2017
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This is a conversation with Fred LeFranc, the Founder of Results Thru Strategy. Fred was the COO of El Torito & Una Mas. He was the CEO of Louise’s Trattoria and Flat Rock Grille and the President of the Ruby Restaurant Group. In 2007, he launched Results thru Strategy with a focus on helping some of the largest restaurant brands in the world find their footing in a chaotic marketplace. This conversation took place at the Restaurant Technology Summit, hosted by CohnReznick.

Duration:00:27:28