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The podcast show for and about Restaurateurs, Creative Chefs, Kick A** Servers, Wicked Cool Winemakers, Fresh Farmers and anyone who plays a pivotal part in this beautifully insane sexy world of Food and Beverage.

The podcast show for and about Restaurateurs, Creative Chefs, Kick A** Servers, Wicked Cool Winemakers, Fresh Farmers and anyone who plays a pivotal part in this beautifully insane sexy world of Food and Beverage.
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The podcast show for and about Restaurateurs, Creative Chefs, Kick A** Servers, Wicked Cool Winemakers, Fresh Farmers and anyone who plays a pivotal part in this beautifully insane sexy world of Food and Beverage.




#075 - Ahmed Abouelenein: How The Halal Guys Brought Halal (and the White Sauce!) to America

In 1990, you had to go out to Queens if you wanted a Halal meal in New York City. So the three original Halal Guys – Muhammed Abouelenein, Ahmed Elsaka, and Abdelbaset Elsayed – opened up a food cart for all of the hungry taxi drivers. Today, that food cart has grown into a fast casual restaurant with new locations opening up throu ghout the world – an entrepreneurial success story if I’ve ever heard one! To learn more about this incredible story and how The Halal Guys is growing like...


#074 - Shannon O'Donnell: Using Travel as a Force for Good

Motivation, inspiration, sweet scenery: this episode has it all! And that’s because we’re talking to Shannon O'Donnell, a responsible tourism advocate who was named a National Geographic Traveler of the Year for her work helping travelers use grassroots tourism as a force for good. Shannan accomplishes this through Grassroots Volunteering, the world’s largest database of social enterprises empowering travelers to connect to causes and communities in the places they travel, and her book The...


#073 - Mike Kelly: Knowing When to Pivot & Embracing the Right Opportunities

Mike Kelly is the creator of Papa Bear’s Nut Butter (and the titular Papa Bear). He started the business for a simple reason: he loves nut butter! It’s something for the healthy people out there who appreciate life’s indulgences. But here’s a funny little thing about this conversation – just days after our interview, some big changes happened in Mike’s life and business: Papa Bear’s is actually dissolving! Mike is partnering with up with two other people to start a new food brand...


#072 - Matt Eisenacher: How Piada Italian Street Food Defies Fast-Casual Expectations

Today we start our show off with a toast to breakfast for lunch – one of the delicious concepts that Columbus-based Piada Italian Street Food is experimenting with right now. Our guest, Matt Eisenacher, is the Chief Concept Officer for Piada Italian Street Food. It’s a great title, and it means he oversees the branding, marketing, IT, and business development efforts as the restaurant expands nationwide. Matt joined Piada in 2013, when they had 16 restaurants open, and has overseen a...


#071 - Joe Kahn: A Comfortable Culture + Made-From-Scratch Ingredients + Tacos = Condado Tacos

Today we raise our glasses to the Taco Touchers out there, which is what you call the amazing people that make your food with love at Joe Kahn’s Condado Tacos. Joe worked as everything from a busboy at Sizzler to a roller skating server to restaurant manager before he and his wife came up with the idea for Condado Tacos, the go-to taco joint for Columbus that is quickly growing through the Midwest. They specialize in creating unique (stuffed) tacos, guacamole, and margaritas at...


#070 - Alessandra Manias: How Saor Project is Bringing Italy to LA

Formerly an architect and marketing consultant in Italy, now a production designer and private chef in LA: today’s guest, Alessandra Manias, is just bursting at the seams with passion and creativity. Alessandra started Saor Project with her husband, Gianluca Zago, to share the origin of ancient Italian culture, particularly northeastern Italian cuisine, with a wider audience. The real Italian traditions are based on a peasant culture and poor food, which is disappearing in the modern...


#069 - Birk O'Halloran: The Art, Passion, & Stories Behind Iconic Wine

Birk O'Halloran leads us in a toast to “getting drunk with the right people at the right time” – and it’s so forking appropriate for this episode (and, heck, the past 68 episodes too)! Birk is the owner of winemaker Iconic Wine, the author of Eat Ink, and a former sommelier. When Birk started writing Eat Ink, he was trying to answer an age-old question: Why do all chefs look like pirates? It ultimately became a cookbook, but it began as a photo story about tattoos, misfits, and the...


#068 - Nik Hawks & Lee Selman: The Couple Behind Paleo Treats

Nik Hawks & Lee Selman are the co-founders of Paleo Treats, and let me just say: you do not have to be paleo to enjoy these forking delicious snacks! These two are a really cute couple and wonderful business partners, with wild backgrounds. Nik is a former Navy SEAL and serial entrepreneur who is really just a badass, genuine, and sweet guy. Lee is pretty much an adventurer-turned-artist and entrepreneur, having previously lived in Nicaragua during the Iran-Contra war and co-founded an...


#067 - Chef Randy Siles: A Tour for the Tastebuds with Costa Rica’s Ambassador of National Gastronomy

Chef Sandy Siles is one of the best chefs in Costa Rica. He is Costa Rica’s Ambassador of National Gastronomy and the chef at the incredible Shambala Restaurant. He cooks with a really unique combination of flavors and techniques, resulting in some of the best tasting dishes you’ve never seen before. On top of that, Chef Randy Siles runs a Foundation named Artesanos de la Gastronomia or Gastronomic Artisans, where he mentors young people in Santa Teresa and gives them the opportunity...


#066 - Chef James Kelly: Personalized Dining Experiences, a Solar Powered Food Truck, Organic Fruit & Vegetable Pops, and MORE! | Forking Around Costa Rica

Chef James Kelly, or Jim for short, is a Southern New Jersey boy who relocated to Costa Rica nearly a decade ago. He is now the Executive Chef & Owner of Soma Chef Services, in addition to being a Partner in La Buena Paleta (which produces coconut water-based organic fruit & vegetable ice pops with superfoods in them) and the Owner of Dos Santos Taqueria (a cantina and food truck). Soma is absolutely incredible – a collaborative effort between Costa Rica's finest food, beverage, and...


#065 - Georges Lefebvre: Creating Hacienda Okhra, the Community & Farm of the Future | Forking Around Costa Rica

Georges Lefebvre is the magnanimous madman who created Hacienda Okhra, a concept community and farm located in the breathtaking hills of Las Delicias, just above the town of Mal Pais on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. Although it started as a home for Georges and a few friends, this community has grown into an impressive business and they actually supply food for a good majority of the locals in the area. This dream-like community features premium facilities, 106...


#064 - Rima Danielle Jomaa: The Jungle Girl & The Vegan Lifestyle | Forking Around Costa Rica

Today our guest leads us in a toast to meeting new people, the beautiful jungle atmosphere, and being able to do what we love and connect with people. It was the perfect toast to kick off my very first conversation with Rima Danielle Jomaa, AKA Rima the Jungle Girl. Rima is an entrepreneur, licensed marriage counselor, and vegan lifestyle advocate. She’s really incorporated an incredible brand and lifestyle, inspiring and activating others to reclaim their health, happiness, and freedom...


#063 - Ryan Bickle: Beers & Butterflies | Forking Around Costa Rica

I had quite the adventure with Ryan Bickle, the owner and master brewer of Butterfly Brewing Company, a “hill-top jungle-brewery-butterfly-garden by the sea.” The garden and nanobrewery are located in Montezuma, Costa Rica, on the southern tip of the peninsula. The beers are just forking delicious, but if that isn’t enough, you can enjoy them while taking in the view of countless neotropical butterflies. And if you want to see the place, you can check out the videos I took on Facebook:...


#062 - Paige Cain: Exploring Mono Azul, an Expat’s Hotel & Restaurant | Forking Around Costa Rica

This is the first episode from my forking awesome Costa Rica adventure! I had the opportunity to sit down with Paige Cain, an Owner/Operator of Hotel Mono Azul – which means Blue Monkey. The hotel is family run, located in the heart of the lush Costa Rican rainforests and pacific beaches of Manuel Antonio. Due to different resources, laws, and regulations, things in the food & hospitality world are done quite a bit differently in Costa Rica. Paige gives us a peek behind the curtain,...


#061 - Jessica Jeboult: A Sober Girl’s Guide to Food & Beverage

Today Jessica Jebout leads us in a toast to our future: where our lovers are the truest, our friends are the staunchest, our bank account is the largest, and our liver is no worse for the wear! And today, we toast with an untraditional drink: the non-alcoholic beer St. Pauli. You see, Jessica is a sober lifestyle guide and the creator of A Sober Girls Guide, a how-to for navigating through love and life from a sober point of view – something that is not necessarily easy to do as a...


#060 - Brooke Rewa: Wellness, Made with Love

Today we’re checking back in with our very first guest, Brooke Rewa, Founder of Made with Love Wellness. So much has happened in the last year, so we have a lot to talk about: rebranding, starting over from scratch, new products, a lot of delicious juice, and how she (somehow!) looks even more forking radiant than last time we talked! If you haven’t heard Brooke’s first episode, or if you just need to brush up on her pro tips, you can find it at justforkingaround.net/001. “One bottle...


#059 - Audra Mulkern: The Untold Story of America’s Female Farmers #ThisIsWomensWork

Today we toast to the invisible people in the food system: the farmers, the farm workers, the truckers, the people behind the scenes in restaurants, and the women throughout history – a passion for today’s forking awesome guest. Audra Mulkern is an author, photographer, and farm-to-table documentarian. She is the Executive Producer and host of the in-development documentary film Women’s Work: the untold story of America’s female farmers, and Founder of The Female Farmer Project, a...


#058 - Jeremy Redman: Combining Community & Tech Startups with the Not Boring Business in a Box

Today we toast to building community! I met Jeremy Redman, host of Not Boring Business and Founder of AirFive, at one of his live podcast events just a few weeks ago. It was an amazing event where we enjoyed good beer, great company, and a collaborative atmosphere: the perfect ingredients for a forking awesome community! AirFive has gone through a few different iterations – a digital business card app, an alumni association app, event influencers, and drink subscripscriptions – but, at...


#057 – Kelly Roach: Grow Faster, Run Smarter, & Launch an Awesome Business

Your requests have been answered: Kelly Roach is back for another episode!! If you didn’t hear our first episode, Kelly is the host of Unstoppable Success Radio, an international best-selling author, strategist, motivator, and really just a badass. She’s also in the process of launching a brand-new company, Give Her Courage, a personal development company for kids that is focused on instilling courage and confidence in girls at a very young age. You might wonder, what does Kelly Roach have...


#056 – Eileen Bivalacqua & Mary Anna Rogers: Celebrating 300 Years of New Orleans & 3 Years of Seven Three Distilling

Resilience, passion, mardi gras, crawfish, beer, music, and the people: there’s a lot to love in New Orleans, and the ONE thing that brings people together more than the food is a mutual love of cocktails. In celebration of this – and everything else in the city’s vibrant, three-hundred year history – we are chatting with Eileen Bivalacqua & Mary Anna Rogers, co-owners of Seven Three Distilling. Eileen is the distiller’s resident “Boss Lady,” making sure that everything is organized and...