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Eli Mazahreh of Maza Hummus

9/24/2017
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Nathan sits down with Eli Mazahreh of Maza Hummus for the 50th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about growing up in Jordan, what business lessons he learned from his entrepreneur mom, why he bought into the American dream and why he believes it is still possible for many Americans, how his vision of being an entrepreneur changed after receiving his MBA, what he learned from the failure of his first business, why he left his job where he managed an 8 million sales quota...

Duration: 01:34:51


Cayla Jordan of Cayla Jordan TV & Creamy's by Cayla Jordan

9/17/2017
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Nathan sits down with Cayla Jordan of Cayla Jordan TV and Creamy's by Cayla Jordan for the 49th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about Cayla's days of being an underground caramel corn runner in high school, how she hustled her caramel corn into grocery stores across California and why the business eventually ran into problems when trying to scale, why she ultimately pivoted to her specialty cheesecake business, the ins and outs of the production process for her YouTube...

Duration: 01:17:19


Chef Christopher Barnum-Dann of Localis

9/11/2017
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Nathan sits down with Chef Christopher Barnum-Dann of Localis for the 48th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about how Chris's construction business helped him as a restaurant owner and why he eventually gave up being an electrician, his days touring as a death metal musician and what his favorite food town was on tour, why he ultimately fell in love with fine dining, why he believes he can earn a Michelin Star at Localis within the next five years and what has to happen...

Duration: 01:41:51


Jordan Steffen of Sac Beer Show

9/3/2017
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Nathan sits down with photographer, filmmaker, bartender, and creator of the Sac Beer Show, Jordan Steffen for the 47th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about growing up in Port Washington, Wisconsin, Jordan’s time as an architecture photographer, why Sac Beer Show was started and where Jordan hopes it eventually goes, what our favorite breweries are in Sacramento, why a lot of low quality craft beer finds its way to the market and how that problem will be eventually...

Duration: 01:21:55


Kelsey Maher Slow Food Sacramento Outreach Coordinator

8/27/2017
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Nathan sits down with Slow Food Sacramento Outreach Coordinator Kelsey Maher for the 46th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about growing up in Salisbury, NC, how her time in Russia helps her understand what is going on politically now, how she found what she wanted to do with her life by spending time in Ukraine, Georgia, and Russia, why she fell in love with Sacramento, how she handles being a foodie and balancing an interest in body building competitions at the same...

Duration: 01:32:20


Chase Daley local chef, graphic designer, and musician

8/21/2017
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Nathan sits down with local chef, graphic designer, and musician Chase Daley for the 45th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. Check out Chase's new band This Great State! They chat about how he fell in love with restaurant work as a dishwasher, whether Midwest food will take off in Sacramento, why he fell in love with cooking Italian food and what Italian food really is, Chase’s journey through Sacramento kitchens, his future plans to open a wine and charcuterie bar in Sacramento,...

Duration: 01:45:46


Chinau Rhodes of Sofar Sounds Sacramento, District 8 Sacramento Commissioner, and co-owner of Creating Rhodes

8/14/2017
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Nathan sits down with Chinau Rhodes of Sofar Sounds Sacramento, District 8 Sacramento Commissioner, and co-owner of Creating Rhodes, a real estate flipping business, for the 44th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about why Chinau has pride being from South Sacramento, why South Sacramento has a reputation and how it can be changed, why a closing of an Oak Park barbershop taught Chinau and his brother that whatever they do in business they must own it outright, the state...

Duration: 01:41:33


Cole Cuchna of the Dissect Podcast & Temple Coffee

8/7/2017
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Nathan sits down with Cole Cuchna of the Dissect podcast and creative director of marketing for Temple Coffee Roasters for the 43rd episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about what life on the road as a musician is like, why he chose to go to college to pursue knowledge of classical music despite already being a successful musician, why it was important for him to express that hip hop can be a form of “higher art,” the birth of the Dissect podcast, why Kendrick Lamar’s To...

Duration: 01:33:50


Dan Bethel, comic book creator & English professor

7/31/2017
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Nathan sits down with comic book creator and English professor Dan Bethel for the 42nd episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about why obsession is natural, how a short stint in the video game industry stifled his artistic passion for drawing and how he found it again, why he loves teaching others the process of writing, how Dan shows up in his own comics, the birth of the Long John comic and what Dan hopes the payoff will be when Long John is finished, the state of the...

Duration: 01:34:32


Aaron Zaragoza & Mohammad Mehrpour of The Proud Show

7/23/2017
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Nathan sits down with Aaron Zaragoza and Mohammad Mehrpour of The Proud Show for the 41st episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about why limitations can ultimately be turned into strengths, how breaking down Tim Burton’s Batman films in a high school film class lead to these two individuals’ YouTube careers, what the self talk looks like before moving to LA with the hopes of a career in film, the birth of The Proud Show, what they hope The Proud Show ultimately looks like,...

Duration: 01:50:17


Ray D. Newman of Newman's Cali Fadez

7/16/2017
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Nathan sits down with Ray D. Newman of Newman's Cali Fadez for the 40th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about why you have to give back to the world, how the National Youth Sports Program played such a pivotal role in his life, what lessons he learned from coaching football that he applies in his barbershop, what skills are necessary to become a barber and an owner of a barber shop, how throwing a hair show (The Broadway Classic) helped build an audience for the shop...

Duration: 01:15:02


Chris Meyer & Dean Sioukas of Magilla Loans

7/10/2017
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Nathan sits down with Chris Meyer and Dean Sioukas of Magilla Loans for the 39th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about why being a tech company in Sacramento is an advantage, how a land developer and funeral home director found themselves in the banking and tech start up industry, how Magilla created the most consumer friendly loan search engine while protecting consumers’ personal information, how you prevent a larger player in the market from co-opting your idea, why...

Duration: 01:49:05


Stephanie Altholz of B Street Theatre

7/2/2017
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Nathan sits down with Stephanie Altholz of B Street Theatre for the 38th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about what she learned from working at Blue Hill at Stone Barns (the number one restaurant in the country), why the stage is her place of peace, why training can hone you skill set but overall acting is a question of you either can do it or you can’t, why Sacramento could be “Theater USA,” what she learned about story development after co-writing a play for B...

Duration: 01:17:04


Ramon Perez & Nicole Perez of Puur Chocolat

6/26/2017
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Nathan sits down with Ramon Perez and Nicole Perez of Puur Chocolat for the 37th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about why valuing the slow pace and technique of the French kitchen still should be valued in the culinary world, what drives cooks at Michelin Star restaurants to work insane hours and live up to out of the world expectations with very little financial return, what Ramon learned from building restaurant empires after working for David Myers Group, the birth...

Duration: 01:37:59


Dawnie Andrak & Tim Bailey of Local Roots Food Tours

6/18/2017
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Nathan sits down with Dawnie Andrak and Tim Bailey of Local Roots Food Tours for the 36th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about how tandem bike riding inspired a business idea, the biggest lessons learned after shooting a pilot for a food centric television show, why it is still possible to make a living as a farmer in California in the year 2017, why a successful farmer will have both farming and marketing skills, why they decided to buy the Local Roots Food Tours and...

Duration: 01:41:07


Musician Vince Vicari

6/12/2017
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Nathan sits down with local musician Vince Vicari for the 35th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about why Vince always knew he was destined to perform in front of others, why you should believe in yourself and keep going despite others not necessarily seeing your particular path to success, the story behind Vince’s ‘singing waiter’ career and the strangest singing gig he has taken, why keeping your day job and pursuing your dream job at the same time is the new way for...

Duration: 01:38:28


Kevin Hughey of Hughey Law Group

6/4/2017
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Nathan sits down with Kevin Hughey of Hughey Law Group for the 34th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about what digging graves as a teenager taught him about death, what transitioning to the real world was like after being raised by a dad that often ignored the world’s rules, Kevin’s journey from restaurant work to figuring out what type of attorney he ultimately wanted to be, why entrepreneurship for aspiring attorneys is becoming more and more attractive versus...

Duration: 02:00:51


Jim Boyce of Produce Express

5/29/2017
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Nathan sits down with Jim Boyce of Produce Express for the 33rd episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about how Produce Express went from one truck in the beginning to the 1800 clients they serve today, why saying yes to everything can be ultimately good for your business up to a point, when the farm to fork trend started in Sacramento and the state of it today, how Produce Express is different from their competitors such as US Food Service and Sysco, how small farms get...

Duration: 01:32:00


Christian Ampania of Simple Gains and The Academy Training & Performance Center

5/21/2017
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Nathan sits down with Christian Ampania of Simple Gains and The Academy Training & Performance Center for the 32nd episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about how Christian first caught the fitness bug, why the personal trainer industry is not regulated despite high liability, why most personal trainers are independent contractors versus employees of the gyms they work at, how Christian’s approach to training is a little bit different compared to the prototypical bro...

Duration: 01:14:22


Vincent Sterne of Two Rivers Cider Co.

5/15/2017
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Nathan sits down with Vincent Sterne of Two Rivers Cider Co. for the 31st episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about what the state of the craft cider industry looks like in the year 2017 and where it is going, why apple orchards are disappearing despite a large recent demand from the growth of craft cider industry, why Vincent’s mom was so instrumental in his success, why the Grateful Dead inspired so many fans to become entrepreneurs, how Two Rivers survived for the first...

Duration: 01:44:37

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