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#023: Brewing Up Success at Sub-Culture Coffee with Sean Scott

Welcome back to another episode of the “Just Forking Around” Podcast. Today, I would like to raise a toast to Sean Scott, the founder of Subculture Coffee of Southern Florida. I love coffee, and so, it seems, does the rest of the world. Scott doesn’t just love coffee; he loves a challenge. Making it big in the coffee industry is certainly full of them! Not only is the industry challenging, but sourcing coffee responsibly and maximizing its full flavor is full of unpredictable variables. How...

Duration: 00:58:05

#022: Bret Oliverio – Re-live Your College Glory Days with SupDogs

We all know how hard it is to make it in the restaurant business. It is one of the most rewarding and fun industries, but the work is hard and the hours are long, even for the most seasoned of veterans. This week, I wanted to raise a glass to Bret Oliverio, who is finding success with a fun and funky hot dog restaurant in two college towns in North Carolina. Brace yourself for the amazing journey with SupDogs. After suffering the loss of his brother, the Founder of SupDogs, Bret left his job...

Duration: 00:51:16

#021: Julia Friedman of Sconely: Making Scones Social and Delicious

Today I’m in downtown L.A. at Crafted Kitchen, a spot where new culinary ideas are born, and innovation happens at every step. It seems like every realm of the food world has been on the cutting edge of innovation. Change is exciting, and innovation is good, but we still want the food to taste amazing and still look almost too good to eat. So where does my friend Julia Friedman fit in? She is on the cutting edge of a baked good that has remained much the same for hundreds of years. That’s...

Duration: 00:45:04

#020: Chris Hill: Fixing Restaurant Challenges to Enjoy Ultimate Success

With the restaurant business changing faster than ever, and with so much interest generated by TV and food blogs, more people than ever before are being drawn to the food industry. For so many, dreams of running a successful kitchen seem farther and farther away. Are you feeling discouraged, out of your depth, or just simply tired? You are not alone. Restaurants are a challenging industry, and luckily we have people like Chris Hill on the inside. Chris has a fresh take on the food industry...

Duration: 00:59:35

#019: Nicole Landers: Feeding Your Soul with Community Healing Gardens

This week's guest, Nicole Landers (aka The Eco Urbanist), is a real inspiration to so, so many people. She's the founder of Community Healing Gardens (CHG), with a mission to foster community and to educate people on the importance of growing food, through community gardening. Their goal is to create sustainable communities which flourish, through the building of Urban Garden Programs with the local communities, the schools and also Community centers, throughout L.A. Listen in as Nicole...

Duration: 01:06:57

#018 Chris Luecke: Raising a Glass to the Pubcast Worldwide

This world was meant to be explored. Wouldn’t you agree? There is something about the food we eat, the drinks we drink, and the places we go to get them that speaks loudly to the human experience. What better place to have a conversation about life and passion than over a couple of beers at a great local joint? This week’s guest thought that might just make an excellent podcast, and he did it! Chris Luecke is a podcaster, punk-rocker, engineer, and adventurer. Those might seem like wildly...

Duration: 00:53:38

#017 Linda Mark: The Farmer’s Market Fairy You Wish You Had

What could be better than a long, leisurely stroll through one of California’s best Farmer’s Markets? Bursting with color, life, and the best produce of the season, the Farmer’s Market is the right place to buy local and fresh food fit for your finest dishes. However…finding exactly what you want at the Market can be time consuming and unpredictable. Our lives are busy enough as it is! How could we get those quality ingredients we crave without spending the time? Like a wish come true, the...

Duration: 00:51:05

#016 Kelly Roach: Think Big, Act Big, Chase Your Dreams

This week, we raise a glass to big dreams and even bigger ideas toward reaching those dreams! Where are your dreams today? Do you feel stuck behind a desk? Or maybe you want to follow your dreams, but don’t even know where to begin? For so many of us, we can think big but don’t know the steps to take to act big. This week, we sit down with Kelly Roach, host of Unstoppable Success Radio and CEO of Kelly Roach Coaching. Kelly has walked a unique path to her dreams that stems from her deep...

Duration: 00:31:38

#015 Tapping into Your Unstoppable Power with Eric Cacciatore of Restaurant Unstoppable

Restaurants are powerful things. They are places we gather and enjoy one another’s company. We can savor new foods and relive memories through favorite dishes. They can teach us how to think, how to eat, and how to dream. The people who run them are an unstoppable power in and of themselves, and that network is growing and changing with the times. However, for many restaurateurs, the road can seem long and lonely. How can they tap into that unstoppable force of power without someone there...

Duration: 01:03:15

#014 How to Eat the Apple, NOT the Candy Bar with Liz Josefsberg

In today’s food-obsessed world, you’re probably getting a lot of mixed signals. On one hand, advertisers encourage you to eat what you want whenever you want it. On the other, trainers and health gurus post unbelievable Before-and-After Pictures to inspire a strict regimen of health and fitness. You know an apple is healthier than a candy bar, but with all the noise surrounding how we eat and exercise, how are you expected to make the right choices about eating? It turns out it’s all in...

Duration: 00:52:59

#013 Growing Food for Profit on Other People’s Land with Curtis Stone, The Urban Farmer

You're really in for a treat with today's episode! Debi's featured guest, Curtis Stone (aka The Urban Farmer), has gone from struggling musician, funding his crummy band by being a tree planter, to pedaling down the coast and having a revelation that became his inspiration to turn Urban Farming into a passion and also a very profitable business. He talks openly about the decisions and the mistakes he made that resulted in his becoming such a great source of information, which he just loves...

Duration: 01:12:24

#012 Shooting the Sh*t at One Gun Ranch with Alice Bamford

Today's guest is Alice Bamford, who together with, Ann Eysenring, authored the recently released One Gun Ranch Malibu Cookbook, which Debi insists is actually beyond a cookbook! It has Biodynamic recipes and explains how to live a really vibrant life. It's a fantastic book and it's doing really well, selling to top chefs. Listen in to find out more about Alice's awesome book and her wonderful, Biodynamic Ranch. One Gun Ranch is a magical, magical place, which is located in Malibu. Debi's...

Duration: 00:51:10

#011 Smoke, Char and a Dry Rub with The Baroness of BBQ, Mercy Baron

Today's guest is the passionate host of a podcast with a forking great name - All Forked Up. She is the Baroness of Barbeque, Mercy Baron, a Certified Barbecue Judge, by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Listen in to find out more about this multi-talented powerhouse connector in the Food and Beverage Industry. Mercy was born in New York, moved to LA a short while later and then moved to The Valley. Being the child of hippy parents, she excelled in the arts, with dance in particular. She...

Duration: 00:52:52

#010 Creating Memorable Moments with Italian Food with Giuliano Hazan

Have you ever wondered what really makes a dish Italian? Today's guest, Giuliano Hazan, the son of Marcella Hazan, the Godmother of Italian cooking, defines this for you, on the show today. Listen in as he shares his story and his passion, and also some interesting titbits. Giuliano Hazan is a world-renowned chef, author, teacher and entrepreneur, with an exceptional ability to create delicious meals, using only a few ingredients. His cooking has been influenced to some extent by his...

Duration: 01:01:39

Rock and Roll and Wine with Spencer Daley Just Forking Around 007

“To actually pop that bottle, taste the wine, see what we did, what we could change…it was really just me and my dad trying it together and that was the best part.” - Spencer Daley Spencer Daley, wine-maker extraordinaire becomes our first male guest on Just Forking Around when he came aboard our boat in Marina Del Rey to talk all things wine with Debi. From a taste of cheap wine snuck at the dinner table with his father, to growing a vineyard and creating his first label in the backyard,...

Duration: 00:55:53

Sailing Into the Future of Food Service with Wendy Tuttle Just Forking Around 006

“I Introduce Talent To Opportunity" Wendy Tuttle Debi visits with Wendy Tuttle, a restaurant management recruiter and placement specialist with DD Factor. Learn about her career in the restaurant business, what it takes to be a restaurant manager, the importance of leadership skills, and the future of the restaurant industry. Wendy shares her process which is unique and full of passion, for she truly understands how to skillfully match the applicants with her restaurant clients. Of course...

Duration: 01:12:13

From Hospice to Whole Foods with Carolyn Kates Just Forking Around 005

“Just for today, I choose to feel good about myself and I’m worthy of my own love.” - Carolyn Kates You have the power to change whatever situation you are in right now, by just changing how you think about it. - Carolyn Kates Debi visits with Carolyn Kates, a Delaware native who has spent a decade or more in San Diego. After more than 10 years with Whole Foods, Carolyn is now the founder of Your Product Hub. Debi and Carolyn talk about overcoming obstacles and growing self-confidence, her...

Duration: 00:59:43

Piggies, Bourbon and Beer with Sara Stroud Just Forking Around 004

“A toast to the restaurant community, especially in California…My toast is that we all find a harmonious relationship, keep each other safe and keep each other profitable.” - Sara Stroud “When you open a restaurant it’s like having a heart attack. You recover, but you’re never quite the same.” - David Cohn, Owner of Cohn Restaurant Group, San Diego Debi catches up with Sara Stroud, co-owner of Carnitas Snack Shack in San Diego. In this episode, they discuss whether you can teach...

Duration: 00:57:00

Tattoos and the Tasting Room with Jenny Goycochea – Just Forking Around 003

“Being in the restaurant industry it’s hard to nourish ourselves well.” Jenny Goycochea is Debi’s guest for this episode of The Just Forking Around Podcast. Jenny is Chef de Cuisine at Tasting Room Del Mar and found fame in her appearances (and wins) on Cutthroat Kitchen. Debi and Jenny discuss tattoos, reality tv, the ups and downs of life as a chef and mothers who always want what’s best for you. You can find links to the Tasting Room and Jenny’s other favorite three San Diego eateries...

Duration: 00:47:30

Dreaming Big with Restauranteur Marie Petulla – Just Forking Around 002

Marie Petulla, owner of Union Pasadena and Knead and Co. joins Debi to discuss her rise to restauranteur and the highs and lows and running restaurants in LA. You can find more about her restaurants at the links below or if you’d like to contact Marie directly shoot her an email at marie@kphospitalitygroup.com Marie and Debi discuss pay scales and management styles as well as crummy software and first tattoos. UnionPasadena.com Kneadpasta.com 317 South Broadway Los Angeles, CA

Duration: 00:53:00

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