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On Foodable Weekly is the Foodable WebTV Network’s mothership show, a catch-all, industry insider's WebTV show for the restaurant and hospitality industry. What makes the hospitality business work from the inside-out? To answer this question is our aim. This show features topics ranging from industry executive interviews to new policies affecting the restaurant industry, local event coverage, and much more.






Restaurants Support Florida Communities Post-Irma

With more than 100,000 Floridians still without power, the state is working feverishly to return to normalcy. All the while, the Category 5 Hurricane Maria looms nearby. Though Maria is not expected to hit Florida, residents are still cautious and have not fully recovered from Irma’s destruction yet. But restaurants in Florida have stepped up in the wake of Hurricane Irma, offering discounts, ice, and even power to those without. Though many restaurants are recovering themselves, they...

Duration: 00:02:03

12-Year Local Brand Urbane Cafe Thinks There's Room for Growth in Fast Casual

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly, host Paul Barron talks to Tom Holt of Urbane Cafe about why he decided to take on a full made-from-scratch menu in Ventura, California 12 years ago. In 2003, Holt was a professional motocross racer and couldn’t find a healthy fast casual in Ventura. He took that as inspiration to create his own. And thus, Urbane Cafe was born. Everything at Urbane is made from scratch from the bread and the sauces to the dressings. The ingredients they use are as...

Duration: 00:03:56

Everytable: The Oasis found in Food Deserts

Foodable met up with some of the great minds in hospitality at this year’s HUB conference in Southern California. On this episode of On Foodable Weekly we hear how CEO Sam Polk started Everytable and how the company stays profitable. Everytable creates healthy grab-and-go meals and sells them for cheaper than the price of local fast food. The goal is that everyone, even those in food deserts, can afford to feed their families nourishing meals. Everytable is able to offer these meals...

Duration: 00:04:13

"You Cannot Scale Cool Fast Enough," Says Eureka! CEO About the Brand

Eureka! is one of those brands that comes across as a one-off, independent restaurant concept. The brand even has 22 separate social media accounts on both Instagram and Facebook for each of its locations— the latest opening last month in San Diego, Ca. “I've done that consciously,” said Justin Nedelman, CEO and co-founder of Eureka!, a multi-unit gastropub that was born soon after the economic recession of 2008 began. “At that time, in the recession, I think people with money were...

Duration: 00:03:47

Restaurants Push for Smarter Protein

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly, our host, Paul Barron, gets to talk to Erik Oberholtzer of Tender Greens and Chef Stephen Giunta of Cargill about how plates are getting greener. As the guys explain, we are seeing that while alternative proteins like cricket and plant based proteins are on the rise, traditional proteins are not going away anytime soon. Chef Guinta explains, “The plant based proteins are becoming part of dishes. They're not replacing traditional proteins- You’re...

Duration: 00:08:10

A Fundamental Shift In Consumer Expectations Leads to a New Restaurant Segment

As consumers continue to demand more transparency, more customization, and more healthy options, what is the future of foodservice? Okay, so this conversation has been on the table for at least a decade. But, today, something is fundamentally changing in our industry. In this episode of On Foodable Weekly, we sit with Scott Davis, President of CoreLife and Steve Schulze, Co-founder of Nekter Juice Bar to talk about how the consumer is enforcing their values with their dollar and the...

Duration: 00:06:53

What Do We Call Whole Foods Now? Affordable?

Amazon.com Inc. slashed prices at Whole Foods Market stores Monday, with some items seeing cuts up to 43 percent. Items like organic Fuji apples and organic rotisserie chicken were accompanied by orange signs showing the old price, the new price, and text reading “More to come...”. In total, over 400 items have seen price cuts. According to Bloomberg, prices on whole trade organic bananas fell 30 percent, responsibly farmed tilapia — 33 percent, and organic Fuji apples — 43...

Duration: 00:01:34

Are You Maximizing Your Beverage Program?

In this episode of On Foodable Weekly, Foodable Network's CEO and Host, Paul Barron, sits with restaurant owner and bar expert, Vaughan Dugan, to discuss the ever shifting beverage segment. Craft beer, craft soda, and craft cocktails have all become hot topics in the beverage business. "It's really kind of exploded over the last several years; bar owners obviously see the opportunity to kind of elevate and enhance their business model," says Dugan. Craft means transparency and higher...

Duration: 00:07:37

Your Brand Should Be a Who, Not a What

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly, Paul sits down with Nicole Aylward, the director of Marketing at Rockit Ranch to talk about how restaurants are using technology to improve their their digital presence. Rockit Ranch is a restaurant group with a number of different restaurants, based in Chicago. Aylward begins with social media and the importance of having the brand's voice match up on different platforms. Facebook and Instagram are a massive part of modern marketing strategies. At...

Duration: 00:08:25

Consumers Demand These Culinary Innovations

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly, culinary trends are taking the stage. Just a few years ago, many diners hadn’t heard of exotic dishes and ingredients like kimchi or ostrich steaks. In an effort to keep their art interesting, chefs are constantly innovating to provide their customers with experiences that WOW diners. However, today's customers are more educated and more adventurous than ever. This is pushing chefs to continue experimenting and is certainly keeping chefs on their...

Duration: 00:09:52

These Beverage Experts Are Pumped About Sustainable Straws and Szechuan Peppercorn

This episode of On Foodable Weekly: Industry Pulse is chock-full of great beverage insights from coffee makers to bartenders and spirit distillers. Host Chelsea Keenan hears from beverage experts about consumer trends they are seeing and trends they are pushing for in the next few years. The founder of Intelligentsia Coffee, Geoff Watts, and Sourcing Director Michael Sheridan take us to the root of coffee, or more specifically— the cherry. Coffee is grown on trees in the form of cherries....

Duration: 00:08:45

Wine Lovers are Trading In Their Brie for Brix

Charcuterie and cheese boards have long been staples for wine lovers looking for a tasty, complimentary snack, but when lung doctor Nick Proia started thinking about the different effects these snacks were having on his arteries, it didn’t make sense to him. Watch the episode to learn more about chocolate specially formulated for wine!

Duration: 00:02:06

When It Comes to Wine, Cater to Guests With These Adventurous Selections

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly, our host, Paul Barron, sits down with City Winery’s National Wine Director, Rachel Speckan and Maple & Ash’s Head Sommelier and Director of Wine Imports, Daniel Pilkey. They discuss wine sale trends, consumer attitudes towards different types of wine from various regions, wine selection tips for wine directors and small restaurant concepts and other topics.

Duration: 00:09:25

Foraging Fox Beets up the Competition with Their Artisanal Superfood Ketchup

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly: Industry Pulse, we uncover another Artisan Food Find from the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York. As we have begun to see in recent months, condiments are slowly starting to take center stage. Items like vegan mayonnaise and unique pickles are just a couple condiments rising up in the ranks. An England-based company, The Foraging Fox, has gotten a head start with their 100% natural beetroot ketchup which they started creating three years ago. The...

Duration: 00:02:45

Traditional Brand Cacique proves Authenticity is Trendy

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly: Industry Pulse, we see how long-standing brand, Cacique, is adapting in response to the millennial consumer, while still staying true to their identity. Cacique has been at the forefront of authentic Mexican cuisine for over 40 years. Their traditional products like queso fresco and crema are staples of the brand. Watch the episode above to learn more about the innovations Cacique is making in response to the millennial consumer!

Duration: 00:02:24

Coca-Cola re-commits reducing 20% of calories from sugar from its products by 2025

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly, our host, Paul Barron, sits down with Brad Spickert, VP of National Foodservice & On-Premise Marketing for The Coca-Cola Company, to discuss beverage insights pertaining to the soda giant, and in a broader sense, the beverage industry as a whole. They aim to achieve this not only through portfolio and category expansion, but through reformulation of existing products for reduced sugar. In fact, The Coca-Cola Company, along with other leaders in the...

Duration: 00:08:34

Are Gochujang and Tofu Cream Cheese Flavors of the Future?

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly, we talk to Chef Bill Kim of bellyQ, an Asian barbeque restaurant in Chicago that takes guests on a flavorful journey. Flavor always comes first for Chef Kim. When discussing flavor trends he’s seeing, Chef Kim mentions that trendy doesn't always mean new. “I love Kimchi,” Chef Kim says. “And it’s not top secret, I think the secrets out, but I think it’s going to go beyond that. The thing that people talk about is Kimchi is only spicy and it doesn't...

Duration: 00:07:09

Oracle’s POS System Could be a Game-Changer

Today, digital systems have become an operator’s best friend. Gone are the days of the chunky cash register that were permanently stuck in designated areas of the restaurant. Now point-of-sale (POS) tablets and handheld devices are becoming wildly popular at restaurants. These POS systems have morphed into state-of-the-art tools that offer much more than just a solution to collect customer transactions. Packed with features, these solutions enhance a restaurant’s day-to-day operations,...

Duration: 00:08:14

Fast Casual Insiders Share Their Brand Identity and Future Goals

In this episode of On Foodable Weekly, our host Paul Barron sits down with the founders and CEOs of three of the 12 fast-casual brands thriving in the industry. These brands have been able to sustain themselves through a significant downturn (5.4%) for the category. So we find out what they are doing differently to remain successful. Randy Dewitt from Velvet Taco, Nedal Ahmad from Pincho Factory and Michael Lastoria from &pizza, stopped by our remote set in Chicago to speak candidly about...

Duration: 00:09:29

Authenticity and Innovation Make up the Secret Sauce for Emerging Fast Casual Brands

In this episode of On Foodable Weekly, our host, Paul Barron, discusses emerging brands and how to be successful in the fast casual space. To shed light on this topic, Chris Schultz, Senior Vice President of MOD Pizza, and Eric Cacciatore, founder and host of the podcast: Restaurant Unstoppable, stopped by our remote set in Chicago to share their experience and knowledge.

Duration: 00:08:30

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