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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 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

Episode 32 - Snap Kitchen - Jon Carter

11/1/2017
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This is a conversation with Jon Carter, the Head of Digital at Snap Kitchen. Jon developed the digital infrastructure for Live Nation and Ticketmaster before moving into the food business with Snap Kitchen. They’ve since become one of the most technically advanced brands in the industry. Enjoy! This is the first of a series of interviews recorded at the Restaurant Technology Summit, hosted by CohnReznick in DC.

Duration:00:25:49

Episode 31 - ThinkFoodGroup - Michael Doneff

10/26/2017
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This is a conversation with Michael Doneff, the CMO of ThinkFoodGroup. Michael has worked in the luxury space for more than 25 years, from the launch of the Michelin Guide in the US to CMO roles at Viceroy Hotel Group and Canyon Ranch before landing his current role. ThinkFoodGroup is the restaurant group started by Jose Andres including concepts like Minibar, Beefsteak, Bazaar and many others. Enjoy! This is the first of a series of interviews recorded at the Restaurant Technology...

Duration:00:20:21

Episode 30 - La Madeleine - John Cahill

10/5/2017
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This is a conversation with the President & COO of La Madeleine, John Cahill. La Madeleine was opened in the heart of Dallas in 1983 by a Frenchmen who missed the tastes of his hometown. Since then, they’ve grown to 80 locations with many more to come as they’ve evolved towards a franchise model. Tastemakers will be recording a live podcast at CohnReznick’s Restaurant Technology Summit with Jon Carter, Head of Digital at Snap Kitchen. The event features speakers like Josh Patchus from...

Duration:00:20:12

Episode 29 - Technomic - Darren Tristano

9/28/2017
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This is a conversation with the Chief Insights Officer at Technomic, Darren Tristano. Technomic is an insights company in foodservice and retail that handles industry research, menu and consumer trends, volumetrics and more. We chatted about some of the bigger trends happening in the restaurant industry at the Restaurant Leadership conference last April. Tastemakers will be live at CohnReznick’s Restaurant Technology Summit, which features speakers like Josh Patchus from Cava Grill and...

Duration:00:29:30

Episode 28 - Sense360 - Eli Portnoy

9/19/2017
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This is a conversation with the founder and CEO of Sense360, Eli Portnoy. Sense360 uses mobile sensors built into smartphones to understand a user’s location and activity and combines that with attitudinal data to explain the “why, what, and how.” Their clients include companies like Chipotle and Firehouse Subs amongst many others, He also founded ThinkNear, a pioneer in using location data to target advertising. Tastemakers will be live at CohnReznick’s Restaurant Technology Summit,...

Duration:00:44:06

Episode 27 - Pollo Campero - Tim Pulido

9/14/2017
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This is a conversation with the CEO of Pollo Campero, Tim Pulido. Tim has had a massive career in the food business with roles including SVP of Marketing for Pizza Hut, Global New Concept Development Officer at McDonalds, President and COO of Pick Up Stix, President & CEO of Shakey’s, President and Chief Concept Officer of Mimi’s Cafe, and the board of Technomic. Tim has led Pollo Campero, an iconic South American chicken chain, to 5 consecutive years of growth. Enjoy!

Duration:00:34:39

Episode 26 - Slim Chickens - Tom Gordon

9/5/2017
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This is a conversation with the co-founder of Slim Chickens, Tom Gordon. Slim Chickens just zoomed past 60 locations on their way to 600 planned in the next decade, including their first international location which opened this year. Last year, they were ranked number 6 in Restaurant Business’s Future 50 and CNBC called them one of 6 hot franchise restaurants to watch. Enjoy!

Duration:00:21:33

Episode 25 - Cava Grill - Josh Patchus

8/9/2017
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This is a conversation with Josh Patchus, the Chief Data Scientist and Director of Technology for Cava Grill. Cava is one of the hottest restaurant startups in the US, with 90 million in investor funding, 30+ restaurants open, many more in the pipeline, and a growing prepared foods business as well. Enjoy!

Duration:00:33:25

Episode 24 - Tony Packo's - Jimmy Harmon

7/27/2017
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This is a conversation with Jimmy Harmon. Jimmy worked his way up from a team member at Taco Bell to running multiple units for the corporate team. He spent 11 years at Arby’s on both the franchise and corporate side. Most recently, he became the CEO of Bennett Management, a large Burger King franchisee and owner of the famous Tony Packo’s restaurant. They are now charting much bigger future for this legendary chain. Enjoy!

Duration:00:33:19

Episode 23 - Orderscape - Michael L Atkinson

7/18/2017
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This is a conversation with Michael L Atkinson. Michael made a career of working on big restaurant and technology deals as an investment banker. In 2007, he launched FohBoh which became a leading social media company serving the food service industry, including a membership group of over 100,000. Last year, he founded Orderscape, a new conversational commerce platform that connects restaurants to customers through voice and chat. Enjoy!

Duration:00:35:04

Episode 22 - Chi'Lantro - Jae Kim

7/10/2017
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This is a conversation with Jae Kim, the founder of Chi'Lantro. Jae opened his first food truck serving Korean BBQ inspired food in 2010 when he was 26. Since then, they’ve grown to brick and mortar locations and food trucks all over Austin and are currently expanding to new cities in Texas. Last year, Jae appeared on Shark Tank and got a deal with Barbara Corcoran. Chi'Lantro is also the original maker of Kimchi fries. Enjoy!

Duration:00:28:11

Episode 21 - Heartland Commerce - Christopher Sebes

6/26/2017
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This is a conversation with Christopher Sebes. Christopher had a massive career in hotels and restaurants before finding his way into restaurant technology. He is now the President of Heartland Commerce which is one of the largest restaurant POS providers with clients including Taco Bell, Arby’s and Jack in the Box. They’re about to launch their cloud-based, device agnostic point of sale system called Xenial. Enjoy!

Duration:00:27:04

Episode 20 - Huddle House - Michael Abt

5/22/2017
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This is a conversation with Michael Abt. Michael grew up on the franchise side of the business, working his way up through the ranks at the largest franchisee in the Arby’s system. He then went to the corporate side at Arby’s as the SVP of Operations before taking on the CEO role at Huddle House, a 400 or so restaurant chain that focuses on making ‘Any meal, Any time.’ Enjoy!

Duration:00:25:28

Episode 19 - WhatsBusy - Jordan Thaeler

5/16/2017
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This is a conversation with Jordan Thaeler. Jordan is the co-founder of WhatsBusy, a data science company for restaurants and retailers that he launched in 2011. I met Jordan through a site he created called Reforming Retail. It’s one of the most thought-provoking sites on the restaurant industry. It also pulls no punches, and neither does Jordan in this interview. Enjoy!

Duration:00:33:52

Episode 18 - Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt - Geoff Goodman

5/8/2017
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This is a conversation with Geoff Goodman. Geoff has been in the cravings business for nearly 20 years, including leadership roles at Bruster’s Ice Cream, Rita’s Italian Ice and Cici’s Pizza. He is now the President of Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt. They have about 300 locations and are now developing new brand concepts including Purpose Snackery, Eote coffee and Crazy Doughs Pizza. This episode was recorded at the Restaurant Leadership Conference. Enjoy!

Duration:00:37:12

Episode 17 - Fishbowl - Mike Lukianoff

5/5/2017
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This is a conversation with Mike Lukianoff. Mike founded Czar Metrics in 2009, which focused on analytics for restaurants and retailers. In 2015, the company joined forces with Fishbowl. Mike now leads their analytics practice. Fishbowl now serves over 65,000 restaurant locations. This episode was recorded at the Restaurant Leadership Conference. Enjoy!

Duration:00:25:19

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