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Edwin’s Restaurant Reforms Ex-Inmates in Oscar-Nominated Knife Skills

Brandon Chrostowski was given a second chance at life when he faced a judge after having a run in with the law. Rather than taking it for what it was, Brandon was determined to provide the same chance to others, so he created Edwin’s, a restaurant staffed entirely by formerly incarcerated adults. Filmmaker Thomas Lennon follows him and his students on their mission to build the greatest French restaurant in the United States, creating Oscar Nominated “Knife Skills.”


15 How to Be An Effective Leader in an Evolving Industry

On this episode of The Barron Report, we get to talk leadership with business and management coach, Rudy Miick! Great leadership is a building block in all businesses, but especially in an “industry of pennies” like the restaurant industry. Listen in to hear Paul and Rudy discuss the issues restaurants are facing today and how a great leader can guide their team to success.


Brand of the Year Shake Shack Shares Secrets to Growth

On this episode of The Barron Report, Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti joins host Paul Barron to analyze Shake Shack's growth over the past few years and what has made them stand out. As a brand that has resonated with its audience, Garutti explains that their mindset of providing the best experience possible has done more for them than focusing on a growth strategy. In addition to authenticity, Garutti cites their employees and hiring processes as a couple ways they create the best customer...


13 Meet Hippeas: A Puff With a Purpose

On this episode of The Barron Report, Paul talks to consumer entrepreneur and CEO of Hippeas, Livio Bisterzo about the future of consumer packaged goods. In the midst of creating a better “puff”, Hippeas has set out to change the landscape of consumer packaged goods from flavor to supply chain. Hippeas are entirely organic, gluten-free, non-GMO and vegan and support the charity organization Farm Africa. They are pushing the industry to think “how can I do this better?” Listen along with...


Correcting Company Culture to Address Sexual Harassment

Human Resources Guru Carrie Luxem prevents sexual harassment within restaurants using training and company culture Sexual Harassment allegations about Chefs John Besh and Todd English have the industry concerned On this episode of The Barron Report, we talk to Human Resources Guru, Carrie Luxem about how your company can better manage your team in the wake of the recent sexual harassment claims. Numerous industries have been shaken by sexual harassment allegations and the restaurant...


11 Avoid the Hangover with Georgos' Healthier (Nu) Greek Wine

On this episode of The Barron Report, we talk to a winemaker focused on making a "better-for-you" wine. Native to Greece, Georgos Zanganas had a rude awakening when he had a couple glasses of wine leaving him with a terrible headache. Realizing what made Greek wine special, Georgos set out to bring Greek wine to America. With only non-GMO grapes and low sulfites, Georgos wines are said to be healthier. Show Notes 1:02 - The Beginning 2:07 - Where are the Greek Wines? 3:31 - Making Georgos...


10 Authenticity Helps Finnish Craft Vodka Break into American Market

On this episode of The Barron Report, we learn how Finnish craft vodka brand Koskenkorva is gaining traction in the United States. Marketing Director for father company Altia, Suvi Reinikkala, outlines the brands authentic nature and how that feature fits in so well in American culture today. Listen to the episode!


09 OlO Shuts Down Tablet Farms, Optimizes Delivery

On this episode of The Barron Report, Olo’s Noah Glass illustrates the future of delivery and online ordering. He advises legacy restaurants to start re-thinking their operations and restaurant design in response to changing consumer dining habits. Glass also outlines Olo’s new partnership with Amazon. Show Notes 1:18 - Noah Glass, Olo 3:38 - Customers using Smartphones as Real-Life Remote Controls 5:02 - Foodable Labs: Data showing decline in restaurant visits 5:57 - Millennials’ Role as...


08 Pythagoras Pizza's Cryptocurrency May Change Franchising as We Know It

On this episode of The Barron Report, Evan Kuo, CEO of Pythagoras Pizza, teaches us about his new cryptocurrency proposal. Where many companies turn to stock options, Kuo has proposed a Bitcoin-like system in which chefs, delivery drivers, and even customers can rack up “fragments,” which are essentially small stake ownership in the company. Though fragment-holders have no say in the company’s business, the fragments have value based in the monthly revenue, and those fragments are fully...


07 Generation Z, blazes a new trail for the future of business

On this episode of The Barron Report, Host Paul Barron discusses with author and speaker David Stillman on how Generation Z (73 million strong) is the emerging worker and consumer base. The truth is most people are not talking about Gen Z, but it's time to start paying attention and listening to this group. As David Stillman says, "This really is one of the first times in history, in the generational conversation, where the younger generation is the authority figure..." Listen to the...


06 Foodable Labs Predicts Amazon Will Eat Up Restaurant Market Share

On this episode of The Barron Report, Host Paul Barron crunches the numbers to predict how Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods will impact the industry. Using data from Foodable Labs, we get an inside look at Amazon’s current state and its customers. Using that data along with other insights about Blue Apron and consumer trends, Barron paints a picture of what we can expect to see in 2020.. and it’s not pretty.


05 Meet the Innovator Behind the Next Big Lifestyle Brand

On this episode of The Barron Report, Paul chats with CEO Justin Rosenberg about how he has created a brand that is more than just a place to eat. Rosenberg likes to play guitar and surf so for him, it was just a natural progression for those hobbies to play a role in his business. With the incorporation of an athletic club and virtual reality employee training, honeygrow creates authentic connections with both its customers and its employees.


04 Good Food For All

On this episode of The Barron Report, Sara Brito of the Good Food 100 chats with Foodable host Paul about the Good Food Movement and how it's making an impact on the industry. As a 20-year food and media industry veteran, Brito has a unique perspective on the evolution of "good food." She points out how the industry is evolving for the better and that changing consumer demands and the recent Amazon-Whole Foods acquisition mean good things for the industry.


03 Future Food: Green is the New Black

Sam Kass, former White House chef for the Obama Family joins host Paul to continue our conversation on "future food." As a venture capitalist and the Founder of Trove Worldwide, Sam talks to Paul about how food companies are responding to not only food trends, but also environmental trends.


02 Future Food: The Plant Based Diet

Show host Paul talks to Helena Bottemiller Evich, senior food and agriculture reporter for "POLITICO" about the future of food. The two discuss current food trends revolving around improving nutrition and lessening the environmental impact while addressing Tyson’s new venture capital fund and other companies making a difference like Seed 2 Growth and Beyond Meat. Show Notes 1:19 - 5:14 - Tyson Launches New Venture Capital Fund 6:32 - 5% Stake in Beyond Meat 6:33 - Beyond Meat...


01 The Barron Report

Welcome to episode 1 of The Barron Report, your go-to podcast for high-level insights into the restaurant and hospitality industry. Our well-seasoned host, Paul Barron, has 25 years of industry experience. He’s predicted major trends and coined the term "fast-casual." On this podcast, Paul connects with other industry leaders to discuss the restaurant and hospitality business, predict trends, and read between the lines to get a clearer view of the industry.