11 episodes

Dana Delivers by Aprio features conversations with prominent owners, operators and innovators in the restaurant industry to help you grow your business and think about what’s next.

Dana Delivers by Aprio Dana Zukofsky

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Dana Delivers by Aprio features conversations with prominent owners, operators and innovators in the restaurant industry to help you grow your business and think about what’s next.

    How Donte Cleaves Achieved His Dreams

    How Donte Cleaves Achieved His Dreams

    On this episode of Dana Delivers, Atlanta-based McDonald’s franchise owner and rising star Donte Cleaves stops by to share his inspirational story. He tells Dana about his childhood dream of owning a McDonald’s (and a Chuck E. Cheese!), and how he made that dream a reality thanks to his family, his faith and his indomitable spirit. As a successful multiunit owner/operator, Donte believes it’s now his turn to support kids in his community and give them the confidence to make their own dreams come true.

    • 17 min
    Making Technology Tasty

    Making Technology Tasty

    On today’s episode of Dana Delivers, Dana sits down with longtime friend and restaurant technology expert Bill Linsey. Bill tells Dana a bit about his experiences, how the restaurant industry could benefit from technology and how his newest venture COGS-Well’s comprehensive recipe and inventory management system is poised to stir up the way restaurants do business. Hospitality has lagged a little behind other industries when it comes to adopting new technologies, but that won’t be the case for much longer if Bill has his way. 

    • 14 min
    From Bitters to Suites

    From Bitters to Suites

    On this episode of Dana Delivers, Dana is joined by Christa Cotton, the Georgia-born CEO of the cocktail brand El Guapo. Christa shares a bit of her journey from advertising to Top Chef to entrepreneurship, and how she’s turned El Guapo from a local trademark to a national sensation in just a few years. But don’t think it was all smooth sailing – Christa explains how the pandemic destroyed her big break with Costco and almost ended it all. Tune in to hear more about how this self-described mom-first and entrepreneur-second queen of home cocktails built her empire.

    • 14 min
    The Recipe for a Better Employee Experience

    The Recipe for a Better Employee Experience

    In this episode Dana is joined by Kutina Ruhumbika, Chief People Officer at Levain Bakery, who specializes in inclusion, diversity and advocating for taking care of employees at every level. Kutina shares a bit of her story and how everything from her experience as an immigrant from Tanzania to the lessons she learned from her mentor have informed her approach to human resource management. She tells Dana a bit about how her philosophy makes employees feel valued, empowered and supported, and how that support translates into increased productivity, better morale and lower turnover.

    • 15 min
    How Tal Baum Became the Architect of Her Own Success

    How Tal Baum Became the Architect of Her Own Success

    On this episode of Dana Delivers, Dana is joined by Tal Baum, the founder and head of the Atlanta-based Oliva Restaurant Group. Tal shares a bit about her journey, what inspired her move from architecture to hospitality, and how her drive to prove the naysayers wrong gave her the push she needed to build a single restaurant into a brand portfolio that includes some of the best restaurants in Atlanta. She and Dana talk about surviving the pandemic, developing her brand, and finding time to be a boss, a mom, and a visionary.  

    • 14 min
    Dining with Gratitude

    Dining with Gratitude

    Travel Channel alum Andrew Zimmern and actress Jamie Hyder join Dana on today’s episode to talk about how we can all help food service workers in need. The two stars tell Dana about the Giving Kitchen, a James Beard award-winning nonprofit that’s close to their hearts, and how we can all help food service workers in need through the Giving Kitchen’s Dining with Gratitude program. They go on to explain how important restaurant workers are to the economy, how vulnerable they are to crises, and how Dining with Gratitude gives everyone an opportunity to provide the support they need.  

    • 18 min

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