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Hospitality industry veterans, Max Trujillo and Matthew Weiss, get behind the scenes of North Carolina's burgeoning food and beverage culture. Hear from local chefs, Sommelier's, distillers, farmers, brewers and the whole lot of them in the NC F&B podcast.

NC F&B Podcast North Carolina Food & Beverage

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    • 4.6 • 105 Ratings

Hospitality industry veterans, Max Trujillo and Matthew Weiss, get behind the scenes of North Carolina's burgeoning food and beverage culture. Hear from local chefs, Sommelier's, distillers, farmers, brewers and the whole lot of them in the NC F&B podcast.

    Life, Loss, and Love: The Journey of Chef Dan Jackson

    Life, Loss, and Love: The Journey of Chef Dan Jackson

    Chef Dan Jackson of Osteria Georgi shares his journey in the restaurant industry and coping with his wife Stephanie's passing. He also discusses his time at Eleven Madison Park, meeting his wife there, and eventually opening his restaurant in Chapel Hill. The episode also touches on managing a restaurant while raising three children, and how tragedy gave him an interesting perspective on life. The hosts, Max Trujillo and Matthew Weiss, along with Chef Dan, engage in an in-depth conversation about the realities of running a restaurant and offer some insightful anecdotes about their experiences in the industry.
     02:54 Meet the Hosts: Max Trujillo and Matthew Weiss
    03:02 Guest Introduction: Chef Dan Jackson of Osteria Georgi 04:25 Behind the Scenes of a Restaurant on Valentine's Day 
    07:21 The Journey of Chef Dan Jackson 
    09:21 The Challenges and Triumphs of Running a Restaurant 19:06 Remembering Stephanie Jackson
    34:37 The Hiring Philosophy of USHG
    35:06 The 51% Rule and Its Impact
    35:51 The Stephanie Jackson's 100% Award
    36:56 Returning to New York and Joining Union Square Events 37:55 The Challenges and Triumphs of Catering
    40:17 Becoming Parents and Navigating Career Changes
    41:32 Facing a Devastating Diagnosis
    42:10 The Journey of Grief and Resilience
    45:57 Looking Ahead: Future Plans and Reflections
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Changing the Food System & Regenerative Farming With Hickory Nut Gap Farm'

    Changing the Food System & Regenerative Farming With Hickory Nut Gap Farm'

    Jamie Ager builds community through agriculture as a fourth-generation farmer from Hickory Nut Gap Farm.
    We go deep into Hickory Nut Gap's dedicated drive towards regenerative farming and ethical treatment of animals to produce high-quality foods. We shed light on farming's significant role in climate change, highlighting the importance of diversified farming methods in transforming the food system.
    The conversation also encourages listeners to appreciate the contributions made by local ranchers, farmers, and growers within the food and beverage industry.
     
    Further, this episode suggests exploring the topic of regenerative farming more with Jamie Ager and refers to the episode Stop Plowing and Save the World With Regenerative Agriculture with Dr. Allen Williams here
     
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    00:05 Introduction to the North Carolina Food and Beverage Podcast
    00:48 The Hosts' Passion for Ethically Raised Animals and Regenerative Farming
    01:02 Guest Introduction: Jamie Ager from Hickory Nut Gap Farm
    02:27 The History and Evolution of Hickory Nut Gap Farm
    07:08 The Impact of Education and Sustainable Agriculture on Farming Practices
    15:29 The Challenges and Rewards of Grass Fed Beef Production
    26:47 The Role of Regenerative Farming in Addressing Climate Change
    29:15 The Vision of Hickory Nut Gap: A Community Partner Model
    30:26 Stakeholder Capitalism and the Food System
    30:49 The Paradox of Success in Capitalism
    31:22 The Impact of Capitalism on Sales
    33:39 The Role of Big Corporations in the Food Industry
    34:44 The Importance of Local Food Sources
    37:44 The Challenges of the Meat Business
    38:16 The Importance of Education in Changing Food Systems
    38:41 The Need for Paradigm Shifts in the Food Industry
    43:14 The Impact of Amazon's Acquisition of Whole Foods
    50:07 The Challenges and Opportunities of Grass-Fed Beef
    52:45 The Future of Regenerative Farming
    57:08 The Role of Processing Plants in the Meat Industry
    59:34 The Potential of Grass-Fed Beef in the Food Industry
    01:04:25 Conclusion: The Need for Change in the Food System
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Take Notice Preeti Waas A Rising Force In The Culinary World

    Take Notice Preeti Waas A Rising Force In The Culinary World

    It's the return of the 2021 Person of the Year, 2-time James Beard Nominee, and owner of Cheeni Indian Food Emporium: Preeti Waas. We discuss the benefits of getting nominated with the James Beard Foundation and how it positively affected her business. Also how Indian food is top of mind in the food industry. Get insights on how to expand your restaurant, and your influence on the industry. There's a lot to unpack in this episode, so let's get started.
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    • 56 min
    Tina's Vodka is David to the Goliath of the Liquor World

    Tina's Vodka is David to the Goliath of the Liquor World

    Listen in today to hear how Tina Karras, the owner of Tina's Vodka, uses her skills as a musician, a bartender, beverage purchaser and her own savvy to battle it out in the heavily saturated market of the Vodka industry. Her organic, gluten-free and non GMO vodka hit the market recently and is coming to a liquor store near you very soon. Check out her latest album on Spotify here:https://open.spotify.com/artist/0p5hbQMWIIXDWYQvVUCZqU?si=962dsThVR0mpGj1m6dYYIA
     
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    • 59 min
    MasterChef Junior's Emerson Pauley Shares His Culinary Journey

    MasterChef Junior's Emerson Pauley Shares His Culinary Journey

    MasterChef Junior star, Emerson Pauley joins the show to discuss his epic rise to fame on the cooking show, his experiences working with Gordon Ramsay, and his future plans as an aspiring actor, comedian, and cook. From sharing his savory cooking secrets to showcasing his skills as a stand-up comedian, Emerson paints a bright picture of what it means to be part of Gen-Alpha. Our young guest also delights us by bringing in his own baked delights that include blueberry donuts and meatball sliders.
     
    02:42 Emerson's Journey into Cooking
    05:28 Emerson's Audition for MasterChef Junior
    08:07 Emerson's Experience on MasterChef Junior
    14:12 Emerson's Donut Surprise
    16:26 Emerson's Experience on Set
    23:09 Emerson's Cooking Challenge on the Show
    25:53 Fast Food Fiasco: A KFC Story
    26:19 The Art of Pie Making: A Savory Tale
    26:57 The Secret Recipe: A Grandfather's Legacy
    27:56 The Unexpected Chef: Cooking at Home
    28:47 The Future Star: Exploring Career Options
    29:08 The Standup Comedian: A Glimpse into Comedy
    31:42 The Sports Fan: A Discussion on Football
    33:21 The Super Bowl Party: Planning the Perfect Menu
    40:01 The Aspiring Restaurateur: Dreaming of a Unique Restaurant
    43:44 The Future Plans: What's Next for Emerson
     
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    • 46 min
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    Freestylin' with Chef Diaz of Little Bull in Durham [VIDEO]

    Freestylin' with Chef Diaz of Little Bull in Durham [VIDEO]

    Two-time James Beard nominee, Chef Oscar Diaz of Little Bull in Durham, NC Joins Matt on this weeks pod. Tune in to learn insights about his unique 'Pocho Cuisine' and future restaurant ventures. Our security-turned-chef guest introduces us to his latest endeavor of transforming airport food culture with his Mexican restaurant. He draws from his experiences as a former airport security worker while discussing his west coast-style business, plans for a taqueria, coffee shop, and potential cocktail bar. The conversation concludes with a creative spin as he reveals plans to incorporate freestyle rap into his new menus. Tune in to discover their journeys, inspirations, challenges, and exciting upcoming projects in the food industry.
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    Enjoy Duke's Mayo - It's Got Twang!

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
105 Ratings

105 Ratings

WolfpackRx ,

Every episode makes me want to go eat there

Max and Matt do a wonderful job of showcasing all the food and restaurant talent in NC. The podcast is very well done, too, great production

Thom Forke ,

Just What I Have Been Missing

I moved to the triangle from LA a couple years ago where I was really connected to the food industry and have really struggled to find that here in NC. This show gives me a sense of what I’ve been missing in how they talk inside baseball about the industry, weave connections between current and former guests, and dig deep into the stories of why people do what they do. It’s like having a local version of my favorite NPR show Good Food.

BenjaCol ,

Supporting F&B Employees

Thankful. As this pod continued to grow, I saw an even greater emphasis on the people of F&B in NC. Showcasing small businesses, entrepreneurs, producers, creators, servers, bars and restaurants means not just throwing love at venues but throwing respect and care for the people in the industry- from servers, bussers, barkeeps, BOH, farmers, product entrepreneurs, etc. Let’s keep the conversations going and building greater equity, living wage pay, small business and community support ! Well done y’all!

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