On the Fly by tablehopper features a monthly interview addressing the monumental changes the food and beverage industry is experiencing in this age of the coronavirus pandemic. Your host is Marcia Gagliardi of tablehopper.com, speaking with San Francisco Bay Area chefs, restaurateurs, and other members of the hospitality industry—from the big names to the tiny neighborhood joints—as they struggle to adapt and survive. We'll listen to their stories: how are they pivoting, what’s working, and how we can help, along with inspiring stories of how the industry is trying to change, and rallying to feed many communities in need. Prospective guests for On the Fly can submit their story at bit.ly/ontheflyguest.
Charles Chen: Basuku Cheesecakes
Our final season episode is with Charles Chen of the wildly popular Basuku Cheesecakes, pretty much one of the hottest culinary items of the pandemic in the SF Bay Area. Read more info at bit.ly/ontheflypodcast.
Stuart Brioza: State Bird Provisions
Listen to chef-owner Stuart Brioza talk about the experience of opening their latest restaurant (The Anchovy Bar) during a pandemic, while trying to operate their other two acclaimed restaurants. You’ll also hear about his ingredient sourcing, creative process, and more.
Vinny Eng: SF New Deal
Our twentieth episode of On the Fly is with Vinny Eng, a community organizer and founding member of SF New Deal, and a well-known figure in the hospitality industry, who shares his heart-centered perspective on how we need to support our community, our restaurants, and the hospitality industry as a whole.
Reem Assil: Reem’s California
Chef-owner Reem Assil of Reem’s California talks about opening her Arab bakery during the pandemic, and her exploration of a worker-owned model moving forward. Find more info at bit.ly/ontheflypodcast.
Jesse Ziff Cool: Flea Street and the No-Tipping Model
Chef and restaurateur Jesse Cool talks about the new no-tipping compensation model for her Flea Street restaurant, on its 40th anniversary. Find more info at bit.ly/ontheflypodcast.
Gwyneth Borden: Bay Area Hospitality Coalition
This high-wattage interview with Gwyneth Borden of Ground Floor Experiences and the Bay Area Hospitality Coalition offers a truly insider look at the San Francisco restaurant industry and how it intersects with policy, race, the pandemic, and what it’s going to need to survive and evolve. Find more info at bit.ly/ontheflypodcast.
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Thank you for bringing these necessary stories to light and for helping our industry. It really makes me smile to hear your voice twice a week - you are a natural! I love that you also give us actionable ways to help, so we can feel that we are doing a little something that matters to our community in these times. 💗
informative and uplifting
so good to hear these stories. thank you!
The lady with her finger on the pulse....
Marcia, thank you so much for all you are doing to support our dining community. As an industry vet and a concierge this cause is near and dear to my heart. Every time I listen I learn something new. Money is tight since I’ve been laid off, but I now feel better equipped to help where I can.