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Sweet'N Up with Jeff Spencer! The podcast Connecticut didn't know it needed! Join host Jeff Spencer as he dives into fun & meaningful conversations with anyone he can! Politicians, Musicians, CEO's, Chefs you name it! So stick around & SWEET'N UP!

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    • 4.7 • 14 Ratings

Sweet'N Up with Jeff Spencer! The podcast Connecticut didn't know it needed! Join host Jeff Spencer as he dives into fun & meaningful conversations with anyone he can! Politicians, Musicians, CEO's, Chefs you name it! So stick around & SWEET'N UP!

    Episode #47 with Johnny Kraszewski!!

    Episode #47 with Johnny Kraszewski!!

    Johnny Kraszewski is the Captain and Founder of Armada Brewing Company located in East Haven, Connecticut. It all began when a passion for craft beer and fantasy adventure stories collided on a kitchen stove top while founder John Kraszewski was living in Chicago, IL. Armed with a journal of beer recipes and an epic story to tell John moved back to his home state of Connecticut and launched Armada Brewing to the public in January 2017.
    Armada Brewing is a proud member of The Beeracks; a collaborative brew space in East Haven, Connecticut. Inside The Beeracks they pump out a legion of beers for all to enjoy.
    Visit armadabeer.com for more!

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    Episode #46 with Chef Jeff Taibe!!

    Episode #46 with Chef Jeff Taibe!!

    Jeff Taibe & Steph Sweeney are the owners of Taproot in Bethel, CT. Taibe previously served as the Executive Chef of Kawa Ni (Westport), a Japanese izakaya serving globally inspired small plates and ramen, and Oak and Almond (Norwalk), a New American restaurant featuring farm-to-table wood-fired fare.

    Prior to bringing his simple and seasonal cooking style to Connecticut’s burgeoning restaurant scene, Taibe earned his stripes all over the globe. His resume includes positions in Thailand, St. Pierre (Singapore), and Beaches (Turk & Caicos), as well stints at Abigail Kirsch and Union Square Cafe in his native New York.

    Jeff and I had such a fun conversation live in the Sweet N Up Podcast studio talking all things Taproot, the new menu, what its like cooking all over the globe, his culinary icons, learning about food and culture and so much more!


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    Episode #45 with Matt Stanczak!!

    Episode #45 with Matt Stanczak!!

    *Episode #45* (I said 44, oops! Lol) Matt Stanczak is a partner of GOOD OLD DAYS PIZZERIA AND COCKTAIL DEN that opened in December 2020 in the basement of Marygolds on Main here in Newtown, Ct. Pizza aficionados know him well as the former owner of Stanziato’s in Danbury, which he opened in 2009 and sold in 2015. 

    After selling his business in 2015 Stanczak worked as a consultant, but was intrigued by the potential of this new space in Newtown, CT. Good Old Days opened in late December, mere weeks ahead of Marygold’s. He serves “Thin and crispy” pizzas, which feed one or two guests and feature creative flavor profiles. On top of that he has square pies as well that are light and airy and I keep going back for more! 

    We had such a fun conversation, covering all things Pizza, his start in the industry, where this passion comes from, his culinary icons, and so much more! This is the ULTIMATE pizza lovers episode!


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    • 59 min
    Episode #44 with Katherine Hansen!!

    Episode #44 with Katherine Hansen!!

    Katherine Hansen is the owner of Newtown Salt Spa here in Newtown, Connecticut! Originally with a background in forensics and crime scene investigation, she changed paths when her husband relocated for his job. Katherine traveled with her mom often and one of their trips took them to Poland where they toured the Salt Mines. While there she noticed how much better she felt - from cleared sinuses to an overall better feeling throughout the body. She learned that people from all over Poland move closer in order to send their kids to a school that is located inside the mine to help with breathing issues such as allergies and asthma. She also learned that salt therapy, called Halo-therapy, has been used in Europe for hundreds of years and is still prescribed by doctors as a complement to modern medications. Together with the help and support of her family and friends Katherine built the Newtown Salt Spa salt brick by salt brick.

    Katherine and I had a great conversation, covering her background in forensics and crime scene investigation, opening the salt spa, traveling with her mom, her love for Newtown, what she enjoys doing in her free time, surviving COVID-19 shutdown and so much more.


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    • 57 min
    Episode #43 with Rob Scheer!!

    Episode #43 with Rob Scheer!!

    Rob Scheer is the founder of Comfort Cases and an outspoken advocate for youth in foster care. His interview with Upworthy went viral in February 2017 garnering more than 100 million views, and he was later featured on Ellen and The Today Show. He was given a trash bag to pack his belongings, as he entered his first foster home at the age of 12. When he aged out of the system at 18, he became homeless, and again packed up his belongings in a trash bag. Nearly 30 years later when he became a foster parent, his four children arrived at his home with trash bags. He was saddened that nothing had changed. In 2013, Rob’s family and their community founded Comfort Cases and set out on a mission to eliminate trash bags from the foster care system.

    Rob tells his story from the beginning until where he is today to give you the feel of what it was like being in his shoes. I asked him what we could do better with our foster care system, what it was like having his book published by Derek Jeter and Simon & Schuster, what hes taken away from his work at Comfort Cases, his passions in life and so much more!


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    Episode #42 with Erik Ofgang!!

    Episode #42 with Erik Ofgang!!

    Erik Ofgang is an award-winning writer, musician, and magician whose work has appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers throughout the country, including the Associated Press, the Hartford Courant and Connecticut Magazine, where he was a senior writer. His debut book, Buzzed: Beers, Booze & Coffee Brews, Where to Enjoy the Best Craft Beverages in New England, was released in 2016. He teaches writing and journalism as an adjunct professor at Western Connecticut State University.

    We had a fun conversation about Erik’s passion for writing, his writing process, teaching during COVID-19, his experience as a Senior Writer at Connecticut Magazine, writing & publishing a book with his father, & so much more!


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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Louis Shulman ,

Loved #36 With Andy!

Great episode with Andy! Keep up the great content.

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Great conversations!

I don’t normally like podcasts but this one is worth subscribing to!

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