The Tastemakers podcast is a behind the scenes look at the marketing of food and restaurants. We’re talking to people in the business of selling food including founders, marketers, chefs, investors, technologists and data analysts to find out how they do their part creating experiences that their customers love. We're brought to you by Plein Air, the agency that helps brands grow through connected, shareable and useful customer experiences.
Mimi's Bistro & Bakery - Tiffany McClain
This is a conversation with Tiffany McClain. She is the head of marketing for Mimi’s Cafe, which is now Mimi’s Bistro & Bakery. Previously, she held senior leadership roles with Fridays, Texas de Brazil, Which Wich, and Boston’s Restaurant and Sports Bar. Enjoy!
Original ChopShop & bellagreen - Jason Morgan
This is a conversation with Jason Morgan. He is the CEO of bellagreen and Original Chopshop and a board member for Newk’s Eatery. He joined the restaurant industry in 2008 when he became the CFO of Zoe’s Kitchen when the brand had only 20 units, then helped lead it all the way to IPO. This episode was recorded at the Restaurant Leadership Conference last April. Enjoy!
Culver's - Joe Koss
This is a conversation with Joe Koss, the President & CEO of Culver’s. Joe started at Culver’s as Controller in 1997 before getting elevated to CFO just 3 years later. In 2017, he took the helm as CEO. Culver’s is one of the fastest-growing restaurant brands in the US, now with nearly 700 locations and $1.5B in sales. This episode was recorded at the Restaurant Leadership Conference last April. Enjoy!
Hooters - Jim Parrish
This is a conversation with the great Jim Parrish. Over his career, Jim has been the COO of Hooters, Friendly’s Ice Cream, and Church’s Chicken. This episode was recorded at the Restaurant Leadership Conference last April. Enjoy!
Front Burner Restaurants - Jack Gibbons
This is a conversation with Jack Gibbons, the President and COO of Front Burner Restaurants. They are the minds behind brands like Twin Peaks, Velvet Taco, Whiskey Cake, Ida Claire, Mexican Sugar, the Ranch, Sixty Vines, Legacy Food Hall and more. This episode was recorded at the Restaurant Leadership Conference last April. Enjoy!
True Food Kitchen - Christine Barone
This is a conversation with Christine Barone, the CEO of True Food Kitchen. Christine started her career in investment banking before making her way into the food business. She spent nearly 6 years with Starbucks with roles including VP, Global Strategy, VP, Food, VP, Handcrafted Coffee, and SVP of food, evenings and licensed stores. True Food Kitchen has nearly 30 locations across the US, with another 9 opening by next spring. This episode was recorded at the Restaurant Leadership Conference. Enjoy!
Intelligent and thought provoking!
This is a great podcast!
Good questions and even better access to thought leaders
This is wonderful! It's interesting and eye-opening hearing this side of the food/restaurant business. Great job!