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The Garnish is the podcast for restaurant people. We’ll bring you stories and advice from restaurateurs, managers, chefs, and everyone else who powers the restaurant industry.

The Garnish: A Podcast for Restaurant People The Garnish

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    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

The Garnish is the podcast for restaurant people. We’ll bring you stories and advice from restaurateurs, managers, chefs, and everyone else who powers the restaurant industry.

    How Ming Tsai Gives Back to the Staff at Blue Dragon

    How Ming Tsai Gives Back to the Staff at Blue Dragon

    By providing health insurance and adding a 2% kitchen appreciation fee to each bill — and by saying "thank you" every day — Ming Tsai shows the staff of his restaurant that he cares.


    For more on Ming, check out our previous episode with him, Season 1, Episode 3, where he told us about his origins and how he went from mechanical engineering student to chef to allergy advocate. 


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    Our theme song is Leopard, from Filmstro.

    • 11 min
    Ashish Alfred on Sobriety, His 65 Staff Members, and the Guest Experience [S2E11]

    Ashish Alfred on Sobriety, His 65 Staff Members, and the Guest Experience [S2E11]

    Ashish Alfred is the chef-owner of three restaurants in the Baltimore area: Duck Duck Goose Baltimore, Duck Duck Goose Bethesda, and George’s Chophouse. He’s also over five years sober and extremely open about his lifelong struggle with mental health. 


    We chatted about sobriety in the industry, how he manages 65 staff members across three restaurants, how he strives for an outstanding guest experience, and what he’d advise a friend if they told him they were opening a restaurant.


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    Our theme song is Leopard, from Filmstro.

    • 14 min
    Renovating Restaurants [S2E10]

    Renovating Restaurants [S2E10]

    Today on The Garnish, we’re talking about restaurant renovations. We spoke to Dala Al-Fuwaires, a restaurant designer at FJI Design, about how to renovate a restaurant on a budget, and how to build your restaurant brand. Then, we also chatted with two restaurateurs — Alex Garcia and Steven Darwin —  who’ve recently built out new locations of their restaurants and have some lessons to share. 


    This episode is brought to you by Toast Capital, access to fast, flexible funding for restaurant owners and operators.


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    Our theme song is Leopard, from Filmstro.

    • 14 min
    [Staff Series #1] Irene Li Constantly Trains Her Staff, and They Stick Around

    [Staff Series #1] Irene Li Constantly Trains Her Staff, and They Stick Around

    Irene Li, the founder of Mei Mei in Boston, MA, incorporates constant training into the jobs at Mei Mei: staff learn the finances behind the restaurant thanks to open-book management, they run peer trainings on everything from herbs to pronouns, and they also get external trainings, like one on service for those with alzheimers and dementia. She invests in her staff by teaching them everything she knows, and encouraging them to teach each other, and it pays off — average employee tenure at Mei Mei is 2-3 years. 


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    Our theme song is Leopard, from Filmstro.

    • 20 min
    [Staff Series #2] How Ciro Fodera is Breaking Down the Front- and Back-of-House Divide

    [Staff Series #2] How Ciro Fodera is Breaking Down the Front- and Back-of-House Divide

    From the moment Ciro Fodera, chef de cuisine of Capo South Boston, joined the team as sous chef three years ago, he's been hell-bent on demolishing the front- and back-of-house divide, and on building a cohesive, happy team. Thanks to his efforts, he hasn’t had to replace a cook in over a year. 


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    Our theme song is Leopard, from Filmstro.

    • 18 min
    [Staff Series #3] Erin Wade on Creating a Safe, Inclusive Restaurant Work Environment (S2E2 Rebroadcast)

    [Staff Series #3] Erin Wade on Creating a Safe, Inclusive Restaurant Work Environment (S2E2 Rebroadcast)

    This episode is a rebroadcast of our February interview with Erin Wade, founder of Homeroom in Oakland, CA, interviewed by Allie Van Duyne and Tamara Portman. Wade got famous in the industry for how she and her staff created a system to deal with harassment, but Wade is also know for her  commitment to making Homeroom a truly diverse work environment: more than 70% of the company’s leaders are women and people of color.


    The audio sounds a little different in this episode because it’s from before we upgraded our audio equipment, but bear with us, because it’s an amazing conversation. 


    Heads up that this episode contains discussion of sexual harassment.


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    Our theme song is Leopard, from Filmstro.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

sore in smithville ,

Intelligent, fast-paced,informative and highly enjoyable! Don’t miss it.

It’s my new (to me) favorite!

JoshCrist ,

Entertaining and inspiring! 🍞☕

This is such an incredible podcast! If you've never listened to The Garnish before - I highly recommend jumping into their staff series because each of those conversations packs a powerful leadership lesson for anyone (not just restaurant people!). My favorite part of this show is how many different voices we get to hear from. So many empowering perspectives!

offical game tester ,

Really informative and educational. So great!

I love listening to the Garnish!

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