The Restaurant Innovator is a podcast from the editors of FSR magazine—the leading publication for full-service restaurants—that dives into the world of running restaurants and explores the latest trends, strategies, and technologies being used by today's NextGen operators. Each episode features insightful conversations with trailblazing restaurateurs who are leading the charge in creating new and memorable experiences. From cutting-edge menu design and front-of-house operations to back-of-house efficiencies and sustainability initiatives, The Restaurant Innovator offers listeners a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to stay ahead of the curve in an ever-evolving industry. Whether you're a seasoned operator or just getting started in the business, this podcast is a must-listen for anyone looking to stay on top of the latest trends and best practices.
Bringing Korean Cuisine to the Masses, ft. Dae Gee’s Joe Kim
Joe Kim, founder of Dae Gee Korean BBQ, joins FSR editors Callie Evergreen and Sam Danley for a behind-the-scenes look at the strategic maneuvers fueling the emerging franchise’s ascent. He shares insights on the rising popularity of Korean culture, scaling the business, navigating international expansion, and more.
Mastering Menu Development, ft. Craveworthy’s Becca McIntyre
Becca McIntyre of Craveworthy Brands joins FSR editors Callie Evergreen and Sam Danley to dish on culinary innovation at the fast-growing restaurant group. She dives into the intricacies of spearheading menu development for an expanding array of concepts and shares strategies for optimizing offerings across channels, staying ahead of evolving consumer preferences, and balancing the need for quality ingredients with cost-effectiveness in the supply chain.
The Dish on 2024’s Foodservice Trends, Feat. Stephanie Lind
Elohi Strategic Advisors’ Stephanie Lind joins FSR editors Callie Evergreen and Sam Danley to give listeners a peek into consumers’ decision-making. She breaks down ESA’s proprietary Diet Drivers research and shares her predictions for the year’s top food and beverage trends.
Bringing a French Fine-Dining Approach to Fast-Casual Franchising, Ft. Chef Gregoire Jacquet
Chef Gregoire Jacquet joins FSR editors Callie Evergreen and Sam Danley on The Restaurant Innovator to share how his eponymous “fine-fast-casual” restaurant is tackling franchising.
From Brewery to Brasserie, Ft. Southerleigh's Jerome Serot
Jerome Serot, co-founder of Southerleigh Hospitality Group, joins FSR editors Callie Evergreen and Sam Danley on The Restaurant Innovator to share how SHG’s restaurants have anchored San Antonio’s recent explosion of elevated, experimental dining and helped redefine the city from a Tex-Mex mecca to a dynamic, diverse food city.
Emshika Alberini on Building A Family Legacy Through Food
Former “Chopped” contestant Emshika Alberini grew up in Bangkok before moving and making her mark on New Hampshire’s dining scene by opening Chang Thai Cafe with a credit card and a dream. Emshika shares how she went from serving 10 guests on opening night to running one of the state’s most celebrated restaurants.
Really interesting listen, looking forward to hearing more