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Each week restaurant veteran Eric Levine takes an irreverent yet brutally honest look at the social, sexual, financial and political issues facing the trillion-dollar restaurant industry in the United States. Having begun his career busing tables in local delis and diners in his native Brooklyn, and working his way up to becoming Director of an NYC based restaurant company with 2000 employees, Levine is uniquely positioned to bring you the ins and outs of the industry which employs nearly 20% of the US population. Some weeks Levine serves up a no-holds-barred monologue while others he’s joined in the studio by servers, managers, and working stiffs for provocative and blunt conversation.

Tip Not Included Eric Levine - Restaurateur

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 46 Ratings

Each week restaurant veteran Eric Levine takes an irreverent yet brutally honest look at the social, sexual, financial and political issues facing the trillion-dollar restaurant industry in the United States. Having begun his career busing tables in local delis and diners in his native Brooklyn, and working his way up to becoming Director of an NYC based restaurant company with 2000 employees, Levine is uniquely positioned to bring you the ins and outs of the industry which employs nearly 20% of the US population. Some weeks Levine serves up a no-holds-barred monologue while others he’s joined in the studio by servers, managers, and working stiffs for provocative and blunt conversation.

    “Mikey Likes It Ice Cream” Founder – Mikey Cole

    “Mikey Likes It Ice Cream” Founder – Mikey Cole

    Imagine you're cleaning up your ice cream shop and in walk in two Secret Service men to surveil the joint. The year is 2015 and Hillary Clinton is running for President. The former Secretary of State is known to be a chocolate ice cream lover and heard about your establishment. She does in fact show up and not only orders ice cream for herself, but picks up the tab for other patrons, too.
    This scene really happened to Mikey Cole, the founder of Mikey Likes It Ice Cream, the world’s first pop culture inspired ultra-premium ice cream brand. With three NYC locations (East Village, Harlem and Midtown), it’s where homemade, artisan and all-natural ice creams are created.
    Hear this tale and more, on the latest episode of Tip Not Included as the irreverent Eric Levine is back behind the mic after too-long of an absence and welcomes, Mikey as his first post-Covid guest.
    Mikey relays that memorable meeting with HRC (where among other topics they spoke about prison reform) plus, recalls how he found his calling in making ice cream when he realized how it helped him get through a particularly difficult chapter in his life. He knew that if the cathartic effects of ice cream making could help him, it could surely help others. And thereafter Mikey Likes It Ice Cream was born.
    With his traditional milkman white uniform – accented with royal blue in a nod to NYC sports teams – Mikey believes that with all its ups and downs, life is like a roller coaster. And for Mikey, the important thing is, you don’t get off.
    Before his chat with Mikey begins, Eric does what Eric does best. He gives his opinion. This time, he goes back to the show’s roots and questions why a server would not be able to tip a cook or a dishwasher after walking home with $350 a night, with others making minimum wage, while the dishwasher is wearing a black garbage bag over his head like a uniform. Do you know why? Would you like to weigh in? If so, reach out to Eric on Instagram: @tipnotincludedpodcast or Twitter: @tipnotincl or Email: eric@tipnotincluded.com.
    You can follow Mikey on Facebook & Instagram: @mikeylikesiticecream and on Twitter: @mikeylikesitny. Visit: mikeylikesiticecream.com

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

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“ Only Convicts And Servers Make Below Min Wage” Preach Eric Preach

The Truth Will Set You Free After You Listen

Silverwolf801 ,

True to it’s name

This podcast is so gritty and true to people who work in the service industry. It doesn’t try and hide the intricacies of the people and the people who cater to them. It just puts everything clear as day on the table.

yeetes calletus ,

Tipnotincluded

I love this Podcast! Eric Levine brings humor and reality checks we never knew we needed. The topics are so thought provoking and relevant. He shines a light about life’s inequalities and points out how human nature plays a role in how we treat people though stories from the restaurant Industry and polices of the law. Eric is not only a great interviewer but his voice and intonation are extremely engaging. His humor and take on these issues are priceless. Some risqué, as attention to important issues are discussed. I look forward to his chosen topics weekly and recommended all take a listen. You will be surprised how thought provoking it is.

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