Seat Yourself

Seat Yourself

Welcome to Dave Turner’s Seat Yourself podcast series. Seat Yourself delivers news and information from all over the world on the foodservice and hospitality tabletop industry. Dave is the globally known Chief Evangelist and Editor for TabletopJournal.com. A non-traditional journalist, Dave has spent nearly 30 years as a sales and marketing executive in the world of hospitality.... Show More

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October 19, 2020 10 min

This week, we offer up 7 quick steps on how to improve and elevate communications both internally and externally. In times of crisis such as COVID-19, communication becomes very critical to how organizations navigate their way through the turbulence. Both employees and customers want to know what a company or organization’s plans are, even as those plans are evolving. So, leaders need to be sure the correct message is being conveye...

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October 12, 2020 37 min

This week, cocktail & spirits guru Zander Lauritzen Hansen returns to continue the conversation about the psychology that glassware brings to the overall hospitality guest experience. This time, however, we dig deeper discussing specific spirits and drinks such as whisky and tiki-drinks. Then, Zander gives us his take on the psychological importance of glassware to the wine and beer guest.

We finish up with a lively discussion...

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October 6, 2020 30 min

This week, we sit with Seth Iadarola, the new Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing for THERMA-TEK and Dade Coolers. As a former hospitality tabletop sales executive, Seth talks about his time in the tabletop sector and how it prepared him for his current role. He also shares insights on why he is excited to bring his talents to his new organziation.

In segment two of this podcast, we ask Seth to share his take on the ...

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September 28, 2020 16 min

After receiving notes from a number of listeners wondering where we’ve been for 2 weeks and worrying about our team’s wellbeing, it made me think about who in our industry that I worry about. So, in this episode of Seat Yourself, I detail the three people I worry about and why. I also offer up a few suggestions for all three on how to deal with our current industry struggles.

And, for the record, both myself and our team are fine....

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September 7, 2020 37 min

This week, friend of the podcast & cocktail conversationalist Zander Lauritzen Hansen joins us again. This week our focus will not be specifically on cocktails, however. This week, we will turn attention to the glassware used in serving cocktails and why the glassware you choose for your cocktails matters so much.

Copenhagen-based and a global leader in the bartending scene, Zander will also cover current trends in both cocktai...

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August 31, 2020 15 min

This week, in our last Seat Yourself of August, we take on a couple of the key issues confronting many of us within the foodservice and hospitality industry around the world. There have been so many challenges from the COVID pandemic crisis – but none more deeply and with such long-lasting effect than that of the loss of #identity and #purpose for so many of us within our industry.

This week, we will attempt to put a bit of persp...

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This week, Seat Yourself friend Greg Kirrish joins us again - this time to discuss the notion that perhaps the comeback of the foodservice & hospitality industry may already be underway, but just not easily visible to everyone just yet. There’s some specific evidence that there just may be reasons for optimism….but as usual, our conversation doesn’t run from the realities of our current situation.

In the discussion, we also tal...

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This week, when our scheduled guest had an emergency and could not make it, we had an opportunity to test our agility and quickly pivot to re-write our planned podcast.

Keeping with our original idea of maintaining good mental health and the various support groups available to us during these trying times, we have tried to focus our attention on the needs of our colleagues within the global hospitality and foodservice industry. Pra...

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This week, in our latest Creative Spectrum episode, we sit with hospitality tabletop veteran Bob Thomson for a different kind of conversation. However, today’s conversation won’t be about tabletop and we think you may find a side of Bob that many are not likely aware of.

As you probably know by now, each of our conversations in our Creative Spectrum series are meant to influence, impact and inspire. As Bob describes his own “2nd Ch...

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In this week’s episode, we switch back to our focus on beverages – specifically, cocktails-to-go, except that this time we add in some great content on mocktails as Copenhagen’s Zander Lauritzen Hansen returns to Seat Yourself. Zander is CEO of Mixology International.

Additionally, Zander gives us his take on how restaurants and bars can take their sustainability efforts to the next level and a few reasons for doing so that you may...

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In this week’s episode of our new series The Creative Spectrum, we could not be more excited to sit with this week’s guest. In what might be our most anticipated interview to date, the very talented – and very creative - Jason Wange from Cal-Mil Products joins us.

Jason has recently started a new position as Sr. Director of Sales for the Western Region Sales for Cal-Mil and you may be wondering… “Why? "- in a series called “Th...

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In this week’s episode of our new series The Creative Spectrum, we are extremely excited to welcome designer-creator Yvette Craddock. Yvette is a designer-creator whose talents extend into many areas of design and creativity – whether they be when she designs spaces or experiences, or the products that Yvette designs. Based in America’s southwest region, Yvette’s projects  - and the positive influence generated by them – can be fel...

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In this next episode of our new series The Creative Spectrum, we are very excited to have Sahar Madanat join us. Sahar is Founder of Twelve° - a growing and award-winning multidisciplinary team of designers and engineers based in Amman, Jordan

Sahar has been working with both national and international clients for the past twenty years. And while Sahar is an industrial designer by her training – she is an entrepreneur and design ad...

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In the launch of our new series The Creative Spectrum we are very excited to have as our first guest London’s Maham Anjum.  A graduate of the Royal College of Art and Central St Martins, Maham’s creative dinnerware designs have been used extensively in the hospitality industry as well as creating ranges for international manufacturers.

Maham Anjum joins us to discuss what inspires and drives her creativity, along giving us a glimps...

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In this episode of our Seat Yourself podcast, we start with the exciting announcement of our new series The Creative Spectrum. As we look towards the future, we tell you the “why” behind this very exciting new series and the thought process behind its development.

This week’s episode of Seat Yourself also includes a timely commentary on how can use the current coronavirus situation to our advantage and become a stronger – and bette...

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In this episode of our Seat Yourself podcast, Zander Lauritzen Hansen returns for a deeper dive into the growing trend of Cocktails-To-Go. With specific topics such as menu recommendations, why certain spirits work better for cocktails to go and even suggestions on how to partner with vendors, Hansen speaks directly to operators of all types.

And, of course, Copenhagen-based Zander Lauritzen Hansen is the head of the Danish Bartend...

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In this week’s episode of Seat Yourself podcast and our mini-series On The Frontlines, we once again adjust to conditions-of-the-moment when we get back together again with Greg Kirrish.

Originally, we had planned on discussing with Greg the various updates on the re-opening of our beloved hospitality and foodservice industry – both here in the U.S. and abroad. However, events of the past few days brought this past weekend’s protes...

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In this week’s episode of Seat Yourself and our mini-series On The Frontlines, we circle back around to catch up with David Otto from Tovari BV to get an update on the Dutch & Belgium hospitality markets and where they stand as things begin to open up.

Additionally, we discuss with David the projects that Tovari has been working on during the lockdown period, including a gorgeous new catalog, a brand-new Amsterdam showroom and ...

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In this week’s episode of Seat Yourself and our mini-series On The Frontlines, our host Dave shows his agility after some last minute schedule changes forces him to fly solo for this episode.

This unique opportunity gives Dave a chance to recap some of the key learnings of the previous 9 weeks of On The Frontlines and to offer up his ideas on timelines for what the future will bring for the tabletop category and hospitality sector.

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In this Special Edition episode of our Seat Yourself podcast, we sit with Zander Lauritzen Hansen once again, this time to discuss increasing operator sales and profits through a vibrant Cocktails To Go program to accompany the operator’s takeaway/carryout food menu.

In their conversation, Dave and Zander talk about not only the reasons of why cocktails, wine and beer should be an integral part of your takeaway & carryout progr...

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