Every Other Thursday Podcast

Every Other Thursday Podcast

Every Other Thursday is a foodservice and hospitality industry - centric podcast where we have lively topic-focused discussions for our industry and beyond. Frequently, our experienced hosts are joined by industry-relevant guests and various subject matter experts - all in an attempt to provide our listeners with helpful information and perspective. Every Other Thursday is an approximately 45-60 minute podcast and is brought to you by TabletopJournal.com TabletopJournal – where we celebrate the products, the people, and the places in the world of hospitality tabletop.

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May 6, 2021 34 min

On this week’s podcast, our nomadic co-host Greg Kirrish gives us the skinny on his just-back-from trip to Austin, Texas. From culinary adventures to his musical impressions of Texas’ Capitol City, Greg tells it as he saw – and experienced - it. And, a bonus segment from Greg – we’ll also hear about his experience at recent Every Other Thursday guest Eileen Garcia’s award-winning Italian Chicago restaurant - Buona Terra.

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In this episode, we are joined by Chicago’s Steve Dolinsky. After 17 years as the food personality for local tv station ABC7, he’s well-known as a television food journalist, there’s more to Steve Dolinsky - much more.

With his own, recently-launched media company, Steve is now bringing his expert brand building & storytelling skills to both suppliers and operators alike. In our conversation, Steve offers up why storytelling is...

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On this week’s podcast, we take you to an unusual wine region of America and give you the behind-the-scenes peek at a new opening of a wine bar there. Admittedly, Missouri may not be first in people’s minds when thinking about America’s wine producing regions. However, Becky & Michael Lee have a host of reasons on why they believe their soon-to-open Wolf & Ferry Wine Bar in New Haven, Missouri will be a big success.

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In today’s episode, our Gang of 3 reflect back on some of the incredible guests they’ve had on recently and offer thoughts on each of the stories told by Russ Finch, Eileen Garcia and Greg Traverso. From growing oranges in Nebraska and having an unending passion for serving others through the world of hospitality, and then on to exotic African journeys that transform our lives – each guest brought unique, thought provoking persp...
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On this week’s podcast, we want to take you with us on a journey – a transformational journey to Africa. This week’s guest is Greg Traverso, from the adventure travel company Metamo. “Transformational” is a word that runs throughout the entire episode, from Greg’s descriptions of his first journey across Africa at age 31 which provided the genesis of his company - to what happens to the guests who join him and his team of travelers...
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Over the last twenty years, Eileen Garcia and her chef husband Chepe have literally built restaurants from the ground up.  Together, they turned Chicago’s Buona Terra and Hearth & Crust into iconic Chicago neighborhood destinations.  Along the way, they’ve overcome every challenge in the proverbial restaurant startup handbook.  In this episode, Eileen describes their path to success and what the current pandemic has wrought for...
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January 21, 2021 54 min
On this week’s podcast, we are joined by entrepreneur & renaissance man Russ Finch. Russ is 89 years young and the designer, owner, & creator of the Greenhouse in the Snow. Russ has designed and perfected his greenhouse concept using low grade, geo-thermal energy in order to produce citrus, fruits, vegetables and flowers all year round in nearly any climate or locale. Restaurateurs, grocers, distillers and even hoteliers ta...
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In our final episode for 2020, our Gang of 3 offer their reflections on the happenings of the past year and most especially, the list of impressive thought leaders who joined us as guests here on Every Other Thursday. Despite all its challenges, 2020 has been an engaging year and created a great foundation for the months ahead.   Speaking of the months ahead in 2021, our Segment 2 this week offers up what the Gang believes the land...
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In today’s episode, we are extremely excited to have well-known foodservice trend and research expert Nancy Kruse join us. Nancy is a nationally recognized authority and widely quoted expert on food and menu trends. As founder and president of The Kruse Company, which is based in Atlanta, Georgia, she tracks trends and reports on hot-button issues in both the restaurant and supermarket industries.   Writer, speaker, and frequent le...
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December 3, 2020 58 min
As we head to the end of what can only be described as “incredible” or “once-in-a-lifetime” our Gang of 3 look forward to a new start for our industry in the new year of 2021. And, in looking forward at what the trends might be, what better place to start than the recently-released 2021 Annual Hottest Food & Beverage Trends in Restaurants & Hotels report from industry expert Michael Whiteman of www.baumwhiteman.com   Our ne...
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November 12, 2020 56 min

Food has always been a part of David Kramer's life since he was 12 and working in a family grocery business – all the way up to his current position as Chairman and Professor of the Culinary Arts Program at College of DuPage where he is training the great restaurateurs and chefs of tomorrow.

From early on, David turned his interest turned into a passion, which he now shares with his students in the Culinary and Hospitality Mana...

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October 29, 2020 34 min
This week’s opening, in the 1st year anniversary episode, our Gang of 3 discuss events of the past year and a few of each of their favorite moments.   Then, the team turns their attention to Greg’s recent culinary sojourn to the Southeastern states of America and the food & beverage surprises he found along the way. And, you’ll be interested to learn what tabletop items he found unexpectedly widespread in use that he hadn’t see...
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Passionate cocktail connoisseur Chris Kiertz joins us in this week’s episode and he comes at the whole cocktail landscape in quite a different way. A Boston-area tech marketer, Kiertz is not only all about the cocktails, but also about the data from the people who enjoy them. Combining another of his loves, Chris starts off with some great tips on how to take incredible cocktail photos without breaking the bank. As founder of HomeB...

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October 2, 2020 29 min

This week, our Gang of 3 is a Gang of 2 as our colleague Jay is on assignment. But, not to worry Greg and Dave come with a great discussion on the future of dining. And, included are some great, specific ideas that operators can do to improve their takeaway and meal delivery experience for their guests.

In addition, we review some of the great commentary and points made by our recent guests here on the podcast, along with a peek a...

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This week, we are joined by global culinary and F&B expert Rainer Zinngrebe. Rainer has spent over 40 years in the food and beverage industry and has published two cookbooks, along with numerous other food and beverage training and guidance publications. Rainer has gathered his expertise from working with the some of the finest independent restaurants and luxury hotels all around the globe.

Rainer Zinngrebe has recently started...

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This week, we are joined by wine expert Madeline Triffon. Starting as a wine steward for Westin Hotels, Madeline used her wine skills and knowledge to go on to lead the wine programs at a variety of restaurants and restaurant groups, including Detroit’s prestigious London Chop House and the Rattlesnake Club Restaurant. In 1987, she was only the second woman ever to earn the title of Master Sommelier. Most recently, in 2011, Madelin...

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August 20, 2020 38 min

This week, our Gang of 3 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. And, to nobody’s surprise, the group has a variety of takes on just where we are along the comeback trail and just where the comeback might be visible first.

Also, the group revisits our conversation with noted marketer Larry Deutsch with each ...

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This week, our Gang of 3 is joined by Larry Deutsch. A self-described bold futurist and alchemist, Larry is a co-founder & partner in the Chicago-based group – dvk marketing. With a background of consulting, along with both client and agency experience, Larry passionately champions collaboration, creativity and change.

With experience working with companies large and small, in FMCG and in foodservice, Larry brings it all togeth...

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This week, with Jay on assignment, Greg and Dave sit down with well known culinary innovator Philip Preston. As President of PolyScience Culinary, Preston and his company have invented a wide range of back-of-the-house and tabletop tools for controlling cooking and chilling temperatures and making sure that both the foods we eat and the beverages we drink are more tastier – and more interesting - time after time.

Chefs and restaura...

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This week, our Gang of 3 continues the discussion of many of the great points made by Pentallect’s Bob Goldin in our previous episode. No surprise that Bob would be on-point on just about every issue, but there were a few points where our Gang took a bit of an issue with the well-known consultant.   Again, big props to Bob Goldin for stopping by last episode. We look forward to him returning to discuss the whole area of bars and co...
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