Jim Serpico: Bread For The People - Sourdough, Pizza & Life

Jim Serpico: Bread For The People - Sourdough, Pizza & Life

By day, Jim is a successful TV and Film producer. He recently executive-produced FX's Hysterical, now streaming on Hulu. By night, Jim runs Side Hustle Bread, Long Island's biggest residential bread delivery company, with the help of his wife and their 3 kids. Bread For The People was born out of the marriage of Jim's two greatest passions; bread and content creation. Episodes cover everything from film and television, to the food industry, to business growth and development. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/jim-serpico-bread-for-the-people-sourdough-pizza-life--5704379/support.

Episodes

July 15, 2024 36 mins
In this episode of 'Bread for the People,' host Jim Serpico talks with Keith Lombardo, chef and owner of The Barbecue King and 1 3 Catering & Events. Jim shares his personal journey transitioning from farmers’ markets to food trucks and catering. Keith discusses the early realization of the viability of catering, overcoming challenges in pricing and operations, and the importance of community and customer relationships. The con...
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In this episode of "Bread for the People," host Jim Serpico shares highlights from a successful catering event in the Hamptons and discusses the challenges of finding a new restaurant space. He humorously recounts a visit to a former strip club being considered for his new café. Jim delves into the concept of transactional relationships, reflecting on their prevalence in both his former TV career and current baking business. He als...
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In this Bread For the People episode, Chef Leo Spizzirri and host Jim Serpico delve into the pizza and catering industries, discussing continuous learning, fair compensation, and business education needs. They explore tomato varieties, equipment choices, and techniques for maintaining dough quality. The episode highlights the importance of collaboration and making informed decisions in these industries.

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Join host Jim Serpico in this delectable episode of Bread For the People. Meet Sandy Smith, co-founder of Sandi's Breads in Palmyra, PA. Discover their journey from a home kitchen to a bustling bakery. Hear Sandy's baking expertise and the heart behind Sandi's Breads, offering 40 delicious varieties today. Indulge in their heavenly pastries and signature breads like Honey Whole Wheat. It's a captivating story of passion, dedication...
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In the latest "Bread For the People" episode, host Jim Serpico chats with special guest Tom Stein, owner of Tommy Tacos in Long Island, NY, about food industry entrepreneurship. They discuss challenges like rising costs and explore solutions such as kiosks for efficiency. Tom shares his journey from fine dining to fast food and emphasizes quality and customer experience. This episode offers insights on training, business expansion,...
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In this engaging episode, host Jim Serpico chats with Joshua Grange, the mastermind behind Doap - the innovative silicon scrubbing bar for bakers and dough makers. Joshua is also a seasoned professional guitar player who has shared stages with icons like K.D. Lang and Beck.

Their dialogue delves into the profound influence of ear training on musical skills and the art of embracing failure as a catalyst for personal growth. They also...
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On this week’s podcast, host Jim Serpico engages in a knowledge-packed conversation with Steve DeAngelis, a seasoned Co-Founder of MMP Creations, a media agency with a clear mission to assist brands in community building. In a world where everyone claims to be a 'Full Service Agency,' MMP stands out with its laser focus on delivering exceptional results through Video and Social Media.

Jim and Steve discuss the nuances of brand build...
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In this Bread For the People episode, host Jim Serpico chats with Mike Pitera, owner of Pizza a Modo Mio and Pizza A Modo Cafe in Charleston, SC. Mike, ranked among the top 10 cheese pizza makers globally by the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, joins Jim to discuss various aspects of the food industry, entrepreneurship, and business ownership. Jim shares his weekly routine and aspirations of opening his first brick-and-mortar...
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In this episode of Bread For the People, host Jim Serpico speaks with Erik Fabian, the Co-Founder of Sourhouse. a company that helps people bake more sourdough bread by creating thoughtfully designed baking tools and inviting people to bake more often. Erik discusses developing a product to help home bakers improve the bulk-proofing stage of bread making. He explains the challenges many home bakers face in achieving the correct bul...
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On this episode of Bread For the People, host Jim Serpico takes a break from his usual interview format and shares a personal reflection on the end of the Screen Actors Guild strike. As a successful television producer who has worked on hit shows such as Rescue Me and Maron, Jim offers unique insight into the physical and mental demands of both the entertainment and bread-making industries. He shares details about his career journe...
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Be captivated by the heartfelt journey of bread maker and founder of Prairie Sky Breads Travis Gerjets, in this week's episode of the Bread For the People Podcast. Join host Jim Serpico as he delves into Travis's inspiring story of how a unique soup kitchen experience in Liverpool sparked a passion for baking bread like his beloved grandmother. Travis's desire to preserve family recipes and spend valuable time with his grandmother ...
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Join host Jim Serpico as he unleashes his passion for all things bread in this delectable episode of Bread For the People. Get ready to be captivated by the story of Sandy Smith, the co-founder of Sandi's Breads based in Palmyra, PA.

Sandy, along with her talented husband Tom, creates magic in their bakery, crafting European artisan breads and pastries that will make your taste buds dance. Prepare to be inspired as you learn about S...
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Join Jim Serpico on a journey of self-reflection, laughter, and enlightenment as he sits down with the one and only Kelly Carlin. They'll explore the meaning of life (no, really), discuss ego and meditation, dive into the challenges of growing up in the shadow of one of the greatest comedians of all time - George Carlin, and even dish on getting laughs (because isn't that the point of life anyway?).

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Jim Serpico speaks with Rebecca Firkser, a Brooklyn-based writer, recipe developer, and food stylist. They talk about developing recipes for cookbooks and websites, being on set for a food photography shoot, Taylor Ham, the world of food media, and the job of a recipe tester.

Follow Jim Serpico on Instagram at @jimserpico and @sidehustlebread. Follow Rebecca on Instagram @rebeccafirkser and at www.rebeccafirkser.com.

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Before Jim interviews Jeanette Candido, the founder of The Granola Plant, he gives you a status update on his mobile food trailer.

Jim spoke with Jeanette, an artisan granola producer and distributor known for her Gluten-free, oil-free, and processed sugar-free products about selling at various Farmer's Markets around Long Island, New York. Jeanette is someone Jim trusts to share resources and experiences. If you dream of becoming a...
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Auntie Anne's: Beyond Pretzels - A Delicious Story of Family, Community, and SuccessJoin me, Jim Serpico, on Bread For the People as I sit down with the legendary Auntie Anne's Pretzel founder, Anne Beiler, for an intimate and heartwarming interview.

In this episode, we dive deep into Anne's fascinating journey from being a humble farmers market vendor, just like me, to revolutionizing the pretzel industry with her iconic Auntie An...
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Join host Jim Serpico as he welcomes an infamous Mafioso introduced only as “Tony.” Tony is a successful entrepreneur and restaurateur who credits his own success due to his unique “management” style.. Jim expresses his surprise to be talking to Tony, stating that he had no idea the guest was still around. They have a casual conversation about Tony's whereabouts and what he's been up to in recent years. Tony reveals that he's been ...
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Jim Serpico speaks with Patrick Duffy about playing Bobby Ewing on the hit series Dallas, baking sourdough, and the origin of Duffy's Dough, a company specializing in dehydrated sourdough starter which he co-founded with his wife Linda, his 100-year-old starter from Alaska, blowing out his vocal cords, Buddhism, and more.

To learn more about Duffy's Dough, visit Duffy's Dough.

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Jim Serpico speaks with Tom Cucuzza about sourdough, acid, PH, sourdough starter, temperature, a new rock band of Sourdough Bakers called Protease Enzymes, cold fermentation, rye flour, chasing sour, high protein flour, open crumb, Tartine style, sourdough for busy people, food trucks, focaccia, Italian flatbread sandwiches, baguettes, sourdough baking book reviews, Gozney Dome pizza oven, optimal temperature, chlorine, selling bre...
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In this episode of "Bread For the People," host Jim Serpico sits down with Auggie Russo, the renowned small batch, handmade pizza maker behind Augie's Infamous. With his Neapolitan-ish style pizzas and two portable pizza ovens, Auggie has gained a dedicated following.

Auggie's love for baking extends beyond creating delicious pizzas. He thrives on the experience of serving his creations to a group of people gathered for a special ev...
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