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In The Weeds Podcast
76 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
ITW S2 The gang from Hanks and Nowhere Restaurant
The clout that Hanks *A Restaurant caries in our fair city is unmistakable. For years they have been creating innovative and exciting dishes that have sparked a buzz throughout the food scene in Victoria. And it's not just the regular dinning clientele either. The crew behind Hanks and Nowhere have been the talk of industry professionals for as long as we can remember.There is a sort of deep respect and reverence, maybe even envy, for the way in which they've always been a "take us or leave us" sort of place. A place willing to openly celebrate their mistakes as much as their wins. A place to play and have fun.Join us and our new friends Clark, Laura and Devon as we discuss their two restaurants, the wins and the misses, how they got where they are today and why a good goose roast is severely underrated.Thank you all for being good sports and finding time to talk with us.
81 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
ITW S2 E18 Shawn Soole Part 2
Part 2 of our conversation with Shawn Soole!We talk travel, mentorship, craft cocktail culture, BC spirits, 14 different style of ice & why gin is awesome. We might have even fallen down a comic book rabbit hole...Join us as we wrap up a phenomenal podcast together. Please don't sleep on this one!Thanks again and again Shawn!
98 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
ITW S2 E17 Shawn Soole Part 1
Victoria Bartender and hospitality entrepreneur Shawn Soole is arguably the city's best-known bar and beverage expert.Since arriving from his native Australia, Shawn's impact on the Victoria bar scene has been epic. His involvement as bar manager at Clive's Classic Lounge helped grow cocktails culture dramatically in our city. After that, his resume grew to include names such as Little Jumbo, Foxtrot Tango Whiskey Bar, OLO, Café Mexico & Pagliacci's. And it didn't stop there. Shawn now runs Soole Hospitality Concept, a full service consulting firm whos services range from concept creation to full operational strategies for the entire hospitality industry including distilleries, breweries and wineries. And as if that wasn't enough, he also runs two podcasts, has written three books, has helped open bars in several different parts of the world and still finds time to continue to bartend 30 hours a week!This conversation was so good, before we knew it, it effortlessly slipped past the three hour range. We can't thank him enough for giving us so much of his time. Please join us for part 1 of 2 of our chat with Mr. Shawn Soole. Episode 2 will come out next week.Enjoy!
74 minutes | May 31, 2021
ITW S2 E16 Papooch's Truffles With Janel and Matty
Have you ever thought about visiting Italy, but there's a global pandemic getting in your way? We all hate it when that happens. But lucky for you, Matty and Janel from Papooch's Truffles are here to bring beautiful flavors of Italy to you.Bringing delicious products from Abruzzo Italy, where Matty's family comes from, to local chefs in Victoria has been an amazing way to share the love they have for both areas. They have a network of talented local chefs who have the privilege to work with wonderful truffles and get to create amazing dishes they wouldn't be able to without the help of Matty and Janel.Join us as we discuss their love of Italy, their passion for fresh food, giving a voice to local talent and the real meaning behind "dog wood". This episode is filled with cool information and good laughs.Thanks again to Matty and Janel for hanging out with the ITW crew and teaching us a lot.Enjoy!
84 minutes | May 24, 2021
ITW S2 E15 Three's Company with Franz, Remi and AJ
Some keen observers might have noticed a missing component in our podcast over the past few months. And no, before you say it, not our social media presence... that's always been bad!!I'm referring of course to the Athos to our Three Musketeers, the Dusty Bottoms to our Three Amigos, the Larry to our Threes Stooges, Mr. Andrew Johnson.In January, after years of pondering, AJ found the courage to strike out on his own and opened Bicycle Pizza, a cross between New York and California style with little Mediterranean flair thrown in for good measure.His partner and better half (the marketing lady) were able to turn the traditional restaurant service model on its head. Operating out of Beauregard Café & Provisions in Brentwood Bay BC, the two are running a "ghost" kitchen which is a good service business that serves customers exclusively by online food ordering. It is a separate food vendor entity that operates out of an existing restaurant's kitchen.As hard as it was for him to take a step back from the podcast, it was well warranted. He's been busy! But, never say never. The ITW crew is like a bad mafia movie stereotype in the just when you thought you were out, we pull you back in!Thanks for all the laughs AJ. You're more than welcome to join us any time!
127 minutes | May 17, 2021
ITW S2 E14 Dallas Harwood from Vic Food Guys
Dallas Harwood is half of the team behind The Vic Food Guys, a podcast and social media team dedicated to supporting the YYJ food scene. And "dedicated" is definitely not an overstatement. Especially because he does not work in the industry. The ITW crew were struck by Dallas' passion and deep care for the people that nourish us.The Vic Food Guys have been selflessly shinning a light on restaurants through their podcast, Instagram, CFAX and even CTV.We went into this episode as fan boys and came out... with a new BFF?Thanks for a fantastic conversation Dallas!
83 minutes | May 9, 2021
ITW S2 E13 Andrew Paumier from Indecent Risotto
Some people are just naturally talented. Enter Andrew Paumier, co-owner of Indecent Risotto. He and his partner Shannon, both in life and business, have been slingin' arancini balls all around the CRD since 2016. Aside from being obviously charming and a delight to speak with, Andrew has dedicated his career to supporting the community. Whether it be bringing people together one arancini at a time, sharing his advice and experience with fellow entrepreneurs or mentoring the next generation through Growing Chefs! which connects chefs, kids and communities to foster systemic change towards healthy, sustainable, just food practices.Learn more at https://www.growingchefs.ca/Thank you Chef! This conversation was a blast and by far the least amount of editing we've had to do...
86 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
ITW S2 E12 Brian Tesolin from The Courtney Room
This week on In The Weeds, Franz & Remi spoke with Brian Tesolin, Executive Chef for The Courtney Room at The Magnolia Hotel & Spa. Brian has worked for a number of very highly respected restaurants in his career, most notably but not limited to Sous Chef for for Hawksworth Restaurant in Vancouver and Langdon Hall in Cambridge, Ontario.Lucky for us, he's found a home here in Victoria where he has become a champion for our blossoming food and beverage offerings from across the island. In fact, rather than focusing on himself, Brian spent the majority of our conversation singing the praises of the people that offer him the most inspiration. From farmers to brewers, he has created contacts and friendship with nearly everyone you can think of. Not surprising considering how much fun we had talking with him.Thank you for your time Chef. Let's do it again real soon!
60 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
ITW S2 E11 Mitchell Scott with The Very Good Butchers
We've all experienced a terrible veggie burger haven't we? You know the earmark; dry, under seasoned and completely lacking in any semblance of love.Michell Scott and business partner James Davidson were tired of the type of veggie alternatives you reheat in a toaster. So they decided to do something about that. Michell is the business-brain behind product development at The Very Good Food Co.From humble beginnings, testing their products at local Victoria farmer's markets to emerging as a plant-based food technology company, these guys are BLOWING UP!! Research & development teams, manufacturing facilities, retail & restaurant locations... they even recently listed their IPO on the TSX! Get in while the getting is good.Join us for a great discussion with Mitchell!
85 minutes | Apr 4, 2021
ITW S2 E10 Dan Bain - Keeps em' high n' tight
A little under 13 months ago, we embarked on this podcast journey.While Covid was certainly on everyone's mind, we soon realized that the real focus needed to be on the beautiful characters that have dedicated their lives to food & beverage.Meet Chef Dan Bain. Again.For the second time, ITW's first repeat guest talks us through some of the challenges and innovations he's experienced in the past year. From staffing and supply shortages to exciting G-Panda "pivots" to hot sauce stories that'll make you sweat.This episode had us falling out of our chairs in fits of laughter. NOT to be missed. Seriously!If, like us, you need more Dan Bain in your life after this episode, make sure to listen to our first conversation in season 1 episode 15.Enjoy the show, we certainly did!
76 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
ITW S2 E9 Rachelle Cornish - Graphic Design to Pastry Chef
This week we are treated to a conversation with Rachelle Cornish who is currently working her magic at Cold Comfort.This amazing pastry chef started off as a graphic designer but decided to drop that and pursue her passion in baking. Because of her hard work and dedication, she was able to work with some amazing companies like Fol Epi and Cobs Bread, traveled to Australia to work at some pretty awesome places and come back to Victoria to do some pretty sweet stuff at Cold Comfort. Get it? Sweet stuff... ice cream... ...Join us as we dive into her start in her baking career, her travels, the magic of ice cream making, old school cooking, our solution to the F&B employee retention and just how easy it is to make a croissant. Ok, that last part is not that easy...Enjoy the show!!!
78 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
ITW S2 E8 Shane & Kyle from Haus Sausage Co
This week our guests are Shane Harwood and Kyle Clayton of Haus Sausage Co. These guys have been work like hell for the past 5 years to make their dreams come true. Starting off renting kitchen space to use after hours, work until the sun came up and doing all this all by themselves. Oh ya, did I mention that they did this after they had already worked a full shift at their other jobs? But it was all worth it. The hard work that these two guys put in has paid off and it's awesome to see their product used in restaurants and other local partners all over town.Now grab a cold brew and one of their tasty pepperonis and enjoy the show!
79 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
ITW S2 E7 Chris and Stu from Dobell Sign Co
This week, we get to hang out with Chris and Stu from Dobell Sign Co. These two wonderful Aussie's have been making an impact on the culture of Victoria for the past 15 years.You can see their work all over Victoria like the sign of the Government Street Tattoo Parlour, their work at the Drake and most famously, their huge contribution with Phillips Brewery along with many others. Their personal and professional approach is one of the main reasons why they are a well sought out integral piece of any business's identity. These two amazing guys have brought back the art of custom hand painting signs to Victoria and continue to inspire other artists to pursue their passion.Join us as they take us through their arrival in Victoria, how they got started in the business, their partnership with Phillips Brewery and their love for their craft.Enjoy the show!
88 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
ITW S2 E6 From office to fields - the Alderlea Vineyards story
In 2017, Zac and Julie left the corporate world behind and took a massive leap of faith into the new and exciting waters of owning their own vineyard.But it wasn't just a dream and any old plot of land. After much consideration, they fell in love with and took over ownership from Roger and Nancy Dosman of Alderlea vineyards..Wine nerd alert!!! This episode is packed with information. Join us as we discuss everything from honoring one of Vancouver Island's oldest and most respected vineyards, to smoke taint, to their future plans for Alderlea and the Cowichan Valley wine footprint. In a first for the ITW crew, Zac and Julie generously supplied us with several bottles for a live wine tasting throughout the episode.We hope you enjoy as much as we did!
74 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
ITW S2 E5 Patrick Francis has a black belt in hospitality
These days, it can be so rare to find someone in food & beverage who just gets it. Someone who truly believes in hospitality and all the subtleties that just make the whole experience click into place.On the off chance you aren't acquainted with this lovely human, meet Patrick Francis.A hospitality pro through and through, Patrick has worked with some of the most celebrated restaurants in BC. From Hawksworth & Bao Bei to The Irish Times & Pizzeria Prima Strada. In a more recent stint, he worked for the prestigious Clayoquot Wilderness Resort and then helped open a sake bar in Hong Kong.Not only has PDF amassed a wealth of knowledge about the industry, but his kindness and warmth of character make him a pleasure to know and call a friend.Enjoy the show!
74 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
ITW S2 E4 Sea Cider & Kristen Needham -she sells cider by the sea shore (try saying that 5 times fast)
This week on ITW, we get a masterclass on cidermaking from Kristen Needham. She is the founder, president and cidermaster at Sea Cider, located on the Saanich Peninsula here on Vancouver Island. We take a deep dive into what it takes to build, farm and bottle world class cider (and a pre-COVID events space). We aren't talking 2L Mountain Berry "Alco-pops" either. We learn all about different apple varieties, the difference between beer brewing and cider making and how Covid has fucked things up yet again for us folks in F&B. Enjoy the show!
79 minutes | Feb 14, 2021
ITW S2 E3 Sidney Scones' Secret recipe revealed click here!
Scones. Scones? You heard me. Scones. But not just any scones. Sidney Scones. This week on ITW we speak to Chelsea Columbus, the Wonder Woman behind some fo the tastiest baked goods on the planet. We take a look in the rearview mirror to see how Sidney Scones came to be and track Chelsea's trajectory to the baked good super star she is today. It's a perfectly sweet episode for Valentine's Day! So cuddle up with your loved one, cat, or bowl of hash and enjoy the show.AJ's audio is screwed up again. We're working on it. Turn up the volume.
76 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
ITW S2 E1 Leechtown Blacksmith Company
What do you get when you mix a British environmentalist turned blacksmith with a heavy machine fabricator? Charm, humour, chaos and lots of hot metal! This is the second time we have tried to connect with these two and it was completely worth the wait. Leechtown Blacksmith Company from Metchosin is Jake James - @jakeblacksmith and Ryan Fogarty - @fogartomic. Together they craft some of Canada's finest metalwork pieces plus super sexy hand-made legacy cookware. That's only half the story because these two had Franz & I in stitches the whole time. It was one of the most entertaining pods we've recorded. This one is definitely not one for the children so crack a cold Riot beer and enjoy!Sorry about the audio quality. I think we are actually getting worse as time goes on. How is that possible?
71 minutes | Jan 31, 2021
S2 E1 Big Wheel McNeil
After a one month hiatus which (maybe) left our listeners foaming at the mouth, we are back for season 2. We've got some great guests lined up with some surprises along the way. Our first guest of the year is none other than Calen "Big Wheel" McNeil. As the name suggests, Calen is one of the founders of Big Wheel Burger and Zambri's restaurant. It's understandable to be impressed by that list alone but there is plenty more to Calen. We discuss his life-changing injury (and recovery), winning a World Series of Poker bracelet and being a community ambassador. It was a great pleasure getting to know Calen and hearing about his vision for a more secure, fair and fun F&B future. Enjoy the show- and cheers to season 2!Please note- AJ seems to have lost his ability to operate a computer so there are some technical issues to endure during this episode. We are looking for a replacement host ASAP. Let us know if you have someone in mind.
104 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
ITW S1E32 The ITW season finale Christmas Special
In this special episode, our Executive Producer Remi takes his turn in the host's chair and interviews us! Get to know your hosts a little better- maybe even better than you wanted. This week is stuffed full of Christmas cheer and seasonal magic. Thanks to everyone for their support in Season 1. We look forward to sharing more great F&B stories next season. All the best- Franz, Remi & AJ.
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