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The Raw Hospitality Show
55 minutes | 2 months ago
The Foodie Magician - Josh Beckerman
The first time I met Josh he told me he makes food disappear. He then proceeded to eat an entire foot long lamb chop in my restaurant in under one minute right in front of my eyes.Josh Beckerman AKA the Foodie Magician is a professional entertainer and a consumer of every great restaurant in New York.He intertwines magic, mentalism and comedy around the world.This guy is no wall flower, he’s funny, entertaining and makes most rooms fall in love with him within a few minutes. That’s his real magic.The New York times stated, go out often enough and the food magician will materialize at the edge of your table.He has done tonnes of TV shows, the today show, late night with Seth Meyers and the of course cooking channel.For a healthy dose of magic and food updates in real time you really have to follow him on social media.I get most of my latest food updates from his IG stories.A true entrepreneur that has squared away a unique career and craft for himself in a true compelling strategy and role that no one can compete with or probably eat more in in day than him.He is the Food Magician See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
68 minutes | 2 months ago
The Hospitality Tactician - Adam Block
Our next guest is Adam Block, probably the most important player in over 1200 hospitality venues across the United States.He has owned, run, negotiated, reinvigorated, leased, litigated so many deals my head spinning.Yet he manages to stay super humble. He talks partners, deals, covid and re imagining the hospitality space.He gives insights on how to pivot and lean forward in the new playing field in front of us and how to navigate the sharks.This guy is super informative and an old mate of mine who I used from time to time as mentor and ear for advice. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
61 minutes | 3 months ago
Reinventing the Club & Nightlife Scene - David Rabin
This weeks guest is David Rabin, an iconic figure in the New York Club & Bar World.He was one of the founders in the 1990s of Double 7 and Lotus clubs and later on Rex, V-Bar, Union Bar, and many more just to name a few.Currently, he has the Lambs Club, Cafe Clover, American Bar, The Skylark, and Jimmy’s on the roof of SoHo’s James Hotel. He’s also an advisor for The Dorsey (Las Vegas)He’s also opened gigs in Las Vegas and Moscow.This guy grew up in the late 70s 80s 90s Think Studio 54 and Ian Schrager's Palladium Club and many more.He’s known as an innovator of the entertainment industry, and Icon of the club and bar world, and an all-around good human.Page Six calls him the Club Guru.Market Watch calls him the New York Nightlife pioneer.He creates community programs to embrace and better understand the future of hospitality and probably one of the dudes that helped the Meatpacking district become what it is today.An ex-lawyer who walked away from his career and started his dream. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
47 minutes | 3 months ago
Masters of the Art of Bartending - Ron Wolf and Mike DeSimone
Today I am joined by this dynamic duo - the ever inspiring, utterly charismatic, true professionals of hospitality - Mike DeSimone & Ron Wolf.These are the guys behind the bar at the legendary (and infamous) Sparks Steak House in Midtown Manhattan. For those who have never heard of it, Sparks was founded in 1966 and is famously the spot where mobster Paul Castellano was gunned down outside its entrance in 1985. Nowadays it’s a far more civilized affair, with a loyal customer base, welcoming people from all over the world and renowned for serving some of the best steak in town, having an unrivaled wine list and they also make a mean Martini (or whatever your favorite tipple is).Hailing from Australia and Staten Island, these guys fell into hospitality and have made it an absolute art form. Their passion, camaraderie and teamwork oozes from them, ensuring that anyone who steps into the place is treated the same and made to feel special.Aside from mastering mixology and customer relationships, these guys have seen it all, from 9/11, the GFC, Hurricane Sandy and now COVID, we talk about the impact these have had on the hospitality industry and their point of view on the future. It’s a highly engaging, feel good chat, so sit back and enjoy the wisdom of these guys.🎧 to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Podcasts, or watch the interview on our YouTube channel See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
53 minutes | 3 months ago
Cosmo Montemurro, Joesph Levey, & Wayne Schumer - The Insiders
On today’s show I’m delighted to be joined by a unique group of super talented guys, quirky specialists in their own right, responsible for the success of many hospitality establishments across NYC.Joining me are Joseph “the bulldog” Levey from Helbraun Levey, NY's premier full-service law firm focused on the legal and licensing needs of the hospitality industry, looking after many big name clients like Uncle Boon’s and Jack’s Wife Freda.Cosmo “the spiritual gangster” Montemurro, a leading broker from Murro Realty, a full service commercial real estate brokerage firm located in Manhattan. These guys run the streets helping high-profile landlords, esteemed restaurateurs & luxury retail tenants navigate the cityscape, and make their mark.And Wayne “the gentle giant, Schumer, top class builder from C & A Seneca Construction, specializing in hospitality construction projects in Manhattan, examples of his work are The Moxy Hotel and currently working on The Gansevoort.Whether it’s finding a place to take over, negotiating your lease or refurbishing your establishment, these are the guys that work passionately behind the scenes to make it happen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
72 minutes | 3 months ago
Shep Gordon Supermensch - The Man Who Made Chefs' Celebrities
Shep Gordon is an American talent manager, Hollywood film agent, and producer, and the star of a 2013 documentary, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, directed by Mike Myers. Born in Jackson Heights, Queens, he has spent the last 47 years living in Maui and has just become the proud father of his first child (he also has 4 adopted children).This man truly is an all round great human being, adored by celebrities across the world and one of the most humble, appreciative, wise and spiritual person I have ever met, and I am honored to be able to call him a friend, During today’s show we cover so many topics - we learn how hospitality is his passion, cooking is his mediation & hosting culinary jam sessions at his home in Maui are a regular occurrence. He talks about his humbling experience working with the Dalai Lama for over 12 years, and how if being Alice Cooper’s manager (along with many other famous artists) wasn’t enough, he is the man single handedly responsible for creating celebrity chefs.Why did he do this? Well, having been a close friend and then manager for the iconic French chef Roger Verge, he became angered by the differences he saw first hand in the way chefs vs rock stars were being treated, and after a conversation with Wolfgang Puck, he was called to go down to Spago for lunch, where he was met by 100 of the world’s greatest chefs holding a sign, asking for help. From that point on, he made it his mission to stop chefs being seen as just staff, but to bring them/us out of the kitchen and give them/us not only a platform to show off their/our creativity & be recognized for their/our skills, but receive the status (and financial reward) they/we deserve.We go on to discuss the evolution of the culinary arts, the role of TV in the rise to stardom for chefs, and way that has changed over the years, for good and bad; We discuss the impact of the #metoo movement on the industry and with the current situation we’re all facing, he shares his thoughts on where he sees opportunity for chefs and restaurateurs moving forward in order to be successful in their business, be happy with who they are and deliver delight to customers.It really is a fascinating, wide ranging discussion, so sit back and enjoy….BIOAfter obtaining his B.A. in 1968 from the State University of New York at Buffalo in sociology, he attended The New School for Social Research for post-graduation work. On moving to Los Angeles, California, he first got a job as a probation officer before becoming a legendary talent agent and friend of celebrities the world over.Music careerAfter being introduced to the band Alice Cooper by drummer Neal Smith’s sister Cindy Smith, he and his partner Joe Greenberg began to manage the group in 1968. Gordon went on to represent Anne Murray, Blondie, Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross, Ben Vereen, Burton Cummings, The Calloways, Squeeze, Frankie Valli, Gary Wright, George Clinton, Gipsy Kings, Groucho Marx, Jean-Luc Ponty, Johnny Clegg, Kenny Loggins, King Sunny Ade, Lisa Fischer, Majek Fashek, Maurice White, Michelle Shocked, Mtume, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Pink Floyd, Pointer Sisters, Raquel Welch, Rick James, Sarah Miles, Stephanie Mills and Yvonne Elliman. He continues to manage Alice Cooper to this day without a contract.Gordon was a partner with Sammy Hagar (of Van Halen) on Cabo Wabo Tequila. He also partnered with Willie Nelson to create Old Whiskey River Bourbon.Culinary careerIn 1993 Gordon created Alive Culinary Resources, the first talent agency to represent chefs. In the words of Emeril Lagasse, “He single-handedly created celebrity chefs. His client list has included Celestino Drago, Charlie Trotter, Daniel Boulud, Dean Fearing, Emeril Lagasse, Jimmy Schmidt, Jonathan Waxman, Larry Forgione, Lydia Shire, Mark Miller, Mark Tarbell, Nobu Matsuhisa, Peter Merriman, Piero Selvaggio, Pino Luongo, Rovert Del Grande, Roger Vergé, Roy Yamaguchi, Sam Choy, Wolfgang Puck, and Alan Wong.Film careerGordon’s first film as a producer, The Duellists, won the Cannes Film Festival in 1977. He went on to create one of the first independent film production companies in the U.S., Alive Films, who made Roadie (1980) starring Meat Loaf. In 1983, Alive formed a partnership with Island Records to create Island Alive who made and distributed films including Koyaanisqatsi, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Stop Making Sense and Choose Me. The partnerhship was dissolved in 1985. Whales of August was produced after the split.Gordon also was Executive Producer on Wes Craven's Shocker and The People Under The Stairs, as well as John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness and Village of the DamnedMike Myers directed Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, a documentary on Shep’s life, distributed theatrically by The Weinstein Company in 2013. It featured Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Alice Cooper, Steven Tyler, Willie Nelson and Sammy Hagar.Gordon's memoir is titled, They Call Me Supermensch: A Backstage Pass to the Amazing Worlds of Film, Food, and Rock 'n' Roll. It was released on September 20, 2016, published through Anthony Bourdain's Harper Collins imprint, and debuted on the New York Times Best Seller List.Speaking engagementsGordon has spoken at various events; SXSW, Summit at Sea, and 92Y. He delivered the 2015 baccalaureate address at the Culinary Institute of America. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
75 minutes | 4 months ago
The Australiana Episode - Eddy Buckingham, Dan Churchill, Jason Scott and Shuan Quade
Today we have a really exciting round table discussion with a passionate bunch of awesome mates, each of them legends in their own right, talking about why they all separately chose to pack up their lives in Australia and move to the USA, what differences they experienced in the market, and what opportunities they see in hospitality, coming out of COVID. Joining me are:Dan Churchill, one of the world’s most exciting celebrity chefs. He’s a best-selling author, TV host, chef, and co-founder of @charleyst a fast-casual restaurant that serves healthy farm-to-table eats in NYC. In addition to his passion for surfing, Dan is currently in the process of developing his own range of plant-based products.Eddy Buckingham, a former Melbourne restaurateur, now a New Yorker, the man behind @chinesetuxedo a contemporary Chinese dining experience in Manhattan’s Chinatown which has not only attracted a loyal base of foodies across the city but an A list of celebs. If that wasn’t enough, he recently opened @thetygernyc during the lockdown, pivoting his model to take advantage of the new outdoor dining regulations.Shaun Quade, is another well-known chef from Melbourne who left his restaurant Lume behind and came to the USA with his partner Veronica Fil, initially to open another restaurant but when he realized there was more interest from investors in what was then a side hustle, @grounded_foods he now focuses his time producing 100% plant-based, cheese-free cheese.And last but not least, my business partner and legendary Australian restaurateur, Jason Scott, and his dog George. Jason was a co-founder of the Swillhouse Group and creator of top Sydney haunts Baxter Inn & Shady Pines Saloon before packing it all in and moving to NYC to open @grantivoli and @peppis_cellar with me. Sit back and brace yourself for a fascinating, energetic, and hugely motivating conversation between these guys.🎧 to @therawhospitalityshow podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts, or watch the interview on our YouTube channel Don’t forget to subscribe, like, and/or give us a 5 ⭐️ rating if we deserve it, and write a review as it helps other people like you discover us. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
47 minutes | 4 months ago
Josh Wyatt - The Boots-On-The Ground CEO
Josh Wyatt is a highly engaged and driven entrepreneur, organizational leader and investor in hospitality, leisure, wellness and real estate asset classes, currently serving as Chief Executive Officer of NeueHouse since October 2018, and credited with creating and scaling the world’s first design led, global hostel business – Generator Hostels. Josh and the NH Management team recently led an updated fundraise for NeueHouse in order to invest further into its existing operations and programming platform and to scale by adding new locations across North America and Europe. With flagship clubs in Los Angeles and New York, NeueHouse is considered one of the world’s foremost platforms for creative leaders, businesses and entrepreneurs.Previously serving as the President of Equinox Hotels and Related Companies, Josh helped develop the initial hotel strategy for Equinox Hotels - a new and innovative hospitality platform in the luxury wellness space leveraging elevated design, Equinox programming and specialized positioning/branding.Prior to Equinox, Josh served as Co-Founder and Chief Strategic Officer of Generator Hostels, an award-winning global brand, which was first-of-its-kind to offer upscale, design-focused hostel accommodations. Responsible for creating the Generator brand & platform, and leading Generator’s vision, global growth, design and brand strategy for +9 years, he built Generator into a global platform, with Generator selling for $550 million in May 2017 to Queensgate Holdings.Mr. Wyatt has also been featured in numerous business, lifestyle and trade publications covering hospitality, wellness and the shared workspace sectors, including the Financial Times, Fast Company, New York Times, Monocle, Courier, Bloomberg TV, Forbes, WWD, Lodging Magazine, Architectural Record, Sleeper, Skift, Hospitality Design and the Wall Street Journal.Josh received his B.A. in International Studies & Economics from American University (1996) and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (2005).Josh really is a really fascinating character, he’s passionate, thoughtful, highly creative, knows a lot about hospitality and during this interview, shares his insights and wisdom to provide us with inspiration and guidance to help us through this strange covert period.Links In the Show https://www.neuehouse.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
50 minutes | 4 months ago
Ginn Doll - Music & Bar Goddess
Guest OverviewSelf-DescribedGood Girl: Bad Doll: Sound Bae: Earworm:Queen:Liquid Gold DripMotor City Never DiesA Saint of New YorkGinn Choe is an enigma wrapped in hustle paper, that never gives up to fulfill her passions. A Michigan girl of Korean heritage, an academic family and easily the hardest working woman I know. Ginn is music composer, jingle writer, singer and damn fine genie in a bottle Bar goddess, who to me has got bigger coli than most MMA fighters. For anyone considering either of these industries Ginn Choe has to be listened to for her super humble approach yet hard core mentality to getting what she wants and owning her unique styleI’ve not met many people like this with such tenacity and resilience. Here is the aka Ginndoll. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
9 minutes | 6 months ago
Raw Hospitality Show - Trailer
In this introductory episode of the Raw Hospitality Show, host Robert Marchetti discusses the show concept with his show producer Mark Fallows. Robert explains his aim for the boots-on-the-ground interview show is to give a voice to those seldom heard from the industry and act as an inspiration to 10 million hospitality folks in the USA (and more than 50 million globally). Robert discusses that the structure of the show will combine interviews with industry veterans (and some celebrities) to explore their vulnerabilities, their wisdom, and life experiences as well as hearing from genuine, everyday, workers inside the industry, what makes them tick, how they are surviving the impact of Covid-19 and their insights into where the industry is going. The show will be weekly and drop every Monday. Show Links Instagram Email See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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