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58 minutes | Dec 22, 2021
S3:EP3 - Rev Ciancio, How Restaurants Should Leverage Digital
Quick highlights on Rev!Rev is a former New York City bar owner and knows exactly how hard it is to operate and brand a hospitality business.Hey is a Hospitality Marketing Consultant and Demand Gen and Tech EvangelistRev has more than 20 years experience in B2B digital marketing and business development, specializing in hospitality marketing, content, local SEO, reputation management, and influencer marketing.He helps technology companies, brands, and restaurants to acquire and retain customers.Rev is also known as an “expert burger taster,” pens hospitality and marketing tips on his Instagram @revciancio, as well as his LinkedIn Profile. He believes that Pizza is a religion.
66 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
S3:EP3 - Jeremy Jacobowitz, Food Influencer
In this episode, I interview Jeremy Jacobowitz, a food influencer based out of New York City.More on Jeremy:Jeremy Jacobowitz brings along his over 500k followers on his food adventures all over the world. Whether that's finding that hidden gem in NYC, the best omakase in Japan, or creating a fun recipe in his home kitchen studio, his audience is obsessed with all parts of his life. And there is good reason for that trust and admiration.Not only has he had an online presence for over 7 years, but he has worked in food tv as an assistant for Bobby Flay and as a producer for almost a decade.Along with his daily content on his own channels, he has also hosted and appeared on programs for Food Network, MSG networks, Thrillist, Pix11 Morning News, Seamless, and more! So whether it's Food, Travel, Fitness, Cooking, Lifestyle, Cameras, Tech, and more, Jeremy has something to say and his audience is there to listen.If you want to learn more about Jeremy, you can check him out on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jeremyjacobowitz/
63 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
S3:E2 - Ashish Tulsian, Restaurant-Tech Entrepreneur
Ashish is the CEO and CoFounder of POSist- He has scaled the company from a two-member team to 100+ employees, serving over 9,000+ leading restaurants in 32 countries.- Ashish is a rare combination of a Technocrat and Restaurateur. He kick-started his entrepreneurial journey in 2007 by founding a telecom company right out of college, serving all major telecom operators in India for value-added services.- A side investment in a restaurant out of passion brought him to building a tech solution to automate his restaurant business, resulting in founding POSist Technologies in 2012.- What began as billing software, is now a leading cloud-based restaurant technology platform suited for restaurants of all sizes. Ashish has over 15 years of experience in scaling and leading the Product, Marketing, Sales, Support, and Customer success functions.You can learn more about Posist at https://www.posist.com/
55 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
S3:EP1 - Ethan Falk, Virtual Restaurant Group
Ethan Falk is the CEO of Virtual Restaurant Group.VRG offers delivery-only brands that can easily operate out of an existing restaurant. They maximize a restaurant's kitchen space and a restaurant's stream of revenue using no additional overhead.In this interview, Brett and Ethan talk about the opportunities to incorporate another virtual concept into a restaurant and other opportunities that restaurant owners should be thinking about!You can learn more about Ethan and VRG at:https://www.virtualrestaurantgroup.com/
60 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
S2:EP23 - Peter Demos, Fourth Generation Restauranteur: The Journey To Impact
If you are a restauranteur that wants a jump start on your restaurant business and learn how to instill values into your team, then you will get a ton of useful insight from this episode.
58 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
S2:EP22 - Abhinav Kapur, Turning Data into Dollars
In this episode I interview Abhinav Kapur, CEO & Founder of Bikky, an omni-channel CRM system for restaurants. Abhinav is dedicated to helping restaurants build deeper, more authentic customer relationships at a time when their business is rapidly shifting beyond the traditional four walls. By aggregating data across channels (in-store, delivery, loyalty, etc.), his system unlocks a unified view of the guest, as well as the ability to run completely automated, data-driven marketing campaigns.In the next 60 minutes, we dive into new technologies restaurants should be leveraging, how to turn data into dollars and his inspiration behind Bikky.
53 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
S2:EP21 - Brian Lewis, Acclaimed Chef & Restaurant Owner
During our interview, we discuss managing work-life balance in a constantly moving industry, hiring and training tips, and how he moved from his role as a chef to the ownership role. This is a really great episode for any chef or restauranteur listening to understand the transferrable skills in both of these roles.
59 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
S2:EP20 - Ken McGarrie, The Surprise Restaurant Manager
In the next 60 minutes, we dive into finding and hiring new staff, training staff, and uncovering problems in the restaurant industry and his approach to finding solutions. He's huge on having measurable marketing results and for any restauranteur listening, this episode will bring you a ton of value!
60 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
S2:EP19 - Field Failing, Good Chicken CEO
On a new Restaurant Misfits episode, I interview Field Failing, CEO and Founder of Field's Good Chicken, a 6 location chicken concept based in New York.Field's restaurant adventure began in 2007, after his professional cycling career came to an end and he found himself back in the kitchen. That year, he filled the fridge in his New York apartment with brines and marinades, blasted the Rolling Stones, and set out to make the perfect chicken.Shortly thereafter, his chicken restaurant concept was born.However, like many other restaurant around the world, they have had an extremely tough time during the pandemic but despite the tight regulations, Field's Good Chicken has found success.Field is a super inspiring guy who has had to change his business to survive and thrive during this time.We discuss what their plans are to continue growing afterwards, the importance of restaurant branding and simplifying their business approach.This episode is packed with insightful information so, let's dive in!
66 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
S2:EP18 - Adam Bossie, Building A Brand With A Story
In this episode, I interview Adam Bossie, CEO of the Afficionado Coffee Roasters. In the next 60 minutes, we dive into building a brand with a story, growing a team of excited employees, and his learnings as he explores more digital strategies for his business.
55 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
S2:EP17 - Renae Scott, Creative Marketing Powerhouse
In this episode, I interview Renae Scott, CMO of Ike's Love and Sandwiches and is a creative marketing powerhouse in the restaurant industry.She is the former CMO of Carl's Jr. among many other leading fast casual concepts. Renae has successfully navigated Ike's through the pandemic by launching buzz worthy promotions, enhanced delivery options, and menu innovations. Ike's under her direction will be launching a new app later this year to move their restaurant further into the digital space.After opening 20 locations last year, and 21 more to come this year, Renae is a seasoned marketing veteran in the restaurant industry and in this episode, she dives into her success.
46 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
S2:EP16 - Misfit Media's Co-Founder & COO, Jace Kovacevich joined me on the show!
This is a really exciting episode as my business partner and COO, Jace Kovacevich, joined me on the show!As you know, we run an Agency to help restaurants acquire customers the smarter way through digital marketing.In this episode, we are going to break down how the industry has evolved this past year, changes we've made as an agency and our book release, Misfit Marketing for Restaurants!You're also going to learn more about what Misfit Media does and what you can expect from working with us!
59 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
S2:EP15 - Alex Canter, Restaurant Technology Genius
In this episode, I interview, Alex Canter, CEO of Ordermark.A platform that allows restaurants to use multiple third-party delivery apps but receive orders on one tablet or printer, as well as manage one universal menu that can synchronize with every third-party marketplace.He is a fourth generation restauranteur and the restaurant business has been in his blood for 85 years.Alex was a 2019 recipient of Forbes 30 under 30, and Fast Casual's executive Top 25.He's continuously innovating in the restaurant space and he has some exciting new concepts that he shares on this episode.
55 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
S2:EP14 - Samantha Slager & Camilla Opperman, Fueling The Future of Urban Food
In this episode on Restaurant Misfits, I interview Samantha Slager and Camilla Opperman the co-founders of Nimbus Kitchen.Nimbus Kitchen is a premium and flexible commerical kitchen solution offering state of the art licensed facilities, end to end operational support and a luxury communial working space for the members.It is a really cool concept that Samantha and Camilla founded that was launched JUST last week! They come from two totally different backgrounds but that's what makes this partnership so successful.In this episode, we talk about a number of current problems in the restaurant industry and how they are planning on solving them with their new business.Without further adieu, let's dive in!
44 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
S2:EP13 - Jamie Simpson, From Rockstar to Vegetable Mastermind
In this episode, I interview Jamie Simpson, the Executive Chef of the Culinary Vegetable Institute.Jamie has an interesting background- he was previously in a rock band before becoming a chef and compares an ingredient as a note in a chord. "A great dish is a great song and a great restaurant is an absolute symphony."His role in providing hundreds of fresh vegetables across the United States and the emphasis on creating a more sustainable food industry makes this an extremely interesting episode!
62 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
S2:EP12 - Melanie Landano, Founder of Mel's Butcher Box
In this episode, I interview Melanie Landano the founder of Mel's Butcher Box. Mel's Butcher Box is a food truck concept that was established in the midst of the pandemic.Melanie has been in the food, hospitality and entertainment space her entire career and had the vision of bringing her food truck to life in one of the most turbulent times for the industry. She has a very interesting and experiencing story and I am excited to share it with you!
51 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
S2:EP11 - Brick Oven Pizza, Doubling Sales in 2020
In this episode, I interview our clients, Adrian and Melissa from Brick Oven Pizza.Their restaurant business has been a client of ours for 2 years now and they are very special to Misfit Media.After doubling their in sales in 2020, Brick Oven Pizza has made over half a million dollars directly attributed to our marketing programs!We've had so much success with them and in these next 50 minutes, we are going to dive into their road to getting there. Enjoy!
42 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
S2:EP10 - David Burke, The Artful Innovator
In this episode, I interview David Burke. Chef, restauranteur, TV personality and business man who is fueled by passion, grit and a knack for artful innovation. He is known amongst his peers as a leading pioneer in cooking and is recognized internationally for his techniques, skills and his successful restaurant empire. David gave great insight into how he adapted due to the pandemic, new revenue streams, and what led him to his overall success in the restaurant industry. This episode is full of great content, so let's dive in!
59 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
S2:EP9 - Dan Rowe, Restaurant Franchisor Extraordinaire
In this episode, I interview Dan Rowe, the CEO of Fransmart and Co-managing partner of Kitchen Fund.Dan Rowe specializes in finding the next big thing and for over 20 years has discovered and grown many major brands including:Five Guys, QDOBA Mexican Grill and The Halal Guys.Under Dan Rowe’s direction, Fransmart’s current and past franchise development portfolio brands, they have opened more than 5,000 restaurants worldwide, and facilitated franchise investments that have cumulatively generated over 1-billion in revenues to date.Dan definitely knows how to spot a winning restaurant brand and this episode we’ll explore some of those winning restaurant qualities.So let’s dive in!
48 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
S2:EP8 - Laurent May, The Payments Nerd Genius
In this episode, I interview Laurent May, who's the CEO of Ready To Pay.A fully-integrated, contactless mobile self-ordering payment and loyalty technology solution.Laurent personally has over 20 years of expertise when it comes to project management in the electronic payment space.There's been so much change in the restaurant industry in 2020 and even more changes in emerging technology.If we look at the industry now and onwards in the future, Laurent mentions that it's so critically important for restaurant owners to embrace these new technologies rather than shy away from them if they want to continue being successful.We had such a great conversation and there's so much to learn from Laurent, so let's dive in!This podcast is brought to you in collaboration with Total Food Service. If you're interested in joining us on the show, please email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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