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37 minutes | 10 days ago
Zander Lauritzen Hansen – Talking Tiki
This week, friend of the podcast Zander Lauritzen Hansen returns to talk #tiki! We could not be more excited to have this cocktail savant return to give us his thought on this fun concept that will no doubt be riding the returning wave as the hospitality industry begins its comeback. The Tiki cocktail, and the entire tiki concept, is associated with fun and the world could use a bit more of that these days, for sure. We’ll talk about the history of tiki, what are some of the current trends and why it can be a profitable addition to almost any type of restaurant or bar. Plus, you can get a few ideas from Zander’s company - Scandic Bar – by using the catalog link on the Seat Yourself website, just to right of this summary posting.
10 minutes | 17 days ago
To Thine Own Self Be True
In this week’s episode, Dave discusses the #coretrait of being true to yourself and your dreams. And, he does it by discussing the future possibilities that lay in front for TabletopJournal as it approaches its 10th anniversary. Ambiguity and uncertainty are always a part of our future and Dave’s personal approach in this week’s episode brings it home with candor, personality and, as always, without varnish.
38 minutes | a month ago
Jay Allie: Talking His Career, EOT Podcast, Industry Trends & more
In this week’s episode, Jay Allie, friend, co-host of our other podcast Every Other Thursday - and Sr. VP of Sales & Marketing for Stolzle Glassware - comes on to discuss his lengthy sales and marketing career, the current state of the foodservice and hospitality industry. Jay also offers up his take on our Every Other Thursday podcast and how it differs a bit from this podcast. For those of you familiar with Jay, you know there’s never a shortage of stories so you’ll definitely want to tune into this episode.
53 minutes | a month ago
Matt Inwood: Packaging of The Story thru Phone Photography
This week, we are joined by England’s Matt Inwood. Matt is well known in British culinary circles for his creative storytelling and his packaging of chefs, restaurants and their associated stories. In the more recent times, Matt has also become known for his extraordinary phone photography skills. In fact, he is so well regarded in that area he has turned to conducting workshops on helping others to improve their storytelling with images taken from our smartphones. Matt’s workshops and his 3 elements for success form the core of this week’s episode. We also touch on Matt’s other creative talents, including his thoughtful and reflective writing. Matt takes us through his writings and his thoughts on being kind to others and why that is particularly important in these current times. Matt Inwood is a man of depth and many creative talents. Our conversation will allow you insights into who he is, what motivates him and what he knows that can be of help to all of us.
40 minutes | 2 months ago
Greg Kirrish: Talking EOT Podcast, Industry Trends & more
In this week’s episode, Greg Kirrish returns to talk about our Every Other Thursday Podcast - where he is a co-host - and what really differentiates our other podcast. Along with that, Greg weighs in with his unique perspective on the #foodservice and #hospitality industry – and, its tradeshow’s – recovery trajectory. Finally, we close out this episode by learning what destinations are on Greg’s developing travel agenda as the ability to move around our country continues to become easier and easier.
12 minutes | 2 months ago
Positivity: Simple Tips for Brighter Days
In this week’s episode, we discuss our building anticipation of the real beginning of the re-opening of the hospitality sector. Amidst the excitement, there is also the realization that our industry’s recovery will likely not be linear and straightforward. With a patchwork and often erratic recovery, it will take a great deal of positivity to continue to see our way forward. So, this week, we offer up a few simple and easy tips for keeping our individual positivity at a high level and why its important that do that. #positivity Four quick tips, plus a couple of bonus tips – all within our own individual control and best of all, at no cost. Staying positive is always a choice. Make it yours.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Bill Flannery: Balancing Humor to Produce Results
In this week’s episode, we sit with sales entrepreneur extraordinaire Bill Flannery. Based in the Washington – Baltimore marketplace Bill has been on all sides of the supply chain to the foodservice and hospitality industry. Using humor as his calling card, Bill discusses his philosophy for staying in touch with his customers, how he has evolved during the past year and much, much more. If you currently know Bill, this episode will help you know him better – and differently. If you’re not familiar yet with Bill, you definitely will want to understand both who he is – and, how he differentiates himself in the crowded field of sales to the foodservice and hospitality sectors.
8 minutes | 3 months ago
Within The Struggle is Often The Blessing
In this week’s episode, we turn the conversation back to a core belief that, throughout life, there will always be struggles. And, those struggles can be a great source of our strength and help us make decisions that we may have avoided otherwise. Let us all hope to see the many blessings that come from the struggles that life inevitably brings to us. As Helen Keller taught us - “The struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings.” After all, how could you get stronger without overcoming a struggle?
58 minutes | 3 months ago
Cal-Mil: Presentation Upgraded & Company Culture
This week, our episode has a couple of distinct differences. First of all, we have 2 guests – Josh Callahan and Jason Wange, from Cal-Mil. And, secondly, in our opening segment, we will learn from these two top execs all about Cal-Mil which was started more than 50 years ago by Josh’s grandfather. And, then, in our second segment, we are going to learn about the Foodservice Powerplant Network that Jason has started as a support resource within the foodservice and hospitality industry. What we were most curious about is Cal-Mil’s strong support of the FSPN and exactly where this new FB support group fits into the company’s larger overall purpose and culture. In this episode you’ll hear from both Josh and Jason how these two organizations fit together and, perhaps, it may have just been a bit of destiny that it has all come together so well.
47 minutes | 3 months ago
Post COVID: Trends in Spirits & Mixology
This week, Zander Lauritzen Hansen returns to give us his take on the trends that he sees continuing with us into the future now that the pandemic horizon is – possibly - finally starting to show itself. Much has changed in the past 12 months and there are many new avenues that both operators and spirits companies are traveling to reach their target markets. Copenhagen-based and a global leader in the bartending & mixology scene and owner of bar supply company Scandic Bar, Zander brings us the latest on the trends that he feels have the staying power to be with us for the long-term.
13 minutes | 4 months ago
Gratefulness In The Face of Great Challenge
In this week’s episode, we return to a conversation on gratefulness, but with a special perspective on being grateful in the face of great challenge. This past year has seen nearly all of us face challenges both big and small. Both personal and professional. And, while it has been a tough time for everyone, in particular, it’s been difficult for those throughout the hospitality industry. In this year-ending episode, we take a new look at why it is important to know our “Why” and what remaining grateful in the face of great challenge can mean to us and our organization. And, we even get a bit personal along the way.
15 minutes | 5 months ago
Simple Leadership - Purpose
In our next installment of keeping-things-simple leadership, this episode of our Seat Yourself podcast focuses on the concept of PURPOSE and its heightened importance during complicated and stressful times. Purpose, whether it's our own individual purpose or the purpose of our organization, can offer a guiding pathway through uncertain and often turbulent times. What is purpose? Why is it important? And, finally, how do we find our purpose? All important questions and we address each of them in this latest episode of our Seat Yourself podcast.
38 minutes | 5 months ago
Sustainability: All In the World of Cocktails & Mixology
This week, friend of the podcast and cocktail & spirits guru Zander Lauritzen Hansen returns to continue the conversation about cocktails and mixology. This episode focuses all on the issue of sustainability. What it means, why its important and what, specifically, bar and restaurant operators can do to up their sustainability game. Zander always brings his passion and energy when joining us and this episode is no different. He also offers us several great takeaways for improving sustainability in the areas of Purchasing, Operations, and Marketing/Storytelling. And, finally as we close out this episode, Zander shares with listeners a great new surprise… all in this episode of Seat Yourself.
55 minutes | 6 months ago
Paulo De Tarso: A Devotion to The Details of Dining
This week, we’re honored to be celebrating our 100 th episode with one of our most passionate guests – London’s Paulo De Tarso. Having climbed the ranks and worked with some of the world’s best, Paulo is a noted restaurateur, founder of London's Margot Restaurant and now is preparing his next great adventure. A master of the front of the house dining experience, Paulo knows that often it is the little things that make all the difference. In our conversation, Paulo shares his wisdom and his passion for the hospitality industry while giving insights into just what is required to exceed guests' expectations and to create those very special, very memorable dining experiences. Come listen to our conversation with Paulo and feel the energy of his spirit of hospitality on this very special episode of Seat Yourself.
16 minutes | 6 months ago
Simple Leadership - Trust
With a return of the COVID-10 pandemic impacting many regions of the world, many in the #foodservice & #hospitality industry are returning to a tighter lockdown situation. Leaders at all levels far beyond just the C-suite are being stretched in ways never dreamed of before we all became far too familiar with the word pandemic. So, this week begins a “keeping-things-simple” series on leadership in complicated times. This occasionally appearing series will focus on the cornerstones of Simple Leadership and our first episode is on Trust.
49 minutes | 6 months ago
Life After Redundancy
This week, we interview #tabletop expert Simon Whitney from just outside of Stoke-On-Trent in the UK. After a very successful and lengthy career as UK hospitality Sales Executive for the well-known Villeroy & Boch brand, Simon found his position being made redundant. Now, during the current COVID-19 pandemic, Simon Whitney has just started his own sales agency representing V&B and others after the life-changing event that was no fault of his own. Add to those challenges, the UK has just now gone back into intense lockdown mode. So, we’ve been looking forward to catching up with Simon to talk about what life is like after redundancy and to learn more about his thoughts as he made his decision to start his agency. And, finally and most importantly, we want to learn about his plans for his agency and the brands he represents.
11 minutes | 6 months ago
The Greatest Moments
If you’re feeling extra stressed these days, its small wonder why. With stricter lockdowns returning in regions all around the world, the chaos of the American elections and the Thanksgiving holiday all playing into our psyches, it’s little wonder why there is so much confusion, distrust and depression in the world. That’s why I thought it might be helpful to us remember and to reflect on some of the great moments we all have in our lives – what they are and why they’re so important. Being grateful for all we have – and understanding what the hospitality industry does to strengthen our cultural fabric – are the central themes for this episode of Seat Yourself. Cheers, Dave
12 minutes | 7 months ago
Upskilling: Sharpening Our Foodservice Saw
With the foodservice and hospitality industry undergoing global transformational change, many of us are reflecting on our positions and considering if now is the time to make a few changes. This week, we offer up considerations to ponder before undertaking our journeys of change – whether they be personal or professional. And, we discuss what the rewards can when we achieve our desired destinations.
10 minutes | 7 months ago
Boosting Communication in Times of Crisis
This week, we offer up 7 quick steps on how to improve and elevate communications both internally and externally. In times of crisis such as COVID-19, communication becomes very critical to how organizations navigate their way through the turbulence. Both employees and customers want to know what a company or organization’s plans are, even as those plans are evolving. So, leaders need to be sure the correct message is being conveyed. In this episode, we discuss 7 quick steps from the American Psychological Association for doing just that.
38 minutes | 7 months ago
The Psychology of The Glass 2.0
This week, cocktail & spirits guru Zander Lauritzen Hansen returns to continue the conversation about the psychology that glassware brings to the overall hospitality guest experience. This time, however, we dig deeper discussing specific spirits and drinks such as whisky and tiki-drinks. Then, Zander gives us his take on the psychological importance of glassware to the wine and beer guest. We finish up with a lively discussion about sustainability and open the door to future episodes with a conversation on low and no-alcohol beverages. All in one single episode!
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