How will the restaurants and hospitality industry move forward? How are you adjusting to provide the same level of service and hold true to your mission?
We are grateful to have our esteemed panel attending to guide us through their new reality of the restaurant world for Bootleg Avocado Presents: Hospitality 2.0.
A huge thank you to:
Ron Silver, Chef, Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Azuca
Jen Johnson & Serafina Palendech, Chef, Co-founders, A Boring Life, Inc.
Holden Jagger, Chef, Co-founder, Altered Plates Hospitality
Our live recording of Bootleg Avocado L.L.C. Presents: Innovation Drive, at the intersection of culinary and cannabis.
Our panelists included Mike Hennesy, Director of Innovation, Wana Brands; Yahav Blaicher, Co-founder, CTO, Kaneh-B; Carolina Vazquez Mitchell, Co-founder, Ciencia Labs.
- 2020 R&D Outlook
- White Spaces in Edibles
- Deciding Performance vs. Brand
- The Infrastructure Innovation
With pandemic mania infiltrating our lives, we tend to look for brands that can help us balance our stress and mental health. Enter Unity Wellness Co. - Founder and CEO, Alex Valley, breaks down his start into the CBD beverage space and where he is taking his newborn brand in 2020. Definitely some uncharted territory ahead.
What does navigating through the current pandemic crisis look like for early stage entrepreneurs? In this episode, we had a chat with Marc Siden, CEO of Cloud Water. We discussed how he is keeping his company true to their mission while also staying afloat. Given the high demand of cannabis infused brands, is the grass greener on the other side?
We launched our event series, Bootleg Avocado Presents, on Feb 27, 2019 - a cold winter night in NYC. With over 120 attendees we ushered in a new type of event focused on the intersection of culinary and cannabis. Our panelists included Scott Jennings from Pantry, Rachel King from Kaneh Co., David Yusefzadeh from Cloud Creamery, and Kaelan Castetter from the Castetter Sustainability Group. For those who couldn't attend, here is what you missed....
This week we sat down with Kaelan Castetter, CEO of the Castetter Sustainability Group, and dug into what its like to run a family business in the cannabis industry. How has the group supported and grown other hemp companies through advocacy and regulatory strife in the Empire State? Also what does their CBD infused wine taste like?
What does it take to launch a food brand in the cannabis space? Scott Jennings, Co-founder & CEO, Pantry Food Co. stops by to talk about his transition from Wall Street to being at the helm of a chef driven food brand. How do you choose your "investors'" while also investing in your team?
This week, we had the pleasure to chat with Serafina Palandech, Co-founder and CEO of A Boring Life. We discuss the current landscape for early stage startups in the food cannabis space and what it takes to survive in the first few months with impending regulatory changes on the horizon.
Who doesn't like ice cream?! Founder and CEO, David Yusefzadeh, of Cloud Creamery stops by to chat about his journey through restaurant life and how his bout with Crohn's Disease lead him into exploring cannabis and eventually creating Cloud Creamery.
Happy New Year Everyone! Last week, we had the pleasure of speaking with Rachel King, Chief Development Officer, of Kaneh Company. Rachel started in the fine dining scene in San Diego and decided to take a risk into the cannabis industry. So sit back, relax and listen to her journey while eating one of her delicious Kaneh brownies.
This week we had the pleasure of speaking with, Christine Yi, co-founder and chief brand officer of Potli. We discuss their unique approach to the CDB infused edibles market and how they crafted their products for high functional individuals.
In this episode we chat with CEO, Melanie Goldsmith of Pollen. Melanie gives us the story of how her first company forced her to find a way to deal with the rigors of startup life, ultimately leading her to launch Pollen.
In the episode, we had to opportunity be a fly on the wall at Adrian Farquharson's MARY holiday pop up at the Come Back Daily storefront. MARY explores ways to educate and enlighten our society on cannabis culture; change negative impressions and eliminate stigmas; and cultivate community and togetherness with family and friends. Interviews include: Amy Chin of Calm Better Days, Minchul An of Buzzn, Sylvia Wehrle of June, and Sara Kern of Papa & Barkley.
We chat with Meenal Lele, Founder and CEO of Lil Mixins. Their mission is very simple: make early introduction easy so they can put an end to food allergies. This is the one episode you don't want to miss if you are a new parent.
In this episode we chat with CEO, Mike Straight of FarmPod. With the numerous farming options out there, Mike takes us through his world of Aquaponics and how his FarmPods have revolutionized food service, education, and other industries.
Bootleg Avocado brings you TBJ Gourmet, next level bacon jams. Chef and owner, Mike Oraschewsky, walks us through his product line of jams and rubs and chats about his journey out of restaurants for good. Help support his equity crowd funding campaign on Wefunder!
In this episode we talk to Lucas Sin, Culinary Director of Junzi - how he has been able to re-translate Chinese (regional) cuisine to a QSR concept and change the stigmatism of MSG heavy Chinese food to be EVERYDAY healthy food.
In this episode we jump into the world of (vegan) jerky and chat with director of sales at Foreal Foods, Max Buckner. Foreal Foods' (formerly Cocoburg) sustainable production model uses up-cycled young coconut meat from the waste stream of coconut water production in Thailand. Max also shares with us the importance of "listening" and how to properly execute a re-brand.
This week we have, Nic Bash, founder of HoneyFlower Foods: a health food company focused on making great tasting food products with scalably sustainable ingredients and zero waste. We discuss the journey from Michelin starred kitchens, to product development, and finally to launching in a busy grab and go space in both DC and NYC. Hold on to your plant-based butts!
In this episode we chat with, Klaus Moeller, CEO of Boardwalk Hospitality. We discuss his new venture, Surf Dog, located in Venice Beach. What are the keys to investing in franchises? What lessons were learned in his previous businesses, spread across multiple industries? And how people can get involved in investing into Surf Dog!
In this episode, we talk with SERDAR MIZRAKCI of Element Farms. With the explosion of vertical farming and the demand for hydroponic products, Serdar has been able to provide a year-round, pesticide free, and scalable spinach product.
Sam Lillie, CEO and co-founder of Vinder, stops by and chats about his journey into the agriculture world and the unglamorous lifestyle of starting his company. Vinder connects home growers who have an abundant garden with community members looking for local produce - just "neighbors feedings neighbors".
In the latest episode of Bootleg Avocado - Food Ventures, we talk to Jonny Price of Wefunder and tackle the world of crowd funding. What are the different types of (equity) funding platforms out there? And how can you get the most out of raising money without giving up control your company?
In this episode, we jump back into the food tech space, with Ken Kuo of Ingest AI. We dive into the importance of having a strong co-founder and how that has guided them to create their data integration platform as a solution to the fragmented systems within the restaurant industry.
In this episode, we talk to Jill Frechtman of "Fretzels" about the trials and tribulations of growing a product and brand in the age before social media and easy website apps. The wild wild west of CPG!
In this episode we discuss the double sided marketplace with CEO and Founder of Foodie For All, Oge Akyil. What was her inspiration to jump into a logistically heavy business and what has been the craziest request she's gotten from a client.
We explore what’s happening in the Vegan world with cookbook author, Chef, punk rocker, and Vegan Boss Lady, Terry Hope Romero. Also introducing entrepreneur J.J. Williams of Best Life Foods and diving into his cauliflower centric products.
In this episode we explore how the VC world operates, how to prepare yourself as an entrepreneur and what NOT to do via Elise Baros of First Rock Capital. In addition we have a talk with Hernan Aracena, co-founder of Effortless and learn about his fail story and how salt bae changed mounting loss.