Together We Win
By MRA Podcast
Welcome to "Together We Win", the Massachusetts Restaurant Association Podcast featuring President & CEO Bob Luz, Vice President of Operations Kerry Miller, and Vice President of Government Affairs Steve Clark. Tune in as they discuss the industry's leading topics with interviews and guest speakers that you won't want to miss. For more information on the MRA, please visit TheMassRest.org.
Episode 21: Bring on The Holiday Season
Tune in to this episode of the MRA Together We Win podcast hosted by President and CEO, Steve Clark, and Vice President of Operations Kerry Miller, as the two are joined by two very different but equally intriguing guests. First we hear from nationally recognized and critically acclaimed comedian Tony V, followed by Co-Founder of Gastronomical Adventures Consulting and Professor at FIU Champlin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Chris Muller.
November 23, 2022
Episode 20: Boss Energy and Bourbon
Listen in as President and CEO of the MRA, Steve Clark, and Vice President of Operations, Kerry Miller, are joined at the table by their first ever in-person guest on the Together We Win Podcast. Chef Denise Herrera, Vice President of Food & Beverage at Burtons Grill and Red Heat Tavern kicks off the show in the hot seat. She then guest hosts as the three are joined by former Burton’s Grill bartender turned independent business-owner, Justin Morales, President and Founder of Up n’ Down, Rock and Bourbon.
October 31, 2022
Episode 19: Welcome to Fall
The Fall is in full swing in Boston and this month JP Faiella from Image Unlimited Communications (IUCBoston) returns to join hosts Steve Clark, President of the MRA and Vice President of Operations, Kerry Miller at the table. This month’s guests on the podcast are Vinny Lombardi, Senior Vice President Operations at The Lyons Group and Ryan Dion, Chief Operating Officer of 110 Grill.
September 26, 2022
Episode 18: End of Summer Episode
Out with the old and in with the new as the MRA Podcast welcomes New MRA President Steve Clark and a new 3-host format along with Kerry Miller. This episode’s guest host is JP Faiella from Image Unlimited Communications (IUCBoston) and features guests David Lombardo, Director of Operations at Lombardo’s Hospitality Group and Christopher Tocchio, Director of Strategy & Operations at RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design.
August 30, 2022
Episode 17: Passing the Baton
It’s officially summer season for the restaurant world—and that means outdoor patios are filled, chilled cocktails are clinked, and, for the MRA team, industry veteran, Bob Luz, is retiring. On this episode of “Together We Win,” the team sits down for an emotional send-off for Luz, and opens an exciting, new chapter for the MRA. Bob sits down with the new President & CEO of the MRA, Steve Clark, for an intimate interview as they verbally pass the baton along and cheers to new beginnings. Steve recaps all things Detroit-style pizza and opening a restaurant during the pandemic with Kris Gullapalli, Founder of Square Mfg. Co.. And Kerry Miller is joined by Chad Horn, Co-Founder of Partnerships at Devour, to discuss the benefits of intersecting blockchain and restaurants.
June 20, 2022
Episode 16: April Showers Bring May Excitement
After an April episode hiatus to focus on the New England Food Show, the MRA team is BACK serving up new content for the restaurant industry. On this episode of “Together We Win,” the MRA team chats about an exciting and lively season to come for restaurants and Massachusetts sports fans alike. Bob Luz sits down with Sean Kennedy, Executive VP of Public Affairs at the National Restaurant Association, discuss all things restaurant news. Steve Clark chats with Chef Erin Miller of Cambridge’s Urban Hearth restaurant about her time in the food show and what the slow food movement means to her. And Kerry Miller is joined by Brett Swanson, Senior Manager of Community Affairs & Social Impact at Grubhub, to discuss ways in which even large companies can support the little ones.
May 23, 2022
Episode 15: All About the New England Food Show
It’s (almost) showtime! On this special New England Food Show episode of “Together We Win,” the MRA team is joined by various talent and vendors as they give a sneak peek of their stories before they hit the stage in April. Listen to Bob Luz chat with Jeff Bean of Trimark United East about his journey within the food service industry. Steve Clark sits down with celebrity chef, Andy Husbands, about all things BBQ, and maybe a little whiskey. And Kerry Miller is joined by Marian Leitner, Founder of Archer Rose Wines, about ruffling the feathers of the canned wine industry. After getting a taste of some of the talent to come, book your ticket at the show by heading to https://www.newenglandfoodshow.com/.
March 21, 2022
Episode 14: Navigating a Complicated Frontier
Winter is in full swing, mask mandates are being lifted, staffing issues remain. Local restauranteurs and restaurant industry folks alike are juggling an assortment of exciting and challenging factors as springtime approaches. On this episode of “Together We Win,” the MRA team looks towards an exciting future. Bob Luz sits down with Charlie Noyes, President of all 103 Ninety Nine Restaurant & Bar locations, to chat about how to keep a brand relevant over decades. Steve Clark chats with Joe Piantedosi of Piantedosi Baking Company about supply chain issues, bread, and getting back to business…in style, of course. And Kerry Miller is joined by Red 13 Creative’s very own Mark Roberge and Shaun Lichtenstein, the team that makes this podcast magic happen! The crew discusses how they’ve pivoted their business and how they can offer support to help restaurants get back on their feet.
March 07, 2022
Episode 13: Cheers to 2022
Out with 2021 and in with 2022! On this episode of “Together We Win,” the Massachusetts Restaurant Association crew talks about sports, politics, and lifestyle TV in the New Year. Bob Luz is joined by NBC’s Lifestyle Expert, Anna Rossi, as they discuss her journey to becoming one of Boston’s most beloved TV personalities. Steve Clark talks with Doug Bacon of Red Paint Hospitality Group about a changing financial climate within the restaurant industry and beyond, and the role legislation plays in all of it. And Kerry Miller chats with Travis Rafferty, Founder and CEO of Captain, about their revolutionary BYOD (bring your own device) POS system.
January 25, 2022
Episode 12: Winter Holiday Edition
On this holiday episode of “Together We Win,” The Massachusetts Restaurant Association’s podcast, the crew sits down to discuss the holidays and end of year happenings with exciting guests. Bob Luz is joined by the Food and Entertainment Editor of Boston Magazine, Scott Kearnan, as they discuss restaurant ratings and the…fluffernutter? Steve Clark has the honor of chatting with the podcast’s first repeat guest, Frank McLaughlin, Partner at Antares Group, about prepping for end of year financials in the restaurant industry. And Kerry Miller speaks with Derek Canton, Founder and CEO of Paerpay about the past, present, and future of the POS system.
December 21, 2021
Episode 11: Thanksgiving Edition
Have time on your hands while the turkey is in the oven? Pop in and listen to this special Thanksgiving episode of “Together We Win,” the official podcast of The Massachusetts Restaurant Association. Family is in town! Bob Luz interviews his brother, David Luz, about his vast experience working at everything from the national level at The Cheesecake Factory, a local, independent brand, and now his newest venture out in Arizona. Steve Clark interviews MRA’s own Jennifer Almeida, Director of Education for MRA’s Educational Foundation, about teaching the next generation of the restaurant industry. And Kerry Miller talks all things hospitality with Matt Camilleri, Managing Director of RealFood Consulting.
November 23, 2021
Episode 10: Halloween Edition
On this month’s spooky Halloween episode, the “Together We Win” crew from The Massachusetts Restaurant Association chats about everything from trick-or-treating and the Red Sox the lack of diversity in Massachusetts’s restaurant scene and to preparing for crises post-pandemic. Bob Luz sits down with Darryl Settles, President and Partner of Catalyst Ventures Development, to talk about his experience enhancing Boston while providing economic opportunities and increasing diversity. Steve Clark talks with John Napolitano of US Wealth Management about what we can learn financially from the COVID-19 pandemic. And Kerry Miller speaks with Kassandra and Courtney Pike about their Fliptable app, ranked #1 for finding and posting restaurant jobs.
October 31, 2021
Episode 9: Falling Back in Session
With kids back in school, Congress back in session, & the Patriots back on the field, this episode of “Together We Win” – The Massachusetts Restaurant Association Podcast covers new Fall beginnings and the end of the summer season. Bob Luz interviews Rhonda Kallman, Founder & CEO of Boston Harbor Distillery, about whiskey & her journey through the beverage world. Steve Clark talks with Arpit Patel of Baramor in Newton Centre about his experience as a local restaurant owner during the pandemic. And Kerry Miller speaks with transgender activist, CEO of Pollo West Corp, & Founder of the California Transgender Workplace Program, Michaela Mendelsohn about her role helping transwomen navigate and conquer the restaurant industry.
September 29, 2021
Episode 8: Temperatures Rising!
Temperatures are rising on this episode of “Together We Win” – The Massachusetts Restaurant Association Podcast, as the team discusses final summer happenings. Bob Luz interviews former Red Sox legend, Kevin Youkilis, about his transition from the baseball field to the craft beer world. Steve Clark talks all about restaurant-centric politics with Shannon Meade, VP of Public Policy & Legal Advocacy at the National Restaurant Association. And Kerry Miller speaks with Leanne Gordon of ServeUp Savings about ways to save money during these strange financial times.
August 31, 2021
Episode 7: A Summer Reopened & Reimagined
With summer in full swing, on this episode of “Together We Win” – The Massachusetts Restaurant Association Podcast, the team discussed getting back to normal in the restaurant industry and beyond. Bob Luz interviews the ‘Nightlife King’, Ed Kane, Owner of Big Night Entertainment Group. Steve Clark talks with MRA publicist and CEO of Image Unlimited Communications, JP Faiella. And Kerry Miller speaks with Jeff Koons, VP of Construction Services at Trimark United East, about how restaurants and restaurant design may look moving forward.
August 05, 2021
Episode 6: Mask Off Edition
On this episode of “Together We Win” – The Massachusetts Restaurant Association Podcast, the team celebrates life after vaccinations and discusses the past, present, and future of the restaurant industry. Bob Luz interviews Cindy Brown, CEO of the Boston Duck Tour Group, about her experience working with a Boston tourism staple. Steve Clark speaks with MRA Chairman and Acquitane Group Partner, Jeff Gates, and Kerry discusses staffing shortage solutions with Todd Snopkowski, Founder and CEO of Snapchef Culinary Staffing & Training.
June 30, 2021
Episode 5: Spring Arrival
On this episode of “Together We Win” – The Massachusetts Restaurant Association Podcast, the team celebrates the arrival of Spring in Boston and talks what a post-covid Massachusetts looks like. Bob Luz interviews Billy Shore, the founder and executive chair of Share Our Strength, the parent organization for the No Kid Hungry campaign. Steve Clark talks tax time with Frank McLaughlin, Partner and CPA at Antares Group and Kerry speaks with Lisa Flores Founder & President at SERV - Society for Event Planners Restaurant Venues.
April 30, 2021
Episode 4: March Madness
On this episode of “Together We Win” – The Massachusetts Restaurant Association Podcast, the team talks March Madness and laments about the upcoming Spring in Boston. Bob Luz interviews Shayna Seymour co-host from the iconic show Chronicle on WCVB. Steve Clark interviews Mike Whatley, Vice President, State Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy at the National Restaurant Association and Kerry chats up Ryan Jones, Vice President of Operations at the Lyons Group.
March 18, 2021
Episode 3: The Inauguration Show
On this episode of “Together We Win” – The Massachusetts Restaurant Association Podcast, the team records the day before the 2021 presidential inauguration. Bob Luz interviews Chef Jason Santos. Chef Santos talks about coming up in the industry, his early days, Hell’s Kitchen, about his restaurants, opening his newest venture during the COVID-19 Pandemic (B&B Fish) and becoming the Sous Chef for Chef Gordon Ramsey. Steve sits down with Massachusetts State Senator Nick Collins and talks all things restaurants and Kerry chats up Chris Muller about the current state of the industry and what to look forward to in the not-so-distant future.
January 22, 2021
Episode 2: The Holiday Episode!
On this episode of “Together We Win” – The Massachusetts Restaurant Association Podcast, Bob Luz interviews Jenny Johnson from NESN’s Dining Playbook, Steve Clark interviews John Schall from El Jefe’s Taqueria about the truth behind third party delivery including fees and “ghosting” and Kerry Miller chats with Energy Partner Sprague Energy about how COVID-19 has impacted restaurants.
December 21, 2020
Episode 1: Pre-Election Special
On the inaugural episode of “Together We Win” – The Massachusetts Restaurant Association Podcast, Bob Luz interviews Mayor Marty Walsh Mayor of Boston and Kerry Miller chats with Martignetti Companies on the state of the beverage industry.
December 09, 2020