Heard Podcast

Heard! is a food, beverage, and hospitality podcast featuring interviews with leading industry professionals at the local and national level. The concept is a Detroit based collaboration between the Detroit Optimist Society, the Hungry Dudes, and NickDrinks.com. Please check us out online at www.heardpodcast.com to listen in and learn more about the guys. Cheers!

Heard! Podcast – Episode 125 F*ck Diets. Lift Stuff. Sweat.

Dr. Amy Latawiec, owner of Rebel Cycle Studio in Detroit, joins us. The holidays can be a stressful time. How do we navigate the desire to be healthy, tend to obligations, and remain happy during the “most joyful time of the year?” What does being healthy or fit even mean? Amy has been a trainer…

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Heard! Podcast – Episode 124 Round Two with Street Beet

We talked to Nina and Meghan from Street Beet back in March 2019, just before their adventure to Los Angeles for the Vegan Street Fair. Since then, a lot has happened. Of course, they’re continuing their series of successful pop ups. They were also finalists for Hatch Detroit and they’re currently using IndieGoGo to fund…

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Heard! Podcast – Episode 123 What might happen if we raise the minimum wage?

In a mostly symbolic gesture, the House of Representatives voted to increase the minimum wage to $15/hr in Summer 2019. If the minimum wage were to increase, how would that impact hospitality businesses? We are joined by Sandy Levine, owner of The Oakland, Chartreuse, and the upcoming Freya and Dragonfly, and Frank Lanzkron-Tamarazo, owner of…

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Heard! Podcast – Detroit’s Only Winery

Chris Southern, General Manager & Director of Production of Detroit Vineyards, joins us to discuss what it’s like operating Detroit’s first winery in 60 years. Detroit Vineyards is inside the former Stroh’s Ice Cream building on Gratiot & Antietam. Southern has been with Detroit Vineyards for just five weeks, but he has big plans. To…

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Heard! Podcast – Episode 121 A Discussion about Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment in the restaurant industry is pervasive. According to a recent Harvard Business Review article, 90% of women and 70% of men report being harassed. I am joined this week by Melanie Mack, a bartendress, and my special co-host Sagen Isham of Working Class Outlaws. Our discussion starts with some facts about sexual harassment…

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Heard! Podcast – Episode 120 A Clowder of Bobcats

Last time we spoke with Matt Buskard, owner of Bobcat Bonnie’s, he was reopening the second Bobcat Bonnie’s in Wyandotte. Since Episode 56 in April 2018, Matt has reopened Wyandotte and has opened a new location in Ferndale and is about to open one in Ypsilanti. Opening one successful location is tricky, but what about…

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Heard! Podcast – Episode 119 Leading with Kindness

Christine Anschuetz is the Pastry Chef at The Henry in Dearborn, MI. Christine attended culinary school in her 30s after leaving her job as a teacher. She has brought a lot of what she learned in teaching to her career as a chef. Her love of the culinary world is very evident. She chooses to…

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Heard! Podcast – Episode 118 Duck Fat Sidecar, Mushroom Juice, & Lactofermented Cherries

Executive Chef Ken Miller and Restaurant Manager Jackie Phillips of Toasted Oak Grill & Market in Novi, MI, join us this week to discuss front and back of house operations of their award winning restaurant. Toasted Oak is inside of The Baronette Renaissance Detroit, but is much more than what you might assume a hotel…

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Heard! Podcast – Episode 117 Chef to the World Cup Champions

Chef Teren Green (Chef T) joins us to talk about his path from cooking in Royal Oak to cooking for the 2019 FIFA World Cup Champions United States Women’s Soccer Team. Chef T made stops in upstate New York and Auburn Hills too. We discuss clean eating, recovery meals, superstitions, and much more. The importance…

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Heard! Podcast – Episode 116 The Magic of M Cantina

“The Liquid Chef” Junior Merino is the Executive Chef at M Cantina in Dearborn, MI. Merino’s approach to food and drink is steeped in history, familial connections, and sensory exploration. Calling M Cantina, “a Mexican restaurant,” is only part of the story. Yes, Merino is cooking Mexican food, but his explanation of what that means…

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