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Hospitality industry veterans, Max Trujillo and Matthew Weiss, get behind the scenes of North Carolina's burgeoning food and beverage culture. Hear from local chefs, sommelier's, distillers, farmers, brewers and the whole lot of them in the NC F&B podcast. 

"Our intention is to create a behind-the-scenes conversation between industry professionals. Whether we are speaking with an advanced level sommelier about their wine program or a chef about breaking down an entire pig, we just want the conversation to be real, unedited and honest. The food and beverage world is a unique industry, and North Carolina's food scene is growing everyday.

Take a listen. We hope to entertain, teach and inspire while offering some specific information about the NC food scene."

 -Max & Matt

Jul 12, 2018

Never Work A Day In Your Life

That’s what Tina Vaughn and Chef Chip Smith have accomplished by opening The Simone in the Upper East Side of NYC. Never before will you hear a story of such genuine dedication to hospitality. Tina left her career as a Rockette to work with Chip when she realized his talent and attention...

Jul 5, 2018

In this episode, we speak to the Beverage Director of Giorgios Group, as well as many of Chef Matt Kelly’s restaurants in Durham, Michael Maller.

Micahel reveals his secrets of how to get hired at top restaurants, how he manages multiple properties while building one of the best wine programs in North Carolina, and...

Jun 28, 2018

How to create a successful wine bar franchise?

Lindsay Rice fused passion and education into a profession. As if achieving a masters degree in Art and Museum studies from Georgetown University wasn’t enough, Lindsay went on to complete WSET Sommelier level 1 certification! Putting her formidable education into...

Jun 21, 2018

Want to start your own Vodka Company?

You will find all the answers you need by listening to this episode with the founders and creators of Social House Vodka! We cover everything from how to create a Vodka recipe, to sourcing local corn and dealing with state and federal distribution laws. Social House isn’t just a...

Jun 14, 2018

These two not only do, they teach too.


You would have to be out of your mind to convert a 1959 Airstream Tradewind trailer into a food truck, wouldn’t you? Well, when Chef Paul Malcolm and Chef Brian Campbell are not instructing perspective chefs (at Johnson and Wales Charlotte) they are retrofitting their...