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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

May 6, 2021

The guys sit down with UNC Football's 2nd leading all time scorer Connor Barth and CEO  Mark Bloomquist to discuss Wilmington, NC's own, Blue Shark Vodka. Here is what they learned;

  • Why North Carolina Sweet Corn makes delicious vodka.
  • What is it like inside the mind of an NFL kicker when the game is on the line?
  • How to scale a homegrown product to national levels?
  • Did Connor Barth have any tackles in his NFL career?
  • Which of Mac or Matt's children will grow up to be NFL kickers because of the Barth Brothers annual kicking camp.




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