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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

Oct 22, 2020

Stephen Koster and his wife Anne Stuart Koster have accepted the daunting task of replacing a legend in Chef John Toler of Bloomsbury Bistro. Despite the challenges of replacing a legend, reopening during Covid and all the financial burdens of opening a restaurant during any period, the Kosters believe this is what they were meant to be doing! Here's what we learned;

  • What it means to be a chef run restaurant?
  • The confusion of French bistro vs New American fare?
  • When we truly learn, it's often from our mistakes.
  • Matt fumbles the famous Steve Jobs quote but here's what he meant to say-  “It doesn't make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.”

This one is an inspiration!


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The NC F&B Podcast is Produced and Engineered by Max Trujillo of Trujillo Media

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