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#82: High On Baseball… And Edibles

#82: High On Baseball… And Edibles

June 27, 2019

After experiencing Medieval Times high as kites, the Katchup crew continued its mission of replicating nostalgic events under the influence of new cannabis-infused snacks. This episode, they guys popped in some edibles and ate their way through Angels Stadium in Anaheim, CA.

On a mission to find the best food in the stadium, Elie and Geoff scoured every corner, on every level, in an attempt to satisfy their case of the munchies.

A very high Elie spent a lot of the night arguing the legitimacy of baseball as a sport, while Geoff was irrationally terrified of being judged by the way he was eating in public.

The guys tried their best to document the night's happenings, with a sober Producer Izzy there confirming and denying what actually happened.

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#81: From Dropout To Serial Restaurateur w/ Andy ‘Cool’ Nguyen

#81: From Dropout To Serial Restaurateur w/ Andy ‘Cool’ Nguyen

June 20, 2019

Afters Ice Cream is arguably one of the hottest ice cream chains in the world, and was actually Andy Nguyen's first foray into the food and restaurant world.

Before Nguyen changed the ice cream game and became a serial entrepreneur, he was a less-than-impressive student just trying to find his way in this world. 

Nguyen hopped on The Foodbeast Katchup podcast in a very raw interview, talking about his troubles as a high school student, being talked into real estate despite having no knowledge, and eventually discovering that he has a knack for helping build restaurant concepts. 

With over 15 different restaurants under his belt, Nguyen left his mark on Orange County, Los Angeles, and as he revealed in the conversation, the Las Vegas Strip is next. 

Listen to his journey, and how he learned to be an restaurateur on the fly.

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Elie Ayrouth (@bookofelie)

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Andy Nguyen (@andthenguyen)

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#80: Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge: A BREAKdown

#80: Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge: A BREAKdown

June 17, 2019

Disneyland's much anticipated Star Wars land, a Galaxy's Edge, has finally opened to the public.

After visiting twice since opening, The Katchup's Elie Ayrouth, a resident Disneyland Annual Passholder has some very specific feedback on the dedicated Star Wars experience. To add fuel to the fire, friend of the podcast Bobby Navarro, another Disney fanatic who's been THREE times, joins in on the fun.

 

Along with Geoff's inquisitive nature, the three breakdown the good, the bad, and the confusedly ridiculous elements of Disneyland's newest land, Star Wars Galaxy's Edge. No food, droid or boba-filled cocktail is left un-sipped on this episode, and we tell you EXACTLY what to spend your money on during your first visit to Star Wars Galaxy's Edge.

 

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Elie Ayrouth (@bookofelie)
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Your Guests:

Bobby Navarro, Events & PR @ Foodbeast, Also Disney fanatic ( @bobbybeenthere)

 

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Isai Rocha (@izzy_serious)

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#79: Origin Story: House of Blues

#79: Origin Story: House of Blues

June 6, 2019

 

 

Another great week in the world of KATCHING UP with the coolest people in the food game.

 

This week's guest is Michael Grozier, House of Blues employee #1. House of Blues is a rock & blues-themed music chain with Southern food that was founded back in 1992! Under the tutelage of Hard Rock Cafe and House of Blues founder Isaac Tigrett, we talk about what it was like on opening day 1992, what it was like having your company bought out by Live Nation, and becoming the country's largest music venue chain spanning almost 3 decades!

From a 180-sq foot venue in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1992, to over 11 locations nationally, 2300+ shows annually and over 2,500 employees, the building of this empire is a roller coaster story you don't want to miss!

 

 

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Elie Ayrouth (@bookofelie)
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Michael Grozier (House of Blues Employee #1, EVP of Operations Live Nation Clubs & Theatres)

Walter Sawicki: National Restaurant Director, House of Blues

 

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Isai Rocha (@izzy_serious)

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From Jail To Fusion Powerhouse, The Story Of Fatima’s Grill

From Jail To Fusion Powerhouse, The Story Of Fatima’s Grill

May 31, 2019

The Katchup episode we spent with Ali Elreda of Fatima's Grill was one of our personal favorites, and one of the most listened to episodes in the catalog. With Fatima's Grill's continued growth, we figured this week would be a good time to bring this episode back up for new listeners who may not have heard this incredible story.

 

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We dive into prison food through the eyes of a man who worked the kitchen, only to open his own 'Insta-famous' restaurant years later. Self-made entrepreneur, Ali Elreda of Fatima's Grill, joins The Katchup podcast and touches on his troubled past, using Instagram as a tool to launch a restaurant, and why everyone is obsessed with Hot Cheeto menu items.

 

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Elie Ayrouth (@bookofelie)
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Your Guest:

Ali Elreda (@faasgrill)

 

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Isai Rocha (@izzy_serious)

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#78: NBA’s Secret Eating Habits w/ ESPN’s Baxter Holmes

#78: NBA’s Secret Eating Habits w/ ESPN’s Baxter Holmes

May 23, 2019

NBA players are often seen as larger than life personas, and inaccessible, but ESPN Senior Writer Baxter Holmes has found a way to unify them with the common fan, through food. 

Holmes has covered the NBA for nearly a decade, and has uncovered some of the league's biggest eating quirks; from a league-wide obsession with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, to the Portland Trailblazer's almost necessary caffeine addictions

The legendary Holmes joins the Foodbeast Katchup Podcast and shares these peculiar moments with us, what led to him pursuing these stories, and how they carry a humanizing effect toward people who are often just seen as figures we watch on TV. 

Holmes goes in-depth in discussing how San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popovich has built a special team camaraderie through intimate dinners, how wine became a hobby for several players, and even how he found out Kobe Bryant consumed bone broth as part of his daily health routine.    

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Baxter Holmes (@baxter)

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#77: World’s Best Pizza Lands In Hollywood

#77: World’s Best Pizza Lands In Hollywood

May 16, 2019

Italy is the birthplace of pizza, and while many try to replicate the classic Neapolitan style, there's nothing quite like the real thing. Well, now one of the oldest pizza shops in Italy has touched down on U.S. soil for the first time, as L'Antica Pizzeria Da Michele just opened in Los Angeles, California. 

Considered by many, including the whole Foodbeast office, the best pizza in the world, da Michele has been the go-to pizzeria in Naples for almost 150 years. 

With imported ingredients, a classic two pizza menu, and a one-of-a-kind atmosphere,  Da Michele is now bringing a taste of Italy to Hollywood. 

On this episode of The Katchup, we talk to Francesco Zimone, the man responsible for making the groundbreaking move happen. Zimone explains what it took to convince the pizzeria's family to give their blessing, why he chose Los Angeles to bear this historic pizza, and the obstacles he had to maneuver through before opening the hottest new restaurant in L.A.

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Francesco Zimone (@damichelehollywood, @francescozimone)

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#76: Lao Chef Calls Out Foodbeast

#76: Lao Chef Calls Out Foodbeast

May 10, 2019

After Foodbeast posted a video highlighting a restaurant and a special menu they called the "Lao Table Feast," a Lao chef spoke up for the underrepresented community and called out the content within the video. Saying that there was not a single Lao dish on the menu, chef Saeng Douangdara accused Foodbeast of misrepresenting the culture.

In a tense conversation about culture, the Katchup crew strived to learn more bout Lao cuisine, how its history connects to Thai-American food, and how lesser known cuisines can be better highlighted in media. 

In this episode, we learn about the how Lao people came to the U.S., why they would hide their food under the "Thai" name, and what it has taken for the community to get exposure for its home cuisine. 

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#75: Beyond Meat Goes Public, Vegans Go Mainstream

#75: Beyond Meat Goes Public, Vegans Go Mainstream

May 2, 2019

Vegans were the bud of jokes for years, but with the rise of plant-based meats, and the announcement that vegan powerhouse Beyond Meat is now being publicly traded, no one is laughing anymore.

From Del Taco to Burger King, plant-based meats are really hitting their stride in major restaurants, and it is becoming a social norm faster than anyone could have predicted. 

On this week's episode we bring in chef Skyler Tanksley, co-founder of Munchies Vegan Diner, and our resident food scientist Constantine Spyrou to break down the current plant-based movement, and what we can expect in the future. 

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#74: An Epic Meal Talk w/ chef Josh Elkin

#74: An Epic Meal Talk w/ chef Josh Elkin

April 26, 2019

Chef and TV personality Josh Elkin got his cooking chops with a Canadian-based YouTube food show that took the world by storm in 2010.

Elkin was one of the original members of Epic Meal Time, a show where a group of friends amazed, disgusted, and ultimately intrigued millions of viewers with food creations that were never thought possible, such as Fast food lasagnagiant bacon-wrapped burgers, and even a literal pizza palace.

Josh joins the Katchup and gives a behind the scenes look at what it was like to help build that Epic Meal Time brand, and how it shaped who he is today.

Elkin has built his brand on creating some of the most insane food combinations you'll ever see. From his famous Poutine Tornado in 2015, to his more recent binges of turning anything from hash browns to Fruity Pebbles, into taco shells, Josh is the original stunt food artist. 

For the first time ever, Elkin publicly details his highs, lows, and the brutal growing pains of being part of skyrocketing show with no training manual. It all leads to a triumphant realization of what his strengths in this food space really were, as Elkin's story is one of grit and determination to pursue a passion by any means necessary. 

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