59: Bencotto & Monello | I Want It To Feel Like Home | Little Italy
Join Kat Humphus as she interview co-owner of Little Italy favorites, Bencotto and Monello, Valentina Di Pietro. Valentina, originally from Milan, was in the fashion industry working for Dolce and Gabbana before deciding to open a restaurant with her husband. In this episode, they discuss what it's like to open a restaurant with your husband, the vast array of skills needed to open a restaurant, and a willingness to change and adapt. In addition, the talk about the special regional italian street food they have brought to their restaurants, to make it feel and taste just like home.
58: Wrench & Rodent / The Plot Restaurant | Turning the Restaurant Industry Upside Down | Oceanside
Join host Kat Humphus as she talks with Davin and Jessica Waite and Christopher Logan. They talk about their new plant-based, no-waste concept, The Plot. They also discuss ways that the restaurant industry can evolve, the importance of human connection in the industry, and new ways to look at our food and our part in it.
57: Phillip Esteban | Creating & Cultivating Community in the San Diego Food Scene | Consortium Holdings
Join in as host Kat Humphus interviews Chef Phillip Esteban- the Research and Development Chef of Consortium Holdings, one of San Diego’s most innovative restaurant groups. Kat and Phil talk about the importance of creating and cultivating community within the restaurants, and also our own San Diego Food Scene. What is “San Diego” regional food? How can consumers best support the SD Food Scene? What is the best way for young cooks to get ahead in the kitchen? Tune in to find out!
56: Brian Malarkey | One Long Strange Trip | Herb & Wood and Beyond
Join host Kat Humphus as she interviews Chef Brian Malarkey – one of San Diego’s favorite celebrity chefs! Brian has been a san diego staple for the past 13 years, and has opened over 15 wildly successful restaurants. Tune in to learn about Chef Brian Malarkey’s past, present and future here in San Diego. Chef Brian also shares about his secret to keeping a balanced life, his unique approach to having many different business models, and the importance of curating a trustworthy and talented team.
55: JRDN | Eat, Sleep, Drink Restaurants
Join Kat Humphus as she talks to Executive Corporate Chef Dave Warner of Eat. Drink. Sleep restaurants. Eat.Drink. Sleep restaurants include the newly redesigned JRDN at Tower 23 in Pacific Beach and Decoy Dockside Restaurant in San Marcos.
54: Galaxy Taco | Always Keep Growing | La Jolla
Join Christine Rivera, Chef de Cuisine of Galaxy Taco, and DineLocalSD host Kat Humphus as they talk about Christine’s exciting journey to opening Galaxy Taco three years ago! Learn about the impressive Masa program at Galaxy Taco, how they started their Taco Tuesday Chef Takeover, and what it takes to grow in this industry.
53: Consortium Holdings Restaurants | The Bright Side of the Restaurant Industry
Join Chefs Elizabeth Olson and Jason McLeod of Consortium Holdings (Born and Raised, Ironside, Soda and Swine, etc) as they talk about the bright side of the restaurant industry. Elizabeth stays passionate about her pastries by reinventing the classics, looking to see what other inspirational chefs are doing, and by working together with Jason on interesting and consistent new menu items. Jason just got back from a trip to Korea and Japan and is massively inspired by their attention to detail and their intentional cooking. Jason is a passionate advocate for the restaurant industry and believes there are so many positive and healthy perks to being a part of it.
52: Cardiff Seaside Market | Rockin' & Rollin' At A Chef-Driven Grocerant
Join Kat Humphus and Executive Chef James Montejano of the Cardiff Seaside Market as they discuss the talented chef team behind the Cardiff Seaside Market. The Cardiff Seaside Market is one of a kind and a true gem – a deli with over 70 options, and the best produce, meat, and seafood available!
51: Miho Catering Co. | Catering & Events vs. Restaurants
Listen in as Kat Humphus interviews Executive Chef Ryan Bullock of Miho Catering Co. They discuss the many variances in being the chef of a restaurant vs a catering and event company, and everything that comes with it.
50: Cloak And Petal | Building The Perfect Bite | Little Italy
Join Kat Humphus as she talks to Chef Dominic Valenzuela of Cloak and Petal in Little Italy. They talk about his passion for being a chef and his admiration of the craftsmanship of sushi. Visit the newly opened Cloak and Petal in Little Italy to try his food!