Show 491, September 17, 2022: Kolby Gayson, Marketing & Communications Director, Bradenton, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key Convention & Visitors Bureau

Kolby Gayson of the Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key CVB

“Anna Maria Island is a quaint barrier island nestled in the Gulf of Mexico. Beautiful turquoise waters and white sandy beaches are the main attraction here. The Island is 7 miles long and Beach access is available on both the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. The Island has a rustic “Old Florida” fishing pier: Rod n’ Reel Pier, popular to visitors and anglers alike.” 

“There’s an important fact to learn about the 7 miles of beach Anna Maria Island offers up: not all beaches are created equal. Some are great for just sitting; others beckon you to explore your adventurous side. And, of course, there are several in between. Five of the area’s beaches are Blue Wave Certified and declared eco-friendly by the Clean Beach Council in Washington D.C., so you can feel good about hanging out there, too.”

You won’t find a building over 3 stories high on Anna Maria Island or any chain, franchised restaurants. 

Joining us to represent the area is Kolby Gayson, the Marketing and Communications Director for the Bradenton, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Show 393, October 3, 2020: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef” Part One

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style PizzaOur own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. Chef Andrew is regularly updating us on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the hospitality field and what we, as diners, can do to support the very survival of restaurants. Dine-in is slowly, with multiple hiccups, starting to come back but with a lot of new rules that restrict guest counts. Alternately Take-Out / Delivery when you can surely helps…

Ghost Kitchens in their various forms are seemingly on the fast growth track. Domino’s was perhaps the first major player in this space with their smaller footprint, delivery only units. It also includes chain restaurants with extra kitchen space that are preparing unaffiliated, branded food items To-Go and for delivery. Where is this all going? We’ll, of course, “Ask the Chef.”

Show 393, October 3, 2020: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group with “Ask the Chef” Part Two

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style PizzaGhost Kitchens in their various forms are seemingly on the fast growth track. Domino’s was perhaps the first major player in this space with their smaller footprint, delivery only units. It also includes chain restaurants with extra kitchen space that are preparing unaffiliated, branded food items To-Go and for delivery. How do you attract a viable following to a restaurant brand that only exists virtually? Where is this all going? We’ll, of course, “Ask the Chef” and continue our insightful conversation with Chef Andrew Gruel.