Show 319, April 13, 2019: Cameron Smith, President, Kodiak Cakes, Park City, Utah

The Halos edged out the Chicago Cubs this afternoon but the Game ran long so our anticipated 3:00 p.m. PDT start was considerably delayed. Our first two guests, Corinne Lander of Rockenwagner Bakery and Chef/Proprietor Matt Molina of Hippo and Triple Beam Pizza in Highland Park will be rescheduled for a future Saturday morning.

Cameron Smith of Kodiak CakesPark City, Utah-based Kodiak Cakes unofficially started in 1982 with a family recipe for pancakes featuring 100 percent whole grains. Back then the flapjack mix was sold door-to-door.

Kodiak Cakes is still refreshingly Family-owned but new products have been added and their appealing line of healthy, nutritious and tasty foods has expanded into national distribution. The line includes Flapjack & Waffle Mix, Kodiak Cups, Toaster Waffles and Flapjacks, Baking Mixes and Fruit Syrups. They attracted a lot of buyers’ attention at the recent Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim.

“Apart from being the essential ingredient of the original frontier flapjacks, we use whole grains because they just taste better. They’re also packed with fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals essential to fueling an active life. So, instead of processing our wheat and “enriching” it with some of its original nutritional value, we left it as it is – free of GMOs, preservatives or artificial additives.”

We’ll meet Cameron Smith, the President of Kodiak Cakes.

Because of the delayed start of the show our interview with Cameron was truncated. We’ll have him back in the near future to explain how Kodiak Cakes has grown considerably in the last two to three years and the influence being on Shark Tank has contributed to their new-found success.

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Show 256, January 13, 2018: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA StudiosOur always dynamic Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, is back in-studio from his recent adventures in Park City, Utah where he has just debuted the third Slapfish in Utah. Chef Andrew will share (and explain) some important hospitality business trends he sees for 2018.

Is delivery a growing trend for better restaurants? Is ticketing (and paying in advance) for fine dining a viable business model? This is another chapter of his conversation continued from the previous weeks.

Next week is a discussion of the “cashless” restaurant. Is this good for promoting welcoming hospitality?

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Show 255, January 6, 2018: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group

Andrew and William GruelOur always dynamic Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, is back in-studio from his adventures in Park City, Utah where he has just debuted the third Slapfish in Utah. Chef Andrew will share (and explain) some important hospitality business trends he sees for 2018.

Where is fine-dining headed? Where is the labor pool of tomorrow coming from? Is the restaurant business over-seated?

This is Part 3 of his spirited conversation continued from the previous two weeks.

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Show 254, December 30, 2017: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at the Fifth Anniversary of the SoCal Restaurant ShowOur dynamic Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, connects from Park City, Utah where he has just debuted the third Slapfish in Utah. For Friday’s opening festivities the first 100 guests in line were treated to a full menu-sized Lobster Roll. Happy Holidays, indeed…

Chef Andrew will share (and explain) some important hospitality business trends he sees for 2018. Where is fine-dining now headed? What impact will the California increase in minimum wage have of the hospitality industry?

This is Part 2 of his intriguing conversation continued from last week.

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Show 253, December 23, 2017: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel

Andrew and William GruelOur Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, joins us from Park City, Utah where he has just debuted the third Slapfish in Utah. Chef Andrew will share (and explain) some important hospitality business trends he sees for 2018.

It’s a challenging time for the restaurant business at all levels from fast casual to fine-dining. The next tax laws will impact hospitality, too.

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