Show 31, June 15, 2013: Adam Fleischman, CEO of Umami Restaurant Group, Los Angeles Continued…

Umami BurgerEvery Umami Burger location is different in design to capture the look and feel of the area it’s in. Every location has a signature burger.

By the end of 2013 Adam guesstimates that there will be 30 Umami Burger locations. He sees a maximum potential in the USA of perhaps 150 locations. He will only go into cities with an existing food culture.

Adam then talked about his pizza concept in Westwood, 800 Degrees. They are now serving 1,200 pizzas a day. He’s proud of the made-to-order pizzas they serve. They are going for the authentic Naples pizza certification which is the VPN Americas administered by the authentic Neapolitan pizza makers in Italy.

Money has been raised to expand the 800 Degrees pizza brand. Initial new locations will be focused in Los Angeles.

Fleischman’s newest project is a business incubator for creative food entrepreneurs. Umami Ventures will provide their expertise (and special ability to raise money) to grow exciting food concepts in partnership with the creating entrepreneurs.

Show 23, March 30, 2013: Executive Chef Brad Lyons and Erika DiProfio of Slater’s 50/50

Chef Brad Lyons of Slaters 50/50Slater’s 50/50 is known for their over-the-top signature burger which is half beef and half bacon. Founder Scott Slater created it as a challenge for a menu item for San Diego Chargers’ tailgating. It became so popular that Scott teamed up with his college buddy, Chef Brad Lyons, to open the original Slater’s 50/50 in Anaheim Hills. Besides the original there are now busy Slater’s locations in Huntington Beach, San Diego, Pasadena, and the most recent in Lake Forest.

On Saturday, April 6th Slater’s 50/50 is hosting The Backyard Beerfest at the new Lake Forest restaurant from 2 to 6:00 p.m. On the menu are craft beers from 15 local breweries and a sampling of Slater’s 50/50’s most popular menu items. It’s a benefit for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.