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Meet the innovators and influencers at the intersection of food and technology. Tech Bites investigates the profound ways the rapidly evolving digital world is transforming how we discover, produce, and share food in the real world. Are the food revolution and the start-up generation in sync or in conflict? Host Jennifer Leuzzi explores how technology impacts our culinary lives. Get connected @TechBitesHRN on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter or email us TechBites@HeritageRadioNetwork.org. Tech Bites theme song "No Matta' CPU Track" by Uptown Nikko.
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ESL Works: a startup dedicated to closing the workplace language gap. They deliver quick conversational lessons to workers based around the actual tasks they do in the workplace. They do that with work-specific language training that is accessible to everyone and gets employees communicating quickly. ESL Works is currently used by hundreds of restaurants nationwide including Google's dining services, Sugarfish, and Union Square Hospitality Group. On this episode of Tech Bites, host Jennifer Leuzzi (@mmesnack) talks with ESL Works co-founder and CEO Rachael Nemeth about how she combined her passion for teaching and her career in hospitality in ESL Works. This episode of Tech Bites is made possible by the generosity of Wisconsin Cheese (@wisconsincheese) - the state of cheese.Join Heritage Radio Network on Monday, November 11th, for a raucous feast to toast a decade of food radio. Our tenth anniversary bacchanal is a rare gathering of your favorite chefs, mixologists, storytellers, thought leaders, and culinary masterminds. We’ll salute the inductees of the newly minted HRN Hall of Fame, who embody our mission to further equity, sustainability, and deliciousness. Explore the beautiful Palm House and Yellow Magnolia Café, taste and imbibe to your heart’s content, and bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences and tasty gifts for any budget at our silent auction. Tickets available now at heritageradionetwork.org/gala.Photo Courtesy of Jesse WhilesThe FOOD SEEN is powered by Simplecast.
Are we really inventing better new technologies in food production or is the best tech retro innovation? On this episode of Tech Bites (@techbiteshrn), host Jennifer Leuzzi (@mmesnack) talks with in-studio guest Apollonia Poilâne, the third generation baker from the world-renowned Poilâne bakery in Paris. Her grandfather Pierre opened the bakery 1932, producing the “hug-sized” sourdough loaves - hearty, affordable and made to keep well - that quickly became their signature bread. Apollonia spent long hours under the tutelage of the head baker Felix, and learned to bake without recipes and by using her five senses, eventually becoming adept at recognizing the distinct tastes, smells and sounds Poilâne’s baked goods produced. She has translated her family baking history a cookbook, Poilâne: The Secrets of the World-Famous Bread Bakery. Poilâne now sells more than 5,000 loaves of bread and baked goods daily, including supplying more than 2,000 Parisian restaurants and sending their loaves worldwide to 40 different countries.Join Heritage Radio Network on Monday, November 11th, for a raucous feast to toast a decade of food radio. Our tenth anniversary bacchanal is a rare gathering of your favorite chefs, mixologists, storytellers, thought leaders, and culinary masterminds. We’ll salute the inductees of the newly minted HRN Hall of Fame, who embody our mission to further equity, sustainability, and deliciousness. Explore the beautiful Palm House and Yellow Magnolia Café, taste and imbibe to your heart’s content, and bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences and tasty gifts for any budget at our silent auction. Tickets available now at heritageradionetwork.org/gala.Photo Courtesy of Philippe Vaurès Santamaria.Tech Bites is powered by Simplecast.
Would you be surprised to discover that one of the best freshest environmentally friendly salad bowls is in a vending machine in a New York City subway station? On this episode of Tech Bites, host Jennifer Leuzzi (@mmesnack) talks with in-studio guest Chloe Vichot Co-Founder and Head of Food Innovation of Fresh.Bowl (@myfreshbowl) the first salad bowl vending machine with reusable jars. This episode of Tech Bites (@techbiteshrn) is made possible by the generosity of 100 Bogart Street (@100bogart) workspaces for creators, freelancers and startups in Bushwick Brooklyn.Join Heritage Radio Network on Monday, November 11th, for a raucous feast to toast a decade of food radio. Our tenth anniversary bacchanal is a rare gathering of your favorite chefs, mixologists, storytellers, thought leaders, and culinary masterminds. We’ll salute the inductees of the newly minted HRN Hall of Fame, who embody our mission to further equity, sustainability, and deliciousness. Explore the beautiful Palm House and Yellow Magnolia Café, taste and imbibe to your heart’s content, and bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences and tasty gifts for any budget at our silent auction. Tickets available now at heritageradionetwork.org/gala.Tech Bites is powered by Simplecast.
Today’s consumer expects to be able to shop on their smart phone, get free fast delivery, and pay with a credit card, for everything including groceries. Farms need to go digital to get to market. On this episode of Tech Bites, host Jennifer Leuzzi (@mmesnack) talks with the founders of two different digital platforms that connect farmers to their customers. Chris Damico’s Farm’d (@getfarmd) is a B2B marketplace connecting farmers directly to restaurants. Wen-Jay Wing’s Local Roots NYC (@localrootsnyc) is a hybrid of a CSA subscription-style service and an online marketplace where customer can choose different ways to buy from the farm, and whether they want it delivered. This episode of Tech Bites (@techbiteshrn) is made possible by the generosity of University of California Press (@uc_press) publishing voices that drive change and impact how people think since 1893.Tech Bites is powered by Simplecast.
Plant-based burgers and beef have dominated the recent headlines. Everyone from McDonald’s to Costco, Trader Joe’s and Nestlé, announced new plant-based burger offerings. Simultaneously, news outlets are debating whether or not beef is good for the planet and good for people. On this episode of Tech Bites, Shack Shack's VP of Menu Innovation and Supply Chain, Jeffery Amoscato talks with host Jennifer Leuzzi (@mmesnack) about the Veggie Shack, burger wars, and how the Shake Shack (@shakeshack) mission of “Stand for Something Good” translates into global menu development that is delicious and responsible. This episode of Tech Bites (@techbiteshrn) is made possible by the generosity of Hearst Ranch (@hearst_ranch_beef) the largest single-source producer of grass-fed beef in the U.S.Photo Courtesy of Shake ShackTech Bites is powered by Simplecast. 
Kids love tech! Kids hate vegetables! Can a digital platform be successful at teaching kids about good food? On this episode of Tech Bites (@TechBitesHRN) host Jennifer Leuzzi (@MmeSnack) talks with Julia Olayanju, founder of Young Super Cooks, a platform that employs technology to educate and inspire student to make healthier and sustainable dining choices. In partnership with schools, YSCooks advocates for introducing the science of food into educational curriculum K-12. What do students think of it? Adding their voices and experience to the conversation are Natalie, David, Chirstian, and Joshua, students aged eight to twelve years old using the beta program now. This program was made possible by the generosity of Brooklyn Botanic Garden (@brooklynbotanic), the festive floral venue of Heritage Radio Network’s (@heritage_radio) 10th Anniversary Gala in November 11, 2019.Tech Bites is powered by Simplecast.
On the last show of the summer season, we’re looking forward to fall. On this episode, Tech Bites host Jennifer Leuzzi (@mmesnack) talks with journalist Gabriella Gershenson (@gabiwrites) and Heritage Radio Network's Kat Johnson (@kathryncrosby) about what they’re most looking forward to this fall. Spoiler alert: it’s HRN’s 10th anniversary. This episode of Tech Bites (@techbiteshrn) is made possible by the generous support of Brooklyn Ball Factory (@bkballfactory_hk).Tech Bites is powered by Simplecast.
One of the summer’s best restaurant tech stories involves delivery giant Grubhub buying up tens of thousands of restaurant websites, unbeknownst to the restaurant owners. The discovery, along with a public hearing on the commission structure restaurants pay to GrubHub for phone orders, generated enough public interest that Senator Chuck Schumer to called for a federal investigation. On this episode of Tech Bites, host Jennifer Leuzzi (@mmesnack) talks with H. Claire Brown (@hclaire_brown), the New Food Economy (@newfoodeconomy) reporter about how she broke the story. This episode of Tech Bites (@techbiteshrn) was made possible by the generosity of Cart-Driver (@cart_driver) Denver’s home for pizza, oysters, community, and conviviality!Image courtesy of Jonathan Karp.Tech Bites is powered by Simplecast.
In the start-up world failure equals success. It’s the paradox of innovation. A founder needs to fail in order to gather information, build a network and proof-of-concept, and push out a new better version. This philosophy sets innovators apart from the traditional old-school business values because innovators value experience and information. But at what point do you stop iterating and move on? On this episode of Tech Bites host Jennifer Leuzzi (@mmesnack) talks with Cheryl Durkee currently VP of Brand Identity for ItsaCheckmate (@itsacheckmate) formerly CEO/Founder PieShell. Her start-up had all the right moves with a great idea, participation of all the right events, and helping more than 60 displaced food companies in the Pilotworks debacle by raising $180,000 then…the pivot. This episode of Tech Bites (@TechBitesHRN) is made possible by the generosity of Shacksbury Cider (@shacksbury).It's HRN's annual summer fund drive, this is when we turn to our listeners and ask that you make a donation to help ensure a bright future for food radio. Help us keep broadcasting the most thought provoking, entertaining, and educational conversations happening in the world of food and beverage. Become a member today! To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have brand new member gifts available. So snag your favorite new pizza - themed tee shirt or enamel pin today and show the world how much you love HRN, just go to heritageradionetwork.org/donateTech Bites is powered by Simplecast.
Episode 182: UPLIFT FOOD

Episode 182: UPLIFT FOOD

2019-07-0900:49:21

Today, people are demanding more than just nutrition and something tasty for their dinner. Functional foods are the forefront of the food innovation space, like Uplift Food and their probiotics for gut health and mood benefits. On this episode of Tech Bites (@techbiteshrn) host Jennifer Leuzzi (@mmesnack) talks with Kara Landau (@travellingdietitian) founder of Uplift Food (@upliftfood) and The Spoon (@thespoontech) publisher Michael Wolf (@michaelwolf) about cutting edge food tech and getting more out of your snacks. This episode of Tech Bites was made possible by the generosity of Visit Ithaca NY (@visitithaca).It's HRN's annual summer fund drive, this is when we turn to our listeners and ask that you make a donation to help ensure a bright future for food radio. Help us keep broadcasting the most thought provoking, entertaining, and educational conversations happening in the world of food and beverage. Become a member today! To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have brand new member gifts available. So snag your favorite new pizza - themed tee shirt or enamel pin today and show the world how much you love HRN, just go to heritageradionetwork.org/donateTech Bites is powered by Simplecast.
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