Eat Well, Travel Better: The Business of Food Travel Podcast

Eat Well, Travel Better: The Business of Food Travel Podcast

Just launched, "Eat Well, Travel Better: The Business of Food Travel" Podcast with Erik Wolf and Aashi Vel, where we help you become a better industry professional by gaining inspiration from some of the world's most successful people in the food and beverage tourism industry. With each episode, we meet these leaders and examine their secrets of success. We reveal the obstacles and challenges they have faced, along with their solutions and triumphs, and give you ideas and inspirations for many of the same business issues that you may be facing as well.

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Appear on an Episode

Do you work in food, beverage, travel, hospitality or media? Do you have a remarkable story to share? Perhaps you have overcome a serious work or personal challenge or you achieved something tremendous? If so, we want to hear from you. Send us details about yourself, your professional background and your life challenge or major accomplishment, and a statement as to why you think your story would inspire professionals in food and beverage tourism. 

The only requirements are that you have a fast enough broadband connection, a quality microphone, and a quiet place for the interview. The show is a podcast, so video is not required. You can count on spending 15-30 minutes before the interview to prepare your remarks. The interview itself will last less than 60 minutes. We edit out superfluous information, erroneous comments and general chit-chat before publishing, to end up with an episode of approximately 40-45 minutes.

Hear Past Shows

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Episode 3: Judith von Prockl - Going All In

Judith von Prockl, owner and managing director of Gourmet on Tour discusses what it was like to be a pioneer in the food travel industry and shares what she's learned, including how the customer becomes the hero; the importance of word-of-mouth and referrals; the importance of Instagrammable moments; and why entrepreneurs should go all in right from the start. 


In this episode you'll learn:

  • How the customer becomes the hero

  • What it was like to be a pioneer in the food travel industry

  • The importance of word-of-mouth and referrals

  • The importance of Instagrammable moments

  • Why entrepreneurs should go all in right from the start


Episode 2: Irene and Mei Li - Believe in Your Dream

Sibling co-founders of the Mei Mei empire in Boston, Massachusetts (USA) discuss the trials and tribulations of turning a foodservice dream into a brick and mortar reality. They've expanded from a food truck popular with residents and visitors alike to add a full-service restaurant., as well as bottled sauces  They share what it's like to work with family, and talk about what they did to help make their small business a true success, including inspiration from our Episode 1 speaker Air Weinzweig below. An inspirational cookbook is in the works. Hear what these two women have to say and and then you'll want to book your trip to Boston for the scallion pancake sandwiches!

In this episode you'll learn:

  • How 3 siblings were able to balance work and personalities in a family-owned business
  • How 3 siblings started a food truck with a lot of passion about and interest in food, but no foodservice experience
  • Why introducing an open books policy with company employees contributed to greater employee commitment to the business
  • How you don't need to be a professional writer to write a cookbook
  • The importance of visioning

Episode 1: Ari Weinzweig - Sweat the Details

Ari Weinzweig is Co-Founder of the Zingerman's family of companies, which include a delicatessen, bakery, catering operation, family restaurant, Korean restaurant, creamery, coffee store, candy store and a professional hospitality training arm. Ari had no idea the company would grow so large when the original deli opened back in 1982. Now, 35 years later, the Zingerman's companies are a true visitor destination in Central Michigan (USA). Ari talks about how everything got started, his vision, and why sweating the details is important. Check out Ari's books mentioned in the podcast.




In this episode you'll learn:

  • How to "just do it" and follow your dream
  • Why it takes patience when growing a business
  • Why it's important to listen to your customers
  • What visioning is and why it's key to your business success