Ahmed Abouelenein in a suit and tie

#075 – Ahmed Abouelenein: How The Halal Guys Brought Halal (and the White Sauce!) to America

Ahmed Abouelenein In 1990, you had to go out to Queens if you wanted a Halal meal in New York City. So the three original Halal Guys – Muhammed Abouelenein, Ahmed Elsaka, and Abdelbaset Elsayed – opened up a food cart for all of the hungry taxi drivers. Today, that…
Shannon O’Donnell Smiling in a green shirt

#074 – Shannon O’Donnell: Using Travel as a Force for Good

Shannon O'Donnell Motivation, inspiration, sweet scenery: this episode has it all! And that’s because we’re talking to Shannon O'Donnell, a responsible tourism advocate who was named a National Geographic Traveler of the Year for her work helping travelers use grassroots tourism as a force for good. Shannan accomplishes this through Grassroots Volunteering, the world’s…
Mike Kelly Profile Photo

#073 – Mike Kelly: Knowing When to Pivot & Embracing the Right Opportunities

Mike Kelly Mike Kelly is the creator of Papa Bear’s Nut Butter (and the titular Papa Bear). He started the business for a simple reason: he loves nut butter! It’s something for the healthy people out there who appreciate life’s indulgences. But here’s a funny little thing about this conversation…
Matt Eisenacher, the Chief Concept Officer for Piada Italian Street Food

#072 – Matt Eisenacher: How Piada Italian Street Food Defies Fast-Casual Expectations

Matt Eisenacher Today we start our show off with a toast to breakfast for lunch – one of the delicious concepts that Matt Eisenacher of the Columbus-based Piada Italian Street Food is experimenting with right now. Our guest, Matt Eisenacher, is the Chief Concept Officer for Piada Italian Street Food.…
Joe Kahn of Condado Tacos

#071 – Joe Kahn: A Comfortable Culture + Made-From-Scratch Ingredients + Tacos = Condado Tacos

Condado Tacos Today we raise our glasses to the Taco Touchers out there, which is what you call the amazing people that make your food with love at Joe Kahn’s Condado Tacos.  Joe worked as everything from a busboy at Sizzler to a roller skating server to restaurant manager…
Alessandra Manias of the SAOR Project

#070 – Alessandra Manias: How Saor Project is Bringing Italy to LA

Alessandra Manias Formerly an architect and marketing consultant in Italy, now a production designer and private chef in LA: today’s guest, Alessandra Manias, is just bursting at the seams with passion and creativity. Alessandra started Saor Project with her husband, Gianluca Zago, to share the origin of ancient Italian culture,…
Birk O'Halloran of Iconic Wine and Eat Ink

#069 – Birk O’Halloran: The Art, Passion, & Stories Behind Iconic Wine

Birk O'Halloran Birk O'Halloran leads us in a toast to “getting drunk with the right people at the right time” – and it’s so forking appropriate for this episode (and, heck, the past 68 episodes too)! Birk is the owner of winemaker Iconic Wine, the author of Eat Ink, and…
Nik Hawks & Lee Selman: The Couple Behind Paleo Treats

#068 – Nik Hawks & Lee Selman: The Couple Behind Paleo Treats

Paleo Treats Nik Hawks & Lee Selman are the co-founders of Paleo Treats, and let me just say: you do not have to be paleo to enjoy these forking delicious snacks! These two are a really cute couple and wonderful business partners, with wild backgrounds. Nik is a former Navy…
Chef Randy Siles and Debi

#067 – Chef Randy Siles: A Tour for the Tastebuds with Costa Rica’s Ambassador of National Gastronomy

Chef Randy Siles Chef Randy Siles is one of the best chefs in Costa Rica. He is Costa Rica’s Ambassador of National Gastronomy and the chef at the incredible Shambala Restaurant. He cooks with a really unique combination of flavors and techniques, resulting in some of the best tasting dishes…
Forking Around Podcast Equipment

#066 – Chef James Kelly: Personalized Dining Experiences, a Solar Powered Food Truck, Organic Fruit & Vegetable Pops, and MORE! | Forking Around Costa Rica

Chef James Kelly Chef James Kelly, or Jim for short, is a Southern New Jersey boy who relocated to Costa Rica nearly a decade ago. He is now the Executive Chef & Owner of Soma Chef Services, in addition to being a Partner in La Buena Paleta (which produces coconut…