Thirsty Thursdays @3PM EST

Jessie Ott

I'm a 20+ year veteran in the wine and spirits industry who loves innovation. I'm interviewing those who are creating it from agriculture to glass. We will deep dive into their journey and provide insights to help yours.

We will discuss their major industry pain points and outlook for the future. If my guest has an item to drink or eat we will try it throughout the podcast. Come on the journey with us!


Now On YouTube!!     https://www.youtube.com/@ThirstyThursdaysat3PMEST

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[Replay] Susan Coss and Her Impact on Making Mezcal a Popular Agave Spirit - A True Grit Story with Maximum Impact in the US Market
6d ago
[Replay] Susan Coss and Her Impact on Making Mezcal a Popular Agave Spirit - A True Grit Story with Maximum Impact in the US Market
Send us a Text Message. Thirsty Thursdays @3PM EST Now on YouTube!๐Ÿ“ฝ Subscribe and Watch Here!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ƒhttps://youtu.be/0JdEjlBzeUY ๐Ÿ“ขI talk๐ŸŽ™๏ธwith  Susan Coss, Founder of Mezcalistas and North of the Border Adventures. Mezcalistas started as a blog and has become their media arm and number one resource for info on the world of mezcal and the expanding world of Mexican spirits.  ๐Ÿท  ๐ŸŽ‡ ๐ŸŽ‰ โœจ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‹ ๐Ÿฅ‚  ๐Ÿ˜ North of the Border Adventures is a media, events, and consulting company dedicated to promoting and celebrating the world of Mexican craft spirits and all things Mexican at their โ€œMexico in a Bottleโ€ events in 6 cities across the US. Her team also hosts private events including virtual gatherings. They also consult on brand launches, business development, and events.Susan has 30-plus years of marketing, communications, and event planning in the food, beverage retail, tech, financial and news sectors.She became enamored by mezcal on a trip to Oaxaca. After meeting those who produce it in a careful and crafty way with less production, she was hooked on educating the industry and consumers to try and love mezcal. Iโ€™m uncertain of her impact on the popularity of mezcal, but since sheโ€™s been educating us in America for nearly 13 years, it puts her up against anyone teaching from the ground up.Congratulations to you and your team Susan for a job well done! ๐ŸŽ‡๐Ÿ‘ NOW ON YOUTUBE!!! Thank you for Listening! Join us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! Host Jessie Ott's Profile on LinkedIn
0:06 / 1:30:52   Successful Food & Beverage Entrepreneur Frank Klein Shares His Secrets to Success!
Jun 6 2024
0:06 / 1:30:52 Successful Food & Beverage Entrepreneur Frank Klein Shares His Secrets to Success!
Send us a Text Message.Thirsty Thursdays @3PM EST Now on YouTube!๐Ÿ“ฝ Subscribe and Watch Here!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ƒhttps://youtu.be/0JdEjlBzeUY๐Ÿ“ขI talk๐ŸŽ™๏ธwith Frank Klein, CEO & Founder of Post Road Hospitality started in June 2023, which is a hospitality management firm and the parent company for a growing list of high-quality restaurant and beverage brands. These brands include FK Restaurants & Hospitality, Inc., Fairfields Rum of The Americas & Asian Box to name a few. ๐Ÿท  ๐ŸŽ‡ ๐ŸŽ‰ โœจ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‹ ๐Ÿฅ‚  ๐Ÿ˜Most recently, they announced the launch of Fairfields Rum of the Americas. Classic Dry White, Sherry Cask Finished Reserve. Zero sugar, Zero additives. 100% Taste. This is the (R)Evolution of Rum!Frank has 35 years of experience advising start-up and growth-oriented restaurants, bars, nightclubs and hospitality venues. He specializes in creating a differentiated edge against competitors and making every effort count. He's very skilled at using creative solutions to propel businesses forward quicker than the industry standard.His company mission revolves around the intersection of culinary art and exceptional service. As they focus on innovation in the hospitality industry, they've developed a portfolio of high-quality restaurant and beverage brands that champion sustainable operations and purpose-driven experiences. Their team excels in creating memorable moments for our guests, thanks to a strong foundation in prioritizing customer relationships and new business development.Starting Fairfields Rum of The Americas, he's cultivated a unique approach to beverage offerings that respects the terroir and embraces the diversity of our clientele. Zero sugar, Zero additives. This ethos is reflected in their silver rums and ready-to-drink beverages, which caters to a broad audience without compromising on quality. By prioritizing quality and transparency we're establishing high standards where every drinker feels valued and every sip tells a story.He and his partners also founded Asian Box, a more healthful Vietnamese fast casual with brick-and-mortar locations, airports, museums, and food halls in California. Our food is sustainably sourced and we adhere to a never-ever policy on antibiotics and pesticides.Instagram#rum #restaurants #fnbinnovation #thirstythursdaysNOW ON YOUTUBE!!! Thank you for Listening! Join us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! Host Jessie Ott's Profile on LinkedIn
[REPLAY] Can Marijuana Change the Three Tiered System? What experience from Canada can teach us in the US
May 30 2024
[REPLAY] Can Marijuana Change the Three Tiered System? What experience from Canada can teach us in the US
Send us a Text Message. Thirsty Thursdays @3PM EST Now on YouTube!๐Ÿ“ฝ Subscribe and Watch Here!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ƒhttps://youtu.be/0JdEjlBzeUY๐Ÿ“ขI talk๐ŸŽ™๏ธwith  Nicolas Guillant,  a   Frenchman who spent his first 5 years in Cameroon, Africa, and grew up in Paris, France. I met Nicolas working together at Remy Cointreau, my first job in the beverage industry and his second. ๐Ÿท  ๐ŸŽ‡ ๐ŸŽ‰ โœจ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‹ ๐Ÿฅ‚  ๐Ÿ˜After graduating with his MBA he was hired by Seagramโ€™s to assess the value of their champagne brands, which included Mumm and Perrier Jouet. ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿพ Once those brands were sold to Pernod Ricard, Nicolas found himself at Remy Cointreau in NYC and managed all the brands there except Remy Martin.He jumped out of the biz with an amazing opportunity in Las Vegas working with Ceasars Holdings, Inc. on the Harrahโ€™s brand. Missing the Supplier Beverage world, he started at William Grant & Sons in marketing then ran their portfolio of business in both Canada and the Nordic countries totaling just over 7 years.He then took leadership roles as President of the Americas for Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits Group ๐Ÿทand EVP at Gerard Bertrand Wines before taking the Global Chief Commercial Officer at Alexandrion Group based in Romania. Nicolas has had a truly global leadership career working for some of the world's top brands and understands our US three-tiered system and the opportunities that remain.Iโ€™m excited for Nicolas's next steps as he navigates these gaps in the market to create his own business.NOW ON YOUTUBE!!! Thank you for Listening! Join us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! Host Jessie Ott's Profile on LinkedIn
The Team Behind Sweet Gwendoline French Gin ๐Ÿธ๐ŸŽ‰ Intersection of Fetish & Fashion
May 23 2024
The Team Behind Sweet Gwendoline French Gin ๐Ÿธ๐ŸŽ‰ Intersection of Fetish & Fashion
Send us a Text Message.Thirsty Thursdays @3PM EST Now on YouTube!๐Ÿ“ฝ Subscribe and Watch Here!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ“ขI talk๐ŸŽ™๏ธwith Sarah Feeney, Partner and Brand Developer, Kevin Beyer, Partner and Director of Marketing, and Founder and CEO Larry McGearty who soft-launched Sweet Gwendoline French Gin๐Ÿธin NYC in November 2021.๐Ÿท  ๐ŸŽ‡ ๐ŸŽ‰ โœจ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‹ ๐Ÿฅ‚  ๐Ÿ˜The Brand - $39.99 Sweet Gwendoline French Gin๐Ÿธ is sourced and distilled in the South of France and bottled in New Orleans. It is infused with botanicals ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿชดjuniper, angelica seed, coriander, cardamom, sweet orange, ๐ŸŠlemon,๐Ÿ‹ lime, and finished with French white wine. With a plethora of experience on the beverage alcohol side, this team was destined to create a unique and special brand. When you combine all their creative talents into one brand, you have a formula that's written for success.They worked on brands from Suppliers such as Proximo, Casa Lumbre, Campari Group, and William Grant and Sons. They were part of the team that created and launched Sailor Jerry worldwide as well as worked on the global expansion of Hendrick's Gin. The Intersection of Fashion and Fetish!The brand design is influenced by John Willey, a mid-century fetish illustrator known for creating the "Sweet Gwendoline" character, blending fetish and fashion. Willie founded Bizarre Magazine post-World War II, merging fashion and fetish, aligning with the gin's branding. His glamorous style depicted women in high heels, long gloves, sashes, and corsets.Why a French Gin?John Willey magazine showcases various erotic stories in which you can find various scenes within the bottle, so you have to find and buy them all! :)  The best part is you have to look through the peephole on the back label to discover them! Where to Purchase it?Online in 32 states on their website and distribution in 19 States. They be branching out from NYC, Chicago, Las Vegas, and LA to Austin, Atlanta, etc... even in the UK!Another partner on the brand is Dita Von Teese "Queen of Burlesque" Has A Las Vegas Show at the Horseshoe Bringing back Old School Vegas https://www.instagram.com/ditavonteese/I loved sitting down with these amazing innovators and hearing about each of their journeys but the most rewarding piece for me is when Larry comments at the end of the podcast about how he learned a lot about his Sweet Gwendoline cohorts and that means a lot. Congratulations on winning Gold in the 2024 San Francisco World Spirits Competition!!  ๐ŸŽ‡ ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸพSweet Gwendoline GinNOW ON YOUTUBE!!! Thank you for Listening! Join us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! Host Jessie Ott's Profile on LinkedIn
[REPLAY] Pรกvel Martรญnez, Sommelier๐Ÿทat Hotel La Casa de la Playa
May 15 2024
[REPLAY] Pรกvel Martรญnez, Sommelier๐Ÿทat Hotel La Casa de la Playa
Send us a Text Message.Thirsty Thursdays @3PM EST Now on YouTube!๐Ÿ“ฝ Subscribe and Watch Here!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ“ขI talk๐ŸŽ™๏ธwith Pรกvel Martรญnez, Sommelier ๐Ÿท at Hotel La Casa de la Playa by Grupo Xcaret in Playa del Carmen.๐Ÿท . ๐ŸŽ‡ ๐ŸŽ‰ โœจ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‹ ๐Ÿฅ‚Pรกvel has been in the restaurant ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ business his whole career starting out as a Restaurant Supervisor at Rosewood Hotels & Resorts in Riveria Maya. Here, he met his mentor and got the wine bug which he carried through the rest of his career. He then managed restaurants and continued his sommelier work along the way.He also became a professor ๐ŸŽ teaching other wine ๐Ÿทenthusiasts ๐Ÿ˜ƒ for 10 years and passed Level 2 Wine & Spirits from WSET.I received some great insight into the Mexican beverage market and where they stand on Low & No Alc. Iโ€™m excited to follow the new types of agave spirits as they become more accessible in the US and to follow the progress of their wines as more and more investment is put behind these endeavors.I enjoyed talking to Pavel and learning about his journey throughout the beverage industry. I also really enjoyed learning about the Mexican beverage market and I know you will too!#wine #sommelier #fnbinnovation Thank you for listening and be sure to subscribe to be notified of all new episodes!NOW ON YOUTUBE!!! Thank you for Listening! Join us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! Host Jessie Ott's Profile on LinkedIn
[Part 2] Yanick Arakelov's Journey: Owner of Silk Road Wines from the Country of Georgia
May 9 2024
[Part 2] Yanick Arakelov's Journey: Owner of Silk Road Wines from the Country of Georgia
Send us a Text Message.Thirsty Thursdays @3PM EST Now on YouTube!๐Ÿ“ฝ Subscribe and Watch Here!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ“ขI talk๐ŸŽ™๏ธwith Yanick Arakelov Co-Owner of Silk Road Wines  ๐Ÿท and Keaton Maddox, Director of Communications! They stop by and discuss Silk Road WInes and Yanick's journey from being born in the country of Georgia to opening Silk Road Wines in Orlando, FL. ๐ŸŽ‡ ๐ŸŽ‰ โœจ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‹ ๐Ÿฅ‚"Part 2" focuses on the History of the "Silk Road" and why it was important to name their winery after this important part of history. We also taste through 4 wines:Yanick and his team created all their own brands and labels. They source from family wineries that are experts in the varietals they produce.The Silk Road Wine name represents the "Silk Road" which was part of a network of trade routes that connected the world with goods including wine and many other goods.   Wines Tasted   ๐Ÿท  ๐Ÿ˜‹  ๐ŸŽ‰ Manavi $14.99 Dry White from Kakheti Khikhvi Qvevri $25.99 Amber 6 months in qvevri from KakhetiSaperavi Reserve  $45 Dry Red from Kakheti  Alazani   $13.99  Semi-sweet red wine from Kakhetihttps://silkroadwines.com/Check out this amazing Wine Pairing Wheel that shows tasting notes of each wine and what varietal they most taste like that you know.Georgia WinemakingWinemaking tradition dating to 6000 BCE (8,000+ Years)500+ Indigenous Grape Varietals100,000 family wineries (2,400 produce commercially)Kakheti Region is responsible for 95% of Georgia's output, eastern, mountainousFerment grapes on their skins in qvevri for years resulting in amber colored wine - 60 Minutes's Segment on Georgian Winemakers  ๐Ÿท - New York Times feature on Silk Road Wines- Wine-Searcher article on modern winemaking styles in Georgia featuring Yanick- Blog on pairing Georgian wines with traditional holiday foods- Blog on Modern Georgian winemaking- Free Education Resource all about Wines of Georgia- Konstantin Baum - Master of Wine Explains Georgian Wine#wine #GeorgiNOW ON YOUTUBE!!! Thank you for Listening! Join us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! Host Jessie Ott's Profile on LinkedIn
Agave Spirits 101. Everything you need to know from Production to Bottle.
May 3 2024
Agave Spirits 101. Everything you need to know from Production to Bottle.
Send us a Text Message.This week is all about agave spirits from Mexico in honor of Cinco de Mayo! ๐Ÿ“ขI talk๐ŸŽ™๏ธwith Shad Kvetko Co-Owner of Las Almas Rotas, which in the beginning, started with mezcal enthusiasts in the friend circle.  ๐ŸŽ‡ ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐Ÿธโœจ ๐Ÿ‘This conversation is about the love for agave spirits and how their amazing margarita (and cocktails because they truly are amazing)  helped put their landmark spot in the record books.  Shad has an unbelievable amount of knowledge on agave spirits made in Mexico. He's traveled there several times over several years and has this unwavering love for it. The most memorable feeling you leave after having a conversation with Shad is his love, appreciation, and loyalty to brands that have family production and the purity of a blanco tequila, the puritan of all tequilas.  He only has 2 or 3 NOM's in his inventory. Yes, it's really that important and the certified additive free is a real thing and it means so much to so many. I love that they have dug their heals into frozen margaritas because we all know it's cheap tequilas with a lot, a lot, of sugar. Well, not here my friend. It's high-quality tequila in their amazing frozen margaritas. Just so you know, I'd never ever ask for a frozen margarita, mostly because of the sugar and the unknown ingredients. Also,  we discuss current events happening in the industry as well as the history and background of every agave spirit exported to the US.Shad's knowledge blew Sam and I away and we've been in the industry our entire careers. I'd put Shad up against anyone who claims they know everything when it comes to agave spirits because if he didn't win the fight he'd be very, very close.Please check out Shad's article on Arizona and it's agave spirits history.#mezcal #LasAlmasRotas #fnbinnovationNOW ON YOUTUBE!!! Thank you for Listening! Join us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! Host Jessie Ott's Profile on LinkedIn
[REPLAY] Brian Rosen on his Journey and How he Can Help Build a New Beverage Brand
Apr 24 2024
[REPLAY] Brian Rosen on his Journey and How he Can Help Build a New Beverage Brand
Send us a Text Message.Thirsty Thursdays @3PM EST on ๐Ÿ“ฝ YouTube! Subscribe and Watch Here! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ƒhttps://www.youtube.com/ @ThirstyThursdaysat3PMEST ๐Ÿ“ขI talk๐ŸŽ™๏ธwith Brian Rosen, Chairman of  Growth Beverage which owns 4 entities helping innovative brands accelerate through funding, incubation, and points of distribution in 6 states.  ๐ŸŽ‡ ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐Ÿธโœจ ๐Ÿ‘Brianโ€™s father was tuned into the Chicago market before prohibition and was awarded the first alcohol retail license after prohibition ended. These Rosen gentlemen learned and understood how to perfect retail and did so for decades and developed Samโ€™s over time. They encapsulated innovation as part of their growth strategy. They knew if a customer stayed more than 17 minutes, they would add $100 to their cart. They also knew if they could get them to have a glass of wine or two with maybe a cheese plate, they would increase their margin and customers would stay for 38 minutes.Brian, a highly educated individual, grew up running the largest, most innovative retail store in Chicago, and the biggest in the country. If you were to put Specs, Total Wine, and a wine bar together you would get a closer picture of the concept he and his brother and father built together. Yes, they were the precursor to your shopping experience as you know it today.Brian then applied these skills to his passion for helping smaller innovative brands. The business has given him so much he wants to give back the 2nd half of his career.His skilled team helps brands develop faster with capital, sales, and marketing at all the right times for optimum growth.What Brian and his team are doing fits right in my wheelhouse and I look forward to watching their continued success.1) BevStrat multimillion company and sold to MHW2) InvestBev ($300 Million AUM private equity in bev alc) (5th fund)3) Sprout Beverage - win $100k for your brand4) Algoma Capital ($100 Mill separate fund distilleries and brand owners that need credit but do not give up equity)Thank you for listening and be sure to subscribe to be notified of all new episodes!NOW ON YOUTUBE!!! Thank you for Listening! Join us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! Host Jessie Ott's Profile on LinkedIn
[Part 1] Yanick Arakelov's Journey: Owner of Silk Road Wines from the Country of Georgia
Apr 18 2024
[Part 1] Yanick Arakelov's Journey: Owner of Silk Road Wines from the Country of Georgia
Send us a Text Message.Thirsty Thursdays @3PM EST Now on YouTube!๐Ÿ“ฝ Subscribe and Watch Here!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ“ขI talk๐ŸŽ™๏ธwith Yanick Arakelov Co-Owner of Silk Road Wines and Keaton Maddox, Director of Communications! They stop by and discuss Silk Road WInes and Yanick's journey from being born in the country of Georgia to opening Silk Road Wines in Orlando, FL. ๐ŸŽ‡ ๐ŸŽ‰ โœจ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‹ ๐Ÿฅ‚60 Minutes's Segment on Georgian WinemakersBorn in Tbilisi the capital of Georgia, Yanick migrated to the United States and has served in our military and continues to serve today. In 2009, he joined the  82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Army and has continued to serve via Florida Army National Guard, US Army Reserves and currently working part-time at the Defense Logistics Agency.Yanick and his team created all their own brands and labels. They source the various varietals from family wineries that are experts in the varietals they produce.The Silk Road Wine name represents the "Silk Road" that was part of a network of trade routes that connected the world with goods including wine and many other goods.   Georgia WinemakingWinemaking tradition dating to 6000 BCE (8,000+ Years)500+ Indigenous Grape Varietals100,000 family wineries (2,400 produce commercially)Kakheti Region is responsible for 95% of Georgia's output, eastern, mountainous Ferment grapes on their skins in qvevri for years resulting in amber colored wine- Georgian Wine Pairing Wheel- New York Times feature on Silk Road Wines- Wine-Searcher article on modern winemaking styles in Georgia featuring Yanick - Blog on pairing Georgian wines with traditional holiday foods- Blog on Modern Georgian winemaking- Free Education Resource all about Wines of Georgia- Konstantin Baum - Master of Wine Explains Georgian Wine#wine #GeorgianWines #fnbinnovation #thirstythursdaysNOW ON YOUTUBE!!! Thank you for Listening! Join us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! Host Jessie Ott's Profile on LinkedIn
Rick Hewitt Unicorn Vodka and Tequila Butterfly Pea Spirits
Mar 28 2024
Rick Hewitt Unicorn Vodka and Tequila Butterfly Pea Spirits
Send us a Text Message.Thirsty Thursdays @3PM EST on YouTube! Subscribe and Watch Here!๐Ÿ“ฝ  Now on YouTube!  ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ƒhttps://youtu.be/H0VYRwUPItE๐Ÿ“ขI talk๐ŸŽ™๏ธwith Rick Hewitt  Founder & CEO at Unicorn Distillery! They make a vodka and a tequila with butterfly pea flowers, which when poured is a deep beautiful purple color. When mixed in cocktails with various ingredients the colors can change to purple and pink! We made three cocktails showcasing this effect, as well as, layering with ginger ale to show the layering effect of these fun spirits. ๐ŸŽ‡ ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐Ÿธโœจ ๐Ÿ‘Rick discusses his journey of creating their unique vodka and tequila brands using butterfly pea flowers. The conversation covers the discovery of the flower, FDA approval, and the decision to focus on tequila and vodka. Rick shares his background in the craft beer and tech industries and the lessons he learned. The discussion also touches on the experience trend in the beverage industry and the distribution plans for Unicorn Distilling. The conversation concludes with a transition to the tasting portion of the episode. ๐Ÿ˜‹ ๐Ÿฅ‚ ๐Ÿป   Rick then shares his journey in the beverage industry and the challenges of building a brand. He emphasizes the importance of focusing on quality and pricing, as well as, building a minimum viable audience.  Rick Hewitt from Unicorn Distilling discusses the journey of creating their unique vodka and tequila brands using butterfly pea flower. The conversation covers the discovery of the flower, FDA approval, and the decision to focus on tequila and vodka. Rick shares his background in the craft beer and tech industries and the lessons he learned. The discussion also touches on the experience trend in the beverage industry and the distribution plans for Unicorn Distilling. The conversation concludes with a transition to the tasting portion of the episode. Rick discusses the trends in the industry, such as the rise of RTDs and low/no alcohol options. He also highlights the value of mentors and resources in the industry. Outside of work, Rick enjoys hockey and boating. He shares his outlook for 2024, including plans to expand into new markets and attend industry events. Thank you for listening and be sure to subscribe to be notified of all new episodes! Unicorn Distillery started the year with an article in Forbes :https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeanettehurt/2024/02/23/unicorn-distillery-delightfully-disrupts-the-vodka-tequila-categories/?sh=6e744fdb4530Ending with a press release about our WSWA Gold Medal, San Diego & Scottsdale launches, and fleetwide expansion with Princess Cruises :https://finance.yahoo.com/news/unicorn-distillery-sets-sail-partnerships-133800824.html?guccounter=1NOW ON YOUTUBE!!! Thank you for Listening! Join us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! Host Jessie Ott's Profile on LinkedIn
[Replay] Kelley Jones Principal Kelley Jones Hospitality and President & COO of Hospitality Alliance
Mar 14 2024
[Replay] Kelley Jones Principal Kelley Jones Hospitality and President & COO of Hospitality Alliance
Send us a Text Message.Thirsty Thursdays @3PM EST on YouTube! Subscribe and Watch Here!Kelley Jones ๐Ÿ“ฝ  Now on YouTube!  ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ƒhttps://youtu.be/H0VYRwUPItE๐Ÿ“ขI talk๐ŸŽ™๏ธwith  Kelley Jones Principal of Kelley Jones Hospitality, which focuses on F&B operations for on-premise venues, and President and CEO of Hospitality Alliance, a hospitality management, development, and consulting firm for the on-premise world from start to finish. ๐ŸŽ‡ ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐Ÿธโœจ ๐Ÿ‘He started out at Pussers Rum ๐Ÿ˜‹ and helped grow and open several locations which was the precursor to his career in the restaurant business. He had just opened his 106th restaurant at our recording in September 2023! He then jumped over to China Grill Management for nearly 5 years as Director of Development and Operations. He has many experiences in the on-premise world, including being President of Light Group, where he dipped his toe into nightlife establishments.๐Ÿฅ‚ ๐Ÿป  Kelley is so engrained in the business and operations side that if I were to open a new concept, heโ€™d be my first phone call. Heโ€™s buttoned up on every level from conception, to funding, and understanding the brick and motor development to operations. When it comes to cocktails on their menu, he lets the bartender create one for each spirit, but they must be made within 30 seconds. Wow! ๐Ÿ˜ฒFor those of you looking for advice on restaurant ๐Ÿฝ management, you donโ€™t want to miss this episode!Thank you for listening and be sure to subscribe to be notified of all new episodes!NOW ON YOUTUBE!!! Thank you for Listening! Join us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! Host Jessie Ott's Profile on LinkedIn
Brazen Imports Owners Laura Becraft and Lauren Ward talk Industry Insights and their new BOLD Initiatives
Mar 7 2024
Brazen Imports Owners Laura Becraft and Lauren Ward talk Industry Insights and their new BOLD Initiatives
Send us a Text Message. Thirsty Thursdays @3PM EST on YouTube! Subscribe and Watch Here!๐Ÿ“ขI talk๐ŸŽ™๏ธwith  Laura Becraft and Lauren Ward ๐ŸŽ‡ Co-Founders of Brazen Imports & Consulting! ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐Ÿธโœจ ๐Ÿ‘ I feel honored they chose the Thirsty Thursdays @3PM EST podcast to talk about their new venture for the first time from a media-based perspective. We are a bit less formal with the opening so we are discussing what we are drinking as Laura has a delicious bloody mary made with  The Original Pickle ๐Ÿฅ’ Shot and then we just flow right into the conversation. I would love your feedback on your thoughts. Laura and Lauren have a client called John King Co-Founder & Owner of The Original Pickle ๐Ÿฅ’ Shot. They refer to him throughout the episode so I wanted to make sure you are familiar with whom they are referencing. I interviewed John on November 9th, 2023. Or catch it on YouTube!  ๐Ÿ“ฝ ๐ŸŽ‰ Also super exciting is their announcement of their Brazen Trails Foundation on the Thirsty Thursdays podcast just in time for Women's International Day on March 8th! Check out their website for additional details! You could be selected to be the next candidate for their foundation. https://www.brazenimports.com/trails We talk about how they started their new venture and why they named it Brazen Imports & Consulting, as well as, many industry insights. They both have such a well-rounded experience and advise others to try as many different positions in our industry to maximize your potential and be ready for whichever may come your way!These ladies have experience in every corner of our business and have so much to offer their clients. I'm very excited for these talented ladies and wish them both continued success.  Be sure to catch our Live Happy Hour celebrating women in our industry around the world on March 21st! Join our event posted on LinkedIn! You can call in and speak with us and celebrate  ๐Ÿป together with your favorite cocktail!  ๐Ÿฅ‚ ๐Ÿป You also need to check out the way we ended the podcast. I've been wanting a fun catchy way to finish the episode and Laura suggested Rapid Fire Questions,โ“so we did with great success. Please do not miss out on this part! It's super fun.#womenownedbusiness #beverageindustry #killingit #fnbinnovationNOW ON YOUTUBE!!! Thank you for Listening! Join us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! Host Jessie Ott's Profile on LinkedIn
Simon Ford Founder of Ford's Gin The How and Why he Created it for Bartenders
Feb 29 2024
Simon Ford Founder of Ford's Gin The How and Why he Created it for Bartenders
Send us a Text Message.Thirsty Thursdays @3PM EST on YouTube! Subscribe and Watch Here! ๐Ÿ“ขI talk๐ŸŽ™๏ธwith Simon Ford ๐ŸŽ‡ CoFounder of Ford's Gin   ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿธโœจ ๐Ÿ‘Happy 12th Birthday today, February, 29th, 2024!! Ford's Gin and I both turn 12! :)Simon shares the story of how the gin was created, from the initial idea on a napkin to the final recipe. The journey took two and a half years of product development, testing different botanicals and refining the flavors. ๐Ÿ˜‹๐ŸŽ‰ The gin is a London  Dry Gin ๐Ÿธthat is designed to work well in mixed drinks and cocktails. The recipe includes nine botanicals, with juniper as the backbone and other ingredients like coriander, angelica, cassia, grapefruit, lemon,๐Ÿ‹ orange, ๐ŸŠjasmine flower, and oris. ๐Ÿ˜‹ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŽ‡๐Ÿ‘ ๐ŸŒฟThe goal was to create a gin that could be a versatile and reliable choice for bartenders and consumers alike. In this part of the conversation, Simon discusses the process of creating the perfect gin recipe and the importance of taste and flavor. He also shares his favorite cocktails to make with ginger gin and the impact of adding water to gin. Simon talks about the complexity of gin flavors and the rise of gin in the UK.๐ŸŽ‡๐Ÿ‘ Simon shares his journey from working in wine shops to discovering cocktail culture and transitioning to a marketing role in the spirits industry. He highlights the importance of mentors and inspirations in his career and the impact they have had on his professional growth. Simon also discusses the pain points in the industry, such as the lack of support for hospitality workers, and the positive outlook for the future, including the evolution of hospitality and the increasing open-mindedness in the industry. He shares his passion for travel and experiencing different cultures, as well as his love for live music and living in Nashville, TN.Brown Forman ๐Ÿฅƒ  Acquired Ford's Gin in June 2019 through their purchase of The 86 Company.NOW ON YOUTUBE!!! Thank you for Listening! Join us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! Host Jessie Ott's Profile on LinkedIn
YouTube Launch! Jonathan Neff Nano Tech to Master Brewer - Tulsa OK!
Feb 22 2024
YouTube Launch! Jonathan Neff Nano Tech to Master Brewer - Tulsa OK!
Send us a Text Message.๐Ÿ“ข  Now Available on YouTube! ๐Ÿ“ฝ Please see Jonathan Neff's recording ๐ŸŽ™ Podcast. If you haven't had a chance to listen yet, do it now! NanoTech turned gluten-free brewer! ๐Ÿ“ฝ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@ThirstyThursdays3PMEST ๐Ÿ“ป Audio or any podcast app or platform. https://thirstythursdaysat3pmest.buzzsprout.com/2105344/13747355-jonathan-neff-co-founder-managing-owner-of-neff-brewing-tulsa-okPreviously Posted on November 2nd, 2023๐Ÿ“ข  Iโ€™m speaking with Jonathan Neff Co-Founder, Managing Owner, and Master Brewer of NEFF Brewing located in Tulsa, OK. Jonathan is a NANO โ€“ Technologist and research scientist turned Fermentation expert,  due to his diagnosis of Celiac Disease*. If you have heard of it or know anyone with it, itโ€™s an excruciating way of life if undiagnosed. But given that was back in 2012, not too many gluten-free brews existed then so he turned to home brewing.  Jonathan has a big brain for science at a micro level but his calling was brewing beer from the start. His first beer brewing contest wins were from regular beer he couldnโ€™t even taste. How nano times a billion awesome is that?In 2017, Jonathan founded Oklahomaโ€™s first and only dedicated gluten-free brewery and pub and they opened a year later. I was in Tulsa last Fall for a few weeks and enjoyed every bit of eating fried chicken sandwiches and fried pickles with delicious pain-free beers.  I do not have Celiac disease but I cannot eat gluten.Jonathan is a very impressive and brilliant guy and Iโ€™m excited about his future expansion, selfishly because he may be making his way to Dallas soon. Yes, his beers are gluten-free but were brewed for the craft beer enthusiast as each bear is โ€œBrewed for Everyone.โ€Tune in next Thursday and have a great week!NOW ON YOUTUBE!!! Thank you for Listening! Join us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! Host Jessie Ott's Profile on LinkedIn
Revolutionizing Convenience Stores: The BEVZ Story wtih Jason Vego
Feb 8 2024
Revolutionizing Convenience Stores: The BEVZ Story wtih Jason Vego
Send us a Text Message.Thirsty Thursdays @3PM EST on YouTube! Subscribe and Watch Here! ๐Ÿ“ขI talk๐ŸŽ™๏ธwith Jason Vego๐ŸŽ‡๐Ÿ‘ CEO & Co-Founder of BEVZ, an inventory & delivery ๐Ÿšš app ๐Ÿ“ for independent convenience store ๐Ÿช owners!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿป  ๐Ÿฅ ๐Ÿ• ๐ŸŒญ ๐Ÿฟ ๐ŸŒฏ ๐Ÿฉ   ๐Ÿ“ฝ  Watch a Quick Video!My main focus at BEVZ is setting and executing the company strategy โœจand vision, ๐Ÿ‘€  building a strong culture, maintaining consistent and scalable company growth, and recruiting, retaining, and coaching a superstar โœจteam. In this leadership role, I helped grow the business by 506% YoY and raise over $4M in funding. On a day-to-day basis, I oversee strategy and planning, business operations, financial planning and analysis, company budget and spend, and analytics. Within this role, I also focus heavily on all things HR and legal, including onboarding, contract development, compensation and benefits, and employee career development. I also own all fundraising efforts and investor relations, including pitch decks, one-pagers, and presentations. I'm also on the road (virtually and in-person) talking with and pitching current and future potential investors.  ๐Ÿ’ฒ Jason Vegohttps://www.linkedin.com/in/jvego/"I'm an entrepreneur and startup expert focused on building strong teams, fixing the toughest problems I can find, and growing early-stage companies. I specialize in startup operations and finance, growth marketing, team management, and culture building. I've spent time in big tech, nonprofits, and startups...but I really love startups."โœจ Investor Pitch: https://www.thepitch.show/120-bevz-a-tech-bro-walks-into-a-corner-store/๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐ŸŽ‡ ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿฅ‚ ๐Ÿค— ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿงก๐Ÿท๐Ÿš€PR Newswire articles Funding   Great StartNOW ON YOUTUBE!!! Thank you for Listening! Join us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! Host Jessie Ott's Profile on LinkedIn
Help Max Crawford, Founder of The Max Mix, Live an Independent Life
Jan 29 2024
Help Max Crawford, Founder of The Max Mix, Live an Independent Life
Send us a Text Message.Thirsty Thursdays @3PM ESTSubscribe On YouTube! See our Updated KC Chiefs Cheer! Food Innovation Segment Announcement and Intro to Max Help Max, founder and entrepreneur, who happens to have Down syndrome, live an independent life by buying Max's three various spice mixes at www.themaxmix.com !!!From The Max Mix Team"Creating spice rubs as gifts for family and friends turned into a mission to live an independent life. Max is a young man with big passions and dreams who happens to have Down syndrome. In addition to wanting a fun and meaningful job he loves sports, music and earned a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do."Master Chef Max's Dirty Dip Recipehttps://themaxmix.com/blogs/news/maxs-dirty-dip-recipeMax's podcast is my first "Food Innovation" released during a "Special Segment" as part of the Thirsty Thursdays @ 3PM EST Podcast!  And will be released on February 1, 2024,!Shop now! and Follow Max on Instagram#TheMaxMix #Inspiration #DownSyndrome #triumph #founder #entrepreneur #independentliving #fnbinnovation**********************************************************************************************#ThirstyThursdays #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurs #entrepreneurmindset #entrepreneurmotivation  @entrepreneur #entrepreneurjourney  @Youngentrepreneursforum #entrepreneurcommunity #inspiration  @creatorinsider #instagood #inspirationalquotes #inspirationalvideo #inspirationalstory #inspirationalstories  @Inspir   #inspirationalstoriesofsuccess #inspirationalvideos #inspirationdaily  #MaxMixAdventure  @spicyycam @SpiceEats   #SpiceUpYourLife #ChefMaxCrawford #SuperBowlCheer #SupportMaxMix #FoodInnovationPodcast #food #foodie #foodiesofinstagram #foodlover  @PeopleVsFood @BestEverFoodReviewShow @VillageFoodChannelOfficial   #foodblogger #2024  #MaxsDirtyDip #MaxMixJourney #SubscribeAndCelebrate #ThursdaysWithMax #SuperBowlSnacks #SpiceMixDelight #MaxMixCommunity #CheersToMax #MaxMixInspiration #downsyndrome #downsyndrom #downsyndromeawarenessmonth #downsyndromelove #downsyndromeawareness #chiefs #kansascitychiefs #kansascity #mahomes #kelce #kelcebrothers #kelceswift #patrickmahomes #traviskelce #traviskelcetaylorswift  @NonAlcoholRider NOW ON YOUTUBE!!! Thank you for Listening! Join us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! Host Jessie Ott's Profile on LinkedIn
Karen Hertz Holidaily Brewing Gluten Free Beer
Jan 25 2024
Karen Hertz Holidaily Brewing Gluten Free Beer
Send us a Text Message.๐Ÿ“ขI talk๐ŸŽ™๏ธwith Karen Hertz ๐ŸŽ‡๐Ÿ‘ Chief Brewista and Founder at Holidaily Brewing Company;๐Ÿบ100% gluten-free and the only certified ๐Ÿป  women-owned ๐Ÿ‘ฉ brewery in the US, distributed in Colorado, Arizona, Kansas, Missouri, Wyoming, Texas, and California. It is currently the largest gluten-free brewery. ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ˜‹  As a two-time cancer survivor, she had to give up many foods but she wasnโ€™t ready to give up beer. ๐Ÿ˜‹ Since nothing in the market hit her tastebuds๐Ÿ˜‹  she opened her brewery ๐Ÿบ in February 2016.  She was the 5th gluten-free brewery to open its doors. In their Golden, CO location, the brewery has food trucks and at the Denver Tech Center, they share space with Just Be Kitchen which servers gluten-free items and beyond.We tasted 4 beers ๐Ÿบon the podcast. 1) Favorite Blond Ale2) Riva Stout3) Fat Randy IPA (the name comes from Randy's Wipeout at Jackson Hole๐ŸŽฟ)4) Big Henry Hazy IPAResourcesCraft Brewers ConferencePink Boots Society - started by  Terry FerindorfWBENC - Women's Business Enterprise National CouncilAtomic Habits by James ClearTraction EOS System (how you review people) Feeling Organized and Running your businessWebsite   Online store   Twitter   Instagram   Facebook   LinkedIn   YouTube#Beer #GlutenFree #fnbInnovationArticlesUSA Today colorado biz The Denver Post (24 Medals at World BeeNOW ON YOUTUBE!!! Thank you for Listening! Join us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! Host Jessie Ott's Profile on LinkedIn