The Half A Dozen Hospitality Podcast
Understanding What Is Sustainable For Her; Lydia Ryall Of Cropthorne Farm

Understanding What Is Sustainable For Her; Lydia Ryall Of Cropthorne Farm

May 15, 2019

An inspiring farmer who does not sugarcoat seemingly anything, Lydia Ryall the owner of BC’s Cropthorne Farm was refreshing to sit down with on the podcast. Perhaps it was due to the fact that she just became a new Mother, again, just days before we recorded this episode that had Lydia speaking so candidly with me, or perhaps that is just how she is. Regardless I truly enjoyed my time spent with Lydia out at Cropthorne Farm a few weeks back. Lydia’s story is an inspiring one that proves with the right mix of mindset, work ethic, and an extremely solid support system you can truly accomplish anything. Lydia’s hard work has allowed for her business to grow at an impressive rate and due to the farms success the local community has the opportunity to try some of the most incredible produce that our terrior has to offer.

 

Here is to ALL of the farmers out there who are working so hard to bring our communities great healthy options and thank you Lydia for making time for this show.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How quickly foul can eat $5000 worth of kale
  • The realities of being a Mom, Business Owner, Wife, and Farmer all at once
  • The importance of your attitude and outlook
  • The types of restaurants your local farmer likely enjoys
  • Recognizing room for improvement in all aspects of life

TUNE IN NOW

QUOTES:

“It’s not easy. The day to day things is not easy, there is a lot of stress.”  (8:02)

 

“It is the relationships with have with our customers whether at the markets, or here because we have a farm stand here., or our CSA members, I can’t say those relationships aren’t important, because they are, but I honestly just love being out on the tractor ” (19:31)

 

“One of the other reasons I decided to have kids, and it was extremely selfish, but um, I have a hard time stopping.” (23:23)

 

“Give it another 10 years, um if you look at the great farmers in our area, that is what they are measuring”  (53:14)

LINKS:

 

Find out EVERYTHING you need to know about Cropthorne Farm  HERE

Follow Lydia & The Farm  Facebook | Instagram 

 

Joel Salatin

Vancouver Farmers Market

Savio Volpe

Pilgrimme Restaurant

Kissa Tanto

Ste Marie Design

Lone Wolf Bakery

Culture Craft Kombucha

Union Gospel Mission Vancouver

Fraserland Organics

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Serving 800 Meals Per Day In Our City w/ Jeremy Hunka of UGM Vancouver

Serving 800 Meals Per Day In Our City w/ Jeremy Hunka of UGM Vancouver

May 8, 2019

The touching stories continued when I sat down with Jeremy Hunka a few weeks back. As the person in charge with Media & Public Relations for the UGM, Jeremy was a wealth of knowledge that was more than willing to help to educate me on everything that is the UGM and why it exists. The numbers are staggering and the stories at times can be incredibly difficult to digest. Even with these very heavy stories Jeremy and his team are able to show up, day in and day out and create a welcoming place for those in need in this community.

Here is, yet again, to putting healthy foods into the mouths of those who are less fortunate and to creating more conversation, and dialog around these very real and pressing issues.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How the Union Gospel Mission helps those in need
  • Some staggering stories from those who have been through the UGM’s system
  • Who needs our help most
  • Why something like the UGM even exists
  • How you can help make a difference today.

TUNE IN NOW

QUOTES:

“In this small quadrant of the city, the child poverty rate is 80%. 8 out of 10 kids in this area are below the poverty line.”  (9:46)

 

“A meal costs us $3.29, so every $3.29, we can provide a meal. We serve 800 of them daily. ” (13:55)

 

“He also had a fear of people, largely stemming from some of that history.” (19:25)

 

“We are seeing more women and families, specifically single mothers, who because of the affordability crisis, rents just keep going up, are finding themselves more and more likely to lose their home .”  (27:42)

LINKS:

Find out EVERYTHING you need to know about Union Gospel Mission  HERE

 

Follow Jeremy Hunka  Facebook | Instagram |  Twitter | Linkedin

Alcohol & Drug Recovery Program

Career Counselling

Kids & Family Support

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Meeting Needs With Compassion and Creativity w/ Jen Candela, Sandra Bodenhamer, and Peter Leblanc

Meeting Needs With Compassion and Creativity w/ Jen Candela, Sandra Bodenhamer, and Peter Leblanc

May 1, 2019

When I decided to take on the Half A Dozen Dinner Series I was unaware of the work it would involve but even more unaware of the education I was about to receive. In partnering with local food based charities I’ve been blessed to learn more stories of people in my community that are doing awesome work to help those in need. This episode was nothing short of an education as I sat down with three pretty incredible human beings to discuss how we as a community at large can positively impact those of us that are less fortunate. Meeting with, Sandra, Jen, and Peter I was intrigued to learn more about the FRESH TO FAMILIES FUND, an expansion on the exiting BC Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program and not only how it works, but also who it impacts. I am motivated by conversations such as this and meeting people like these three that our community is in good hands. While we still need to give more attention, time, effort and funds to causes such as this I am positive we are on the right track.

Here’s to putting healthy foods into the mouths of those who are less fortunate and to creating more conversation, and dialog around this very real and pressing issues.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How YOU can help support low income families in the local community
  • Why this program exists in the first place
  • Who is impacted by this program and others like it
  • Where each dollar that is donated goes
  • How this also positively impacts local farmers as well

TUNE IN NOW

QUOTES:

“We operate a program that runs provincially, that you are participating in and contributing to. The Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program, it’s been around since 2012.”  (4:59)

 

“They know how to prepare it, they’ll ask you next week whether or not they liked what you suggested ” (15:57)

 

“Because of the way that our program is run, they may not be in the program next year, they may not qualify for the program anymore so if there was a way to make it run all year long, that would be wonderful” (26:58)

 

“I guess it’s how you define “education”, I do a lot of promotions, and I feel like every time I promote a Dairy Farmer or a new vendor makes kombucha or whatever, that that is an opportunity to talk about food.”  (34:52)

“The one thing that comes up is that you have to do a bike trip through Europe”” (46:47)

LINKS:

Find out EVERYTHING you need to know about Fresh To Families  HERE

Follow Vancouver Farmers Markets  Facebook | Instagram |  Twitter

Dualism

Aurora View Farms

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank

The Salvation Army

Whole Foods

The Half A Dozen Dinner Series

Live Instagram Demo, How To

UBC Farm

Healthiest Babies Possible

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Leading From The Front; The Stories From The Floor w/ Miguel Garcia

Leading From The Front; The Stories From The Floor w/ Miguel Garcia

April 26, 2019

Miguel Garcia is as humble as they come but this soft spoken man has heaps of talent and his trajectory is one we will all want to keep an eye on. With a passionate Latin background, Miguel's association with all things food and all things hospitality is naturally in his blood. As he describes so eloquently stories of his Mom’s simple yet inspiring dishes that she whips up from nothing, I can’t help but get intrigued by the lens at which Miguel sees food and sees this space. His humble nature has allowed for him to establish himself as a voice in this industry and work his way up so that he can impart his wisdom and passion on others, in particular the younger generation. His decision to evolve himself and his craft is something that all of us in his community will benefit from. If you don’t know Miguel, you won’t want to miss this podcast, and if you do know Miguel, this podcast will likely only cement for you the many reasons why you appreciate him and what he does.

 

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How to be open to change in this industry
  • Why listening to the public can be tough but is so key
  • The true power of food and conversation
  • Why keeping your body, mind, and soul healthy should be a priority in this space
  • How to go with your gut without being reckless

TUNE IN NOW

QUOTES:

“Whether it be a hard day at work, or just a lunch with a friend, it is those times were it is the most valuable.”  (4:04)

“I think that one thing that we can do is teach these young people that come in a sense of work ethic and responsibility. ” (22:00)

“Those moments is how I connect with the team here, and keeping it light.” (36:00)

“Get a part time job that just barely pays the bills”  (42:30)

“It forces you to take away all of the crap, and focus on what’s meaningful for yourself.”” (51:53)

LINKS:

Find out EVERYTHING you need to know about Miguel Garcia HERE

 

Follow Miguel Garcia  Facebook | Instagram | Linkedin | Twitter

Como Taperia

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Melbourne, Australia

Earls Restaurants

Philosophy Critical Thinking Class

Pintxo Bars

Host Your Own Podcast

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Working To Create Mindful Hospitality w/ Vanessa Pollock

Working To Create Mindful Hospitality w/ Vanessa Pollock

April 24, 2019

Vanessa Pollock is a gift to this industry and she’s working with her clients to help facilitate true hospitality. In 2006 Vanessa simply wanted to help other members of this industry and she’s done so with her company. Through training and coaching, Vanessa and her team have established themselves as true voices in the hospitality space and they work tirelessly to move this industry along in a positive direction. Vanessa creates and facilitates key resources that are used by her clients to keep them ahead of the game and work through most, if not all of the challenges that this industry throws at us. Like so many in this space Vanessa has taken a true passion for all things food & people and turned it into a business. It just so happens that this business truly builds this industry up, and her work is making this space stronger and more prepared for those inevitable challenges ahead.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How to positively impact the hospitality industry
  • Why annual training programs are useful
  • When to engage a client and when to let them go
  • What are the issues in her local market
  • How to work with teams and dynamic personalities

TUNE IN NOW

QUOTES:

“Essentially we are helping people to navigate their careers to make it a sustainable career for them.”  (3:26)

 

“Brisbane, I am in Queensland, is vastly different to Sydney and Melbourne.” (14:21)

 

“You might not have two hours at the table with those customers, you still have the entry point, you’ve got when they walk in the door.” (20:14)

 

“I think if we can make our staff feel some sort of ownership for the venue that they are in, then they will understand that this person is coming in to your venue.”  (35:44)

 

“Danny Meyer’s book, SETTING THE TABLE, I haven’t read it in a while, but I’ve read it a number of times..” (46:09)

LINKS:

Find out EVERYTHING you need to know about VANESSA  HERE

 

Follow Vanessa Pollock  Facebook | Instagram | | Twitter | Linkedin

Brisbane

Sydney, Australia

Melbourne, Australia

Setting The Table

Eleven Madison Park

Food Connect

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A Deep Seeded Love For This Industry w/ Christian Alvarez of Vancouver Chefs

A Deep Seeded Love For This Industry w/ Christian Alvarez of Vancouver Chefs

April 22, 2019

An undeniable passion for food and a keen eye for talent has lead Christian Alvarez to create a platform to celebrate those who he admires and respects so much. Creator of Vancouver Chefs, a local pop-up dinner series that is married with a unique theme each and every time, Christian has become a massive supporter of the Vancouver dining scene. Christian’s keen eye is also frequently loaned out to his work on his LIFE ON THE LINE photography series that sees him snapping very real photos of some of the cities brightest talents doing what they do best. A photographer, a music junky, a DJ and a producer Christian Alvarez could have seemingly chosen any artistic outlet, instead he has aligned with food. And for that we are all very lucky. Christian is humble, well spoken, an absolute encyclopedia of food knowledge and an all around good dude. Here’s to celebrating people like Christian who take their time to help this industry along, and all of those that are so invested in it.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How Christian defines hospitality
  • Why he is so passionate about food
  • His incredible pop up dinner series that brings top talents together
  • Why he finds inspiration in music when it comes to food
  • His extremely original “Half A Dozen Have To’s”

TUNE IN NOW

QUOTES:

“It depends if you’re talking about the world's best restaurants, and I’ve been lucky enough to travel to a number of those.”  (3:20)

 

“I think as a business, on the whole, Vancouver does a pretty good job with hospitality.” (6:31)

 

“Chefs that I very much admire, and getting them to cook a cohesive menu and collaborate. For me that’s what’s really rewarding.” (16:04)

 

“Music is always a big theme with the dinners, they go hand in hand.”  (30:52)

 

“If you can make it happen for yourself, and you love this industry, and you want to see the best of the best so to speak. Jump on a plane and go to one of those restaurants...” (48:30)

LINKS:

 

Find out EVERYTHING you need to know about VANCOUVER CHEFS HERE

 

Follow Christian Alvarez  Facebook | Instagram | | Twitter | Linkedin

Delecto Records

Vancouver Chefs

Nipsey Hustle

Tupac

Notorious B.I.G

Mikey Robbins

Eva Chin

Royal Dinette

Dominique Crenn

Daniel Mcgee

Anthony Bourdain

Spain

House Music

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Get To Know Your Farmer w/ Jill Azanza of K&M Farms

Get To Know Your Farmer w/ Jill Azanza of K&M Farms

April 17, 2019

Jill Azanza inspires me, period. Jill is an extremely passionate farmer at K&M Farms in beautiful Abbotsford, B.C and farming is in her blood. Jill’s father started the farm years ago and now Jill has taken on the role to lead the business and the farm, and judging by the person Jill is, K&M is in great hands. Jill is a wealth of knowledge, which I think is a prerequisite to even being a decent farmer these days, but her knowledge goes beyond. Jill is very active in her community, fighting for her industry on every level she’s needed. She also takes part in the Young Agrarians Program as a mentor here in BC to help young up and coming farmers. Sharing her knowledge and expertise to ensure our land is in good hands moving forward, Jill is doing everything she can to leave this place better than when she found it. Jill is an incredible personality who is doing so much for her business, her family, and the local farming community. It was an absolute pleasure for me to sit down with her and just simply learn. Thank you Jill.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • The reality of farming pasture raised poultry
  • Fighting to keep the land from massive development
  • What it takes to me a Mom, a Partner, a Daughter, a Farmer, and a Mentor
  • Why you should eat LESS CHICKEN
  • What truly supporting your local farmer looks like

 

QUOTES:

“Owls love brain, that is why they are so smart”  (6:43)

“It comes down to how efficient are you on that land. How much can you produce?” (19:06)

“Pasture management is a HUGE part of our business.” (19:30)

“Make the farming more attractive in a way... ”  (38:44)

“I would love for them (butcher shop) to feature seasonal items.” (56:08)

LINKS:

Find out EVERYTHING you need to know about K & M Farms HERE

Follow K & M Farms  Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Twitter

Ubuntu

Pasture Management

Pasture Raised

Free Range

Young Agrarians

Histomoniasis

Vancouver Farmers Market

Slaughter House

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What Can Happen In The Restaurant And Why w/ Andrew Morrison from SCOUT Magazine

What Can Happen In The Restaurant And Why w/ Andrew Morrison from SCOUT Magazine

April 10, 2019

I don’t generally get nervous for my podcast interviews but this was different. I had SCOUT Magazines Andrew Morrison on my “Wish List” for some time and admittedly I wasn’t sure I was even ready to meet with him. Andrew is someone, in this local industry that I look up to and so many others do as well. Both Andrew and Michelle (Partner & Managing Editor) have created a niche for themselves in the local food scene as the resource for so many that are looking to keep on the up and up with the food on offer in this city. A proud BC boy, he was raised around food being a large part of his life, Andrew has found a home helping his community stay educated through his work at SCOUT. Andrew was an impressive guest and someone who I hope to reconnect with again with a microphone and perhaps one day a fork.

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How Andrew finds the “Seam of AWESOMENESS”
  • The success of others cities influencing the local scene
  • Food writing as a form of entertainment
  • The lacking hybrid restaurants in our city
  • Leave, just leave where you are from to appreciate it more

QUOTES:

“Oh yeah you’d be amazed by how many sales people will use that list (opening soon).’”  (5:11)

“In terms of the contributions that my wife makes that have nothing to do with food and drink, well tangentially they do, she does a column called The Scout List ” (13:18)

“When I started to think about what I was contributing to the world, when I first started having kids.” (22:01)

“Come into this restaurant after hours and I am going to make this burger, and we can sit down and we can quietly eat this burger. ”  (33:42)

“I touched on drugs. Find a balance, if you’re going to fuck around know that there is an end,” (56:45)

LINKS:

Find out EVERYTHING you need to know about Aurora View Farms HERE

Follow Andrew Morrison Linkedin  Facebook   Instagram

Bao Bei

Wild Rice Restaurant Vancouver

The SCOUT LIST

Les Amis De Fromage

Strathcona Vancouver

Joe Dirt

Rob Feenie

The Irish Heather

Pepinos Spaghetti House

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Get To Know Your Farmer w/ Matt L’Heureux of Aurora View Farms

Get To Know Your Farmer w/ Matt L’Heureux of Aurora View Farms

April 5, 2019

It was a book I read years ago called Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan that sparked a sincere interest in me to as more questions about where my food came from and how it was produced. Having the opportunity to sit down with Matt L’Heureux from Aurora View Farms was an absolute pleasure and a moment in my day that I really enjoyed. I was able to ask Matt anything, and I did. Matt has a plethora of knowledge considering this isn’t the world he was brought up in, however he and wife Elizabeth have taken the ball and run with it. Matt and Elizabeth's approach to farming is one that I am proud to support and I can’t thank them enough for not only farming the right way in my eyes, but for also being a crucial aspect to the success of The Half A Dozen Dinner Series that sees us giving back to those who are less fortunate. If you yourself are an omnivore and are local here in BC, be sure to give Aurora View Farms a try!

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • The true difference between grass fed beef versus conventionally farmed beef
  • The bumps in the road to becoming a farmer
  • Barriers to entry
  • Common misconceptions about Canadian farming
  • How to be a full time farmer with 5 children

QUOTES:

“I used to work for BC Hydro as a contractor, I trimmed trees, and I did vegetation management, and my wife didn’t like that I was away almost every day of the year, so we thought ‘Ah lets buy a farm?!’”  (5:46)

“There’s a tendency, I mean you know what you know, but I really had to learn to listen a little bit.” (14:18)

“It’s interesting to go and watch that but it’s really highly commercial, and, but dairy milk in Canada is amazing.” (25:50)

“Look it man I have to drive 50 minutes everyday to work.”  (35:10)

“I was amazed when I first came to the Vancouver Farmers Market.” (46:01)

LINKS:

Find out EVERYTHING you need to know about Aurora View Farms HERE

Follow Aurora View Farms  Facebook | Instagram

Vancouver Farmers Market

BC Hydro

Dairy Farming Canada

Soil Technology

Michael Pollan

Canada Food Guide

World Population

Animal Welfare

Conventional Farming

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This Has NOTHING To Do With Restaurants

This Has NOTHING To Do With Restaurants

April 3, 2019

Tune in to this very short episode where I share the truth about this process.