Bootleg Avocado: Culinary & Cannabis Podcast

Bootleg Avocado: Culinary & Cannabis Podcast
Our food centric podcast helps to introduce entrepreneurs who are in early stage food and cannabis ventures and learn about their journey.

Bootleg Avocado Presents: Educators in Cannabis & Psychedelics
Sep 12 • 65 min
As legalization in cannabis and psychedelics continues to gain more momentum, the negative stigmas surrounding them are beginning to fade and heading in a brave new direction. New research and information in support of mental health and recovery are…
Bootleg Avocado Presents: Psilocybin & Culinary
Sep 11 • 78 min
With changing legislation and emphasis on mental health and recovery, psychedelics have taken the main stage. With help from our co-host Ophelia Chong, we want to take it step further and see how experts in the field have progressed in cultivating,…
Bootleg Avocado Presents: Investing in Minority Founders
Sep 11 • 70 min
We are grateful and excited for our recent partnership with Vertosa, who has helped to curate our latest event within the intersection of culinary and cannabis with a focus on investing in minority cannabis founders. We will be co-hosting along with…
Bootleg Avocado Presents: Launching CPG
Sep 11 • 66 min
We are kicking off our next event within the intersection of culinary and cannabis with a focus on how to launch consumer packaged goods in the food, beverage, and cannabis industry. We are grateful to have an esteemed panel attending to guide us through…
Bootleg Avocado Presents: Next Level Products
Sep 11 • 63 min
We are kicking off our next event within the intersection of culinary and cannabis with a focus on next-level consumer packaged goods in the market - think naturally infused THC honey, milkshakes, elixirs, popcorn, etc.. We are grateful to have an…
Infusion 101, Hosted by New Jersey Cannabusiness Association*
Jun 4 • 58 min
Cooking with cannabis has been part of our collective culture in one form or another, since we’ve been using cannabis as a medicine, going back thousands of years. In more recent times, the proverbial “pot brownie” has been part of our underground culture…
Bootleg Avocado Presents: Hospitality 2.0
May 25 • 66 min
How will the restaurants and hospitality industry move forward? How are you adjusting to provide the same level of service and hold true to your mission? We are grateful to have our esteemed panel attending to guide us through their new reality of the…
Bootleg Avocado Presents: Innovation Drive
May 13 • 67 min
Our live recording of Bootleg Avocado L.L.C. Presents: Innovation Drive, at the intersection of culinary and cannabis. Our panelists included Mike Hennesy, Director of Innovation, Wana Brands; Yahav Blaicher, Co-founder, CTO, Kaneh-B; Carolina Vazquez…
Unity Wellness Co. - Good For U and Your Mental Health
Apr 15 • 43 min
With pandemic mania infiltrating our lives, we tend to look for brands that can help us balance our stress and mental health. Enter Unity Wellness Co. - Founder and CEO, Alex Valley, breaks down his start into the CBD beverage space and where he is taking…
Cloud Water - Sparkling Hemp Beverages with Premium Botanicals
Apr 3 • 36 min
What does navigating through the current pandemic crisis look like for early stage entrepreneurs? In this episode, we had a chat with Marc Siden, CEO of Cloud Water. We discussed how he is keeping his company true to their mission while also staying…
Bootleg Avocado Presents…State of the Union: Culinary + Cannabis
Mar 1 • 67 min
We launched our event series, Bootleg Avocado Presents, on Feb 27, 2019 - a cold winter night in NYC. With over 120 attendees we ushered in a new type of event focused on the intersection of culinary and cannabis. Our panelists included Scott Jennings…
Castetter Sustainability Group - True Empire State Hemp
Feb 12 • 38 min
This week we sat down with Kaelan Castetter, CEO of the Castetter Sustainability Group, and dug into what its like to run a family business in the cannabis industry. How has the group supported and grown other hemp companies through advocacy and…
Pantry Food Co. - Cannabis Infused Food Developed by Award Winning Chefs
Feb 4 • 49 min
What does it take to launch a food brand in the cannabis space? Scott Jennings, Co-founder & CEO, Pantry Food Co. stops by to talk about his transition from Wall Street to being at the helm of a chef driven food brand. How do you choose your “investors’”…
A Boring Life - Extraordinary CBD Products For A Relaxed Lifestyle
Jan 27 • 47 min
This week, we had the pleasure to chat with Serafina Palandech, Co-founder and CEO of A Boring Life. We discuss the current landscape for early stage startups in the food cannabis space and what it takes to survive in the first few months with impending…
Cloud Creamery - Chef Inspired Cannabis Ice Cream
Jan 18 • 50 min
Who doesn’t like ice cream?! Founder and CEO, David Yusefzadeh, of Cloud Creamery stops by to chat about his journey through restaurant life and how his bout with Crohn’s Disease lead him into exploring cannabis and eventually creating Cloud Creamery.
Kaneh Company - Gourmet Cannabis Edibles
Jan 2 • 35 min
Happy New Year Everyone! Last week, we had the pleasure of speaking with Rachel King, Chief Development Officer, of Kaneh Company. Rachel started in the fine dining scene in San Diego and decided to take a risk into the cannabis industry. So sit back,…
Potli - Ingredients for the Elevated Life
Dec 26, 2019 • 16 min
This week we had the pleasure of speaking with, Christine Yi, co-founder and chief brand officer of Potli. We discuss their unique approach to the CDB infused edibles market and how they crafted their products for high functional individuals.
Pollen - Next Gen CBD
Dec 15, 2019 • 25 min
In this episode we chat with CEO, Melanie Goldsmith of Pollen. Melanie gives us the story of how her first company forced her to find a way to deal with the rigors of startup life, ultimately leading her to launch Pollen.
MARY Presents Conscious Living, Plant Wellness, and Community @The Holiday Pop Up
Dec 7, 2019 • 34 min
In the episode, we had to opportunity be a fly on the wall at Adrian Farquharson’s MARY holiday pop up at the Come Back Daily storefront. MARY explores ways to educate and enlighten our society on cannabis culture; change negative impressions and…
Lil Mixins - Stopping Food Allergies One Baby At A Time
Nov 18, 2019 • 37 min
We chat with Meenal Lele, Founder and CEO of Lil Mixins. Their mission is very simple: make early introduction easy so they can put an end to food allergies. This is the one episode you don’t want to miss if you are a new parent.
FarmPod - Feeding the World One Pod At A Time
Nov 6, 2019 • 38 min
In this episode we chat with CEO, Mike Straight of FarmPod. With the numerous farming options out there, Mike takes us through his world of Aquaponics and how his FarmPods have revolutionized food service, education, and other industries.
TBJ Gourmet - Spreadable Bacon Jams
Aug 15, 2019 • 28 min
Bootleg Avocado brings you TBJ Gourmet, next level bacon jams. Chef and owner, Mike Oraschewsky, walks us through his product line of jams and rubs and chats about his journey out of restaurants for good. Help support his equity crowd funding campaign on…
Junzi - Simple, Thoughtful, Everyday Chinese Food
May 9, 2019 • 56 min
In this episode we talk to Lucas Sin, Culinary Director of Junzi - how he has been able to re-translate Chinese (regional) cuisine to a QSR concept and change the stigmatism of MSG heavy Chinese food to be EVERYDAY healthy food.
Foreal Foods - The Evolution of the Jerky
Apr 16, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode we jump into the world of (vegan) jerky and chat with director of sales at Foreal Foods, Max Buckner. Foreal Foods’ (formerly Cocoburg) sustainable production model uses up-cycled young coconut meat from the waste stream of coconut water…
HoneyFlower Foods
Mar 18, 2019 • 46 min
This week we have, Nic Bash, founder of HoneyFlower Foods: a health food company focused on making great tasting food products with scalably sustainable ingredients and zero waste. We discuss the journey from Michelin starred kitchens, to product…
Boardwalk Hospitality Presents Surf Dog
Mar 11, 2019 • 45 min
In this episode we chat with, Klaus Moeller, CEO of Boardwalk Hospitality. We discuss his new venture, Surf Dog, located in Venice Beach. What are the keys to investing in franchises? What lessons were learned in his previous businesses, spread across…
Element Farms - Ultra Fresh Hydroponics
Feb 24, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode, we talk with SERDAR MIZRAKCI of Element Farms. With the explosion of vertical farming and the demand for hydroponic products, Serdar has been able to provide a year-round, pesticide free, and scalable spinach product.
Vinder - #DoWhatsRipe
Feb 17, 2019 • 44 min
Sam Lillie, CEO and co-founder of Vinder, stops by and chats about his journey into the agriculture world and the unglamorous lifestyle of starting his company. Vinder connects home growers who have an abundant garden with community members looking for…
Crowd Funding 101 - Wefunder
Feb 6, 2019 • 47 min
In the latest episode of Bootleg Avocado - Food Ventures, we talk to Jonny Price of Wefunder and tackle the world of crowd funding. What are the different types of (equity) funding platforms out there? And how can you get the most out of raising money…
Ingest … AI For The Restaurant World
Aug 12, 2018 • 53 min
In this episode, we jump back into the food tech space, with Ken Kuo of Ingest AI. We dive into the importance of having a strong co-founder and how that has guided them to create their data integration platform as a solution to the fragmented systems…
Nobody Cares About Your Product by Jill Frechtman
Aug 2, 2018 • 61 min
In this episode, we talk to Jill Frechtman of “Fretzels” about the trials and tribulations of growing a product and brand in the age before social media and easy website apps. The wild wild west of CPG!
Foodie For All - B2B Catering Solutions
Jul 26, 2018 • 35 min
In this episode we discuss the double sided marketplace with CEO and Founder of Foodie For All, Oge Akyil. What was her inspiration to jump into a logistically heavy business and what has been the craziest request she’s gotten from a client.
Klove Chef - #VoiceFirst Cooking
Jul 16, 2018 • 62 min
In this episode we explore the food tech world, including Klove Chef, a voice first solution to help you cook at home.
Feb 21, 2018 • 70 min
We explore what’s happening in the Vegan world with cookbook author, Chef, punk rocker, and Vegan Boss Lady, Terry Hope Romero. Also introducing entrepreneur J.J. Williams of Best Life Foods and diving into his cauliflower centric products.
Poloze To The People & CPG
Feb 11, 2018 • 62 min
In this episode we talk with Chris Bailey of Pozole To The People, entering the CPG world, building a vegan empire in Porlandia, and #thefutureiscolor movement.
Fundraising, VC World, Tech
Feb 1, 2018 • 73 min
In this episode we explore how the VC world operates, how to prepare yourself as an entrepreneur and what NOT to do via Elise Baros of First Rock Capital. In addition we have a talk with Hernan Aracena, co-founder of Effortless and learn about his fail…
Line Threads
Jan 21, 2018 • 54 min
We discuss culinary school and the perils of education. Eric Brown, founder of Line Threads, stops by to discuss his launch and how he got into the chef apparel game.
Jan 18, 2018 • 1 min
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