Track & Food Podcast

Track & Food Podcast

Jamie Mah is a writer, bartender and sommelier in beautiful Vancouver B.C. With his co- host Mickey Mcleod they take a comprehensive deep dive into everything food and culture in the city and around the globe.


B.C. Attorney General David Eby On Expedited Restaurant Industry Legislation, The Role Of Government Policy In Canada And Phase Three Moving Forward
Jun 24 • 57 min
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine.Today’s episode is big for us as we were beyond thrilled to have British Columbia’s Attorney General David Eby on the podcast to discuss the new restaurant and bar wholesale pricing parameters his office released…
Emergency Podcast: Shaun Layton And Frankie Harrington Of Como Taperia On The Recent Patio And City Council Shenanigans
Jun 10 • 37 min
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine. In this emergency episode, we brought on two of the owners of Mount Pleasant’s Como Taperia, Shaun Layton and Frankie Harrington to discuss all the hoopla surrounding their patio expansion. In a desperate Hail Mary…
Andrew Morrison Of Scout Magazine On Our New Way Of Life, Historical Restaurant Industry Perspectives And The Things We’re Looking Forward To The Most
Jun 9 • 67 min
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine. In this episode it thrilled us to bring on the Editor-in-Chief of our presenting sponsor, Andrew Morrison of Scout Magazine. This is Andrew’s second time joining us on the pod and well similar to his first go…
Restaurant Industry Heavyweights Paul Grunberg and Romano Castillo Of Savio Volpe, Pepino’s And Caffe La Tana On Transitioning Into Covid Phase Three, Some Fun Stories And Hopeful Silver Linings
Jun 1 • 68 min
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine. In this episode it delighted us to bring on two prominent hospitality veterans in Paul Grunberg and Romano Castillo. You might recognize these two as the former faces of Gastown’s L’Abattoir, where they helped…
Group Chat: Karri Green-Schuermans Of Chambar And James Iranzad Of Gooseneck Hospitality On The New Vancouver Food Coalition And The Ever Changing Challenges Of Our Restaurant Community
May 6 • 52 min
Now presented by Scout Magazine. In this special COVID-19 episode it thrilled us to have on Chambar co-owner Karri Green-Schuermans and our old friend James Iranzad of Gooseneck Hospitality. We wanted to hear them speak about what’s happening on the…
Restaurateur Brandon Grossutti Of Pidgin On His New Food Delivery App FROMTO, Breaking The Current Food Delivery Model And Mental Health
Apr 27 • 61 min
Now presented by Scout Magazine. In this weeks episode it thrilled us to bring on highly respected restaurateur Brandon Grossutti. Owner and operator of Gastown staple Pidgin, we were eager to discuss a new venture he’s been developing, a new “at cost”…
Abdallah El Chami Of Superbaba And The Vancouver Community Relief Fund On The Current Small Business Climate In B.C., Covid-19 And The Issues Facing The Future Of Our Restaurant Industry
Apr 10 • 59 min
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine. In this special Covid-19 episode we brought on Abdallah (Dallah) El Chami of Victoria’s Superbaba to discuss the Vancouver Food and Beverage Relief Fund he and couple of his friends recently started. With so many of…
Midrange Group Chat: Tristan Young, Jamie Mah, Mickey Mcleod And Daniel Williams Chat About Current Mood, Instagram, Music Playlists And Ideal Quarantine Dinner Guests
Mar 27 • 55 min
Hello fellow isolators and welcome to the Midrange Group Chat. Today, some of the members of the Midrange team got together remotely to talk about pretty much whatever came to mind. This round we are joined by Mickey, Jamie, Dan, and Tristan. While…
Special Covid-19 Episode With James Iranzad Of Gooseneck Hospitality On Vancouver’s Restaurant Community And How We Are Coping
Mar 21 • 58 min
Brought to you by Scout Magazine. In light of our current social and economic circumstances due to the Covid-19 virus, we wanted to reach out to our close friends in the community and chat with them on how they are dealing with this pandemic. First up…
Chef Angus An On His New Cookbook ‘Maenam, A Fresh Approach To Thai Cooking’, Sustaining Success In Vancouver’s Restaurant Market And Life Best Practices
Mar 17 • 70 min
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine. We were originally going to push this episode due to the current global pandemic of Covid-19. We thought it seemed trivial to release this now, with so many of us facing personal and economic uncertainties. However,…
Group Chat: Tyler Harlton of TH Wines and James Langford-Smith of Kissa Tanto/Bao Bei on B.C.’s Wine World, The Natural Wine Conundrum and Entrepreneurial Spirit
Feb 18 • 80 min
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine. In this episode, it thrilled us to bring on winemaker Tyler Harlton of Summerland’s TH Wines and GM James Langford-Smith of Chinatown staples Bao Bei and Kissa Tanto. We waxed on all things hospitality, running…
Peter Van de Reep of Campagnolo Upstairs on Being Crowned BC’s Best Sommelier, Lifetime Academia and the Importance of Authentic Wines
Feb 2 • 64 min
In this episode, Jamie and Mickey chat with Peter Van de Reep of Campagnolo Upstairs. Recently crowned BC’s Best Sommelier, they were excited to discuss his win, how it unfolded and what his thoughts are about competing at Nationals next fall. Peter…
Cody Dodds of The Mackenzie Room On Starting A New Concept, Maintaining Success And The Guest Experience
Jan 4 • 63 min
In our final episode of 2019 we were thrilled to bring on current Mackenzie Room Wine Director and soon to be General Manager of the Mackenzie group’s second restaurant, Say Mercy, one Mr. Cody Dodds. A good friend of Jamie’s, Cody gave us the goods on…
Bartender Max Curzon-Price Of Botanist On Cocktails, Bees, Sustainability And Giving Back To The Community
Dec 15, 2019 • 75 min
In this episode, we brought on our good friend and bartender extraordinaire, Max Curzon-Price of Botanist in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. We were excited to chat with him about his latest project, Hive of Apiarists, which he’s launched in conjunction…
Como Taperia Co-Owner Shaun Layton On Restaurant Life, EnRoute Success And Why He Loves Hosting
Nov 22, 2019 • 79 min
In this episode, we couldn’t help but bring on for a second time our good friend Shaun Layton. Shaun sat with us a little over a year ago to discuss the imminent launch of his new restaurant, Como Taperia. It thrilled us back then that he wanted to chat…
Jeff Savage Of Botanist On Competing In Diageo World Class, Being Your Authentic Self And The Way Of The Samurai
Nov 4, 2019 • 85 min
In this episode, we brought on our good friend and overall great guy, Bar Manager Jeff Savage of Botanist. We’d like to say that Jeff’s definitely had himself a year as he was not only part of the winning team that took home the Bols Around the World…
Neal Mclennan Of Vancouver Magazine On Food Journalism, Pricing Misconceptions And The VanMag Restaurant Awards
Oct 4, 2019 • 103 min
In this episode we were very fortunate to bring on a guest who needs little introduction, Vancouver Magazine Food Editor, Neal McLennan. This was such a fun chat as Neal gave us the goods on his time at Van Mag, the state of food journalism, how they…
James Iranzad of Gooseneck Hospitality on Running Successful Concepts, Restaurant Innovation And The Food Delivery Model
Sep 22, 2019 • 75 min
In this episode we chat with Gooseneck Hospitality co-owner and overall awesome dude James Iranzad. We got him to wax on his newest restaurant, a spin off of their wildly successful pizzeria Bufala. Set to open in late October in North Vancouver, James…
Max Borrowman on Restaurant Trends, Cocktail Culture and Vancouver Brunch
Sep 9, 2019 • 73 min
…And we’re back!!!After a nice summer hiatus, we’re back today with a great one. Meet bartender/consultant Max Borrowman. He’s set to dig in and open his new bar for Heather Hospitality, ‘Open Outcry’ and we’re delighted he stopped by to give us the…
Group Chat: Josh Pape of Gooseneck Hospitality and Ron Oliver of Mamie Taylor’s on Vancouver’s Cocktail Bar Scene, The Diamond’s 10 Year Anniversary and Bar Stories
Jul 15, 2019 • 73 min
In this episode we did another group chat as we brought on two Vancouver industry legends, Ron Oliver of Mamie Taylor’s and Josh Pape of Gooseneck Hospitality. We wanted to wax everything hospitality as we discussed The Diamond 10 year anniversary and…
Reflecting on a Year and a Half of Podcasting, Vancouver Complaining and All The Shout Outs
Jun 30, 2019 • 81 min
In this episode we reflect on over a year and a half ( 30 episodes) of the Track and Food Podcast. It’s been a super fun and therapeutic experience for both of us and we wax on show themes moving forward.As usual barbs are thrown, rambling occurs and…
Parkside Brewery Co- Owner Sam Payne on Canada’s Craft Beer Landscape, Running a Booming Brewery and Basketball Opinions
Jun 9, 2019 • 67 min
In this episode, we spoke with Parkside Brewery co-owner Sam Payne. He gave us the goods on his start in hospitality, opening and starting the brewery, challenges he’s faced along the way and much much more. We also waxed on about the current state of…
Kurtis Kolt of Top Drop on Terroir Focused wines, Wine Journalism and Running Vancouver’s Coolest Trades Festival
May 19, 2019 • 78 min
In this episode we spoke with Top Drop Wine Festival co-founder Kurtis Kolt. Kurtis gives us the goods on the genesis of the festival, its aim, where he sees it going and why those who love wine should definitely check it out. The festival, now in its…
Group Chat: Ron Oliver and Mike Shum on Canada’s Top 100 Restaurants, VanMag and The Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards
May 13, 2019 • 58 min
In this episode we bring on past guests of the pod, bartender Mike Shum of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel and Mamie Taylor’s Owner, Ron Oliver. We brought them on to talk about the recent array of food lists to hit the internet, most notably, Canada’s…
Pedro Villalon of O5 Rare Tea Bar on quality farming, Running a Business in Vancouver and Eastern Philosophies
May 1, 2019 • 59 min
In this episode we chat with local business owner and tea ninja Pedro Villalon on starting a now thriving business in the heart of Kitsilano. Pedro is the co-founder of O5 Rare Tea Bar, a staple in the Vancouver landscape with their excellent selection…
Chef Daniel Williams of Dachi on cooking Seasonal, Vibrant Restaurant Communities and The Healthy Chef Life
Apr 15, 2019 • 78 min
In this episode we spoke with our good friend Chef Daniel Williams of Dachi. A new 40 seat upstart located in the Hastings-Sunrise area of Vancouver, Dachi is the sort of small neighbourhood restaurant a community often craves but rarely gets. With a…
Book Club #2: Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals Plus Bonus Documentary and The Rise Of Plant and Cell Based Meats
Mar 30, 2019 • 62 min
In this episode we finally sit down and do Book Club #2. Mickey’s choice this time around was the amazing book written by Jonathan Safran Foer, titled Eating Animals. The book’s topic is centred around the way in which animal agriculture has changed for…
Grant Sceney on Competing in Diageo World Class, Influences / Mentors and Travel Stories From Around The Globe
Mar 18, 2019 • 72 min
In this episode we spoke with bartender Grant Sceney of Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. Grant’s been one of the few guests we’ve had shortlisted to have on for some time now as we were eager to hear his story, how he came to Canada by way of his…
Andrew Morrison of Scout Magazine on The Death Of Traditional Journalism, Media Today and Vancouver’s Food Landscape
Feb 13, 2019 • 95 min
In this episode we brought on Andrew Morrison, the Editor-in-Chief of Scout Magazine. In our estimation, Scout is Vancouver’s preeminent food and culture magazine, one in which, full disclosure, Jamie currently contributes to. As such, we were excited…
BCL and LDB Shenanigans, The State Of Vancouver’s Dining Scene In 2019 and NBA Basketball!?
Jan 26, 2019 • 58 min
We’re back!In this episode we discuss news of possible changes to BC’s liquor laws as well as some trending topics the restaurant industry will be facing in 2019. We reference proposals brought forth from the Mark Hicken report, a lawyer who was hired…
Group Chat: Mackenzie Chilton and Shoel Davidson of Vancouver’s Mind The Bar and Industry Mental Health
Dec 29, 2018 • 73 min
In this episode we spoke with Shoel Davidson and Mackenzie Chilton, who are two of the main drivers behind the new hospitality driven non-profit Mind The Bar. As an excellent follow up to our last episode which featured Tracy Giesz-Ramsay speaking about…
Tracy Giesz-Ramsay on Everything Addiction, What Causes It, How We Deal With It and Things That bother us About It
Dec 14, 2018 • 59 min
In this episode we chat with local up and coming writer Tracy Giesz-Ramsay about addiction, its root causes and how society has come to recognize many of its symptoms. Drawing on some of her well researched knowledge, Tracy gives us the goods of why…
Sommelier Jayton Paul of Hawksworth Restaurant, Fun Industry Stories and So Much Wine Talk
Nov 23, 2018 • 63 min
In this episode we chat with Hawksworth sommelier and over all great guy Jayton Paul. Jayton regales us with some pretty hilarious tails of his experiences in the Vancouver hospitality scene and flexes his vast knowledge on not only fine wines but wine…
Altruism for the Wine Industry, Subscription Services for the Restaurant Industry and Fancy Pants Elitism
Nov 6, 2018 • 48 min
Altruism is the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others. It’s a concept of shared happiness at the expense of self. In this episode we discuss this concept and how it relates to the wine world. This…
Book Club: Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential
Oct 16, 2018 • 64 min
In the first of our monthly book club series, we tackle the book that put famed Chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain on the map, Kitchen Confidential. A rousing and fun read, we discuss how the book relates to some our own experiences working in…
Group Chat: Ono Vancouver’s Bruce Nollert and Tj Conwi, The 2nd Annual Chefs in the Hood event and Dan’s Legacy
Sep 29, 2018 • 47 min
In this episode we sit down with the fellas behind the emerging catering/consulting company Ono Vancouver. Chefs TJ Conwi and Bruce Nollert dish the goods on their latest project, ‘Chefs in the Hood’, a pop dinner featuring chefs from various Vancouver…
Chef Jeff Koop of Farmer’s Apprentice, making the leap from line cook to head chef and the great back of house shortage
Sep 22, 2018 • 48 min
In this episode we bring on a close friend of the podcast and someone who’s work we’ve admired for some time, Chef Jeff Koop, formerly of Vancouver staple Mamie Taylor’s, now to be found working with the talented David Gunawan at his highly respected…
Shaun Layton of Como Taperia, travels in Spain and opening a new concept in Vancouver
Sep 5, 2018 • 59 min
In this episode we chat with Vancouver bartending legend Shaun Layton. We wax on his career in hospitality, his years behind some of Vancouver’s best bars, most notably at L’abattoir and Juniper, where he helped spearhead some of Vancouver’s most…
Veganism and Carnism: why we make the choices we do with animals and where we are going
Aug 23, 2018 • 51 min
In this episode we tackle the issue of Veganism and the construct of Carnism. Based on the Green Pill episode of The Ezra Klein Show (and also the book by author and activist Melanie Joy: Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to…
Group Chat: Nick Black of Strange Fellows Brewing, Patryk Drozd of Good Company Lager, Beer Company chit chat and “Making It” in the Craft Beer Industry
Jul 31, 2018 • 74 min
In this episode we bring on two prominent pillars of the BC Craft Beer community in Nick Black of Strange Fellows Brewing and Patryk Drozd of Good Company Lager. We wax on their careers in beer, business philosophies and how their brands differ. Later…
Group Chat: Max Borrowman of Juniper, Mike Shum of the Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver’s Curious Dining Culture and Favorite Hidden Gems
Jul 17, 2018 • 67 min
In this episode we talk with Max Borrowman and Mike Shum about the state of the Vancouver dining scene, how to fix it and favorite hidden gems. We tackle new restaurant issues and what it should take to “make it” as a new concept in the city. Things…
Tristan Young of The Oakwood, Restaurant Industry Chit Chat and Management philosopy
Jul 6, 2018 • 67 min
In this episode we talk with Oakwood GM and over all great guy Tristan Young on his experiences running a top Vancouver restaurant as well as his start in the industry. Mick and Tristan reminisce on working for the trend setting restaurant chain Glowbal…
Tales from Portland, Diner Misperception and Anthony Bourdain
Jun 24, 2018 • 50 min
In this episode we reminisce on fun times spent in Portland, Oregon. Then, we dive into Jamie’s new column about price misperception in the restaurant industry. NBA basketball gets some serious love and we touch on the legacy of American celebrity…
Bruce Nollert of Ono, Food Industry Problems and Meal Delivery Services
Jun 6, 2018 • 57 min
In this episode we talk with Bruce Nollert about his start in the industry and his new chef consulting business Ono here in Vancouver. Bruce shares his thoughts on everything from family values to the problems facing our food industry right now. Jamie…
Sean McGuigan of the Fairmont Pacific Rim, Rum / Amari, Cocktail Competitions and the Why of Brunch
May 19, 2018 • 85 min
In this episode we chat with Lobby Lounge Bar Manager Sean McGuigan on his rise in the cocktail scene, fine spirits and the ups and downs of competing on the biggest stage. Sean then distills us with his insane knowledge of Rum and Amari. Brunch talk…
Chris Enns of the Fairmont Pacific Rim, Cocktails, Bourbon and the Dave Chang Podcast
May 8, 2018 • 58 min
In this episode we talk to ninja barman Chris Enns on his experiences in the wide world of cocktail competitions, his start in Saskatoon and in Vancouver and his love of beignets. Chris then talks fondly about his time spent in New York, Kentucky and in…
Ron Oliver of Mamie Taylor’s, Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants / 50 Best Bars and the California wine expo
Apr 28, 2018 • 65 min
In this episode Jamie and Mick welcome Ron Oliver, Owner of popular Chinatown restaurant Mamie Taylors to discuss the recent release of the top 100 restaurants in Canada as well as the top 50 cocktail bars. Then we dive into the recent California wine…
Diageo World Class, The lost Airport Cocktail Bar and Great Cocktail Experiences
Apr 14, 2018 • 47 min
In this episode Jamie and Mick discuss the super hot Diageo “made with love”cocktail competition and some favorite watering holes in the city. We explore and question the relevance of the airport cocktail bar with the help of the life behind bars…
Chef Hours, Stuffy Granville Island and David Chang’s “Ugly Delicious”
Apr 5, 2018 • 49 min
In this episode Jamie and Mick discuss one of his previous columns on medium “Is it fair to ask a chef to work 14 hour days?” . Jamie questions the state of Granville Island’s street cred as we look into the new proposed eatery by 4 of Vancouver’s…