Serenbe: The Utopian Community Balancing Development with Green Space

Serenbe: The Utopian Community Balancing Development with Green Space
  • Serenbe creates Cluster Communities to maximize green space

  • Utopian community uses nature and art to focus their lifestyle.

On this episode of The Barron Report, brought to you by Off-Premise Insights, Paul talks to a different type of hospitality professional. Steve Nygren is the founder of Serenbe, a community that has been described as a “Utopian experiment.” Nygren comes from the restaurant and hospitality industry, boasting experience with Stouffers Hotels and later opening more than 30 restaurants under his own name.

The idea for Serenbe came after Nygren moved his family to a multi-acre farm. Fearing serious development by a neighbor, Nygren began buying up land around his plot to ensure his green space would remain. The idea evolved to create a development in which 70% of the space would be reserved for green space, rather than conforming to the current models of urban sprawl.

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Peapod and FarmLogix: Exploring the Future of Food Tech

Peapod and FarmLogix: Exploring the Future of Food Tech

On this special episode of The Barron Report recorded at Foodable.io, brought to you by Kabbage, we get to discuss how technology has become the core backbone of how we reach, interact, and exchange info with our customers. In this episode, Guest Host Donald Burns navigates us through this discussion of where technology could take the industry over the next decade. How will online, mobile, Social, AR and more affect the business of the future?

Joining Donald are two food businesses who, while aren’t technology companies, rely on technology to move their businesses forward.

Carrie Bienkowski of online grocery delivery company Peapod is showing Americans how they can shop smarter, save time and money, and find the foods they want in order to eat better. Using their online platform, customers are able to fill and adjust their carts all with the tap of a finger.

Meanwhile, Linda Mallers, CEO and President of FarmLogix discusses how their company is a company transforming the local and sustainable food supply chain by connecting buyers to producers with technology and sustainability expertise.

Watch the episode above to see how these businesses are leveraging technology in their daily lives as well as how they predict tech to impact the industry.

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Building a Rockstar Team for Your Restaurant

Building a Rockstar Team for Your Restaurant

On this episode of The Barron Report, brought to you by Kabbage, we dive into Agricole Hospitality brands to see how they manage hiring and staff.

In 2011, Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber teamed up to open Revival Market, a butcher shop inspired by City Meat Market in Yoakum. It has since evolved to become a full-service breakfast/lunch restaurant and butcher shop. The success of Revival prompted the duo to open Italian restaurant Coltivare, where Morgan developed the cocktail menu, in 2014.

While building the spirits list and managing the bar program at Coltivare, Morgan's interest in bourbon continued to grow. Once he ran out of room for bourbon on the back bar at Coltivare, the idea for Eight Row Flint, aptly named after the variety of corn first used in American whiskey, was born. Eight Row Flint was named one of the best new bars in the country by Playboy in 2016.

Now with 7 different brands under the Agricole Hospitality umbrella, Weber and Pera are starting to get a knack for building top quality teams. From constantly interviewing to patiently grooming their team, this organization has unlocked some key attributes of a successful brand. Listen along with the show notes below to see how you can start attracting top-quality candidates, too!

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Diets As A Belief Structure May Be Causing Consumers to Eat Out Less

Diets As A Belief Structure May Be Causing Consumers to Eat Out Less
  • Vegan, Paleo, Ketogenic, Mediterranean, TLC, and Dash Diet all have common principles.  

  • Restaurants should consider do more for these diet trends. 

It didn't seem long ago when losing inches off the waist was pretty much the sole goal of the dieting masses. Today? Well, "diet" is going deity; each "diet's" dogma filling people's stomachs with a sense of purpose and for some even hope.   People with epilepsy and diabetes are told the Ketogenic diet has massive and sustainable health benefits. It is reported that staying true to the Mediterranean diet with help you live longer and have fewer health issues on average. For us, restaurant people... let's not forget the biblical flood of people that changed the foodservice landscape forever with gluten-free requests and needs.   And, of course, there is the vegan diet, which is the best example of the "diet" becoming more about "this is what I stand for and believe" and less about the waistline.  In short, the consumer of today is less likely to frequent restaurants that don't consider their "diet" and restaurants the flock is growing. 

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