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Episode 19: The Secret to Finding a Good Recipe

Have you ever wondered how you find the best recipe for the foods that you love? Believe it or not, there is way more to it then a list of ingredients. In this episode, Jamie and Leo dive into the details of what makes a good recipe. They talk about the different ingredients, kitchen tools, and even how elevation and humidity can affect the end result of your desired dish. The biggest advice they give is to “taste your food”. It’s so important to know if you’re heading in the right direction or not when you are cooking. So take a listen to get some more tips and confidence in making your favorite recipes! 

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Episode 18: Rice, Rice and More Rice

Want to learn all the secrets about making the perfect rice?? This episode is full of details you probably never even thought of when it comes to rice! How to measure rice, what you can add to make it taste better, and how to cook different kinds of rice. Leo shares some authentic Brazilian rice tips and tricks. Hopefully this episode will help you learn something new about cooking rice and you can try it at home!

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Episode 17: Pizzagiving

Did you know that Jamie likes to eat his pizza with a fork and Leo is...not about that at all! You will enjoy this episode as Jamie and Leo go back and forth about their love of pizza! Jamie talks about some of the best pizza he ever had in Italy and Leo talks about how the best pizza is the simplest pizza. By the end of this episode, you’ll be picking up your phone making a pizza order to the house!

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They also talk about their fun video series they are doing for Thanksgiving. Check out all the information below!

 

Thanksgiving, it can be heaven or hell in the kitchen! We want to make sure that you have a stress-free Thanksgiving this year & it becomes the best part of 2020! To do this we created a special video series called:

The Heart and Soul of Thanksgiving in your Kitchen

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Episode 16: Thanksgiving Memories

In this episode, Jamie and Leo reminisce about their Thanksgiving memories. They love thanksgiving and love that it’s one more excuse to spend time with the people they love...while eating amazing food! They suggest that this Thanksgiving you try to focus on the things that you are grateful for and the things that have been good about 2020 instead of trying to find what’s wrong. Take a listen to hear their fun stories and to get excited for Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving, it can be heaven or hell in the kitchen! We want to make sure that you have a stress-free Thanksgiving this year & it becomes the best part of 2020! To do this we created a special video series called:

The Heart and Soul of Thanksgiving in your Kitchen

You will have full access to all cooking videos and recipes to support you getting prepared. It’s...

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Episode 15: Life in the COVID Lane

Although many restaurants have suffered this year due to COVID, many restaurant owners and businesses have learned to pivot and adjust to make take out work and slowly get people back into the restaurants. In this episode, Jamie and Leo talk about the hard parts of owning a restaurant during the pandemic, but also talk about how they pivoted to make business still happen! 

At first they had to create a system and make take out work which kept things afloat until they could open up dine in again. Now with people able to come dine in, they are taking all the precautions such as wearing masks and taking guest’s temperature. They’ve had to create new systems to keep dine in and take out going. It hasn’t been easy. They’ve even changed the menu 7-8 times since May! But they’ve pivoted. They thought outside the box and they kept their restaurant alive during a very difficult time. Take a listen to hear more about how they make it work and some fun...

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Episode 14: Gailloween and Survivability of Small Business

In this episode, Leo and Jamie talk about the small business facts. You may be surprised to hear that in the first year 30 out of 100 restaurants will fail and that the national average of profit a restaurant will make is 6.2%. They talk about some more interesting facts about restaurants but most importantly some tips on how you become a business that survives. One of the keys to being a successful restaurant is creating and cultivating great relationships with vendors, staff, the community, and guests.

They also have a fun time chatting about their annual Halloween event, Gialloween! This will be their 5th year doing it and every year they say it gets better! Last year, 95% of the people that came, came dressed up! It’s a lot of fun. Be sure to go if you are local in Atlanta. 

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Episode 13: Food is Life

Last week on the podcast, Jamie and Leo started talking about why food is their life and ended talked about the importance of giving and how food has played a huge role in how they serve their community. In this episode, they talk more about why food is life! They each tell stories about memories that involved food! Food was, and still is, a huge part of both their families and their lives. They said, “Food is family!”. 

They talk about how one of the greatest things about food is trying to capture an experience for a guest. Through their food, they want to transport you to a moment. With their restaurant, il Gallo, they are trying to take you to Italy and at Legarde they hope that you remember your experiences in New Orleans or maybe you want to go visit now because their food inspired you! Hopefully, this episode will take you down your own food memory lane. How has food been a part of your life? When you eat a certain dish, where does it take you? Who were you...

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Episode 12: Helping Others by Giving

Jamie and Leo both come from big families who love to cook! Jamie comes from a very giving family. He was taught to live life to its fullest, have joy and that giving was a part of the journey. The importance of giving has always been a part of him. Together, Leo and Jamie have been giving in their own way by providing food for those who are in need. They’ve recognized the needs during the COVID pandemic and have been trying their best to help in the way that they know best which is with food! They said, “We make food, we give it away!” Enjoy this episode as they exit the restaurant talk for a minute and talk about a topic this is important not only now, but always and that's the importance of giving.

 

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Episode 11: Music, Music and Talents

You might think that music has nothing to do with the restaurant business, but that is far from the truth!

In fact, the intro and outro music for the podcast was written and played by Leonoardo’s 11 year old son, Alexandar, and Jamie Adams slaying it on the guitar solo. Special thanks to Greg Hannonn who helped produce it.

Music in the restaurant business is important because it creates the ambience of the restaurant and experience. If the guests are singing along, then they know they are doing their job right with picking the right music to fit the mood of the restaurant. Music and cooking are a lot alike because you can’t cut corners and you have to practice a lot to perfect the art. In this episode, enjoy Leo and Jamie talking about Jamie’s music background, how they incorporate music into their restaurants, and their appreciation for music!

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Episode 10: The Pasta Concept

 Anybody big pasta lovers here?

Then this episode is gonna get you hungry for a tasty noodle dish. Jamie and Leo talk about how they got their idea to make fresh pasta and create a space in their restaurant, il Gallo, where guests could watch the pasta being made.

It’s an Italian concept that Jamie is familiar with from his time in Italy. Jamie knows how to make pasta and teach people how to do it so he loved the idea of everyone seeing this incredible process. You will also love this discussion as they talk about how they make the pasta.

If you're local, go visit them at their restaurant to see the pasta creation in action!

This podcast episode dedicated to Aida.

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