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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 8: Food & Service Part 2

In this PART 2 episode about Food and Service, Jamie and Leo focus on the food expectations and procedures in their kitchen.

They talk about the small window fresh fish has to taste as close to fresh as possible after being portioned and cut.

They discuss the main line cook stations that make it possible to get the food put together in a timely and efficient manner. The importance of the expediter, who lets the cooks know when it’s time to put the plate together with food and serve a table. This role of the expediter plays a crucial part to get the food out to the guests at the right time.

Jamie discusses the special orders guests give and how they do their best to find the best alternatives and make modifications for guests.

In this two part series about food and service, Jamie and Leo shared a lot about how the food procedures and the service of guests go hand in hand in having success at a restaurant.

Check out part 1 where they talk more about the importance of service.


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Episode 7: Food & Service Part 1

“The guest may not always be right, but they’re always our guest”

In this Part 1 of 2 episodes about Food and Services, Jamie and Leo focus on talking about the service in their restaurants and why it is so important.

They talk a lot about how the front of the house and the back have to be in sync. The control of the door, and reservations, set the pace for the kitchen. All restaurant employees have to work together to make the night memorable for the guests and that they will want to come back for more.

They also discuss how important it is for them to listen and observe their guests.

Leo says, “If you stop and observe their first bite, it can tell you everything!” They also wanted to remind people, that as restaurant owners and their employees, they are human too.

They will make mistakes and they will go above and beyond to make up for it. The most important part of their service is that the guests have a great time, enjoy their experience and are...

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Episode 6: The Three Legged Stool

Want to know some of the crucial things you need to consider when starting a restaurant?

In this episode, Jamie and Leo go over 3 things, what they call the three-legged stool, that have to be considered before moving forward with starting a restaurant. They go into the details about why location, parking and THE deal are key to helping you make decisions when it comes to your restaurant.

You'll greatly appreciate their perspective, their experience and their advice in why-and-how to consider these details.

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Episode 5: Lagarde. The Chicken Sandwich

This episode will leave your mouth watering and wanting to go buy a quality chicken sandwich ASAP.

In this episode, Jamie and Leo talk about their signature chicken sandwich from one of their menus and what makes the perfect chicken sandwich. Bet you didn't think someone could talk for 30 minutes about a chicken sandwich, but these guys do it and you'll want to race to their restaurant Lagarde (if you are local in Atlanta) to try it out! 

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Episode 4: Love for Food

Have you ever had one of your favorite foods and it take you back to a certain place or remind you of a person?

In this episode, Leo and Jamie talk about their love of food and how a lot of the reason they love food is because of memories from their childhood and growing up their families who liked to cook. It's fun to hear their stories and how passionate they are about what they do.

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Episode 3: How We Met and Started Our Partnership

You are in for a special treat in this episode as Jamie and Leo talk more about their journey of being restaurant owners and how they decided to go into a partnership to open two restaurants in Atlanta. It's so fun to get the behind the scenes on how these two got to where they are today.


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Episode 2: Who are Leo and Chef Jamie?

In this episode, you will get to know more about Leo and Chef Jamie and how they got started on their journey and what brought them to Atlanta. This episode is great to help know more about who these two guys are as you listen to this podcast.

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Episode 1: Welcome to Katzenjammer


Welcome to the Katzenjammer Podcast! We are so excited you're here! In this first episode, we introduce who we are and why we decided to talk about the chaos of the restaurant life.

We all love to eat well, drink and be merry and we got pretty good at selling that whole thing with our two Atlanta based restaurants, il Giallo and Lagarde, so we’ve decided to share our food and wine experience in a podcast that covers our experiences and expertise with a great sense of humor and without taking ourselves too bloody seriously. 

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