Working hard in the face of bigotry with Reza Setayesh of Rezaz on Finding Asheville
Sep22

Working hard in the face of bigotry with Reza Setayesh of Rezaz on Finding Asheville

Working hard in the face of bigotry?   Nathan sits down with Chef Reza Setayesh owner of restaurants Rezaz and Piazza for the 54th episode of the Finding Asheville podcast. We chat about why the kitchen was ultimately the best way to express himself, why working hard was his best solution to deal with Americans who abused and harassed him because of his Iranian background given the Iranian hostage crisis, why you must learn how...

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An Asheville pirate’s life for me with Sam Etheridge of Ambrozia on Finding Asheville
Sep15

An Asheville pirate’s life for me with Sam Etheridge of Ambrozia on Finding Asheville

Pirates in the kitchen?   Nathan sits down with Chef Sam Etheridge owner of Ambrozia Bar and Bistro for the 53rd episode of Finding Asheville. They chat about growing up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the intricacies of the Cuban sandwich, why despite being one of the top chefs in Albuquerque nobody seems to know about that here in Asheville, at least Nathan anyways, how a speech from Chef John Fleer inspired him to ditch a completely...

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Homeless to Best of WNC, Photographer Micah Mackenzie on the one year anniversary of Finding Asheville
Sep08

Homeless to Best of WNC, Photographer Micah Mackenzie on the one year anniversary of Finding Asheville

Photo by Ruslan Tumash    Homeless to Best of WNC?   Nathan sits down with Micah Mackenzie owner of Micah Mackenzie Photography for the one year anniversary episode of Finding Asheville. They chat about growing up in Sumter, SC, why he believes in the potential of Asheville, why losing all the photographs of a wedding he was hired for was a turning point in his career, and how he made his way from living in a halfway house...

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Don’t melt under others’ expectations with Steven Paulson of Melt Your Heart on Finding Asheville
Sep01

Don’t melt under others’ expectations with Steven Paulson of Melt Your Heart on Finding Asheville

Refusing to melt under others’ expectations…   Nathan sits down with Steven Paulson co-owner of Melt Your Heart food truck for the 50th episode of Finding Asheville. They chat about growing up in Milwaukee, how his time in Portland inspired him to open a food truck, why he decided to vagabond and see the United States straight out of high school, what is attractive about working in a kitchen, why a grilled cheese food...

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Crafting a story for success with Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani on Finding Asheville
Aug25

Crafting a story for success with Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani on Finding Asheville

Learning to craft a story for business success…   Nathan sits down with Chef Meherwan Irani co-owner of Chai Pani Asheville, MG Road Lounge, Chai Pani Decatur, and yet to be opened Buxton Hall Barbecue for the 50th episode of Finding Asheville. They chat about growing up in India, why he decided to transition from a lucrative real estate sales career to opening Chai Pani, how to develop a chef’s palate, why intention and...

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