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

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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 different business venture and open a restaurant in Asheville, and why he prefers a pirate kitchen over a...

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

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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 in Atlanta to being voted the best photographer in Western North Carolina four years in a row.   Listen to...

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

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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 truck was the idea that the Paulsons went with, and why some food trucks in Asheville fail.   Listen to...

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

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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 follow through is all you need in life to succeed, why being in the moment is Meherwan’s solution to...

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Embracing vulnerability with Jared Rutledge co-owner of Waking Life Coffee on Finding Asheville

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Embracing vulnerability with Jared Rutledge co-owner of Waking Life Coffee on Finding Asheville

Embracing vulnerability as a business strategy?   Nathan sits down with Jared Rutledge co-owner of Waking Life Hand-brewed Coffee and Espresso for the 49th episode of Finding Asheville. They chat about growing up in West Asheville, what sparked the neighborhood’s growth, why there seems to be a lack of educatin when it comes to coffee with consumers, why being vulnerable can set you up for not only business success, but also personal success, and why the new trend of putting butter in your coffee may not have the scientific backing that...

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Finding America on Finding Asheville with Justin Ferraby of the Orange Peel & Dig Festival

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Finding America on Finding Asheville with Justin Ferraby of the Orange Peel & Dig Festival

Finding America on Finding Asheville?   Nathan sits down with Justin Ferraby, operations manager at The Orange Peel and Dig Festival organizer for the 48th episode of Finding Asheville. They chat about growing up in the UK, why perhaps you should spend more than $40 on a bottle of wine, how he risked everything to be a U.S. citizen, including an extended time living here illegally, what would compel someone to throw a music festival like Dig Fest that has a mostly local focus, and finally why The Orange Peel has become one of the most...

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When life gives you lemons, well you know with Anthony Cerrato of Strada on Finding Asheville

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When life gives you lemons, well you know with Anthony Cerrato of Strada on Finding Asheville

When life gives you lemons…   Nathan sits down with Chef Anthony Cerrato owner of Strada Italiano and owner of Social Lounge and Tapas for the 47th episode of Finding Asheville. They chat about growing up in New Jersey, how a conversation with a future Dean of AB Tech Culinary Institute changed his path from a architecture to culinary, why the advice you need to balance your work life with your family life may be bankrupt advice, and why improvisation has been so key to his career.   Listen to the full episode below or here:...

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Stung by passion with Erika Jane of Red Honey

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Stung by passion with Erika Jane of Red Honey

Stung by passion?   Nathan sits down with Erika Jane of Red Honey for the 46th episode of the Finding Asheville podcast. We chat about growing up in Vail, Colorado, what is was like to grow up with parents that switched careers often, what inspired her to pick up a guitar in the first place, whether her being a female lead of a rock and roll band affects her growth in the industry and what may be next for the band Red Honey.   Listen to the full episode below or here: This episode was recorded at Mojo Coworking at 60 North Market...

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The love of farming with Anne Grier of Gaining Ground Farm on Finding Asheville

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The love of farming with Anne Grier of Gaining Ground Farm on Finding Asheville

The love of farming…   Nathan sits down with Anne Grier of Gaining Ground Farm for the 45th episode of the Finding Asheville podcast. They chat about growing up in Virginia, why farming was always her passion, how an organic vegetarian restaurant in Brevard, N.C. was her introduction to organic farming, the pathway to opening Gaining Ground Farm, and why despite the hardships of farming she has never thought about leaving the profession.   Listen to the full episode below or here: This episode was recorded at Mojo Coworking at...

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No excuses just prove yourself with Danny Reed of Hot Stuff Tattoo on Finding Asheville

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No excuses just prove yourself with Danny Reed of Hot Stuff Tattoo on Finding Asheville

Photo Credit: Diana Rothery But what if…shut up and go to work!   Nathan sits down with Danny Reed owner of Hot Stuff Tattoo, for the 44th episode of the Finding Asheville podcast. They chat about growing up in Charleston, S.C., why art was always a part of his life, how he learned to tattoo, why success comes down to pursuing what you are good at and staying consistent, why despite financial constraints you really can do whatever you put your mind to as long as you prove yourself, why being versatile as a tattoo artist is the key...

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