S3E7 | Not Just Coffee Owner James Yoder

SEASON 3: EPISODE NUMBER: 7

EPISODE GUEST: Not Just Coffee Owner James Yoder

In the 7th episode of Season 3 of the Paper Trails podcast, Nick sits down with James Yoder, the owner of Not Just Coffee. Listen as James speaks about his upbringing in Japan, moving to North Carolina, his beginnings in business ownership, and what it means to stay in your strengths.

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In the 7th episode of Season 3 of the Paper Trails podcast, Nick sits down with James Yoder, the owner of Not Just Coffee. Listen as James speaks about his upbringing in Japan, moving to North Carolina, his beginnings in business ownership, and what it means to stay in your strengths.

“My uncle Jimmy had the idea to start a paper company…and I thought it was a brilliant idea.”

– Nick Kalogeromitros on the origin of Albemarle Paper Supply

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S3E6 | Community Matters Cafe Executive Chef Chayil Johnson

SEASON 3: EPISODE NUMBER: 6

EPISODE GUEST: Executive Chef Chayil Johnson

In the sixth episode of Season 3 of the Paper Trails podcast, Nick sits down with the Executive Chef of Community Matters Cafe Chayil Johnson .Listen as Chayil speaks about his culinary influence from growing up in New Orleans and how Community Matters Cafe is impacting Charlotte.

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In the sixth episode of Season 3 of the Paper Trails podcast, Nick sits down with the Executive Chef of Community Matters Cafe Chayil Johnson .Listen as Chayil speaks about his culinary influence from growing up in New Orleans and how Community Matters Cafe is impacting Charlotte.

“My uncle Jimmy had the idea to start a paper company…and I thought it was a brilliant idea.”

– Nick Kalogeromitros on the origin of Albemarle Paper Supply

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S3E5 | Scott and Julie Tang

SEASON 3: EPISODE NUMBER: 5

EPISODE GUEST: Executive Chef RJ Corley

In the fifth episode of Season 3 of the Paper Trails podcast, Nick sits down with the owners of Tokyo Express and Yummi Banh Mi, Scott and Julie Tang. Listen as Scott and Julie take us through their beginnings in Salisbury, running a family-owned restaurant, and entrepreneurship.

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In the fifth episode of Season 3 of the Paper Trails podcast, Nick sits down with the owners of Tokyo Express and Yummi Banh Mi, Scott and Julie Tang. Listen as Scott and Julie take us through their beginnings in Salisbury, running a family-owned restaurant, and entrepreneurship.

“My uncle Jimmy had the idea to start a paper company…and I thought it was a brilliant idea.”

– Nick Kalogeromitros on the origin of Albemarle Paper Supply

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S3E4 | Executive Chef RJ Corley

SEASON 3: EPISODE NUMBER: 4

EPISODE GUEST: Executive Chef RJ Corley

In the fourth episode of Season 3 of the Paper Trails podcast, Nick sits down with executive chef RJ Corley. Listen as RJ takes us through his beginnings in the restaurant industry in western Maryland and what we can expect from one of Charlotte’s newest Mexican cuisines, Puerta.

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In the fourth episode of Season 3 of the Paper Trails podcast, Nick sits down with executive chef RJ Corley. Listen as RJ takes us through his beginnings in the restaurant industry in western Maryland and what we can expect from one of Charlotte’s newest Mexican cuisines, Puerta.

“My uncle Jimmy had the idea to start a paper company…and I thought it was a brilliant idea.”

– Nick Kalogeromitros on the origin of Albemarle Paper Supply

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By |2023-12-04T20:54:33-05:00December 4th, 2023|Paper Trails, Season 3|0 Comments

S3E3 | Darius and Cameron Amidi of The Improper Pig

SEASON 3: EPISODE NUMBER: 3

EPISODE GUEST: Darius and Cameron Amidi

In the third episode of Season 3 of the Paper Trails podcast, Nick sits down with Darius Amidi, Director of Operations/Co-owner of Improper Pig, and his son Cameron Amidi. Listen as Darius and Cameron take us through their journey and what led them into the restaurant industry, as well as the characteristics of running a successful restaurant. 

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In the third episode of Season 3 of the Paper Trails podcast, Nick sits down with Darius Amidi, Director of Operations/Co-owner of Improper Pig, and his son Cameron Amidi. Listen as Darius and Cameron take us through their journey and what led them into the restaurant industry, as well as the characteristics of running a successful restaurant. 

“My uncle Jimmy had the idea to start a paper company…and I thought it was a brilliant idea.”

– Nick Kalogeromitros on the origin of Albemarle Paper Supply

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By |2023-12-04T20:39:58-05:00December 4th, 2023|Paper Trails, Season 3|0 Comments

S3E2 | Que Hospitality Owner Manny Flores

SEASON 3: EPISODE NUMBER: 2

EPISODE GUEST: Many Flores

In the second episode of Season 3 of the Paper Trails podcast, Nick sits down with owner of Que Hospitality Manny Flores. Listen as Manny takes takes us through his journey to U.S. and what inspired him to get into the restaurant industry, the passion and inspiration for his two restaurants Que Onda and Que Fresa, and what the future holds for Que Hospitality.

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In the second episode of Season 3 of the Paper Trails podcast, Nick sits down with owner of Que Hospitality Manny Flores. Listen as Manny takes takes us through his journey to U.S. and what inspired him to get into the restaurant industry, the passion and inspiration for his two restaurants Que Onda and Que Fresa, and what the future holds for Que Hospitality.

“My uncle Jimmy had the idea to start a paper company…and I thought it was a brilliant idea.”

– Nick Kalogeromitros on the origin of Albemarle Paper Supply

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By |2023-12-04T20:24:33-05:00December 4th, 2023|Paper Trails, Season 3|0 Comments

S3E1 | Executive Chef Mike Bobb of the Ballantyne Hotel

SEASON 3: EPISODE NUMBER: 1

EPISODE GUEST:Mike Bobb

Welcome to Paper Trails! We’re taking you on the journey of a regional paper product supplier (listen… we have way more products than Dunder Mifflin) sharing the tales of their trails through starting a business and being an integral part of a booming North Carolina restaurant industry.

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In the first episode of Season 3 of the Paper Trails podcast, Nick sits down with the executive chef, Mike Bobb, of the Ballantyne Hotel. Listen as Mike takes us through how his passion for cooking developed, his journey through culinary school at Johnson and Wales, to becoming the executive chef at the Ballantyne Hotel.

“My uncle Jimmy had the idea to start a paper company…and I thought it was a brilliant idea.”

– Nick Kalogeromitros on the origin of Albemarle Paper Supply

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By |2023-12-04T20:16:05-05:00December 4th, 2023|Paper Trails, Season 3|0 Comments

S2E19 | Chef Bill Bigham

SEASON 2: EPISODE NUMBER: 19

EPISODE GUEST: Chef Bill Bigham

After a long career at Proctor & Gamble, Bill Bigham decided he wanted to pursue a new title: Chef.  

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After working for Procter and Gamble for 33 years, Bill Bigham decided he wanted to do something more with his time than hit the links.  The new goal: Chef.  He was accepted into the Inaugural Freshman Class of Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, N.C., and at the young age of 56, he went back to school.

But golf was not off the table.  While at Johnson & Wales, he was lucky to land an internship at the exclusive Pinehurst Resort during the 2005 U.S. Open.

Bigham, now Chef Bill Bigham, earned an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts, graduating Summa Cum Laude and has since become a personal chef working everything from small dinner parties to grand openings. 

In 2007, Bill was named “Best of the Best” Personal Chef by Charlotte Magazine. 

He gives credit to the ethical culture of Proctor & Gamble and his midwestern work-ethic for his success.  “Tell the truth.  Don’t try to BS people,” says Bigham.

His favorite dish?  While in Italy he had a dish comprised of only 3 ingredients:  homemade pasta, white truffle, olive oil

Top Turkey Tips, “Brine your turkey and don’t overcook your bird.”

– Chef Bill Bigham

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By |2022-08-02T12:45:12-05:00November 22nd, 2021|Paper Trails, PodCasts, Season 2|0 Comments

S2E18 | Magnolia Coffee Co’s Ben Alleman

SEASON 2: EPISODE NUMBER: 18

EPISODE GUEST: Ben Alleman

“I realized that I could change somebody’s day because I’m the first person they’re speaking to, most likely.” Magnolia Coffee Co Production Manager, Ben Alleman, got into the coffee scene because he wanted a change from the restaurant industry. He quickly fell in love with what he calls the ‘counter-culture.’

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“I realized that I could change somebody’s day because I’m the first person they’re speaking to, most likely.” Magnolia Coffee Co’s Production Manager, Ben Alleman, got into the coffee scene because he wanted a change from the restaurant industry. He quickly fell in love with what he calls the ‘counter-culture.’

And working with coffee isn’t too dissimilar from the culinary scene. “There’s a little bit of science, culinary, bartending,” says Alleman. “It’s culinary on multiple levels because we’re starting with an agricultural product.”

With more than a decade’s worth of experience in the industry, Alleman still feels he’s learning all the time with the many variables that come with coffee. From learning the machinery to the different brewing techniques, “It’s constant evolution and learning process.”

Not unlike wine, coffee’s quality is determined by climate, elevation, soil, weather conditions, and how the beans are dried and cared for before they come to Magnolia in their green form. There are worldwide barista competitions from brewing the best cup and distinguishing the different roasts similarly to a sommelier. Some of the finest tuned palettes can pick out the region, elevation, and variety

When Alleman began his career in coffee, he scoffed at the idea of being able to discern the different beans. “There’s no way you can look at that bean and tell me it’s an Ethiopian,” says Alleman. “I can do it from across the room now. it’s just a thing you learn over time.”

Magnolia’s goal is to make the top 3-5% of coffee accessible to the everyday coffee drinker. While Alleman himself hasn’t gone to the origin spots of the coffee, Magnolia’s owner has traveled extensively to the different growing regions.

But even with the best beans, it always comes back to that counter culture and the barista behind the bar. Alleman says the best response to a first sip is when someone says, ‘Wow, I don’t need to put anything in this!’

Says Alleman, “You can really change somebody with a really good cup of coffee.”

“You can really change somebody with a really good cup of coffee.”

– Ben Alleman, Magnolia Coffee Co

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By |2022-04-04T23:40:42-05:00November 17th, 2021|Paper Trails, PodCasts, Season 2|0 Comments

S2E17 | Lindsay Anvik of Babe & Butcher Charcuterie Boards

SEASON 2: EPISODE NUMBER: 17

EPISODE GUEST: Lindsay Anvik

Through the ebbs and flows of financial crises, pandemics, and life’s hardships, Manolo’s Latin Bakery owner, Manolo Betancur has continued to persist and focus on people first to find business success.

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“I’ve never met a cheese I didn’t like.” 
 
Meet the Babe behind Babe & Butcher, Charlotte’s iconic charcuterie board company, Lindsay Anvik. 
 
Fun fact:  Before the charcuterie biz took off, Lindsay worked with Shady Records at the peak of Eminem & 50 Cent’s careers. 
 

After years of various jobs, she felt like she wanted to break out of the corporate machine and start her own marketing company.

 
“I bet on myself,” recalls Anvik on launching her business and landing speaking engagements.  Naturally shy, having never done a speaking engagement before, she told the potential client, “if I get anything less than 5-star reviews I will pay for everyone’s ticket.”  This gamble paid off, snowballing into more engagements and clients.  
 
The charcuterie board biz was born out of a hobby.  Always a fan of cooking, Anvik’s friends encouraged her to make boards for events.  She first brought them to a charity event and they were a hit.  Her entrepreneur wheels began turning…
 
Always a marketer, Anvik knew she needed a strong brand, working with her partner to develop the name (she’s the babe, he’s the butcher).  
 
Initially overwhelmed by 2 boards a day, Babe & Butcher’s skyrocketing popularity has allowed their business to grow to the capability of putting out 150 boards daily.  
 
Along the way, Anvik learned some important business lessons that she shares;
1) It’s critical to know what you’re weaknesses are
2) Mistakes are important for growth
3) Take the leap – “just do it and learn from it in hindsight”
4) Surround yourself with smart people of different strengths – “you can’t be a one man band and grow”
 
And one that has been crucial to Babe & Butcher’s success in the age of social media:  people want a visual experience.
 
“Don’t skimp on packaging – you have to have something that is fun to interact with.”  
 
And that’s music to our ears.

“I think the company has grown because we’ve worked with other small businesses and helped each other.”

– Lindsay Anvik, Babe & Butcher

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