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Episode 91
October 16, 2023

CEO Series: Expanding Opportunities in Restaurant Operations

Guest Speakers:
  • Casey Absey
CEO Michelle Korsmo talks to Casey Absey of Fargo’s Blackbird Woodfire about embracing opportunities for their cuisine beyond their restaurant, including events, mobile and microsites, collaborations, and their feature on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. In this installment of Order Up's CEO-hosted miniseries. Casey shares his experience building a community around Blackbird, advice for new restaurateurs, and the inspiration behind his food.

(1:10) – Introducing Casey Absey
(5:59) – Perfecting the dough
(8:07) – Building a team and community
(11:05) – Credit card transaction fees
(12:54) – Increasing food costs
(14:02) – New technologies
(14:54) – The Bird
(17:33) – Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives

Check out Blackbird Woodfire’s feature on the Food Network.

Listen to past episodes of Order Up’s CEO miniseries: How NRAEF Programs Build a Strong Workforce and Industry, Political Advocacy in the Restaurant Industry, and Creating a Culture that Attracts and Retains Talent.

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