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Does Vancouver Have a Defining Food Image?

Welcome to the Episode 100 extravaganza! Get ready for a two-and-a-half-hour-long fun-filled and bubbles-fuelled episode of insider knowledge and laughter.

Demythologizing Poverty with Local Expert, Tracy Smith-Carrier

Will poverty always be a systemic issue? This is the question at the heart of an article published in The Conversation last December, written by today's guest and Jamie Mah's most recent Track & Food Podcast episode.

An Inside Look at the Controversial Mount Pleasant BIA Expansion

In this episode, we hear from Mount Pleasant BIA Executive Director, Neil Wyles, on why he's pushed so hard for this expansion and what that process has entailed so far, as well as from those in opposition, including three Main Street business owners.

Is the BC Restaurant Industry in a Crisis?

In the wake of the CEBA Loan Repayment extended deadline (Jan. 18th, 2024), host Jamie Mah and guests Shira Blustein, Shaun Layton, and James Iranzad debate where restaurants are headed in 2024 and what can be done to help an industry on the brink.

What’s Going On with the BC Craft Beer Industry?

To gain a better comprehension of the situation from the inside, Jamie has rounded up three friends and prominent brewery owners to share their knowledge and personal narratives, and discuss the state of the craft brewery market today, how they see it evolving, and the challenges ahead…

All Things Michelin with the Track and Food Podcast

Predictions on who will win, keep, and possibly move up in year two of Vancouver's Michelin Guide.

Ending Homelessness Through Direct Cash Transfers, with UBC Professor Dr. Jiaying Zhao

In 2018, Vancouver non-profit, Foundations for Social Change, along with researchers from UBC, set out to do a small experiment: a one-year trial where they gave a lump sum of $7,500 cash, no strings attached, directly to people experiencing homelessness...Jamie Mah speaks with the leader of the study, Dr. Jiaying Zhao, weeks after the results were finally published.

On the Therapeutic Potential of MDMA with Journalist and Author, Rachel Nuwer

In this episode, award-winning freelance journalist, Rachel Nuwer, discusses her fantastic and revelatory new book - a must-read for those seeking a compassionate journey.

Edward Slingerland and James Iranzad Make the Case for Moderate Alcohol Consumption

In this episode, host Jamie Mah and his guests respond to Health Canada's recently revised drinking guidelines for Canadians, with special attention paid to how their impacts on the hospitality industry...

Three Kelowna Entrepreneurs Discuss Okanagan Hospitality

In this episode, Jamie Mah is joined by David Paterson, Kyle Nixon, and Casey Greabeiel, to get a more comprehensive perspective of what's happening on the local scene.

Talking ‘Ranking Culture’ with Jacob Richler, of Canada’s 100 Best

In this episode, the founder and publisher of Canada's most diverse and influential restaurant ranking discusses his years as a food critic, why he created this list in the first place, how the judging process unfolds, and where he sees things evolving in the year ahead...

Breaking Down the Van Mag Awards, with James Iranzad and James Langford-Smith

The boys are back for another “triple J” episode, chockfull with in-depth insights and immeasurable humour...

David Fairey and Anelyse Weiler Discuss the Migrant Worker Piece Rate System

The labour economist and research associate of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and Associate Professor of Sociology at UVic - who are also joint authors of a revealing article recently published in The Tyee - share their candid perspectives and insightful solutions with listeners.

Getting Loose and Talking Wine, with Maude Renaud-Brisson, Kelcie Jones and Jenna Briscoe

In this episode, the three ladies discuss their new endeavour, 'This is Wine School', launching in Chinatown (265 East Pender) this week.

Bartender Alex Black Discusses New Chinatown Spot, Bagheera

Back for another fun conversation, the seasoned bartender talks about his new bar concept, located just around the corner from Laowai speakeasy.

Corey Mintz Discusses Noma’s Impending Closure, What it Means for Labour and “Fine Dining”

The prominent food journalist joins Jamie Mah on the podcast once again - this time to help break down the recent announcement of Noma's impending closure at the end of 2024.

James Iranzad and James Langford-Smith Give Us Their 2023 Predictions

The boys are back with their insights and predictions of how the local restaurant community will evolve in the year ahead...

Talking All About Tipping, with Corey Mintz

In this episode, the prominent food journalist offers up his insight and perspective on "tip creep" - what is it, actually, and what does it mean for the hospitality and business industries moving forwards?

James Iranzad and James Langford-Smith on All Things Michelin and Their Fave Vancouver Dishes

In this latest instalment, the “triple J’s” discuss Michelin coming to Vancouver and make their picks as to who will gain a star; then weigh in on their favourite Vancouver restaurant dishes.

St. Lawrence’s JC Poirier on Québec, Culture, Values, and His Upcoming Cookbook

The restaurateur recently spoke at length about his career, his cooking philosophy, how Where the River Narrows (dropping November 8th, 2022) came about and what he hopes readers will take away from it.

From Bougie Kebabs to Classy Cabbage Rolls: Introducing the Track & Food Fantasy Restaurant Draft

This week Jamie Mah, along with Vancouver restaurateur, James Iranzad, and hospitality industry veteran, James Langford-Smith, build their imaginary restaurant concept 'dream teams'.

Talking Plants and People with Author and Professor, Liz Carlisle

Jamie Mah and Liz Carlisle discuss her recently published book, Healing Grounds - Climate, Justice, and the Deep Roots of Regenerative Farming.

Casey Greabeiel and Chris Decock on Bringing an Alberta-Born Bar to Vancouver

An insightful and enthusiastic chat with the co-owners of Greta, Gastown's new Arcade Bar concept.

TRACK & FOOD // James Iranzad and James Langford-Smith Dish on All Things Vancouver Hospitality

If you're up for a fun listen and want to know more about the nitty gritty of the Vancouver hospitality scene, this is the episode for you.

TRACK & FOOD // Three Local Entrepreneurs Discuss All Things Non-Alcoholic

In this episode, Nick Devine, Lane Matkovich and Kurtis Kolt give their unique sober insights about the new beverage trend currently taking off in Vancouver.

TRACK & FOOD // BBC Food Journalist Dan Saladino on His New Book, Eating To Extinction

In this episode, we get into the nitty gritty of the diversity of food we risk losing if we’re not careful.

TRACK & FOOD // Simon Fallick and Patryk Drozd on Maintaining a Legacy

Fallick and Drozd have already experienced the ups and downs of opening and then running a bar together (they co-own The American), so listening to their stories about how and why they took over the once extremely popular Taurus Veterans Club on Main Street left me elated.

TRACK & FOOD // Food Journalist Mark Schatzker on How to End Cravings and Eat Well

In this candid interview with the author of The End of Craving: Recovering the Lost Wisdom of Eating Well, we run through Mark's new book in detail. I no doubt believe you'll come away with a better sense of what food should mean to you and why you should also get on his bandwagon.