This week I sat down with one of my favorite chefs and the owner of Charlotte's #1 rated restaurant on YELP, Vic "The Chili Man" Werany. He's a man that marches to the beat of his own drum, consistently finds the funny in every situation, and is truly one of my all-around favorite humans.
You may recognize him from his viral Panthers playoff videos, his cameos in Super Bowl commercials, and the Johnny Knoxville movie Bad Grandpa, but his legendary culinary creations are what he's truly famous for. Crafting such delicious gems as the Bleu by You Dog (smoked bleu cheese, spicy bacon, creole aioli, and green onions), If Looks Could Kale (kale pesto, arugula, spinach, with a Parmesan cheese crisp), and Poblano Picasso (homemade pimento cheese, roasted poblano pepper strips, chili, and pepper aioli.) And, in a tip of the cap to vegetarians, you can find vegan chili dogs on Wednesdays. The favorite dog of Panthers MVP Quarterback and regular customer Cam Newton.
I've stood in line for years listening to Vic pontificate on everything from Panther's football to lingerie, so when I started the podcast he was on my early list of people I wanted to talk to. And, I have to tell you, he did not disappoint. Vic is a born storyteller, and in this episode he dishes on arresting Ric Flair the very same day his signature "Chili Man" monicker was born, playing alongside Johnny Knoxville on the big screen, and his #1 secret to success. (We found the Ric Flair video! You can watch it in all of its splendor on the blog.)
You can find him on Facebook for catering and you can find him on the streets for lunch Tuesday-Friday at 4th and Tryon.
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This week I sat down with Charlotte's own Annemarie Pantazis. This interview is particulary special to me, not only because Annemarie has been a great friend and mentor to me, but because she is the perfect example of someone that made the difficult decisions everyday to put their future self first.
Long before she was an acclaimed workers' compensation attorney, at the tender age of seventeen she was cutting her teeth in a small law firm in her hometown. It was then that she decided that she was going to own her own law firm. Although she encountered hardships and failures along the way, she never lost sight of that goal.
Not only did she make good on that promise to herself, she's compiled a laundry list of impressive accolades along the way including: Captaining the rugby team at Willian & Mary, published Editorial Staff member of the Wake Forest University Law Review, Charlotte Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40, lecturing nationally on the Affordable Care Act, as well as authoring numerous publications including the aptly named Amazon Best Seller Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Influential Women in Business. (Annemarie is giving away five copies this week, listen to the episode for details.)
Outside her day job as one of the premier workers' compensation attorneys in the state, Annemarie is a treasure to the Charlotte community, regularly mentoring young professionals, sponsoring community events, and being a great cheerleader for the city of Charlotte.
Some of my favorite highlights of the episode include:
This interview was a lot of fun for me, and it's one of the most value packed episodes I've ever recorded. I'll see you back here next week where we'll be getting the skinny from Yelp's highest-rated food service in Charlotte, and one of the most genuine and funny people you'll ever meet, Vic "The Chili Man" Werany.
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