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Behind The Smoke: BBQ War Stories


Jun 9, 2017

Stacey Poon-Kinney (@SPKcooks) of The Trails Eatery

Website: https://www.thetrailseatery.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheTrailsEatery/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SPKCooks

Instagram: www.instagram.com/thetrailseatery/ www.instagram.com/spkcooks/

Ole Hickory Pits: www.olehickorypits.com/

Weber Grills: www.weber.com/US/en/grills

Del Mar BBQ Championship: http://arlie-que.com/event_detail.php?event=10200

KPBS San Diego's Food Network Star Stacey Poon-Kinney article: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2013/may/30/san-diegos-food-network-star-stacey-poon-kinney/

Stacey Poon-Kinney to be on Food Network Star article: https://www.sdentertainer.com/dining/stacey-poon-kinney-san-diego-restaurant-owner-to-appear-on-food-network-star/

- Stacey Poon-Kinney, Owner of The Trails Eatery located in San Carlos, San Diego

- On Memorial Day Weekend, Valley Farm Market sold 200 gallons of guacamole

- Stacey Poon-Kinney opened up The Trails Eatery

- SPK started working where Cali Comfort BBQ is now back when she was just a kid

- SPK has shopped at Valley Farm Market since she was young, loves the Pollo Asado like Andy Harris of Grand Ole BBQ y Asado

- SPK managed Rock Bottom Restaurant before deciding to open up her own restaurant

- "Good food takes time"

- Running out happens because we are making food from scratch, things aren't being manufactured

- QUALITY MATTERS ALWAYS

- SPK has always loved being around the restaurant environment

- Curiosity drives SPK, she wants to learn about everything

- Being in the corporate side of things, SPK felt like she learned enough skills to start her own business/restaurant

- 80/90 hour weeks are normal for business owners

- SPK went from a massive Rock Bottom system to buying a 34 seat restaurant and felt like she could handle bigger, then re-modeled and re-branded to The Trails Eatery

- The Trails Eatery is a very neighborhood feel, lots of regulars and friendly faces

- Having a sense of community is really important for business owners

- SPK has shopped at Valley Farm Market since she was 10 years old

- The recession hit businesses hard in San Diego, The Trails Eatery included

- The Trails Eatery tried out BBQ Dinners for a period of time

- SPK is co-owner with her Father

- Having a dinner menu is not easy

- A regular brought in an ad for Restaurant Impossible tv show to show SPK and that's how she got on Food Network

http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/2012/08/robert-irvines-top-5-most-memorable-restaurant-impossible-moments/

http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/restaurant-impossible/episodes/the-trails2

- Restaurant Impossible does their full makeover in just 2 days!

- Not many restaurants that were on Restaurant Impossible are still open, The Trails Eatery is!

- 67% close rate from Season 2 90% close rate from Season 1

- After RI, SPK was on Food Network Star

- Being genuine and vulnerable takes you a long way in business

- Cali Comfort BBQ closed their breakfast and that's possibly why they are still in business

- Be prepared to make very tough decisions but they might end up being the best decisions for your business

- SPK was on the 50th episode of Restaurant Impossible

- After RI, SPK was on Food Network Star to film for 2 months, while trying to run her business, while trying to be with her family

- Shawn is all about the TAB sandwich at Trails Eatery

- SPK with the captain of the Essex ship below

- Trails Eatery 10 year anniversary party coming soon!

- SPK used to do Valley Farm steak and eggs, top sirloin, portion cut 6oz, only Derek could cut them

- Thanks to all of our listeners! WHO WANTS STICKERS?! Let us know

Get in Touch

Derek Marso - https://twitter.com/MarsoDerek

Shawn Walchef - https://twitter.com/shawnpwalchef

Cory Wagner - www.twitter.com/TheFifthPofmkt

Valley Farm Market - www.valleyfarmmarkets.com - www.instagram.com/valleyfarmmarket/

Cali Comfort BBQ - www.calicomfortbbq.com/ - www.instagram.com/calicomfortbbq/ - www.twitter.com/calicomfort

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