Welcome to The Rebel Health Tribe Podcast – Episode 27: Michael Schwartz, Fermenting Healthy Treasures! Michael and Joe will be hanging out with Michael as they share the passion for microbial rich foods and this encouraging podcast. In this episode, we will be finding out how BAO Food and Drink came to be and their mission to educate people on eating healthy foods that support the digestive system. Michael also gives marketing tips on what has worked and not worked for branding. The two Michaels share in the experiences in the restaurant industry and the influence it has had on BAO Food and Drink products. We even get the story behind how the BAO boost shots came to be and how weightlifters are raving about the benefits on their performance! The guys share their go to cooking styles and some favorite products from BAO Food and Drink. So get prepared to dream of bubbly goodness and tune in to find out more about giving your gut some love with healthy fermented foods!
Michael is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has worked in the food and beverage field for 30 years. He was employed in the kitchens of some of New York City’s premier restaurants, including Osteria del Circo, where he was executive sous chef, and Le Cirque. He was on the faculty of Institute of Culinary Education for twelve years, teaching in both the recreational and career divisions.
Michael currently manages the Organic Food Incubator, which is the home to 55 small food businesses and offers co-packing solutions to more than 25 startups. Through the Organic Food Incubator, Michael has worked with over 70 small food manufacturers, offering solutions to manufacturing, facility development, and organic certification.
BAO Food and Drink was founded by Mike Brady and Michael Schwartz in 2009 and at the time, the small food manufacturing community was very small. All of the lessons learned were by trial and error.
In 2011 Mike and Mike founded the Organic Food Incubator to help other start up food and beverage manufacturers avoid many of the pitfalls and potential lost capital that befell BAO. Since then the OFI has worked with over 75 food and beverage startups graduating over 15 to larger contract manufactures or stand alone facilities.
BAO Food and Drink can also be found in our Buying Club with discounts for Premium Members!
Not a Premium Member? Check out their deal called The Rebel Health Tribe Mix Box to get all the ferment goodness!
Michael Roesslein, MS, FDN, HLC
One co-founder of Rebel Health Tribe, Michael holds a Masters Degree (MS) in Exercise Science & Health Promotion, is a Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, and Certified CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach.
He founded Natural Evolution Holistic Health in 2009, and co-founded Rebel Health Tribe in 2014.
Michael brings plenty of real-life experience into his practice and work, having faced his own internal struggles and health issues over the last decade.
Joe Rignola, FDN, HHP
One co-founder of Rebel Health Tribe, Joe is the author of the best-selling books The Definitive Way to Go Gluten Free and Sow: Planting the Seeds for Health, Well-Being, and a Superhero Life. He has also hosted several successful online-based events, such as the Primal Cooking Workshop!
Joe battled personal health challenges for much of his life; challenges that included severe digestive issues, blood sugar problems, and depression. This led him to seek standard medications for these ailments, which brought along debilitating side affects, and forced him to seek alternative means for his health.
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