Publisher, CEO, and Founder, Food & Beverage Magazine
This week, Ira spoke with Michael Politz, Publisher, CEO, and Founder of Food & Beverage Magazine. In this periodical episode of Ira’s Everything Bagel, Michael talks about his early entrepreneurial days, starting as a kid selling cards; why he decided to go into publishing and specifically cover the food and beverage industry; his decision to take the magazine into the digital world; what surprised him when hemoved to Las Vegas; how influential people (including Robin Leach) guided him in the early days of the magazine; how COVID forced restaurants to be creative and why his publication gained readers at the same time; and what his new project entails for foodies and chefs alike.
Michael started Food & Beverage Magazine on the east coast as the go-to resource and food and beverage industry leader. He branched out to the west coast, settling in Las Vegas as his base during the restaurant boom of Vegas. Food & Beverage Magazine now has over 12 million monthly readers. Michael’s book, Guide to Restaurant Success (published by Wiley Publishing) sold out on Amazon the first day it launched.
Michael has consulted for many Fortune 500 Companies, has placed chefs in 4-star restaurants and has established a number of high-profile casino projects. He was involved in the development of projects such as multi-million-dollar licensing deals and large Las Vegas entertainment deals.