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The Business Observer spoke with Ed Chiles. Ed’s company owns and operates three popular Manatee County waterfront restaurants: Beach House, Mar Vista and Sandbar. Together, we discuss how Ed and his team built the waterfront restaurant company over 45 years, working for a purpose larger than yourself, and the leadership lessons Ed learned from his father, the late Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles. 3 Takeaways:
  1. (12:45) Especially now, you want to be about something that addresses a greater challenge.
  2. (14:30) Your culture is how you get people to self-police.
  3. (15:10) Every business tells a story.
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Length: 29:31 Guest: Ed Chiles
Stephanie Burt has been covering food for two decades. Most of the high-volume places she visits don’t present menus that follow local seasons, feature local produce, or work with local farms. However, on Anna Maria Island, FL, and neighboring Longboat Key, the restaurants of Chiles Hospitality Group: Beach House, Sandbar, Mar Vista, and Anna Maria Bake House, are a delicious exception. Beyond the restaurants, the company also includes Gamble Creek Farms, a certified organic farm in Parrish, FL, that supplies sustainable farm-to-fork produce to all of the restaurants, as well as composts the food waste from serving the thousands of tourists weekly. Zack Rasmussen and Natasha Ahuja are part of the leadership team of Gamble Creek, and both have extensive experience in permaculture design as well as an intense curiosity about the interrelatedness of the natural world. Begun in 2021, this 26-acre farm is still in its infancy, but a visit to Gamble Creek is already a kaleidoscope of flavor, mini-ecosystems, and creative possibilities of how care for the environment and commerce can co-exist instead of being a forgone dichotomy.   [audio mp3="https://www.chileshospitality.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/FINAL_hh_070823.mp3"][/audio]  
Length: 38:28 Guest: Zack Rasmussen & Natasha Ahuja
Ed Chiles is the owner of Chiles Hospitality, operating the Sandbar, Beach House, and Mar Vista restaurants on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key in western Florida. Ed was the managing partner for the Pine Avenue Restoration project in the City of Anna Maria and engages in a number of local sustainability initiatives. He and host Si Willmore talk about the All Clams on Deck project, which aims to restore seagrass and oyster beds to combat problems like harmful 'red tide' algal bloom outbreaks; restoring Pine Avenue on Anna Maria Island to the 'greenest little main street in America'; and the Love It Like a Local program which aims to educate tourists about preserving the area and minimizing the effects of transport. Ed works with local partners including Zach Rasmussen, farm manager at Gamble Creek Farms, and Zach discusses waste reduction through composting and worm casting as part of the Leave No Trace initiative. Si and Ed also discuss Ed's favorite places to eat in Florida such as shrimp boxes in Cortez, the oldest continual fishing village in the state of Florida. Episode sponsored by Visit Florida. For more information go to visitflorida.com
Length: 33 min Guest: Ed Chiles, Founder and Zach Rasmussen, Farm Manager

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Ed Chiles, Founder

Ed was born in Lakeland, Florida, to the late Governor Lawton Chiles and Rhea Chiles. A passion for all things Floridian was instilled in him at an early age. An avid outdoorsman, his favorite childhood memories are roaming the Northern Florida woods hunting with his father. The family always had...

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Seth Kondor Culinary Director, Chiles Hospitality
Horacio Eagan Executive Chef, Sandbar
Thomas Villetto Executive Chef, Beach House
Steve Ascencios Executive Chef, Gamble Creek Farms
Ted Louloudes Head Baker, Anna Maria Bake House
Logan Parris General Manager, Sandbar
Dave Gallagher General Manager, Beach House
Brandi Craig General Manager, Mar Vista
Will Manson General Manager, Gamble Creek Farms
Zack Rasmussen Farm Manager, Gamble Creek Farms

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