Chef and the Professor: Entrepreneurship with Vivian Howard and Lewis Sheats

NC State graduate Vivian Howard‘s empire includes 4 restaurants – Chef and the Farmer in Kinston NC, Benny’s Big Time in Wilmington NC, Handy & Hot in Charleston SC, and the new Lenoir, also in Charleston SC. She’s the author of two acclaimed books, This Will Make It Taste Good and Deep Run Roots. Her TV show, A Chef’s Life, was a huge hit and an inside look into her family life. She has risen to become a celebrity chef and entrepreneur, but her passion and roots come from storytelling.

Lewis Sheats is the Assistant Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship & Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Clinic at NC State’s Poole College of Management, where budding entrepreneurs have an opportunity to truly live the “think and do” spirit of NC State.


Jenny Hammond: Hello, and welcome back. I’m very excited about today’s podcast because we get to talk about two of my favorite things: entrepreneurship and food. And at the end of the day, who doesn’t want to talk about food? But seriously, we do have a great show lined up today. Our first guest, Lewis Sheats, is no stranger to the entrepreneurship initiatives here at NC State and Poole College.

He’s the assistant vice provost for entrepreneurship and the executive director for the Entrepreneurship Clinic. The Entrepreneurship Clinic, or E-Clinic for short, exposes students to experiential learning, embeds them in the entrepreneurship community, and provides the resources needed to execute their own ideas.

As the faculty member here in Poole college, he is devoted to preparing the next generation of entrepreneurs. And I would be remiss if I did not mention that Lewis was a true champion and helping getting this podcast up and running. So, thank you Lewis, for being here.

Lewis Sheats: Thank you, Jenny.

Jenny Hammond: And he might’ve been the one that talked me into being the host, so we won’t mention that.

Lewis Sheats: I’ll take credit for that.

Jenny Hammond: Our next guest, Vivian Howard, is a household name in this neck of the woods. Acclaimed chef, best-selling author, and multiple award-winning television host and producer. Vivian is, at heart, a storyteller, whose chief inspirations come from the world of food and her rural roots in North Carolina.

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The Poole Podcast is hosted by Jenny Hammond, and is a production of Earfluence.

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