Welcome to The Bread Spread
Get to know the fascinating entrepreneurs that started your favourite food brands along with Alon Ozery, co-founder (Ozery Bakery/Parallel Brothers), author (Even The Sidewalk Could Tell), and passionate small business coach.
Candid talks about drive, challenges faced, and overcoming them to motivate, educate and make you laugh.
Listen along on Alon’s journey of growing Parallel Brothers sesame brand and Ozery Bakery in Canada and the USA.
Season 1 of this Podcast was Upfront Toronto: focusing on other food-industry entrepreneurs in Canada’s largest city including Top Chef Canada’s Chris Siu (Ep. 14), Tonica Kambucha’s, Zoey Shamal (Ep.20), Famiglia Baldassarre’s Leo Baldassarre (Ep.4) and Neal Brothers’s Pete Neal (Ep.18).
Local businesses are an integral part of our daily lives. We see the barista in our local coffee shop more than we see our immediate family. These businesses are an important part of our daily routines.
In this podcast, we get to know the entrepreneurs who gave up everything to be part of our community and Get to know their stories.
A conversation and Q&A with Alon at the launch party of Even The Sidewalk Could Tell conducted by Kelsey Ramsden, entrepreneur and CEO of Mind Cure Health
What does it cost to live an inauthentic life?
If anyone knows, it’s Alon Ozery. Born in Toronto to an Orthodox Jewish father and a British mother, raised in Israel, and educated in Canada, Alon didn’t come out of the closet until he had a wife and three children.
From his childhood on the shores of the Mediterranean to dodging young women and ducking work in the motor pool of the Israeli army, Even the Sidewalk Could Tell relates Alon’s winding journey to discover his true self.
A funny, heartwarming tale of honest self-reflection, this brave memoir shows what it means-and what it ultimately takes-to claim self-acceptance, create inner peace, and march forward into the best version of yourself.
Friends of Ruby:
50% of the profits are donated to Friends of Ruby in Toronto. They are dedicated to the progressive wellbeing of LGBTQI2S youth through mental health services, social services and housing.
I like to keep an open state of mind and write about the world around me. These are my thoughts.
I spend a lot of my time outside. May it be riding my bicycle or walking around the city and I’ve been noticing angrier behavior around me. This is not the Toronto that I know.
A few days ago while having my morning double espresso my friend and barista Jonny from Jet-Fuel coffee told me that Parliament street has never been so bad with random window breaking and other violent acts. Jonny is my thermostat of what is going on in our neighborhood and his coffee shop has been around for thirty years. He has seen a thing or two on the street.
Two days ago I was shopping at my favorite vegetable store. They lured me in with the best prices for organic blueberries and I kept coming because of the excellent produce. As I was paying for my veggies a guy in his fifties cut the line ahead of a lady that was already there. There was a gap between her and the person ahead of her. At which point the lady told him that she is in the line and that he should move behind her. Most times an incident like this ends up with an apology and all move on, but not this time. The guy began arguing with her and then called her a Bitch. I thought that I didn’t hear well but the yelling that followed confirmed what I heard. What makes a person call a complete stranger in the right a bitch? how rude is that!
Today I was driving my car and I let a car from another lane in ahead of me. Behind him was another car that was trying to squeeze in as well but I was too far ahead to let him in. That caused him to start cursing me. My window was open and he was loud so there was no misunderstanding as to his anger.
I feel that people these days are less inclined to hold things inside and become verbally aggressive at a whim. Is it the men’s turn to be “Karen like”. Will things turn physical next?
I hope that we go back to being courteous with our fellow humans. I think that some of us have developed a sense of entitlement that the world owes us something and then get angry when what was never ours “is taken” away from us.
Has this started with our politicians or are they representing what we are turning in to?
Despite the being cursed at,