We had the good fortune of connecting with Wolfman Raymond and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Wolfman, how does your business help the community?
I started WOLFMAN’S FOOD HUNT to help support small and local businesses. Small businesses have been struggling and closing down at a rapid rate, especially during the pandemic. I’m dedicating my time and talents to promote local restaurants and to help create a foodie scene and community. Buying local is more important now than ever.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started in radio on a show called the Alternative Edge, and then I created a local cable show called UDTV (Underground Downtown Television) and I did a cooking segment called Munchie Madness, which I still to this day I still include in Wolfman’s Food Hunt. I loved promoting music, booking bands and doing events. It was always easy to please everyone, but this is what lead to moving to Los Angeles. Now I include and invite musicians, artists, and comedians to be part of the food hunt, and shows. Creating a music scene was exciting. Now I feel called to help local entrepreneurs. One of the things that I would like people to walk away with would be to buy local and support small businesses AND please don’t bad mouth local businesses based on one bad experience.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It really depends on the dates, as there’s always special events and shows in Los Angeles. I would make sure we hit up the Sunset Strip and start at the Rainbow, then to Daughter’s Deli, and then some drinks at the Sunset Grill. Then I’d hit Hollywood and go to the new Ameoba Records store and then hit up Hollywood Burgers for a beer and burger, Then I’d head across the street to the Frolic Room, and after that I’d grab a slice, draft, and some old school vinyl at Delicous Pizza. We would have to patron Cuehenga as well at hit up the Elbow Room, Stout, and Kitchen 24. I would have to go to the Arts District in DTLA, and Madcap Hotel. Then I’d hit up the Melrose Arts District and the Fairfax Villages for some shopping and more eats. I would also recommend comedy shows and after parties….
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
If I had to credit anyone to my success it would be both of my grandmothers, who were huge foodies and cooks. As far as mainstream influences go, I would have to pay my respects and tribute to Anthony Bourdain. He was honest, talented, and always reached out to the communities that he visited. He’s a huge inspiration.
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