NOLA Kitchen Celebrates 5 Years!
Back in 2001, when I opened my first venture, Chef Du Jour, I gave up the steady pay, insurance and full time lifestyle to pursue a dream of operating my own business. Was it scary, Hell Yes! Was it hard, Oh Yea! But I had to know if the dream was more fulfilling than the dollar. And the answer is a resounding YES! I am fortunate to have a skill that can’t be outsourced, and am blessed to have been able to grow up in South Louisiana, where one of the greatest cuisines was born. The decision afforded me the chance to watch my son grow from his first days to the present, spend more time with my wife than most culinarians can only dream of, and make enough of those dollars to live a happy lifestyle. Upon our arrival in Austin, I could only think of one thing, how to get that dream back up and running…so I did it again, gave up all the “knowns” and dove back in…and haven’t looked back since. Still scary and still hard, but wouldn’t trade it for the world. Thank you to all who have helped me keep this dream alive and support what I do, for when you have a passion, sometimes that’s all you feel you know. To Lori and Jake, I only wish we could do it all over again, once wasn’t nearly enough!