We had the good fortune of connecting with Sean Welch and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sean, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
I started my food blog during the early days of the pandemic. I grew up in the DFW and as days passed, I continued to watch as some of my favorite restaurants and those memories of my friends closed down. At first, it was a hobby to keep me occupied during such a slow time, but my focus was always on small businesses and locally owned ones. Surprisingly to me, the page took off. It grew much faster than I ever expected and my focus grew more and more towards the small businesses. Since then I’ve created a strict personal policy that I’ll use my page and my writing platform with a local media outlet to highlight as many small businesses as I can. I feel that’s helped create a following that tries to do the same. They may not practice it as often as I do but I feel that I’ve helped more and more people realize how much small, local good food there is out there to support.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
For me, it’s the food. As mentioned before, what sets me apart is my strict focus to highlighting small local businesses only. However, I’m simply a messenger. I’m sharing the work and the stories of so many talented chefs, pitmaster, cooks, and whoever else I meet along the way. They do the hard work and sometime they don’t get their stories told. That for me is what I enjoy the most. I love hearing their backstory and telling everyone I can. Professionally, I don’t know if I would call it easy. After making the difficult decision to leave a very successful Marine Corps career, I found myself in a commercial flooring role thanks to my bestfriends father. I used my time to learn what I could and learn more about the commercial construction world. When things began to get stagnant I was able to find my next role and building block with a general contractor. It was tough, the hours were long and I didn’t know much. I had a great mentor that once again helped me grow into what I thought to be a good superintendent. Each step along the way I’ve gained knowledge and experience from those wiser than me. I’ve learned you have to just give a damn. If you show up on time, work hard and put your pride and ego to the side you can grow and learn new things. I want the world to know that I’m merely a vessel. I take pictures of food, it’s not the hardest thing. The food, the chefs, the pitmasters spending countless hours cooking and away from their families for our indulgence, that’s the hard work.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I get this question more often than you’d expect. I love it. I love sharing my home with others and if/when they enjoy it, that makes me the happiest.

They fly in on a Monday. Taco spots are always open so we start there. I take him to Del Sur in Oakcliff that makes one of my favorite tacos in Dallas. We order the Cochinita Pibil and the El Santo, a pork specialty taco.

Spend the day in Deep Ellum bouncing around grabbing a drink or two at a spot.

During the week we visit some of my favorite restaurants like Homewood and hit some local pop-ups. I’d show them the downtown skyline at night, Klyde Warren Park, the food trucks, and all of Fort Worth. Wednesday nights are burger night at Hop and Sting brewery in Grapevine and you can get smash burgers from Desmon @hustletownpizza. Thursdays is when local BBQ joints start their week. There’s so many to list these days. On a Thursday you could hit up Hurtado, Panther City or Zavalas for lunch, Vaqueros in Grapevine for taco night. Fridays even more open, Brix, Dayne’s, Goldees, or Smokeaholics in Fort Worth, Cattleack in Dallas, seriously there are too many to name and some Prestigious ones to be exact. DFW wasn’t always a BBQ destination but that has since changed and for good reason.

Once the weekend arrives, we’d do something like catch a game with one of the local teams, visit the Stockyards or maybe hit one of the local lakes. I love golfing and there are some great courses around. A week with me would revolve around food, golf and enjoying the DFW night life.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
For me, it’s the Marine Corps and the men and women I served with. I spent nine years in the military after a short attempt at college. The classroom setting was never for me. Knowing that I needed a plan and needed one quick, the Marine Corps was for me. My grandfather served, so I was quickly drawn to it. The men and women I spent time around helped me grow into the man I am today from the immature boy I was.

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