We had the good fortune of connecting with Steven & Gila Beegle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Steven & Gila, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
The most important thing me and my husband have done as parents is change the course of our careers by leaving the corporate industry to start our own family owned and operated business. Shortly after the birth of our daughter Elliana, both me and my husband had taken positions as the Executive Chef team at the largest grossing restaurant in Texas. We opened the concept from the construction phase, through hiring, staffing and training all the way to the peak of its success. We worked 90+ hour work weeks, working split shifts each day. I would work the lunch shift while my husband stayed with the baby and then he would bring her to the restaurant during the slow period around 2pm each day after lunch rush. She would spend an hour playing with the hostesses and staff (who all adored her, several of whom were also babysitters for us,) while me and my husband reviewed food orders, scheduling and inventory needs. Then my husband would trade places with me and pass the baby over to me for the evening and I would take her home while he would work the dinner shift until early hours in the morning. We were lucky to have that hour together each day, as it was the only time day we saw each other. We never got a day off together, because that would mean there wasn’t anybody in charge of the kitchen. We didn’t dare think about having a holiday, birthday or sick day without our job being threatened . It was out of the question. We were tired, frustrated and we missed each other desperately. We knew something had to change, our family depended on it. After a year of passing each other by, we decided that it was time to make ourselves a priority for a change. We had climbed to the top of our ‘career ladder’, but the success hadn’t equaled happiness. In fact we were anything but. We had lost our passion and wanted to find it again and decided to set out to do just that. We resigned from our positions, together, and set out on an international journey. We traveled abroad, spending time with our baby, visiting family and seeing the world. We became inspired by other cultures, the way they ate, the beautiful food, the fresh markets. We decided to return home and create a business that allowed us to connect the people that grow our food with the people that consume it in a more direct way. We wanted to nurture the relationships with the farmers and vendors and makers that were creating the amazing products we cooked with, and create menus that were inspired by what was available in our community. So we did just that. We started a small concept, Nosh Box Eatery Food Truck & Catering Co. Our food truck concept featured locally sourced ingredients with seasonal menus that are approachable and offer dishes everyone can enjoy! We also wanted to create a catering company that offered totally customized offerings, rather than your standard packages where you have to pick from chicken or fish for a wedding plate. We wanted to create menus that matched the significance of peoples special moments and celebrations! After a combined 30 years of industry experience under our belts, we were determined to do things differently, BETTER… The transition to becoming our own business owners has been revolutionary for us as individuals, but more importantly as parents. We get to wake up every morning with our daughter and tuck her in to bed every night. We get to be there for all the important moments. We get to stay home with her when she has a tummy ache and take her to the park in the middle of the day. We get to say “yes” so many more times than we have to say “no” to our little girl and to each other as a family. In the past 4 years since we left our previous position and went out on our own, we have not missed a single holiday, birthday or anniversary with our family. No amount of money in the world could ever replace that for us. There is so much more fulfillment and gratitude in our lives and with out a doubt, taking the leap of starting our own business is the single most important thing we have ever done for ourselves and for our daughter.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Nosh Box Eatery is a family owned and operated catering company and food truck based in Dallas, TX. Husband and Wife team, Steven & Gila Beegle have taken their combined experience as Executive Chefs and Restaurant Consultants over the past 25 years in the Dallas restaurant scene and poured it into their love of food, family and the future of this city!
Nosh Box Eatery, a ‘Funky Little Food Truck’ concept focuses on fresh, seasonal ingredients & approachable menus, designed with EVERYONE in mind !
“We are inspired by our commitment to using locally sourced ingredients and artisan goods from producers and other small businesses in our community. We truly believe in our city, and want to support other small business the way we were supported throughout our journey.” – Gila Beegle
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Eat: Meddlesome Moth, Ali Baba, Pecan Lodge, Nick & Sams, Houstons, Serious Pizza Drink: Royal IT Boba, The Grapevine Bar, Bobbadiction Hang Out: Bishop Arts District, Deep Ellum Visit: Botanical Gardens, Sundance Square, Dallas Farmers Market
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?
We have had so much support from our parents who have supported us every step of the way, especially at the beginning when times were tough! Our friends have been amazing, showing up at events, supporting on social media, and always rooting for us. And the community has always had our back, showing so much love, continuously coming out to support at events and festivals. We wouldn’t have the continued success with out our patrons, and we are so thankful for them all. There are times when the food truck lines have been so long we didn’t know if we would make it to the end! Lastly to the farms, artisan vendors, small growers and artists who have contributed over the years with their beautiful products and amazing ingredients. They have allowed us to stay inspired and fall in love with cooking again. We are SO GRATEFUL.