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

Hi Joshua, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
What is my thought process behind starting my own business? In all of the years that I have spent working in other restaurants, I have felt that I can do things more streamlined and give the guest a better dinning experience. To me, going out to eat is not just going to get sustenance. It is about going to an art exhibit. You go to a place, you see the menu. That is the art gallery. You are presented with a plate of food or the art. There are many senses that should be excited at this point. First you see the beauty. Then, you smell the flavors that are paired together. Tasting is another dimension of the food that either transports you to a memory or creates a new one with the people that you are with. This is the missed aspect of most restaurants. Yes, I understand that with todays issues, it is difficult to find the correct people to help you realize your expectations coming out of the kitchen. This is why I have started doing cooking demonstrations or teaching classes in the home. Doing this reels in the anticipation of a spectacular meal starting with the smells as the show starts. Love and passion is infectious and watching me in the kitchen and getting others involved creates something special in the kitchen.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have always been a jack of all trades. I have done things from run a construction company to build custom furniture. I once delivered miscellaneous items all over the country like the do on the show “Shipping Wars”, and I was once a contestant on “Master Chef”. Although I did not make it all the way to the taping of the show in LA, I was one of the 25 that was nominated to be there. I met some amazing people along the way. I have managed hotels, and worked for automotive shops. I am proud to say that I served in the United States Navy and I miss is everyday. But the common in my life has always been food. I come from a background of food with my grandfather owning several restaurants around the New Orleans area and my mother being an amazing home cook. I have been in and out of restaurants my entire working career and I have worked every position from the front door to the back. I have helped with menu designs at one and trained front and back of the house staff while consulting with others. Starting this venture started with the realization that I will always be in this line of work and I have a love and respect for food that borders on the bazaar. Ripping the band aid off recently and striking out on my own has been difficult. Starting a business with not a whole lot of startup capital has been the largest hurdle. I spend a ton of time worrying about bills and if I even made the right decision. I have learned the importance of being able to work on a computer with social media and designing a website. If I can suggest something, figure out what all of that cost and save the money to hire people to do that for you. Doing this allows you so spend time networking and working out on what you started to do from the beginning. In my case, that is gathering people in the kitchen and teaching them about pairing simple flavors together to create delicious home cooked meals that cost little.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live a simple life when I am not working. My guest would never want to go out to eat or go anywhere. Turns out, I am a great host. We have our deck in the back that is practically surrounded by woods, and food and drink is always close by. When we do go out, we usually go for a drive in the mountains and see what nature has to offer. They have some great roads and amazing trails that can not be found in most parts of the country.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Hands down Regina from “Regina’s Farm Kitchen”. She has been in business for a few years and has created a flavorful handful of preserves that goes well with savory and sweet dishes. I met her at a farmers market and we have kept in contact. Lately, she has been awesome at giving advise on some ways to streamline getting my business off the ground.

Website: homemadecraving.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/homemade_craving/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Joshuashomemadecraving

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/homemade-craving-sandy-springs?osq=homemade+craving

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