As a baker myself, I make a point to try all the local bakeries. I heard from several people that a new bakery was opening in Kaukauna, and as soon as they posted their menu, I couldn’t wait to try it. Right in the heart of downtown Kaukauna, Sticky Fingers opened in...
Today Nosh Fox Valley Celebrates its first big milestone! Readers, we have made it exactly one year. To say 2020 was a challenging year would be an understatement. It was the year that my dreams came crashing down and I ironically found myself. Today I will share with you how Nosh Fox Valley started and as a celebration share with you what our future has in store.
I have always been a foodie. I still remember going to restaurants with grandparents and ordering scallops and steak, not typically something a grade schooler would order. Like many people that struggle through their twenties there were times I had to take a second job working as a waitress, hostess, bartender, line cook and kitchen manager. I may not work directly in the industry anymore but the adrenaline of cooking on the line during a rush or ensuring patrons enjoyment during their visit has not left me.
My love of food and the industry lead me to going back to college to become a dietitian. After going to school for 3 years I realized very painfully that not only working in the medical industry wasn’t for me but that my future involved the experience of dining out and food itself. I ended up doing a lot of soul searching before I finally realized that I needed to find a way to share this love with others.
In December of 2019, I started taking steps to pursue that ever elusive dream we all search for and mine just happened to be starting my own restaurant marketing agency. We all know what happened just months later and we can still see how the restaurant industry is still reeling from what 2020 served. Instead of giving up all hope, I decided that the best way that I could serve the restaurant industry and secure my future was to help the restaurants I loved by highlighting them as they navigated our new world.
Creating a Community
Starting the blog I knew that our readers would get bored with hearing the opinions of just one voice. As much as you love Thai food, and maybe have the same gluten sensitivity that I experience, I wanted to ensure that I was covering what our readers truly wanted to read. Our staff is full of amazing writers, photographers that truly love food. The one thing about the blog that has always amazed me has been what my bloggers bring to the table, their different opinions and creativity amazes me each time they submit their posts. We have a cocktail guru, a cafe lover and Instagram photographers. We have and will continue to strive to provide you with the essence of the experience that food brings to our lives.
A Year of Challenges
The challenges the restaurants faced this year were our struggles. Our staff went through times when I struggled with allowing them to visit restaurants due to my own concerns for their health. We have done our best to provide you with great content, whether it be dine in or many times takeout. No matter how well a restaurant does with takeout it’s not the same experience as eating in a restaurant. It has been a challenge many times trying to capture this in words.
Nosh Fox Valley’s Future
Nosh Fox Valley has a very bright future. We continue to plan to expand to Door County and Green Bay and establish the presence we have in the Fox Valley. We are currently working on a series of videos with local chefs where we will be interviewing them and asking some in depth questions that will give a little more insight into their passions and love for the industry. We are working with local producers and suppliers in an effort to stock our online store with the best Wisconsin has to offer food lovers. Our staff is currently working on digital and print guides to our favorite restaurants in the area.
What would you like to see on our blog or website in the future? Let us know in the comments.
Reflecting on my year of running this blog, I have accomplished an amazing feat. Not only have I kept my dream alive, I created a community and resource that truly has given back to the community. Nothing has filled my heart with joy than having a restaurant come to me and tell me how a blog post helped them grow in a year that so many others failed.
Special thanks to Alex, Robia, Jenn, Robin, Spencer, Crystarra, Ashley, Bianca and Josh from our Green Bay team for helping bring my dream to life and sharing their eats with us. I wouldn’t be able to do it without you.