Todd Bekesha: Po’boys and Pies
In your words… Tell us about your organization, business, initiative.
Po’boys and Pies is a Southern style over the counter food shop that brings the Louisiana food and culture more north. We like to collaborate with other local establishments to bring a community feeling where ever we go.
Tell us a bit about you and why you do what you do? Share your passions for your business, initiative, organization.
I have always enjoyed cooking since I was young. I truly enjoy the instant gratification you get when you see someone eat the food you make. I also missed this food when I moved back into the area and wanted to share my passion for the souths food with everyone up here. I also am able to work with amazing people and get out into the community to show support like they do for us.
What role do you think your business plays in supporting a more creative community? OR your community in general. (Bonus! Why do you think a more creative community is important?)
Food is always a great way to break the ice. It helps bring people together and talk or enjoy a meal together. Food is one common thing in whatever part of the world you are in. You can always start a conversation about food. I hope to bring the community together for events that help one another in need. The Salem community did such an amazing thing for me, that I feel we can continue it for whomever needs it at the time. I also cant wait to work with other breweries, distilleries, eateries and join forces to put on some exciting events. I think a more creative community is important because not only does it get people to work together and build a strong community, but it helps kids grow outside the box and learn to dream again and can do more things outside the box. It helps them be able to explore the world and spark interest and curiosity.
What was the last book you read that made an impact on you?
I mainly just read cook books, so they always make me interested to try different things and push the limit on others. Ratatouille, chef, and burnt have all made a strong impact on me in different ways. I could talk about all three for hours, so if anyone ever wants to talk about it… just ask.
What’s the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you our your business?
I dropped out of three colleges. I could never sit still or wanted to learn in the traditional class room. I always liked to be hands on and learn by doing it. I started cooking with my dad at 6 and never stopped.