Whats Eric Eating
What's Eric Eating Episode 29

Dish Society founder dishes on importance of local produce; other hot topics on podcast

Dish Society founder dishes on importance of local produce, hot topics

Aaron Lyons Dish Society
Dish Society founder Aaron Lyons is this week's guest. Photo by Dragana Harris
Dish Society Memorial exterior
Dish Society recently opened its third location at Memorial Green. Photo by Kimberly Park
Dish Society Memorial interior
The Memorial location features an upgraded interior compared to the other Dish Societies. Photo by Kimberly Park
Louie Mueller barbecue tray
Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor is the restaurant of the week. Photo by Eric Sandler
Grant Pinkerton barbecue beef rib
Pitmaster Grant Pinkerton earned a spot on Forbes magazine's prestigious 30 under 30 list. Photo by Eric Sandler
Aaron Lyons Dish Society
Dish Society Memorial exterior
Dish Society Memorial interior
Louie Mueller barbecue tray
Grant Pinkerton barbecue beef rib

On this episode of "What's Eric Eating," Dish Society founder and CEO Aaron Lyons joins food editor Eric Sandler to discuss the growth of his farm-to-table neighborhood restaurant. Since opening in Tanglewood at the beginning of 2014, the restaurant has added locations in Katy and Memorial with plans to grow to downtown and the Heights in 2018. 

Purchasing local produce usually means higher prices, but Dish Society keeps things affordable. Sandler asks Lyons how he balances maintaining his bottom line with upholding the restaurant's ethos. 

"That's the million dollar question. That ultimately is going to dictate our success is our ability to do that," Lyons says. "It's much harder to deal with dozens of suppliers than it is to just get a truck from Sysco three times a week like most other restaurants do. We do have a full-time supplier relations coordinator on staff, and she's responsible for maintaining those relationships with our current partners and finding new partners."

Listen to the whole interview to hear Lyons plans for the Heights, his plans to grow to other Texas cities, and some non-Dish Society concepts he would like to open in the future.

Prior to Lyons' interview, Shanna Jones and Felice Sloan from local lifestyle blog Urban Swank join Sandler to discuss the news of the week. Topics include the Cleburne Cafeteria reopening, Buffalo Bayou's plans to build a massive new brewery in Sawyer Yards, and Forbes selecting pitmaster Grant Pinkerton for its prestigious 30 under 30 list.

In the restaurants of the week segment, Sandler and Sloan discuss their meal at Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, and Sloan shares impressions from her meal at Theodore Rex. 

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