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Our Roots

Great Ingredients Make Great Food

Beetnik was born from our founder David Perkins’ love of great food combined with the view that great food comes from great ingredients. That’s why he invested in some of the best farmers and ranchers in central Texas. We only do business with people who are passionate about their products, their people, and the environment – fellow Beetniks.

Beetnik is quintessentially quirky, like the city we live in. We share our East Austin test kitchen with innovative chefs and bakers to ensure that creativity is constantly flowing through our doors. We spend our time around people who care about what they eat, how it’s produced, and who produces it, and we know that our customers do too. That’s why our foods never contain MSG, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavorings, hormones, or antibiotics. This philosophy shapes our choices and recipes




The Team

 

David Perkins

Founder, Chef and CEO

What can’t you say about David? From Cordon Bleu Paris all-star to reigning start up maverick, he truly is a man of many talents. David loves spending time with his family and being a dedicated chef. Not only does he bring years of culinary excellence, David is the unrelenting source for all laughter around the bungalow. In his past life he must have been a comic.
Favorite Beetnik Product: Flat Iron Steak or Alaskan Sablefish

 

Rhonda Millan

Controller

Our financial watchdog, Rhonda has been in Austin for twenty years and worked in accounting for over fifteen years. She keeps the loose ends tied in the office and at home with her husband and two boys.
Favorite Beetnik Product: Grass-Fed Tenderloins

 

Kim Matto

Logistics Manager

Working mostly from home to keep up with her busy children, Kim is a motivated mother and wife. She effortlessly fulfills her daily goal of being the best role model she can be to her two young daughters. Beetnik is the perfect fit for Kim to apply her motherly undertaking of delivering delicious and wholesome meals with love. Kim enjoys being active- playing volleyball and competing in a softball league.
Favorite Beetnik Product: Smoky Applewood Salmon

 

Rustin Dodd

Marketing Manager

Tactician of marketing, Rustin hails from a long line of marketing excellence, previously earning his stripes at White Glove Technologies (now MindShift) as a web designer, art director and finally as the marketing manager. He enjoys composing and producing music and going on romantic getaways in Big Bend with his girlfriend. Rustin can do it all- even ride his motorcycle backwards.
Favorite Beetnik Product: Grass Fed NY Strip Steak

 

Allison Stevens

Nutritionist

Allison has been a lover of nutrition since… well forever. She is a world traveler and obtained her nutrition credentials at Tufts Friedman. Away from Beetnik, personal chef Allison loves the opportunity to cook for families, bringing healthy, delicious foods to their tables every week! Outside of cooking, you can find Allison enjoying nature: hiking, paddle boarding or simply sitting on her patio to watch the bats!
Favorite Beetnik Product: Gluten-Free Cheese Ravioli

 

Bron Hager

Social Commerce Manager

With a background in business management, for nearly four years Bron has been staying on top of menu trends across the country. When not working, he is a self-proclaimed local food connoisseur and football enthusiast. A native of Austin, Bron is a competitive bingo player, enjoys running on Town Lake, and nine times out of ten is listening to The War on Drugs.
Favorite Beetnik Product: Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets

 

Tamara Buran

Customer Service Rep

A new Austin resident, Tamara sometimes wonders why she didn’t get here sooner. From swimming in Barton Springs to hunting for the perfect breakfast taco, chances are she's Instagramming about it. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Tamara has a background in independent media and comic illustration. Her favorite pastimes include perfecting her burpee box jump, BBQ and reading feminist sci-fi novels.
Favorite Beetnik Product: Grass Fed Tenderloin

 

Michael Perkins

Marketing

Born in Montreal and raised in Austin, Michael is easily the best athlete in the office. He attended the University of A&M in/at Corpus Christi where he played baseball and studied finance and accounting as well as philosophy (Food Ethics). Most of his spare time is spent on Lake Austin wakesurfing and shaping surfboards. He enjoys long walks on the pavement next to the beach, and truly believes that he is best dressed in the office.
Favorite Beetnik Product: Grass Fed Beef Chili

 

Mr. Fix It

Our Appliance Repair Guy

When you're putting your commercial kitchen equipment through the ringer like we do, you quickly realize how important it is to have a reliable appliance repair guy. He may not technically be on the payroll, but he's certainly an important part of our team! We salute you Mr. Fix It!




The House

Our renovated office reflects the same two priorities visible in our name and in our carefully crafted meals: our natural roots, and our belief in creative twists on trusted favorites. Nestled comfortably on East Cesar Chavez, our office resides in one of Austin’s most artistic neighborhoods. Our bungalow houses a team eager to provide patrons with inventive and wholesome meals. We develop thoughtful cooking methods at our in-house test kitchen, which features the latest convectional ovens, mixers, and an 8x10 walk-in freezer. This cutting-edge technology was designed with users in mind in order to deliver products truly made from having fun (and maybe the insight of our Cordon Bleu chef). If you ever find yourself wandering on the East Side, do us the favor of stopping in to say hello.