The Dixie Dharma story!

Chef / Owner Shaun Noonan

Chef / Owner Shaun Noonan

Welcome, y’all!!! It has been a journey leadin’ us here to the land of fine vittles, but we’ll give it to ya briefly. After many years of gettin’ into trouble as a punk kid on a motorcycle, Shaun dived mouth first into the world of fine dining. He took orders from the most austere of chefs and meticulously plated little artsy things in Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta, and most memorably, Bulgaria. A few short phases later (including working in the kitchen of a Hare Krishna temple), he said his goodbyes to the micro-greens tweezers and hit the open road in an 18 wheeler, livin’ that trucker life. Truckin' can quite possibly be considered one of the most vast research & development trips throughout the culinary realms of the American South, especially with home base being North Georgia. Once enough funds were saved, Shaun took on the first food venture to officially call his own: The Vegan Hot Dog Cart. It’s iconic in Orlando, y’know…for drunk people. From there, after lots of dreamin', Dixie Dharma came to life in the form of a charmingly rickety trailer. We worked as many farmers markets as we could handle before the flawwwda rain drove us crazy. Tried to permanently set up shop in front of a gas station for a few weeks. Humbling. Fast forward. With the help of some sweet-as-pie partners, our first brick & mortar finally happened- Market on South. Home sweet Dixie Dharma home. And well, y’all, here we are- growin’ as one big family, makin’ our mamas proud, and slingin’ FIIIIINE VITTLES! 


Oh yeah, and it’s all vegan.


Love,

-The Elephant

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