While it’s freezing up in Michigan, Fire & Rice franchisee Nick Neveau, owner of both the Lansing Ann Arbor locations, will head down to Southwest Florida in early February to join in the fun and learn more about the operations of the original Fire & Rice location in Naples. Leaving his team in charge of the Michigan locations during a slower time of year, Nick’s arrival in Naples will increase our capacity by 33.33% in our busy season!
Now that he’s packed up one of his Fire & Rice trucks and trailers, Nick’s ready to hit the road. Along his 1,200-mile trek to Naples, FL, he’ll be posting his journey on Facebook, so stay tuned!
Nick Neveau is Passionate About Paella & Embraces the Naples’ Experience
It’s beautiful in Naples this time of year, and our paella catering and farmers’ markets are in full swing. With more than fifty paella events booked each month during our busy season, we couldn’t be more excited about Nick’s arrival. Not only is Nick a great guy, his experience and insights into the catering food truck business are invaluable.
As a graduate of Central Michigan University with a major in communications major and minor in hospitality, Nick has been working in restaurants for most of his career. From dishwasher to General Manager to Director of Operations to Culinary Director, Nick has done it all! Before Fire & Rice, he worked for several hospitality companies and opened fifteen restaurants in different cities throughout the U.S.
Fascinated by the food truck scene out in San Francisco, Portland, and Austin, Nick has always been attached to the industry. As much as he loved working in the restaurant business, Nick always wanted to own a food truck. When he learned about Fire & Rice franchise opportunities, he knew he was onto something different. While food truck fare usually consists of pizza, burgers, pretzels, and hot dogs, Fire & Rice was a completely new concept altogether.
Fire & Rice is the ultimate outdoor kitchen and authentic paella experience. Whether we’re catering a private party or at the Farmers’ market or a local event, we prepare magnificent paella in large shallow pans out in front for everyone to see. It’s fun, it’s exciting, and people want to be a part of the process.
Watching the preparation is spectacular, and the paella is divine. The gentle aromas touch your senses long before your first bite, and when you taste our award-winning paella, it exceeds every expectation. The flavors of meat or seafood, or combinations of both, fuse together with bomba rice and the delicate floral flavor of saffron imported from Spain. Many of our clients have traveled all over the world and say that our paella is the best they’ve ever tasted.
Now Nick’s Lansing and Ann Arbor locations are in their fourth year, and he couldn’t be happier with his life-changing decision to become a Fire & Rice franchisee. He enjoys the customer interaction and the scalability of the business keeps things interesting. One day he’ll be catering a private party for ten, and the next day he’ll be serving 1,000 customers at a Mo Pop Festival in Detroit. He truly loves what he does and looks forward to engaging with the people of Naples. Nick arrives February 1st and will be here through the end of April.
Naples’ Original Paella from Fire & Rice
If you’re in the Naples area, come down to the Third Street Farmers’ Market on Saturdays or the Marco Island Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays to try our original paella and meet Nick Neveau! If you can’t make it early, make sure to pre-order your paella online, and we’ll be sure to put some aside for your before we run out.
Looking for a unique alternative for your next catered affair? Call us at 239-269-8857 to learn more about paella catering from Fire & Rice and the parties our clients are raving about. When you’re ready to schedule your event, just book your party online, and we’ll take care of the rest!