Cary Wheaton is the Executive Director of Billings Forge Community Works (BFCW), a non-profit organization located in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford. BFCW is a driving force for community participation and empowerment in Frog Hollow through promoting access to healthy food; engaging youth; and developing employment opportunities and economically sustainable social enterprises.
Having grown up in Granby, CT, Chris has always been surrounded with a strong sense of community. In 2007, he moved to Northern Ireland, where he found his passion for food amongst all of the local butcher shops, markets and catches from the Irish coast. Chris returned to Connecticut in 2010 to attend culinary school and start his professional career. He’s risen in the ranks at Firebox, and now oversees the restaurant’s menus and kitchen in their entirety.
Jim brings with him to Firebox over 20 years of restaurant management on all levels, including having owned and overseen multi-unit restaurants. Most recently, he worked for LPM Holding Company, a family-run hospitality management firm with accounts in nine states. When not working, Jim enjoys spending time with his daughter Gianna and their German Shepherd named Reba. FUN FACT: Jim comes from come a large family that loves enjoying a good meal together; he has six older sisters, 25 nieces and nephews, and four great nieces and nephews.
ANDY PERRISous Chef
While Andy grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and moved to Connecticut when he was 16-years-old, he spent a lot of time in New Jersey, where his family owned a farm. He learned so much about food and farming from a young age, and it played a large roll in his deciding to attend the Italian Culinary Institute in Calabria, Italy. Andy has held several other sous chef and line cook roles throughout the Greater Hartford area since, including at Millwright’s and Butchers & Bakers. FUN FACT: Andy and Chef Chris previously worked together at The Riverview.