Our area has an impressive array of chefs, restauranteurs, and enteprenuers who come from every corner of the world to show off here in the Triangle. However, we’re incredibly lucky to have many of these culinary connoisseurs who hail from the Tar Heel State originally, too. This Hometown Heroes series will feature food service establishments of every realm from restaurants, food trucks, food products, culinary services, technology, and beyond. We will include just enough information on these local foodie superstars to give you a “quick bite” that we hope will inspire you to seek them out for yourself.
How did your local venture start?
Nick Bonnaud, Matt Jackson and John Zornick all met while serving in the United States Army. These veterans served in Afghanistan and joined forces again once they were back stateside. Based in Ft. Bragg, the trio often traveled to Raleigh in search of good food, music and events. Since they only came to visit on the weekends, it was through trial and error the guys found places they enjoyed. Thus, Pockeyt (pronounced like pocket) was born.
What makes Pockeyt unique to the Triangle?
Nick, Matt and John realized there was a lack of apps or sites that offered a quick look at locally owned businesses and events that were happening or specials they were serving. Pockeyt was developed here in Raleigh for the express purpose of providing a product for the demand of the locals. Pockeyt features over 60 venues within the food, beverage and entertainment industries. Pockeyt only showcases local, non-chain establishments with around 90% of them in Raleigh. They plan on expanding further throughout the Triangle eventually as their app grows.
What makes the Triangle “home” for you?
Despite traveling the world with the Army, these men are proud to call North Carolina home now that they have settled into “civilian” life. Nick, Matt and John are all passionate about making this a fun app for people to use throughout the day whether you’re looking for a great place to grab a burger or to catch a concert after hours.
Where can we find out more about Pockeyt?
Tessa Nguyen is a chef and registered dietitian working in the Triangle area. She is an alumna of Johnson & Wales University and Meredith College. When Tessa isn’t traveling and discovering new food spots, she teaches culinary nutrition cooking classes at Duke and works as a consultant in the health and wellness industry. You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter @