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Douglas Brown

Douglas Brown
Owner and Chef
(214) 828-2228

A graduate of New York’s renowned Culinary Institute of America, Chef Brown became interested in cooking at a young age by watching his mother prepare three meals a day for his family of nine.  At age thirteen, he began working in a small family restaurant in New Jersey and hasn’t stopped since. 

After graduating from The Culinary Institute, Chef Brown moved to Miami to continue his education at Florida International University where he attained a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.  It is in Miami where Chef Brown developed his passion for diverse cuisine at the highly acclaimed Mark’s Place. 

At the age of 23, Chef Brown was appointed Executive Chef of the Nana Restaurant in The Hilton Anatole Hotel.  Chef Brown received several accolades at Nana and elevated the restaurant to its first five star rating from the Dallas Morning News.  This accomplishment later earned him his first of three trips to the prestigious James Beard House in New York City.  Pursuing his yearning for a new challenge, Chef Brown moved to California to work for Muriel’s, a startup restaurant group in San Francisco.  During his time with Muriel’s, Chef Brown opened and developed the culinary concepts for restaurants in Palm Springs and New Orleans. 

Chef Brown returned to Dallas and took the position of Executive Chef at the historic Melrose Hotel where he quickly took over development for the companies two other properties in New York and Washington D.C.  While at The Melrose, Chef Brown achieved a number of accolades including, Breakout Chef of the Year from D Magazine, Sur La Table Iron Chef Champion and winner of the Caesar Salad Competition hosted by the American Institute of Wine and Food.       

In 2003, Brown opened Beyond the Box Cafe.  Beyond the Box put a unique twist on the "grab and go" concept by serving delicious, high quality, prepared foods, specializing in salads and sandwiches, while also providing many other options.  Shortly after the cafe, Beyond the Box Catering Company was developed with his business partner and fellow chef Jason Foss.  Beyond the Box Catering specializes in high volume, full service catering and serves a wide range of cuisines.   From daily corporate catering for small groups to weddings to large functions up to 4,000 people, Beyond the Box Catering is experienced in all aspects.  Brown also operates The Orion Ballroom, The Carlisle Room and The Pads at the aloft hotel in Dallas.

Office & Home Catering

Office & Home 

  • Freshly Prepared Salads / Sandwiches / Boxed Meals
  • Hot Breakfasts / Lunches / Dinners 
  • Happy Hours & Receptions
  • Holiday Catering
  • Hundreds of Menu Options
  • Full Service Delivery & Set Up
  • Complete Line of Rentals Available
  • Professional Staffing
  • Alcoholic Beverage Service

Wedding & Event Catering

  • One on One Consultations
  • Professional Service Staff
  • TABC Certified Bartenders
  • Custom Menu Development
  • China / Glasssware / Silverware
  • Linens and Centerpieces
  • Exclusive Venues
  • "Complete Service" Experience
  • Proven History of Excellent Service
Wedding & Event Catering
About Us

About Us

Beyond the Box has been catering homes, offices, weddings and corporate events in Dallas and Fort Worth for over a decade. Beyond the Box is proud to be one of the premier wedding and special event caterers in Dallas.  Our creative cuisine, personalized service and unique approach to catering has earned us a reputation as one of the Best Caterers in Dallas.  As a full service caterer, our goal is to provide you a complete experience that covers every catering detail of your event.  Let Beyond the Box take care of your food, beverage, rentals and staffing and enjoy a seamless experience.  We are confident you will enjoy our "Compete Service" approach to catering. Beyond the Box is the preferred and exclusive caterer at some of the city's best venues.


Catering Dallas and Catering Fort Worth for over a decade, Beyond the Box continues to innovate and remain one of the premier Dallas Catering and Fort Worth Catering companies. If you are in need of Catering in Dallas or Catering in Fort Worth, please contact us so that we can assist you with all of your special event needs.  Beyond the Box is one of the few Dallas Caterers that is considered a full service catering company; meaning we take care of everything you need for your event.  Many Caterers in Dallas say this, but few can actually deliver it.   Our catering services include:


Breakfast Catering/Buffet Catering/Boxed Lunch Catering/Wedding Catering
Staffing Services/China, Glass and Silver Rentals/Tables and Chair Rentals
Linen Rentals/Spandex Rentals/Alcoholic Beverage Catering


Beyond the Box Catering is proud to be Catering Dallas TX and the surrounding areas for over a decade.


Our Venues

The Pads Dallas
The Carlisle Room
The Orion Ballroom
Perot Museum

Some awesome companies we've had the pleasure to work with

Sysco Foods
Lockheed Martin
AT&T Stadium
Perot Museum