James Peisker started in the hospitality industry when he was fourteen years old. After high school, he attended the Culinary Institute of America and upon graduating, worked in the best kitchens in St. Louis. In 2010, James Peisker and Chris Carter met in one of downtown Nashville’s favorite kitchens. They immediately hit it off, and decided to jump ship to start their own business. Together, they co-founded Porter Road. Today, Porter Road works with select local farms, processes all their own meat at their in-house Kentucky facility, and has a butcher shop in Nashville. While the shop has become a cult favorite for people who live nearby, Peisker and Carter realized that friends and family outside of Nashville were still stuck eating low quality meat. In 2017, they decided to take Porter Road online with the goal of making the world’s best meat accessible nationwide.