Leah & Louise dinner to feature all-star lineup of Black chefs from across North Carolina

Leah & Louise dinner to feature all-star lineup of Black chefs from across North Carolina

By   –  Senior Staff Writer, Charlotte Business Journal

BayHaven Restaurant Group will bring together an all-star lineup of Black North Carolina chefs for a collaborative dinner at Leah & Louise in Charlotte.

Husband-and-wife team Greg and Subrina Collier — also behind the acclaimed Leah & Louise restaurant at Camp North End — will host the event at 6:30 p.m. on July 18. Reservations are capped at 50 people.

The event will showcase seafood dishes from Black chefs across the state through a six-course dinner accompanied with bread, dessert and one cocktail pairing from mixologist Justin Hazleton.

BayHaven is focused on mentorship and creating a support network in the culinary community. The dinner provides a chance for chefs to tell their personal stories through food, while using ingredients from local farmers.

“It’s very important for me to connect the dots,” Greg Collier says. “Having a dinner with people who opened the door for me and those we opened the door for is what we do it for.”

Participants include chef Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint in Durham — the 2022 winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southeast.

He’ll be joined by chef Keith Rhodes, owner of Catch Modern Seafood Restaurant and Catch the Food Truck in Wilmington — a 2011 James Beard semifinalist for Best Chef Southeast. He has also competed on season nine of the Bravo series “Top Chef.”

The event will feature chefs Oscar Johnson and Daryl Cooper II, the owners of popular Charlotte pop-up restaurant Jimmy Pearls, which debuted in January 2020. The duo has since opened the Jimmy P’s Street Shack food truck.

The culinary team from Leah & Louise also will be on site, including co-head chefs Courtney Evans and Brandon Staton. Both are graduates of Johnson & Wales University.

Evans participated in the BayHaven Food and Wine Festival as well as the James Beard Foundation Awards Reception. Staton previously worked at Haymaker, among other restaurants.

Tickets for the dinner are $195 per person. They are available at www.opentable.com/r/leah-and-louise-charlotte.

All seating will be outdoors on the patio at Leah & Louise.

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