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August 29, 2023

Meet the Chef: Lewis Donald of Sweet Lew’s

Join us on Monday, Sept. 25 for a coursed meal telling the chef’s story

Lewis Donald on stage at the 2023 StrEATs Festival. Ryan Allen/UP

Savor the story of Sweet Lew’s chef/owner/pitmaster Lewis Donald! This chef is known for his barbecue, but has a longtime fine dining background. Seats are limited for this intimate dinner on Monday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. and cost $85 (plus tax and fees, gratuity included).

Seating will take place in the dining room and on the restaurant’s patio with the garage doors connecting the two open.

See the menu and purchase tickets below.

At Unpretentious Palate, we believe storytelling takes many forms. A big part of what we do, of course, is to tell the stories of what’s happening in Charlotte’s restaurants, bars, and food community. But you don’t always need us. Our Meet the Chef series will merge storytelling and dining — the two things UP is all about. We want you to get to know some of the chefs around town, but aren’t big on stuffy meet-and-greets or formal discussions.

Each dish will tell a story: the amuse bouche, which represents the chef overall; one course based on the chef’s childhood; another inspired by a restaurant or chef that has heavily influenced their career. As you enjoy the amuse and each of the four courses, the chef will explain the story behind the dish.

Thank you to our sponsor:

Bread service: Smoked biscuits and cornbread with honey butter

Amuse: Live fire demonstration with duck, pineapple

First course: Green beans, roasted red potatoes, almonds, caramelized onions, poached egg

Second course: Bacon-crusted salmon, cauliflower textures, tomato jam, EVOO

Third course: Butter-braised burnt ends, creamed collard greens, smoked carrots, Carolina Sweet Heat

Fourth course: Zucchini and late summer textures, in collaboration with Laney Jahkel-Parrish

Online ticket sales for this event are closed.

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