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September 26, 2023
Fine dining meets barbecue at this very special dinner
by TM Petaccia
The well-traveled Lewis Donald honed his cooking chops starting in his native Cleveland, Ohio, and added stops in California, Hawaii, Tennessee, Georgia, and West Virginia before winding up in Charlotte. Along the way, he worked in a diverse series of restaurants, including a family-owned Italian restaurant, the iconic The Greenbrier, and Carmel Country Club. Now as the chef/owner of Sweet Lew’s Barbecue, his professional life has taken another turn, recognized as one of the Southeast’s leading pitmasters.
Last night, all those skills united at our Meet the Chef dinner. Fine dining and barbecue came together with ingredients as diverse as caviar and burnt ends. As attendees savored their plates, they were treated to personal stories about his family, his development as a chef, his growth as a community leader, and his goals for the future. Below is an excerpt of the food and fun guests enjoyed.
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