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    October 23, 2020

    Where Chefs Eat: Sam Diminich of Your Farms, Your Table

    This chef travels across town to deliver meals — and enjoy food made by others

    Lengua tacos from Tacos El Nevado on Central Avenue. Kristen Wile/UP

    Folks in the restaurant industry know good food, so we want to know where they eat when they’re outside of their restaurants. In this series, we ask a member of the culinary industry to share their favorite local restaurants (not including their own) and what they order. Chef Sam Diminich runs all over town delivering his three-course meals to diners at home with his business Your Farms, Your Table, so it’s no surprise he frequents restaurants across town, too. Here’s where he eats.

    Little Mama’s, SouthPark
    Frank Scibelli’s newest venture serves the Italian cuisine popular in the Northeast
    Diminich’s order: The fresh mozzarella bar and the chicken parm

    Tacos El Nevado, East Charlotte
    Authentic Mexican cuisine with locations near Plaza Midwood and South Boulevard
    Diminich’s order: A sampling of tacos, especially the lengua and barbacoa
    Pro tip: “It’s fun to order a little bit of everything,” Diminich says. “Get out of your comfort zone and taste and be a little bit adventurous.”

    Village Juice, Optimist Hall
    A Winston-Salem-based juice bar with healthy smoothies, bowls, and sandwiches
    Diminich’s order: Curious George smoothie — almond milk, cacao nibs, almond butter, banana, and dates

    Ace No. 3, Belmont
    A low-key burger joint from the owners of Sea Level and The Waterman
    Diminich’s order: The Ace burger

    Indigo Road Hospitality restaurants
    Owner Steve Palmer, founder of the restaurant group over O-Ku and Indaco, founded the non-profit Ben’s Friends, a support group for restaurant industry employees battling addiction
    Diminich’s order: Agnolotti (Indaco) and any of the nigiri (O-Ku)

    More from this series

    Bonterra’s Blake Hartwick
    The Fig Tree’s Greg Zanitsch
    Yafo’s Shai Fargian
    Zeppelin’s Vince Giancarlo
    Barrington’s Restaurant’s Bruce Moffett

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