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Previous Chef Dinners

July 22nd
Prepared by Chef Jeff Neilson



Applewood smoked chipotle chicken tostada with avocado lime crema, cilantro and lime zest


Chopped Mexican salad with a cilantro lime vinaigrette


Birria stuffed chiles relleno, topped with beef consume and served with saffron rice and grilled vegetables


Mango dragonfruit tart with vanilla bean pastry cream

About Chef Chef Jeff Neilson:
Chef Jeff Neilson is originally from Northern California; he fell in love with the flavors of Mexico from a young age. As a child of a single father, he became fiercely independent in the kitchen and began entering local competitions in his late teens and early 20s claiming titles for best chili Verde, best spaghetti sauce, and best chili.
He became an executive chef at the age of 23 and has worked for many successful restaurants over the course of his career; he has also owned various culinary businesses of his own such as J plus catering, El Guapo‘s tacos, and Chef’d LLC.
He has been married to his beautiful wife and best friend, Kristen, for 16 years and they currently live in the Chapin, South Carolina area with their three children: James, Brooklyn, and Sophia. They are expecting their fourth child later this year.
May 26th, 2022
Prepared by Chef Mike Ellis


Spicy sesame shrimp wonton with smoked neufchatel

Asian chopped salad with muscadine shoyu vinaigrette

Charred Teriyaki pork with Caribbean curried rice and garlic-chili stir-fried seasonal vegetables

Local strawberry lemon shortcake with coconut ginger ice cream

Rates: $60


About Chef Mike Ellis:

Chef Mike Ellis is from Dayton, Ohio. He learned to love food and cooking from a young age from his parents and grandparents. He is currently the Culinary director at LTC Hospitality and Executive Chefs at The Grand on Main and The Main Course in downtown Columbia. Chef Ellis has 4 daughters and recently married the love of his life, Rebekah.

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