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Here in Spartanburg, South Carolina, we are proud of our unique and vibrant food scene. Our local restaurants and chefs create delicious dishes that bring the community together. At the event, we will have several restaurants wowing your taste buds with their dishes guessed it, bacon. It is with great pleasure that we present the talented chefs and restaurants who will showcase their food.

Chef Bob Munnich
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Dray Bar & Grill

At Dray Bar & Grill we are establishing true hospitality.  We are here for you!  We listen, we deliver.  

We opened here because we believe in Drayton and Spartanburg.  We love our neighbors, our city and everyone around us.  We are here to add just a little escape from your "Daily Routine", one of our big goals is to deliver the quick vacation, that little respite from everything you need to get done, that distraction from what might be stressing you.

1800 Drayton Catering and Events

When Ingredients like History and Elegance combine with Southern Hospitality and Exquisite Cuisine You Experience an

1800 Drayton Event.

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Chef Sarah McClure: Southside Smokehouse

Growing up in Landrum SC, the daughter of 3 generations of restaurant families, Sarah McClure always dreamed of doing something different, somewhere else. After receiving a degree in Art History at Wofford College and some time doing graduate work at UGA Sarah found herself drawn to the kitchen after all. McClure cooked at a variety of Athens restaurants while in Georgia, including “The National” under Chef Peter Dale where she says she really fell in love with cooking while learning the beauty of a seasonally changing, fresh and local menu. 

After a time, McClure and her husband Robert Hall, returned to their hometown of Landrum with a fresh appreciation for the foothill mountain beauty, small town feel and lush farmland. Taking over the kitchen at her family restaurant, Southside Smokehouse, McClure upped the ante from traditional Southern-American grill and BBQ food to include more eclectic and adventurous dishes that have won her regional acclaim and a spot on the 2018 SC Chef Ambassador roster. Husband, Robert Hall has found success as the house mixologist and they both manage Southside along with Chef Sarah’s father, Robbie McClure who has been the owner and operator of Southside for the past 15 years. In 2020 Sarah competed on, & finished 2nd in, an episode of Food Network’s “Guys Grocery Games”

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Gerhard's Cafe

Gerhard's Cafe is a fine European-American restaurant. We are located right off East Main Street in beautiful Spartanburg South Carolina. Please take a look at our current menu filled with diverse offerings that will whet any appetite. Also make sure you don't forget about our extensive wine and beer selection!

Gerhard and Mary Grommer established Gerhard’s Cafe March 13th, 1993. Gerhard's offers a wide variety of cuisine with a focus on Austrian and German traditional foods.

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The Kennedy

The Kennedy aspires to maintain an infinitely evolving culture of hospitality. Through superior quality ingredients and exceptional service we are cultivating an environment of food, drink, and company that aims to enrich the lives of our guests and our team. Our passion for meaningful and memorable dining experiences is embedded in every detail of our art deco décor, every sip of our impeccably crafted cocktails and every bite of our fresh, locally sourced small plates.

Executive Chef Artina Lindsey:
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Chi-town native. Chef Artina Lindsey attended Johnson & Wales University and currently serves as an Executive Chef in healthcare. Starting her professional food career in 2006. Chef Artina has cut her teeth working various facets of the business: from corporate & special event catering. universities. hospitals and racetracks to name a few. With experience working and traveling abroad to Japan. Germany. and the UK. as well as numerous U.S. cities. Chef Artina's diverse culinary point of view focuses on regional vegan and plant based cuisine. 

Chef Artina enjoys working within disproportionately-impacted communities to help educate and share her love of vegan and plant based cuisine as well her custom spice blends and sauces. 

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Sous Chef Ana Sena:
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Chef Ana was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She enjoys cooking with fresh ingredients specially root vegetables that are native to the Caribbean.


Cooking has always been a part of her life. A passion she got from watching her grandmother and her mother create delicious dishes in there outdoor kitchen. She remembers how they used to tell her she would was not a real cook until she learn to cook over an open fire and not scorch their dinner, something that took a while but was invaluable to learn.


Ana attended culinary school in Shelton, CT. She has worked in fine dining learning to dry age beef at the Capital Grille in Stamford, learned the skill of properly filleting and gutting a fish at Acqua Ristorante in Westport, and enjoyed running creative specials focusing on root vegetables at Cuba Restaurant in Soho.


Ana’s new chapter in life is here in the Carolina’s where she hopes people can experience the taste of the Caribbean island through her dishes.

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Delaney's Irish Pub

Delaney’s is your authentic Irish pub in the heart of downtown Spartanburg. With 32 taps, 15 HDTVs and Live Music four nights a week, we are your entertainment destination [including darts and game nights] For lunch or dinner, a casual get together with friends, we offer a complete menu of appetizers, sandwiches, authentic Irish & American classic food … something to satisfy everyone, including the kids. We offer a full bar, and drink specials throughout the week.

Downtown Deli & Donuts

Downtown Deli & Donuts is located in downtown Spartanburg with entrances on E. Main St and Broad St. We serve breakfast(8am-11am) and lunch(11:30am-2pm) & our menu features salads, sandwiches, gluten-free & vegan options. We also offer gluten-free & vegan pastries & desserts in addition to our regular desserts. Our Ready-to-Heat casseroles(regular, gluten free & vegan offerings) make mealtimes easy & are available for pickup.


Housed in the former headquarters of the legendary Spartan Mills, Heirloom is a restaurant inspired by Spartanburg’s rich textile mill history. Our milltown eatery tells the ever-changing story of Spartanburg, weaving together past and present with each plate.

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Initial Q

Initial Q is not the typical southern barbecue stuffed in a Styrofoam clam shell with slaw and beans, but a gastro-smokehouse experience. Wherever you come down on the great barbecue debate, expect something excitingly different at Initial Q.

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Chef Patrick Phillips has been executive at Initial Q Smokehouse since March 2022. Chef Patrick hails from Cortland, NY. He now resides in the upstate with his wife and dogs.

Patrick began his restaurant career as a pizza maker and manager at Pontillo’s Pizzeria in New York. After six years running this successful pizzeria, Patrick decided to move out west to Colorado. He landed at The Blue Stag Saloon in Breckenridge. As sous chef he continued the perfection of an upscale bar menu that was so successful at Blue Stag. Patrick then took his work ethic and skills to BoLD in Breckenridge. As Executive Sous Chef he assisted their Executive Chef in all execution and operation of this Mediterranean inspired restaurant and hot spot for brunch.


Patrick continued his Colorado kitchen journey as Chef de Cuisine at Frisco Prime in Frisco, CO. Frisco Prime is an American themed upscale restaurant with a strong steak and seafood styled menu. Patrick then moved to a role as Executive Sous Chef at Modis in Breckeridge. He created specials and worked diligently own a rotating menu that changed seasonally at this family owned, upscale, yet unpretentious, Breckinridge hotspot. Chef


Patrick moved to the upstate to be nearer family residing in the area. Patrick took an executive chef position overseeing multiple assisted living and school facility kitchens. He created menus weeks in advance to be executed by the managers on site at specific locations. Chef Patrick missed the action of working in a fresh and fast paced kitchen environment so he made the move to Initial Q.


At Initial Q, Chef Patrick oversees the kitchen staff and the execution of preparation and service. He creates specials and makes menu changes regularly., as well as providing food for Underpin Lanes and Lounge. Chef Patrick also plans out the catering menus, oversees our growing catering program, and caters all our events for Initial Q, Magnolia Grand, Underpin Lanes, and any outside catering. He is a motivated and driven Chef who aspires for great tastes, creative ideas, and food consistency. Initial Q ’s kitchen is in great hands under his leadership.

Cribbs Kitchen 

In 2009 Cribbs Kitchen was opened in downtown Spartanburg, SC, on Spring Street by Chef and founder William Cribb. 


Now more than a decade later, Cribb’s Kitchen continues to thrive. Their keen sense of culture and community involvement allows Cribb’s Kitchen to progress in future endeavors. As the company adds new locations and expands its family, what was true in the beginning remains true today… 

There is always room for one more at the Cribb’s Kitchen table.

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Daisy Cakes:
Kim Nelson

More than just cakes with a Southern accent, Daisy Cakes is the leading maker of "hand-sifter, made-from-scratch" cakes in the country. We bring our delicious family recipe cakes directly to your home or office with just a click or a call. All of our cakes are made with the finest and simplest ingredients using no preservatives or artificial flavors. And just like the generations of wonder bakers in the Daisy Cakes family, no box mixes or bucket icing are used around here!

Daisy Cakes started in June of 2010, and later appeared on Shark Tank where we partnered with shark, Barbara Corcoran. Since then, Daisy Cakes has gone from selling 2,000 cakes in 2010 to over 140,000 cakes and recently opened a second location in Las Vegas. Since partnering with Barbara Corcoran in April 2011 and appearing on Shark Tank, Daisy Cakes has been featured on many shows including: Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC World News, 20/20, and the Food Network. 

At Daisy Cakes, we strive to bring a taste of the South to you and your family and friends. Our cakes are as genuine and authentic as the place they come from and as down-home as the people who make them. That's what we're all about.


In February 2018, Kim's cookbook, Daisy Cakes Bakes, was published with Clarkson Potter and is available on Amazon.

Pig Out BBQ

Pig Out #2 is a small locally owned and operated BBQ restaurant on the east side of Spartanburg. We are dedicated to quality food, and friendly service.

El Paso Tacos and Tequila


Family-owned + operated, serving authentic Mexican cuisine made from our very own family recipes. 

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