The Team


Xan McLaughlin

Growing up in a small suburb of Virginia Beach, Xan knew he wanted to work in hospitality one day. While attending James Madison University, he worked his way through school with restaurant jobs and encouragement from his parents, both veterans of the culinary industry.


Becky Burke

Becky is an attorney with a passion for food, the environment, and the law. She teaches Hospitality Law at the Culinary Institute of Charleston, runs a dinner series called Commune, and heads up the local Slow Food chapter.


Partner Restaurants

Our students, and all of us are immensely grateful for the mentorship and inspiration our amazing partner restaurants provide.


Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors volunteer their time and expertise to guide our mission and support our cause.


  • Ruth Barrow
  • Jennifer Bresnahan
  • Melvin Brown
  • Kevin Mitchell
  • Angie Pitts
  • Julie Shaffer
  • Katie Wells