Restaurant news, dining events and suggested bites from Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam.

Olive & June names Brian Moses new executive chef

3:10 pm Sep. 22, 2016

Parkside Projects veteran Brian Moses has replaced Justin Rupp as the executive chef at that restaurant group’s Italian concept

What to expect with the new change at the Southern Italian-inspired mid-century treehouse restaurant? Moses will

BBQ News: Pitmaster Evan LeRoy leaves Freedmen’s

9:10 am Aug. 22, 2016

After helping establish Christopher McGhee, a three year Freedmen’s veteran who has been working as co-chef with LeRoy, according to restaurant owner Cuatro Kowalski, has taken over full duties as executive chef and pitmaster.

McGhee previously