BLUE DOG CAFE LAFAYETTE
Chef Ryan Trahan has been making an impact on the Louisiana culinary scene for a while now and has several accolades to show for it. Most recently, he was crowned Louisiana King of Seafood 2018, and went on to win the title of American Seafood King at the 15th Annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off. Ryan recently took the reigns as executive chef of Blue Dog Café, bringing his inventive cuisine and reimagined classics to the landmark establishment.
HAL M. HOLDEN-BACHE is the executive chef and co-owner of Lockeland Table which opened in August 2012 in Nashville, TN. However, his love of cooking began years before the East-Nashville restaurant began serving guests. As with many chefs, Hal’s culinary education began at a young age cooking alongside his mother, preparing the family meals. His passion for knowledge in this area led him to pursue a Culinary Arts degree at Shepherd University, in his hometown of Shepherdstown, West Virginia. After graduating, Hal applied for and was accepted into, the coveted Culinary Apprenticeship Program at the world-class Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, a perennial AAA Five-Diamond award winner. During his studies at The Greenbrier, Hal took winter leave each year and worked for chefs such as Hartmut Handke CMC, Peter Timmins CMC, Tom Colicchio and butcher Larry Griffin.
After graduating with top honors, Hal traveled to Nashville, TN for a visit. Struck by the friendly and inviting culture of Music City upon his arrival, he decided to stay and has since spent the last 15 plus years exhibiting and delighting guests with his talents. Hal began his tenure working as the Executive Chef at the famed Nick and Rudy’s Steakhouse for five years, where Hal also met his wife, Stacy. He then spent a brief time on the team of Executive Chef Tyler Brown at Capitol Grille at The Hermitage Hotel, before moving on to be the Executive Chef of Eastland Café.
During his five years at Eastland, Hal decided to venture out and open his highly anticipated new restaurant Lockeland Table. Having celebrated the 5th anniversary of its opening in 2017, the venue continues to thrive. Hal looks forward to continuing the opportunity to showcase his creations at Lockeland Table and serving the Nashville community while extending his knowledge, skills, and accomplishments. When not in Lockeland’s kitchen, he can be found spending time with his wife and two sons on their seven acres just outside of Nashville in Kingston Springs, TN.
Make a Reservation
Call Lockleland Table at 615.228.4864 for a Tuesday, October 9 dinner reservation.