The Morehead Inn and The VanLandingham Estate welcome Kevin Lynch as their new Executive Chef and Christen Spotts as their new Sous Chef. They will be responsible for providing the fresh, original food selections the historic Inns have become reknown for as well as overseeing Good Gracious! Events for offsite gatherings.

“The success we’ve enjoyed is based on the foundation of offering our guests delicious Southern staples that are handmade from the freshest ingredients,” says Billy Maddalon, managing partner of Unique Southern Estates who are the owners of The Morehead Inn and the VanLandingham Estate. “It also takes unique talent in the kitchen and that is what both Kevin and Chris bring to our team.” Both Inns are host to some of the most beautiful weddings, extravagant social events and productive business meetings in the region.

Kevin Lynch became a chef as an outlet for his creativity. “I am addicted to the creative aspect of what it is to be a chef,” says Lynch. “I combine that passion with my zeal for eating healthy and staying in shape. This singular approach allows me to produce fresh food creations that inspire, but are also healthy.” Lynch is an endurance athlete in addition to his duties as Executive Chef. Prior to his leading the kitchen teams at The Morehead Inn and The VanLandingham Estate, Lynch worked at the former Charlotte landmark The Lamplighter, The Townhouse, Metropolitan CafĂ© and Something Classic Catering.

Christen Spotts has been working in kitchens since he was 13 years old. “I was influenced by my mother, the greatest cook I know, and those I’ve worked – and learned from – throughout my 18 years of cooking and creating,” says Spotts. Known as a perfectionist, Spotts is continually improving and honing his dishes. “My greatest compliment is watching guests enjoy the fare I have created.” Spotts’ career has allowed him to work in some of Florida’s most respected restaurants. He also was a District Sales Representative for a large food purveyor, giving him the opportunity to experience a different side of food service.

“A recipe to me is really an idea played out with food. I get in my head, an idea, and it starts to spin – a little of this, a little of that – and then you are off creating something new and making it your own for other people to enjoy,” adds Spotts.

A Georgian Revival-style Bed & Breakfast, the Morehead Inn is well-known for corporate meetings, elegant weddings and unique social events. It is located in the heart of historic Dilworth just minutes from uptown Charlotte. It is listed on the Mecklenburg County Historic Register and features personalized service, exceptional cuisine, private suites and ample meeting space in exclusive surroundings.

Located in historic Plaza-Midwood, The VanLandingham Estate Inn & Conference Center includes the historic Harwood home and five-acres of gardens, designed by Lee Collier, with five treasure trees. Harwood, designed by C.C. Hook, features nine private guest suites, a secluded carriage house and a newly renovated Garden Room. Both the gardens and the Estate are listed separately on the National Register of Historic Places.

Good Gracious! Events is the exclusive caterer of The Morehead Inn and The VanLandingham Estate, well-known for creating high-quality food presentations accompanied with a dedication to providing the outstanding service required to make your event impressive, memorable and unforgettable.

For more information, please visit or call The Morehead Inn at or 704-376-3357, The VanLandingham Estate or 704-334-8909 and Good Gracious! Events at or 704-375-3919.

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