Chef Ben Fidelak to take a taste of Louisiana to Charlotte, NC.


Chef Ben Fidelak is one of 14 top Louisiana chefs heading to Charlotte, NC, to feature the state’s unique flavors in several of the area’s top restaurants. The Natchitoches Area Convention and Visotors Bureau (CVB), the Louisiana Travel Association, the Louisiana Office of Tourism and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board have partnered to present the “Louisiana X Charlotte Restaurant Night” on Thursday, Nov. 3 as part of the Louisiana Culinary Trails tourism marketing campaign.

This extraordinary event combines the culinary expertise of chefs in Louisiana and Charlotte to spice things up in the kitchen and offer Charlotteans a taste of the Bayou State’s vibrant culture and flavorful cuisine. The Louisiana X Charlotte Restaurant Night will feature 28 chefs total at 14 restaurants, each offering a one-of-a-kind experience available at various price points presented as a private ticketed dinner, a prix fixe menu or special featured dishes. Chef Ben Fidelak’s passion for cooking started at an early age while working as a line cook in his father’s restaurant in Northern Ontario, Canada. His skills were honed years later when he opened Maison Louisiana Catering in 2001 and then The Levee Restaurant in 2016 with his wife and business partner Keri.

They, along with their children, Lauren and Graeme, have spent many years traveling the globe in search of adventure and unique dining experiences. Mariner’s Restaurant is the culmination of 20 years of the Fidelaks’ adventures to over 40 unique and amazing countries. Fidelak has been paired with Jon Cox, a Charlotte native. Cox, loves adventuring and it shows. From a stint in a Michelin 2 star restaurant in Vico, Italy, to backpacking through Europe, to the dishes he constructs at his restaurant,Fin and Fino, Cox knows how to grab attention on the plate- and keep it.

“Food is a way of life in Louisiana, and our culinary heritage and flavors are unlike anything else in the country,” says Louisiana Travel Association Executive Vice President Laura Cating. “With multiple direct flights to Louisiana, we’re excited to give Charlotte residents a sample of the flavors of Louisiana, inspiring them to make Louisiana their next travel destination.”

Other participating chefs include: Chef Ryan Trahan, Vestal, Lafayette Chef Madonna Broussard, Laura’s II Café, Lafayette Chef Amanda Cusey, Louisiana Seafood Queen 2022 and The Villa Harlequin, Lake Charles Chef Lyle Broussard, Barstool Sportsbook inside L’Auberge Casino Resort, Lake Charles Chef Ross Dover, Palmettos on the Bayou, Louisiana Northshore Chef Amanda Birdsong, Cured. On Columbia, Louisiana Northshore Chef Cory Bahr, Parish Restaurant & Standard Coffee Co., Monroe-West Monroe Chef Celeste Gill, Chef Celeste Bistro, Baton Rouge Chef Jeremy Langlois, Latil’s Landing at Houmas House, Ascension Parish Chef KJ Townsend, Quizine Quarters, Houma Chef Johnnie Gale, Crawfish Town USA, St. Martin Parish Chef Isaac Toups, Toups’ Meatery, New Orleans For more information on the event, chefs and restaurants, visit the event website