Join critically acclaimed Chef Mei Lin for an inspiring conversation about her personal journey, from working in her family-owned and -operated Chinese eatery to opening her own James Beard Award-nominated restaurant. Moderated by hospitality consultant and coach Alison Arth, this event is a rare opportunity to hear directly from a leading culinary and business mind in the hospitality profession today.
100% of the ticket price will be donated to Constellation Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting poverty in the Twin Cities by raising the living standards of individuals and families living below the poverty line in our seven-county metro area by finding, funding, and empowering services creating transformational impact in our community.
Born in Guangdong, China, Chef Mei Lin grew up in Dearborn, Michigan working alongside her mother and father at their family-owned and -operated Chinese restaurant. In 2019, she opened Nightshade, the menu featured a concise point of view, showcasing an elegant elevation of classic Asian dishes. With the culmination of Lin’s personal culinary history on full display, the restaurant garnered rave reviews from Food and Wine and GQ’s 2019 Best New Restaurants lists and Mei earned 2020 James Beard Foundation Nominations for Best Chef California & Best New Restaurant. In March of 2021 Lin opened her fast-casual Szechuan Hot Fried Chicken restaurant, Daybird, to critical acclaim.
Alison Arth is a leadership coach, consultant, and author whose career is dedicated to helping hospitality professionals find greater joy and deeper purpose in their work, and achieve personal and professional change in the direction of what's most meaningful to them. She founded Salt & Roe in 2014 in support of making the world a more connected place, one restaurant at a time. You can read more about Alison's work with hospitality leaders and businesses at saltandroe.com and on Instagram @saltandroe.