Meraki Hospitality Group is the result of a personal passion for chef/owner Chris Pappas whose love for food and high standard of hospitality was instilled from a young age. Growing up in the restaurant business, Chris involved himself in every aspect. There his father taught him to do, even the smallest of tasks, with effort, eagerness and enthusiasm.
"To do a task with passion and soul"
The word Meraki means to do a task with passion and soul which influences the food, service and treatment of others at every Meraki Hospitality Group's restaurants. By offering competitive wages and benefits to our employees and partnering with our community we extend hospitality beyond our restaurant guests. Doing every task the right way and treating people with the utmost dignity is the defining quality of Meraki Hospitality Group.
Chris Pappas | Chef/Owner
Chris Pappas was raised in the restaurant business. He grew up watching his father prepare food in the kitchen of the restaurant his family owned and eventually involved himself in every aspect and position as he grew older. From a young age, Chris knew that he wanted to be in the restaurant business and chose a path in higher education to prepare himself for the journey. Chris attended Purdue University, one of the top restaurant management schools in the country, and partook in some unforgettable internships during his time there. It was during this time that he fell in love with the kitchen and decided to continue his education experience and follow his true passion of the kitchen to receive his degree in culinary arts at the Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park New York).
While in New York, Chris spent time at two Michelin rated restaurants, including Per Se in New York City with Chef Thomas Keller, and was there presented with a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity at the world-renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California with food activist Alice Waters. Chris’ entire outlook on life and food was transformed while working alongside some of the most brilliant minds and passionate individuals in the industry at Chez Panisse. Before leaving California Chris spent time in Napa Valley studying, tasting, and working with wine allowing him to achieve his first certification of The Court of Master Sommeliers.
Chris returned to New York to finish his degree in culinary arts and then returned home, to the place where it all began, to relieve his father of his duties at their family-owned restaurant. Shortly after he decided to open Provecho, a fine dining experience with a unique mixture of exquisite Latin American and Spanish culinary specialties, paired with expertly handcrafted drinks.