Peter Taylor, Producer/Director
Hailing from NY, where he ran hot little neighborhood trattorias, multi-unit corporate restaurants, and a five star Adirondack inn, Marc Jacksina relocated to Charlotte with his wife Lauren, and two sons, Lucas and Ian, in 2004. Here, he’s opened multiple Best New Restaurant award winners including: Nan & Byrons, Halcyon and Lulu. Marc has created a loyal following across Charlotte and beyond with his playful, narrative approach to food. A featured chef at the illustrious James Beard House in NYC, as well as the Food and Wine Festivals in Atlanta and Charleston, he has also appeared on Bravo TV’s “Life After Chef”, and in national publications like Bon Appetit, Southern Living, and Garden and Gun magazines. Marc is now Executive Chef at Earl’s Grocery, an urban provisions larder and cafe serving inspired street food, grab and go dinners, and some of the city’s tastiest fried chicken. www.earlsgrocery.com
Creatively curious, Joel has been a behind-the-scenes pillar in multiple cultural communities over the last 12 years. A senior designer and art director, Joel has had the opportunity to work with such brands as Dr. Martens, Charlotte Hornets, Pabst Brewing Co., Robert Wayne Footwear, and Red Bull America. Exploring his passion in community, he helped in the development of local projects Piedmont Culinary Guild, Culture Initiative, Cheshire Dinner Society, In:House Productions, Deep in the Park, and Beard & Moustache Club of NC – Charlotte Chapter. Joel came to the Order Fire team shortly after the idea came about between Peter & Marc and has supported in the mission by designing print and digital media. This year he steps into a larger roll of Brand Director helping in evolving the brand and growing the mission of revealing the human ingredient within the local culinary culture.
Lesley grew up in South Beach when it was becoming “South Beach”. Back then it was just Miami Beach, and she left for college searching for 4 seasons and this white thing called snow. Finding a happy balance of weather in graduate school at Chapel Hill, she soon settled in Charlotte, NC, where she grew an 18 year career in Market and Competitive Intelligence at Fortune 500 companies supporting their business and marketing initiatives. Her love of food and film were a natural fit to cheer on and support her husband’s ability to blend both perfectly. A leader with strong management, research, strategic analysis, and communication skills, she brings her own focus and additional perspective to the Order/Fire brand and mission. A Competitive Intelligence professional by day/pop culture junkie by night, Lesley is her own food critic, wife to Peter, mom to 3 mutts, travel lover, secret tech geek, and finder of information.