The Honey Pot is a Modern Southern Restaurant located in the heart of Downtown Winston Salem, NC. Brought to you by the same folks that run Tate's Craft Cocktails & located right next door.
Chef Matt Pleasants
Matt Pleasants is chef/partner of The Honey Pot in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A native son of Winston, Matt has honed his craft through time at Five Diamond and Michelin starred properties in Charleston and Chicago before returning home to open The Honey Pot in 2014. His culinary perspective has been forged by time in some of the nation’s best restaurants and his extensive travels throughout Europe and Southeast Asia. Matt’s food is clean, vibrant, and soulful - drawing from a wide variety of cultures and culinary traditions that make the South greater than the sum of its parts.
In a world where locally grown food has become the standard, Matt stands out for working hand in hand with local farmers to push the boundaries on what’s available. He is an outspoken supporter of local farmers, foragers, and producers – with the artful application of their products as a prime focus in his cooking.
John ‘Beau' Tate was entranced by hotels and restaurants from a young age, but it was wondering through the streets of San Francisco and Paris that cemented his desire to be behind the scenes. After watching his mother transition from corporate finance to hospitality he was inspired to get in the kitchen and had his first food and beverage gig by sixteen. By twenty-one he was behind a bar and by twenty-two he was behind a bar in the center of the known universe, New York City. In the years since he’s been fortunate to have spent time behind bars across the country including Michelin starred restaurants and nationally recognized high volume bars.
In 2010 Beau helped open Tate’s Craft Cocktails as a bar back before venturing to New York to find tutelage and inspiration. He was fortunate enough to fall into assisting the beverage director for a large hotel group by day and bar-backing by night and by happenstance he was fortunate enough to fall into the burgeoning NYC cocktail scene where he received instruction from some of the world’s best bar keeps. In 2011 he opened Tate’s Dallas and watched on with pride as Tate’s Craft Cocktails was named one of Imbibe’s Top 100 places to drink in the South and by 2012 he was named best bartender in Dallas by CraveDFW and won peoples’ choice for Eater Dallas’ bartender of the year.
Tate crossed paths with former classmate Matt Pleasants in 2013 by a chance encounter and started scheming designs for The Honey Pot. The two wanted to bring the level of execution and creativity often seen in major cities and infuse it with Winston Salem’s soul and tradition of hospitality. Since opening The Honey Pot Tate has passed his Certified Sommelier exam through the Court of Master Sommeliers and is sitting for his Certified Specialist in Spirits exam through the Society in Wine Educators with plans to open another bar in 2017. Beau also really loves dogs, and more specifically his two year old hound, Ophelia (or Opie for short).
Like many, Eric got his first taste of the restaurant industry in high school and was pulled down the rabbit hole. While studying food and cooking at the Culinary Institute of America the service portion grabbed grabbed his attention and his Maitre d’ professors stoked the flames. Thus, the stage was set.
Upon graduating Eric began waiting tables and studying wine in his spare time. A period of time spent working in a retail shop allowed intense study of theory and wide tasting opportunities which he credits in helping him pass the Court of Master Sommeliers introductory exam. In the Spring of 2015 Eric passed his Introductory Exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers shortly before joining the team at The Honey Pot and moving back home to North Carolina.
In short time, Eric progressed to assistant general manager and wine director before embarking on an ambitious expansion of the wine program. His initial vision was to make The Honey Pot a regional wine destination and engender a new wine scene in Winston Salem. Under his stewardship the program has grown to encompass over 400 selections reflecting a wide variety focused on old world regions and new world producers with a sense of place and balance. He is currently a candidate for the Advanced Sommelier certification through the Court and continues to develop the wine community in Winston salem by sharing his passion for great food and wine with everybody he meets.