The turn of the century saw the Zeppelin airship in the U.S, and Thomas Edison in South End, Charlotte where he valiantly attempted to separate gold from our rich soil, using harnessed electricity. Along the way, he met Edward Latta, and over good food and whimsy cocktails the two men built our cities first railway, from South End into Dilworth.
Join us, on our Zeppelin in the sky, while we use the gold from our soil to create great food and whimsy cocktails, in historic South End, where it all began.
Vince began his culinary adventure in the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina. There he was introduced to the freshest seafood in the state. In 2005, attended Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, and graduated Cum Laude with an Associate’s in Culinary Arts & a Bachelor’s degree in Food Service Management. While in school, Vince worked for locally known chef Jason Pound, currently of Soul Gastrolounge, at his original establishments in Charlotte, Latorre’s Latin American Cuisine and Aquavina Contemporary Seafood eventually assuming the role of Executive Chef at Aquavina at the age of 21.
Over the next 5 years he would work as Chef de Cuisine and Executive Chef at Frank Scibelli’s Mama Ricotta’s and Cantina 1511, eventually becoming the Corporate Executive Chef for Cantina 1511 and opening its newest location in The Park Road Shopping Center, in 2014. In 2015 Vince was named Executive Chef of BAKU a Japanese restaurant in Southpark focused on contemporary Robata yaki and Sushi. Here he further developed a new understanding of advanced flavor profiling and exotic ingredients, like A5 Wagyu Beef, Sea Urchin and Truffles. Recently, Vince spent 6 months working with Chef Josiah Citrin and his team, at his 2 Michelin starred French bastion Melisse, in Santa Monica, CA as well as his Venice Beach concept Charcoal Venice.
With each of these experiences serving as cornerstones to his culinary approach, Chef Vince strives to convey his love of food and ingredients with each dish and libation served at his newest project, Zeppelin in South End Charlotte.
Jonathan Swope (Co-Owner) – Jonathan was raised in Charlotte where he graduated from West Charlotte High School then from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management. He returned to Charlotte to run a few start up business including Zingo Charlotte Designated Drivers. He started working at CSI Property Management in 2007 and during his tenure, CSI has doubled its total revenue and valuation, and also added two successful subsidiaries. Swope is now owner & President of the company. Jonathan has also sat on the Board for the Second Chance Christmas Charity since 2007, and is also the Director of the organization which helps collect close to 1,500 Christmas toys each year for foster children at The Children’s Home Society.
Jonathan Tee was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina. After graduating from the North Carolina State University, he began his career in the real estate and building industry. His work would eventually land him in Charlotte, where he launched his primary business in construction. His love for food, along with his wife’s knowledge and support, would inevitably fuel his interest in the food and beverage industry. Jonathan believes providing a platform in which team members are encouraged to grow, thrive, and share their creativity with the world is paramount to success.