Sal’s Roadside Eatery is owned and operated by a local resident and Chef, Matthew Paetzold. Matthew was born in Mooristown, N.J. but moved to Wilmington, N.C. at the age of 12. During his college years at The University Of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) he worked part time at his family owned restaurant where he would pick up a few skills in the kitchen, customer service and behind the scenes ordering and communicating with vendors. Matthew graduated from UNCW with his Business Management Degree.
Upon graduation Matthew and his girlfriend, Ashley took a leap of faith and moved to Charleston, S.C. where they both quickly found jobs with Duvall Catering & Event Design. Duvall happens to be the largest catering company in S.C. Matthew stayed with the company for some time where he would eventually work under Executive Chef Matt Greene in Duvall’s catering kitchen. Duvall later moved Matt to their satellite program called Brosnan Forrest, where he would serve as a Sous Chef under Executive Chef Mike Kehoe. Brosnan Forrest is a hunting and fishing lodge located in Dorchester, S.C. just outside of Charleston. Matt worked closely with the Norfolk Southern Railway account where he and his team catered most of their executive events, along with other large accounts. During this time, Matt found his love for farm to table ingredients and ultimately his love for the kitchen and all it had to offer. Until this day, Matt considers Chef Kehoe a huge inspiration for his continued studies in the industry and most of all his passion for cooking. During the couples time in Charleston, Matt would later work as an Executive Chef for an Italian restaurant named The Red Pepper. This was Matt’s first time running his own kitchen and most definitely the highlight of his career.
Ashley and Matt share a common interest in the food and beverage industry. Along with studying Criminal Justice, Ashley has worked as a waitress/bartender for many years. The couple moved from Charleston, S.C. to Charlotte N.C. where Matt attended Johnson and Wales University to garnish his degree with Culinary Arts. Matthew graduated summa cum laude from JWU. During his time at JWU, he worked on Sal’s Roadside Eatery under “Sal”. Matt eventually took over the truck post graduation and is the current owner and operator of Sal’s Roadside Eatery. Sal and Matt continue to share a great relationship. Sal has been a great mentor to Matt and continues to teach him the ins and outs of the food truck business.
Ashley and Matt make quite the team working along side each other on the truck – Matt definitely brings the TLC to the food and Ashley has a way with the customers. Together, they can accomplish anything.
Matthew proposed to Ashley in Las Vegas, N.V. in late May of 2015. The couple is very focused on the food truck at this time but are certainly eager to start planning a wedding and making Charlotte their new home.
This couple truly enjoys cooking together and is always willing to be apart of social events and offer their cooking skills. Anyone who has tasted their cooking has always praised their dedication and fascination. Now, they are coming to an area near you to indulge you with their tasty cuisines.