Jason Smith

18 restaurant Group |  Raleigh & Durham, NC

Jason is a native of Raleigh with family roots invested in this capital city. His passion for the gastronomic world grew from his lifelong exposure to the fine art of Southern cooking through his grandmothers and was honed by his worldly, first-rate culinary training. After learning from the best in his field, including Magnolia Grill in Durham, Danny Meyer’s Union Square Café and Gramercy Tavern in New York City, and the Peninsula Grill in Charleston, Jason returned to his hometown to invest in the local community. 18 Restaurant Group was formed with the opening of 18 Seaboard in 2006, followed by Cantina 18 in 2010 and Harvest 18 in 2014.

Jason proudly serves on the board for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance and the North Carolina Symphony. In addition to these roles, he continues a family tradition of supporting philanthropic endeavors.


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Jason will be participating in the Sustainable Classroom Walking Tour on 10/19 and 18 Seaboard will be at the Fall Fête on the Green on 10/20.