About Co-Owner Chef Michael Lalewicz
Chef Michael Lalewicz cooking roots germinate from suburban Detroit where his youth was filled with sights, tastes and scents of Polish, German, Jewish, Greek and Italian ethnic foods. The Midwest farmers taught Michael much about wild game recipes. Grandmothers who emigrated from the Deep South taught Michael Southern and soul food recipes. His formal cooking life started in his neighborhood pizzeria.
Michael lived between Washington DC and the Chesapeake Bay in the eighties where he mastered seafood recipes and products of southern Maryland and Virginia as he developed his catering skills. At this time of his career, he started collecting food Mecca experiences by traveling to the great food cities and regions of the world such as New York City, San Francisco, New Orleans, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, London, Athens, Tuscany, and Provence.
Depot Restaurant Chef Michael Lalewicz’ cheffing experiences have been as diverse as the cuisine’s of the countries he has traveled to. Michael was Sous Chef at Portland ‘s Restaurant Toulouse, Oswego Lake and Persimmon Country Clubs. He developed and opened the Greek kitchen of Portland ‘s premier jazz club, Jimmy Mak’s. Michael served as Executive Chef and innkeeper at the Shelburne Inn on the Long Beach Peninsula.