"Food is my way of expressing gratitude."
In 2012, Juliana Luna and Stephen Edwards discovered they shared a passion for plant-based cuisine. Both believed strongly in the positive benefits of living foods and felt that the city of Charlotte needed a restaurant that prepared organic, plant-based dishes of the taste, quality and presentation they desired. Juliana, with the creativity of a master chef, deigned a plant-based menu that would surprise and delight the most discerning palates. The historic Atherton Mill in Charlotte’s South End proved an ideal location to design a restaurant that complimented the artistry of the food, and a neighborhood institution was born. Word spread quickly and passionate customers arrived from throughout Charlotte and beyond to enjoy food that was both artistically curated and thoroughly satisfying.
Building on the success of the original South End location, Living Kitchen opened a location in Raleigh in 2016, followed by Chapel Hill and a second location in Charlotte in 2017.