About Us

Meet the Team

Denae-Marie Shepperson

Director of Dining Services

Chef Denae-Marie was born in San Diego, California and currently lives in Richmond with her partner and two daughters. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, she has managed corporate kitchens and from Altria Headquarters, SunTrust Mortgage and retail spaces within the Bon Secours/Mercy Health System. Denae-Marie enjoys learning new trends and remaining current by producing healthy, flavorful concepts. Her love for regional cuisine spans Southern comfort foods, to culturally infused styles of the West Coast. She is an avid MINI Cooper enthusiast, and enjoys jaunts from the countryside with her fellow car club members. She is a big Star Wars fan, an Anglophile, and loves live music. If you find yourself at a festival or brewery, look around – chances are she’s there too.

dmshepperson@merig.com

James Little

Sous Chef

Meet James Little, a seasoned culinary professional with 24 years of experience in the hospitality industry. James’s journey began at the Virginia Culinary College in 2002-2003, where he honed his skills and passion for cooking. Over the years, he has worked in various roles, starting as a banquet chef for Marriott International and gradually progressing to the position of executive chef at Hilton properties. Now, James brings his wealth of expertise and dedication to Meriwether Godsey, where he continues to excel in his role. His favorite MG Core Value is “Build Fun, Flexible Teams,” as he values teamwork and believes in supporting his colleagues at every opportunity. When he’s not flexing his skills in the kitchen, James enjoys spending quality time with his son and family, cherishing every moment together.

jlittle@merig.com

Long Nghiem

District Manager

Long’s passion for food and serving others started at an early age working in his family’s restaurants. A graduate of Virginia Tech’s Hospitality Program, Long was the chef operator of his own restaurants for many years before moving to contract dining. Long has leveraged his diverse experience to hone his culinary talents as well as his own unique leadership style. His commitment to excellence and tireless drive is a perfect fit for supporting our clients and our values.

lnghiem@merig.com

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

We are invested in creating and maintaining a workplace in which all employees have an opportunity to participate in and contribute to the success of the business. This means fostering and protecting an inclusive environment in which all employees feel respected, are treated fairly and their viewpoints, thoughts, and ideas are encouraged and embraced, regardless of position, age, race, religion, beliefs, socio-economic background, gender, who they love, how they identify and of course, other protected statuses. We proudly support vendors, partners, and suppliers who share these values of inclusion.

Our Culture

We recognize that people are our most important ingredient and we provide them with the best resources, from training and support to progressive systems, so they may find satisfaction in what they do and feel appreciated for their hard work. We cultivate an atmosphere where we learn, grow and improve, constantly. This people-first culture fosters a better experience for each guest.

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