About Us

Fabulous Food, Employee Owned

Meet the Team

Phyllis Turnage-Morris

Director of Dining Operations

Phyllis, a Richmond native, has been with Meriwether Godsey for 20 years strong! Phyllis embodies ‘Being the Best Partner’, with happy clients, customers, & employees to prove it. Phyllis’ calm vibe and positive demeanor have been staples on the Capitol grounds & Roslyn Retreat Center & her favorite quote is proof of just that! 

“Be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud”- Maya Angelou

pturnage@merig.com
804.729.9310

Kenneth Bender

Executive Chef

Ken is a seasoned chef with over 20 years of experience working in restaurants, catering and corporate dining. He joined MG in the fall of 2021 after many years at Richmond staples like Altria and MOSAIC Catering + Events. He’s an exceptional leader with a love for “Creating Menus with WOW”. His extensive experience and attention to detail embodies the MG Core value, “Sweat All the Details!” 

kbender@merig.com
804.729.9311

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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