MEET THE PITMASTER
Pitmaster Phillip Smithwick
Phillip & Leslie Smithwick - proud Owners of Southern Drawl Catering & Food Truck!
Both Native Texans, owners Phillip and Leslie Smithwick started catering in 2001 as a part time business under the name Hospitality For Hire. While catering part time, Phillip continued to work full time gaining a wide range of experience as Executive Chef in a Country Club, Executive Chef for a Catering Company, Executive Chef of a startup restaurant concept, and a Private Chef and House Manager in the Highland Park area of Dallas. Over the years, the Smithwicks’ commitment to excellent food and exceptional service has attracted a loyal client base and ongoing referrals. So much so, that in January of 2011 Phillip left his job as a Private Chef to run a catering business called Seven Loaves Catering full time. In 2013 Leslie left her job as a public-school educator to take a more active role in the business’s daily operations. Today, Phillip and Leslie, along with their oldest daughter Haley and a team of talented staff members, share the responsibility and rewards of making clients happy. The Smithwick’s other four children also work in the business from time to time. In 2019 the Smithwick's officially named and started Southern Drawl BBQ after over 23 years of BBQ catering on the side and under the other catering company. They are currently in the process of "crowd funding" to buy and start the Southern Drawl BBQ Food Truck! Please join our efforts and take part in this very special campaign.