Owner/Executive Chef, The Fat Lamb & Portage House

Louisville, KY

Participating In: Songwriter’s Recipe, Taste of the South, Party in the Park

Chef Dallas McGarity grew up in rural South Carolina. His mom and mamaw instilled a passion for food at an early age. After graduating from culinary school at Johnson & Wales University and working in Charleston, SC for many years, he moved to Louisville, KY in 2004.  Chef Dallas was encouraged that the Louisville food scene had much to offer a young chef and fell in love with the city. After working at several fine dining places in Louisville as Executive Chef, he was ready to open a restaurant as both Executive Chef and Owner.  With the help of his wife, Laura, The Fat Lamb Modern Kitchen & Bar opened in November of 2016. The small, open-kitchen concept has received a great response from the highlands neighborhood within which it is located and continues to serve both local patrons and visitors upscale comfort food with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients

In March of 2018, Chef Dallas was approached to purchase Portage House Restaurant in Jeffersonville, In. The riverfront view of the old house that the restaurant sits in was so charming that he and his wife decided it was time to expand. Portage House re-opened on March 23rd with a new menu and new owners. Portage House and The Fat Lamb both continue to provide exceptional cuisine and fantastic service with unique atmospheres.

Honors and Awards

  • Four-time James Beard House Dinner Invitee (2006, 2009, 2011, 2014)
  • Louisville’s Business First Forty Under 40 Honoree (2017)
  • euphoria food and wine festival participant Greenville, SC (2013 -present)
  • Charleston wine and food festival participant (2015)
  • Atlanta food and wine festival participant (2012)
  • Louisville Chapter ACF Chef of the year (2013, 2014)
  • Sophisticated Living Magazine featured chef
  • Food & Dining Magazine featured chef
  • Slow Food Bluegrass member and supporter

Charitable Contributions

Bourbon and Bowties; Taste of St. Raphael, Home of the Innocent Backyard BBQ; Cabbage Patch Settlement House; Conrad Caldwell house; Gilda’s club; Highland Presbyterian Weekday School; Mama-to Mama; JCPS Chef’s Club for Elementary Students; State Fair Cooking demonstrations; March of Dimes; APRON Inc; Bloom
Elementary School; Louisville Leopards