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Meet The Chef

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Lonnie Allen is the Executive Chef and Owner of Floodgates Catering™ & Food Services. His culinary roots began as a child when he worked in his grandparent’s local restaurant. This was the beginning of a life-long fascination with the Art of Culinary.

In his adulthood he has held positions such as sous chef at the Marriott of Charlotte, sous chef at Chateau (four star French cuisine) and served as the Food Service Director and Executive Chef at First Baptist Church of Charlotte for 18 years.  


Floodgates Catering™ & Food Services is located in Charlotte, NC. We offer warm and gracious  hospitality with elegance, Southern & International cuisines. We have catered for numerous political figures, celebrities, business events, weddings, and special request. 


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Attention customers with food allergies:

Floodgates Catering™ & Food Services reserves the right to increases prices per person based on inflation upon our discretion. Therefore, take note that prices on our website may not reflect the price quoted to you for your event. Not all ingredients are listed for our recipes. Customers with any type of food allergies, nutritional concerns, or special request are advised to notify the chef upon placing your order. We shall not be held liable for any adverse or allergic reactions. While we take steps to minimize risk and safely handle the foods that contain potential allergens, please be advised that cross contamination may occur, as factors beyond our reasonable control may alter the formulations of the food we serve, or manufacturers may change their formulations without our knowledge. Floodgates Catering™ & Food Services reserves the right to change, alter, and or reformulate our recipes without expressing or informing our potential client and or existing client(s). Our facilities are not food allergen or gluten-free. Please be aware that our food may contain or come into contact with common allergens, such as dairy, eggs, wheat, soybeans, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish or wheat and this is not limited to different meat variations. If you have a special request for Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, or Meatless you must inform the chef upon placing your order, and please take note that it is an additional cost per person for special request.




Offering meals that are bold on taste




You choose your favorite foods, I’ll assemble a divine menu


Specialty Beverages

A variety of quench thirsting beverages and exotic herbal teas (loose leaf).

Our Kitchen to Your Table

Green Beans with Sweet Basil

Grilled Succotash with Herb Butter

Baked Chicken with garlic glaze and Saffron

Primavera Risotto

Sparkling Lemonade with Rose Petals and Cherries

A Sneak Peak of Our Menu
We Extend Our Event Planning Services To You

We know very well that the secret to hosting a successful event is serving your guests incredible food in an awe-inspiring setting. That’s why our team is so dedicated to working closely with you to create an unforgettable epicurean experience that will not only enhance your event, but also keep your guests talking about it for years to come. See all the services we offer below to start planning your event today.

  • Event Planning

  • Customized Menu

  • Event Decor

  • Linen & Cutlery Rentals

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My company has used Floodgates (annually) going on 9 years to serve breakfast for 300 of our North Carolina officials and Small Business Owners. The food is always the talk of the event!  

-Ms. Antriece

Every year we ask Lonnie to prepare our family's thanksgiving meal and he does not disappoint! This year he did a smoked turkey and we all thought it was delicious, the baked mac & cheese is so good, and he absolutely has the best collard greens and dressing that I've ever tasted.     

-Kathy O'Connor

I do not know where to start. I'll be brief, Chef Lonnie and his staff helped to create my PERFECT wedding day. No detail was left out. They found a royal blue aisle runner w/blue rose petals, the decorations were so beautiful, and the food was amazing! 

-The Bride Mrs. Wallace

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