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Lynette Matthews-Murphy

Founder

"The Spring House existed in spirit long before we opened it's doors."

Nearly a decade ago, Lynette had recently completed Leadership Winston-Salem, which was all about setting goals and seeing how and where you could attribute your talents.  After working to plan events with the Winston-Salem Downtown Partnership for a number of years, she realized she was ready for a new adventure of her own.  During an early morning run in her neighborhood, she saw a vision of a gathering place that connected people in the community.  A year went by and then during a casual walk with her husband, Lynn Murphy, through downtown Winston-Salem, she shared her vision with him and as they took a turn, stumbled upon an abandoned Southern mansion on Spring Street, tucked away almost unnoticed and with a "For Sale" sign out front. The rest was history as Lynette's dream became a reality.

"You get to a point in life where you just know things. You can just feel when something clicks into place."

The husband and wife team acquired the A.H. Bahnson House in late 2010, and began extensive and historically appropriate renovations in the spring of 2011. As project manager for the building’s renovation, design, and concept development, Lynette had a vision for the stewardship of the historic homeplace, and lovingly and painstakingly breathed new life and new purpose into the very last remaining home on Millionaire’s Row.

 

But she knew that to take on such a project that she would need a strong partner, so she reached out and brought in an old friend, Chef Timothy Grandinetti {pictured above with Lynette).

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Chef Timothy Grandinetti

Executive Chef | Partner

“I believe food is important, meaningful and has the ability to

conjure wonderful memories. I work with a commitment to create menus “in cadence with Mother Nature”, showcasing an honest, responsible approach to New Southern cooking, inspired by seasonal ingredients fresh from the farm and local markets.”

Chef Timothy Grandinetti is a fourth generation culinarian who has been tending to the earth, nourishing souls and cooking professionally since 1998.  He began his career humbly as a dishwasher at the St. Charles Hotel in Hudson, New York.  He graduated with Hotel & Restaurant Management degrees from New York State University and the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Cooking, teaching and sharing his craft for more than a dozen years with Marriott International, leading the kitchens in Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Missouri and as a regional Chef in North Carolina, Chef Grandinetti was awarded Marriott’s Award of Culinary Excellence.

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He is passionate about supporting sustainable food systems including economic opportunities for small farms and the environmental stewardship. Chef Grandinetti represented the state of Missouri as a delegate to Slow Food’s Terra Madre in Turin, Italy, a program that included 1500 food communities from five continents, 5000 farmers, fishermen and traditional food producers, 1000 cooks and 200 universities all gathered together to share experiences and discuss the concept of agriculture and how it relates to good, clean and fair food.

 

Chef Grandinetti was invited and traveled to Yokuska, Japan, to facilitate culinary training as part of a partnership between the American Culinary Federation and the U.S. Navy. Yokuska, Japan is home to America’s largest, most strategically important overseas naval installation. Traveling through Japan, the cities of Yokuska, Kamakura and Tokyo experiencing the best culinary adventures Japan has to offer, Chef Grandinetti completed a stage at the Renaissance Tokyo Ginza Hotel receiving extensive Japanese culinary training.

In 2011 when Lynette Matthews-Murphy emailed him a note with the subject line, "Do you miss Winston-Salem?"
Chef Grandinetti couldn't say no to taking a leap of faith, leaving St. Louis to embark on a journey of a lifetime and partner together to build a restaurant and brand in North Carolina.

 

Since opening Spring House in with Lynette in 2012, Chef Grandinetti has been awarded Best Chef in the Piedmont Region several years in a row and received multiple wins for Best Chef in Winston-Salem.  He also recently became a published author with his cookbook & culinary memoir, Soulful Harvest and a BBQ Star for Hasty Bake's Exclusive Grill Master Series.

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Heidi Grandinetti

Partner | Business Affairs

Heidi is a third generation restaurateur.  As a woman, she was raised in the restaurant industry -- it's literally in her DNA.  Growing up, she worked alongside family members in her parents small-town New York restaurant and learned a lot of lessons in the industry very early on.

 

Heidi's role at Spring House is multi-faceted. With a lifetime of experience, she can be seen filling almost any role in the restaurant on any given night. Her primary role, and one that she is best suited for, is that of business manager. Heidi's daily oversight of all operations have become instrumental to the success of Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar.

"I believe in hard work and dedication. Any dream can be achieved if you put in the hard work. Spring House is an example of that work. Together we all brought this dream to fruition with nothing less than tireless dedication. I'm proud to be a partner in a restaurant that is on the forefront of Winston Salem's culinary scene and also to be a steward to a local landmark."

Elizabeth Bruce

Sales Manager

Elizabeth is originally from Greenville, SC and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina's Hotel Restaurant, and Tourism Management program where her focus was Event Management.

Elizabeth joined the Spring House team in 2013 and after working the role of both Host and Server became a member of the events team and spent 5 years as a Private Events Specialist and Manager for the restaurant. After leaving the restaurant for 2 years and gaining experience in the luxury wedding planning market, Elizabeth has re-joined the Spring House team as our Event Sales Manager.

"From the moment I laid eyes on Spring House I knew that there was something very special about this place and I wanted to be a a part of that. Working in this beautiful setting, and with the incredible clients who come to us is truly a dream come true. I'm grateful everyday that I get to pour my passion into this business."

Elizabeth would love to help you book your events at Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar so please contact her at Elizabeth@springhousenc.com.