Dale Donchey - Spiller Park Coffee
With 14 years of coffee service under his belt, Dale has spent most of his coffee career in the Atlanta area. Dale has not only worked for and run some of the best coffee shops Atlanta has seen, but he was also an owner of the beloved Emory coffee shop and neighborhood hangout, Steady Hand Pour House from 2011 to 2013. Steady Hand was his proudest accomplishment until the opening of Spiller Park Coffee at Ponce City Market in 2015. Dale has also spent time in Brisbane, Australia, working for one of the world’s best coffee roasters, and in Nicaragua, exploring coffee farms and learning where the hard work really begins in coffee. Dale’s main focus has always been creating a quality product, providing excellent service, and connecting with the community. He has been able to achieve this through a dedication to and true love of coffee as well as respect for the many hands involved in getting to the perfect cup. Dale is part dad humor, part perfectionist, and part old pal, but most of all, he’s everyone's favorite barista.
Richard Neal - 5&10
Simply put, Richard Neal is a well taught, talented, and gifted chef with an amazing work ethic. He is an Atlanta area native who is passionate about finding ways to create thought provoking food, all the while preserving each ingredient’s natural, humble beginnings. And if you spend any amount of time with Richard, you’ll discover a guy who loves nature (mostly foraging) and has a deep respect and an immense enthusiasm for food.
Matt Palmerlee - 5&10, Travel Sous Chef
Chef Matt Palmerlee is just as comfortable with the big picture as he is with the small details. His career has spanned everything from helping oversee production of quality ingredients from field to plate as head chef of Athens, GA’s Farm 255 and The Branded Butcher to lending his talents to the complete overhaul of restaurants nationwide as Culinary Producer on The Cooking Channel’s Belly Up!. Now, he brings this holistic perspective — along with years of experience in the business bringing farming and fine food together, a playful approach to creating refined dishes inspired by timeless combinations and an experimental bent that he’s previously explored at the helm of supper clubs like The Four Coursemen and Coterie & Tie, and in his time at Atlanta’s Lebanese-inflected Last Word — to our team.
Almeta Tulloss - Seed Life Skills
Almeta Tulloss forms the educational wing of things around here, providing students and teachers with behind-the-scenes access to culinary skills and DIY Home Economics curriculum. She studied Consumer Food Science at the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia, and currently serves on the Alumni Board of the College. Her background in art and communications in Atlanta plays nicely with her sustainable agriculture and nutrition education work here in Athens.