SEPTEMBER 19 - 22, 2024

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Dave Evans

Owner / Executive Chef,

Luna Bar & Grill

Born and raised in Lake Charles, Chef Dave Evans has been involved in the restaurant industry since childhood. Today, Chef Dave is the owner and executive chef at Luna Bar and Grill, which has been a staple in Southwest Louisiana for 18 years. In July 2021, Chef Dave opened his second location in Downtown Lafayette.

In addition to Luna, Chef Dave is also an art and music champion. What initially began as an idea to celebrate Luna’s 10th birthday in 2013, Chef Dave founded Chuck Fest, now one of Lake Charles’ largest annual festivals. Held every third Saturday in October, Chuck Fest is a culmination of Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana’s music, arts, culinary scene and culture.

With the addition of the Top 20 Best Restaurants annual contest, Chef Dave and Luna Bar and Grill have been awarded #1 and #2 since the contest began 9 years ago. In October 2019, Chef Dave was one of the two chefs selected in Southwest Louisiana to represent the region for the Louisana Culinary Trail’s Restaurant Night in Atlants. The Louisiana Travel Association (LTA) named Chef Dave Evans as the winner of the 2019 Restauranteur of the Year.

Chef Dave is married to Nanette Evans and together they have Cassidy (24), Ella (18), and Ian (16).