About US

About The Travelling Café:

Do you miss travelling during these uncertain times?  We do as well. The Travelling Café’s services are all designed with a truly global experience in mind. Our customized food experiences can transport you and your guests to a place you have never been, or to a place you long to return.

Our prepared meals and private catering events can be cooked in your home or delivered to your door.  Our cooking classes can be brought to your home or held in our culinary studio in Pittsboro, NC.

What’s with the name? Why the “Travelling Café?” Is there an actual café?  

There was a café. “Café Chartier” had a unique European Bistro menu, locally roasted coffees, and killer dessert creations. Besides the tempting smells, a cool mix of music was always in the air (often live), and we promoted the work of many local artists and causes within our community.

Our physical location has closed, and we have travelled far and wide in between.  Now the café travels through our mobile chef servicers – sharing food and travel experiences, promoting music, art, culture and philanthropy, and extending hospitality wherever we go.

Our food experiences and cooking classes are designed to transport you to the place from which they come.  Incidentally, there are two ‘l’s in our name – no, it’s not a typo. It’s the European spelling.

About the Team:

Leslie Chartier is the owner of The Travelling Café and Chapel Hill Cooking Classes, culinary instructor, writer, caterer, cake designer, hospitality manager and former restaurant owner.  An avid traveler and lover of diversity, her passion is clean, global cuisines, customized to your body chemistry. Chef Leslie is a nationally certified personal chef, holistically trained in plant-based diets, and is a certified grain-free/ketogenic counselor.

Cherisse Byers

A classically trained culinary instructor, Chef Cherisse has taught at The Art Insitutes of America – Durham campus, among other places.  Her passion is teaching culinary skills. Her specialty is baking.

Stefanie Prokopiou

Registered and Licensed Dietician with a master’s degree in public health, Stefanie is also the former Assistant Manager of Southern Season Cooking School.  Stefanie has years of cooking experience from many cuisines, and has learned first-hand from her family line of Cypress restaurateurs. 

Julie Slocum

Thirteen years working underscores of chefs as a class assistant at the Southern Season Cooking School provided Julie with a broad education in the culinary arts.

That training, along with her passion for creating clean, healthy meals that taste great led to work as a personal chef, prep chef at the Black House restaurant in Durham and currently as the pastry chef for Il Palio restaurant in Chapel Hill.