Beau Owens

Executive Chef

Beau Owens joined the bustling kitchen of The Lazy Goat as Executive Chef in 2019, bringing his extensive knowledge and flavor profiles to the restaurant’s unique Mediterranean menu.

A South Carolina native, Beau was raised in Columbia where he first got his introduction to the restaurant business at the age of 14.  Working as a host, he learned the business “from the ground up” and knew that he wanted to focus on culinary arts.  He headed to Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, SC, after high school where he earned his associates degree.  He continued his formal education at the University of South Carolina, earning a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Tourism Management.

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While in school, Beau gained invaluable experience working at Auberge Resorts at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff.  Three years later, he moved to Columbia and accepted the position of Executive Chef at The Members Club of WildeWood and Woodcreek.  He was enticed back to the coast to work as part of the opening team for the 200-room hotel, Montage Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, SC, and was later promoted to Chef de Cuisine where he led the opening of the resort’s restaurant, Coles.  In May, 2019, Beau moved to Greenville to be closer to family and accepted the position of Executive Chef with Table 301 and The Lazy Goat.

Beau’s culinary passion stems from his love for creating and sharing delicious meals with family and friends.  He embraces this same passion in his professional career, whether he’s serving guests in the restaurant, catering a special celebration on The Lazy Goat outdoor patio or planning and preparing dinner for a 200-guest wedding party.  Providing dining experiences that exceed the guest’s expectations is the key.

During his spare time, Beau enjoys spending time with his fiancée, Stephanee and their three children.  He also holds a 3-degree blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu and is an avid football fan – rooting for his alma mater University of South Carolina’s Gamecocks and the Dallas Cowboys.


Ken Preston

General Manager, The Lazy Goat


A native of Riverside County, CA, Ken Preston got his start in the restaurant profession as a server assistant and worked his way up the ladder. He was attending college studying business when he moved into management with The Old Spaghetti Factory and Buca di Beppo, and it was here that he discovered his real passion for the hospitality industry.

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A position with Darden Restaurant Group and Yard House allowed him to travel across the country helping to open new locations.  When his extended family began to move away from the west coast, he requested a transfer “as far east” as possible.  In 2015, he landed in Greenville, SC, (sight unseen!) and soon after was offered a general manager position with Mac’s Speed Shop.  In 2019, he joined the Table 301 team working first at Soby’s and now as general manager of The Lazy Goat, where he oversees all operations and associates.

For Ken, the experience is what it’s all about.  “I’m driven to offer guests a memorable dining experience – from the moment they walk through the door everything should be unforgettable in the best of ways.”

One of Ken’s interests and longtime goals is to become a Certified Cicerone or beer expert.  He was able to teach beer classes at some of his past jobs and continues to build his knowledge about the brewing industry.  When he’s not working, he’s tackling his “honey-do” list at home with his wife, Becca, and spending time with their two children.  He loves playing guitar and, on occasion, stretching out for a long nap on the couch.

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Matthew Ballaro

Sous Chef


As a Sous Chef at The Lazy Goat, Matthew Ballaro is in the kitchen daily creating new menu items and features, assisting with the ordering process, scheduling and preparing delicious Mediterranean dishes for guests.

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Born in Charlotte, NC, Matthew moved to Greenville, SC, at age 15 where he attended Riverside High School.  After studying business at Greenville Technical College, he took some time off and headed to Charleston where he became involved in the restaurant business.  The restaurant industry wasn’t something new to Matthew.  His father was a chef, and he grew up spending a lot of time in the kitchen with his dad who gave him his first cookbook at age 6 and liked to ask him, “What part of the world do you want to eat tonight?”

In 2015, Matthew and his future wife made a move back to Greenville where Table 301’s The Lazy Goat hired him as a line cook.  His passion for cooking intensified and he started to develop his own personal style by researching new trends, recipes and observing other chefs various culinary techniques. His hard work soon earned him a promotion to Sous Chef.  Matthew now enjoys crafting his skills taking traditional dishes and adding his distinctive twist, much to the delight of The Lazy Goat’s guests.

Outside of work, Matthew and his wife Katie (also in the restaurant business) like to spend time with their pets, as well as hiking, visiting art galleries and museums, and eating at new restaurants where he is always looking for new inspiration!


Tania Harris

Pastry Chef,
2019 SC Chef Ambassador


For Tania Cienfuegos Harris, her grandmother’s way with “mind-blowing” moles and other savory, made-from-scratch dishes served as mighty inspiration when she chose a culinary career.

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Born in Mexico City to hard-working parents, she spent her formative years in “Amparito’s” kitchen, observing her techniques and learning the fine points of baking.

These precious memories often loop through her mind while performing her own bake-craft at the Lazy Goat in Greenville. As a pastry chef, she combines the cooking habits she was taught as a child with a new-found love for Southern ingredients. The results have put her on the pastry map and made her a natural choice to represent the state as a South Carolina Chef Ambassador for 2019. As part of an initiative begun by former Gov. Nikki Haley, each year chefs from across the state are selected to promote South Carolina’s culinary heritage and local food culture through cooking demonstrations, guest appearances and educational programs.

Harris was born with a strong creative flair, though it took her a few years to discover that food was more than an expression of familial love—it was also her preferred art form. So, she decided to hone her artistic skills by earning a bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts from the Colegio Superior De Gastronomía in Mexico City. Upon graduation, she worked abroad for a year, then landed in Texas where she joined the pastry staff at a large resort and solidified her love for baking cakes, breads, pies and more. She was mentored by Thai chef Tong Suvanaratosot, from whom she learned chocolate and sugar techniques. From there, it was back to Mexico City where she created recipes for Nestlé and wrote several cookbooks. Soon, her desire for new experiences nudged her to Greenville, where the final career ingredient was added to her already impressive aesthetic: a broader understanding of farm-to-table ingredients and how they define the vibrant food scene in South Carolina.


Lake Dailey

Events Manager, The Lazy Goat


Creating exceptional and memorable events is what Lake Dailey does every day at The Lazy Goat. She is the key to bringing every client’s vision into fruition by coordinating behind the scenes with the restaurant’s staff, chefs and vendors to assure every party is thoughtfully presented.

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Born and raised in Greenville, SC, Lake’s love of entertaining was inspired by both her parents, each with their own distinctive “hosting” style.  Her mother, a commercial interior designer, loved expansive charcuterie boards, small bites, amazing floral arrangements and tablescapes.  Her father, an avid fisherman, loved to cook outdoors – fresh fish, oyster roast, low country boil – and there was always enough for the family and the neighborhood.

Following high school, Lake attended Presbyterian College for three years and soon landed at KW Beverage (Budweiser of Greenville) where she worked as an On-Premise Account Manager.  She later completed her degree online and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  Her career path soon took her to Asheville where she accepted a position with Takosushi VI overseeing their bar and beverage service for more than two years.  In February, 2019, she returned to Greenville and joined the Table 301 Corporate Sales and Events staff.  Lake says that, “she finds joy in celebrating each and every client’s special moments.  There is a balance of creative and logistical responsibilities with events that suits my talents.”

When she’s not planning events and parties, Lake loves to travel and experience different cultures, history and cuisine.  She is also working on a community vegetable garden for her neighborhood.  A lover of all animals, Lake is an accomplished horse woman who has ridden Saddlebred horses since the age of 10.  She has qualified, competed and placed in the World Championship Horseshow on three different occasions.