Melis Spencer earned a degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, before returning "home" to the midwest to begin building a career. Working for WR restaurant group, the management company overseeing Minerva's and Kahill's, led to working for several years as a Sous Chef. A move to Lincoln, Nebraska opened up a unique opportunity to pursue a position as Executive Pastry Chef at the Marriot, downtown Lincoln, and then Venue Restaurant and Lounge that opened in 2003. After several years of honing her skills at breads and desserts, the desire to learn additional dimensions of the food service and hospitality industry led to a food marketing position with Sysco Lincoln. While learning so much about procurement and marketing, she found herself longing to once again be a part of a restaurant management team, and at the same time, the plans for Eldon's fine dining concept were about to be put into action in late 2009. The beloved Eldon's restaurant closed in 2014, and she has since been an adjunct culinary instructor at Western Iowa Tech Community College, Executive Chef at Blue Mountain Smokehouse Grill in Orange City, IA, and Executive Chef at Briar Cliff University.
Melis is one of the founding and active members of the American Culinary Federation of Siouxland (ACF), along with other area chefs and culinarians, and continues to adjunct as an instructor as WITCC for the culinary program.
Melis brings her multi-faceted experience to M's on 4th to elevate and enhance the food and menu, but also the level of guest service and overall dining experience. Her passion for "from scratch" cooking, using natural, fresh foods, is the driving force in the kitchen, and her desire is to have every guest in the dining room feel like they have been welcomed to a friend's home for dinner.
She shares her life with her husband Scott and their three young sons. During family time together they enjoy activities like camping & hiking, attending community events, and building projects with Legos. Melis also has a love for art, music, singing, wine, and chocolate!