Chef Ludo Lefebvre brought his pop-up restaurant to Raleigh in March to make his own version of North Carolina barbecue, a la The Pit, and staged his event at The Pit's sister restaurant Gravy (Andrea Weigl explains more about what a "pop-up" restaurant is).
Everything was captured for Chef Ludo's Sundance television show, "Ludo Bites America," in which he travels the country with his business partner and wife (Krissy, riding the hog at left) creating a new one-night-only restauarant and menu for each episode. The Sundance website describes the Raleigh episode as "a BBQ pig out with a French twist" (short video promo).
Here's the Sundance synopsis for the Raleigh episode:
It's the ultimate pig-out as Ludo and Krissy rewrite the recipe of an American classic, Carolina Barbecue. Their travels take them to Raleigh, North Carolina, where they call upon the entire food-loving community to help them pull off a one-night stand of their pop-up restaurant, LudoBites. But to the shock of the locals, Ludo's renegade menu goes whole hog -- using every part of the pig to create a meal to remember. It's all hands -- and all pork -- on deck as Ludo and Krissy attempt to push their diners to get cheek to jowl with inventive dishes they never dreamed of eating.
Could anything he dreams up really be worse than chitlins?
"Ludo Bites America" airs on the Sundance Channel tonight at 9 p.m.
Photos courtesy of Sundance Channel