Eno Hospitality Group
Eno Hospitality Group is a farm-to-table partnership between Nancy and Sarig Agasi, Jamie DeMent, Richard Holcomb and Marco Shaw. The group owns Zely & Ritz in Raleigh, NC and Piedmont Restaurant in Durham, NC.
Chef Sarig Agasi
Sarig Agasi grew up on a small collective farm on the northern coast of Israel. There he grew to appreciate the bounty of the earth and the importance of freshness. In 1991 he enrolled at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. After graduation he went to New York to cook with the great David Bouley and Gray Kunz. He and Nancy relocated to Raleigh in the spring of 1996 to raise a family. Sarig worked for two and a half years as sous chef to Scott Howell at Nana’s. In January 1999, they opened their first restaurant, Butterflies, in North Raleigh. After a few years in North Raleigh, he decided to move to the more trendy and popular downtown area to open a new concept that was more casual with a greater selection of dishes to choose from. In 2004 Sarig and Nancy partnered with long time customer Richard Holcomb to open Zely & Ritz. They are also owners of Pullen Place Cafe, located next to Raleigh’s Pullen Park.
Wine Expert Nancy Agasi
Nancy Agasi grew upon the upper West Side of Manhattan. She attended Horace Mann School and Tufts University, where she received a BA in Art History & Middle East Politics and has her MBA from NYU Stern School, and is a first level Sommelier. As an undergraduate, she traveled to Israel to learn Hebrew and explore her Jewish roots. During her various stays she worked in an array of agricultural fields including cotton, citrus orchards and avocados. This experience made her realize that it is best to eat ingredients seasonally when they are picked ripe instead of having them shipped from around the globe. Since the opening of Zely & Ritz she has been the General Manager and Wine Steward.
Richard Holcomb received a B.S. from the University of South Carolina and an M.S. in Computer Science from North Carolina State University. He helped start several technology companies including StrikeIron, GadgetSpace, HAHT Commerce and Q+E Software. Richard is an active venture investor and serves on the corporate boards of several public and private technology companies including Neon Systems, ChannelAdvisor, IITS, and Ultimus. He has served on several public advisory boards including the NCSU Graduate School Board of Advisors, the North Carolina Electronics and Information Technology Association, the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, NCSU Engineering Entrepreneur’s Program Advisory Board, and is a former appointed member of the North Carolina Information Resource Management Commission. During his career, he has won several awards including the 1993 Ernst and Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year for North Carolina and the 1996 Business Leader Top Gun Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2004 Richard purchased Coon Rock Farm in Hillsborough and partnering with Sarig and Nancy, opened Zely & Ritz restaurant in Raleigh.
Jamie DeMent was raised in Eastern North Carolina. As she saw family farms disappearing and industrialized farming taking over, she began to search for ways to revive the simplicity of eating healthy, locally grown food. In 2001 she completed her degree in Southern History and African American Studies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. During her career there she was the Special Projects Chair for the Class of 2001 and the Campaign Advisor for UNC’s Government Elections. Following graduation, she worked at the Capitol as a Legislative Aid for Representative Brad Miller, then as a Contract Consultant for Sunflower Consulting. In 2004 she began work as Assistant to the Director for the NC Museum of Natural Sciences as the liaison to State and Federal governments and worked on fundraising for the Nature Research Center. Several years ago DeMent began working at Coon Rock Farm. Today her days are spent planting, harvesting and selling farm products at area farmer’s markets.