Reavis is executive chef at Maggiano's Little Italy in Chevy Chase, which is partnering with Feeding America to help the hungry in October.
What are you doing at Maggiano's this month to give meals to those in need?
It's buy one, take one home, give one away. For every Classic Pasta dish ordered in October, the customer takes one home and we donate one to Feeding America. And on Oct. 22, the offer applies to any entree purchased, not just Classic Pastas.
What does this effort mean to you?
It's great. Everything we do is from scratch, so it makes it even more special. We're trying to be generous and do as much as we can for the community. One in six people in America faces hunger. A lot of people don't know where their next meal will come from. I have three kids, and my wife is a teacher. I think about the kids at that school. Anything we can do to get somebody a meal -- that's our obligation.
Which of the Classic Pastas would you recommend?
The baked rigatoni -- it has chicken sausage and Calabrian peppers -- and the eggplant Parmesan. It's just awesome.
How did you get into cooking?
I've been doing it now for 17 years. When I first started, the [restaurant] was the closest thing to my house. I'm from Durham, N.C. Being from the South, cooking has always been a part of my life.
How did you end up in Chevy Chase?
Well, I was at the Tysons Corner location, which is the busiest in the entire country. I guess it's the location; it's a mecca for Northern Virginia. It's right up there with the Vegas location. Then I went to Chevy Chase.
What would you have for your last meal?
Carolina barbecue. My wife and I have been making it for years. It's just part of the culture. There's this spot called Smoky Mountain Barbecue. You have to go.