Spirited Restaurant & Bustling Bar
The storied legacy of Deep Ellum lives on inside the historic walls of the Pittman Hotel, where Elm & Good offers quality farmhouse fare, adventurous cocktails in a charming, lively atmosphere. See you soon.
Meet Our Team
Ben Smallman, Executive Chef
Chef Ben Smallman grew up in a military family. Born in Detroit, but raised in California, Virginia, Indiana, NYC, and even Singapore in his teens, he had the opportunity to experience a variety of culture, food and ingredients. Smallman graduated from Purdue University in 2011 before moving to New York City to attend the Culinary Institute of America. After graduation, he began his cooking career at The Modern under Chef Gabriel Kreuther. In 2014, Smallman began working under Chef Mark Ladner at Del Posto before joining the team at Aureole under Chef Charlie Palmer. In 2015, he once again joined Gabriel Kruther at his namesake restaurant, where in three months, the team earned a Michelin star. In 2018, he was named the executive chef of I Trulli. In 2019, he went on to work for Eataly North America. After spending time in both the Flatiron and Downtown locations, Smallman led the Covid-19 (reopening) task force to re-establish the Boston, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas stores. In 2021, he moved to Dallas as the opening executive chef of Major Food Group’s popular all-day dining destination, Sadelle’s. In June 2022, he was named the executive chef of Elm & Good at the Kimpton Pittman Dallas, bringing an extensive breadth of knowledge and experience to Deep Ellum. When not in the kitchen, he can be found playing guitar or checking out the local produce at the Dallas Farmers Market with his long-time girlfriend, Kelly.
Kara Healy, Sous Chef
A Dallas native, Sous Chef Kara Healy’s passion for food started at a young age. Growing up surrounded by a family who loved to cook, she graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Dallas in 2017. After graduation, she began as a line cook at the now-closed Filament, a southern-inspired restaurant helped by Matt McCallister. Later that year, she worked as a sous chef at Launderette in Austin before making a move to McKinney, TX, in 2019 to work at Sugarbacon and Local Yocal. She moved back to Dallas in 2021 to work in Japanese restaurant Uchi, where she worked on the line and handled pastry production. In 2022, she joined the Kimpton family as Sous Chef at the American-farmhouse inspired Elm & Good, where she brings a love of local, seasonal products into menu creation and operations. When she’s not in the kitchen, Healy can be found reading, playing video games, or hanging out with her husband and one-year-old daughter.
Indy Acevedo-Fowler, Lead Bartender
India “Indy” Acevedo-Fowler grew up in the restaurant industry. Her mother, a restaurant owner and operator, moved the family to Dallas TX in 2001 after falling in love with the city’s vibrancy and opportunity. Following a love of science, Acevedo-Fowler attended Baylor University to pursue forensics, but later decided her heart was in the hospitality industry. She began her beverage career began as soon as she turned 18, and she became the bar manager at J Blacks Feel Good Kitchen in Dallas in 2013.
Over the next seven years, she oversaw daily operations and inventory at several notable Dallas restaurants and bars before joining the opening Elm & Good team in 2020. Here, she learned the ins and outs of cocktail creation, and grew a love for ideating unique libations that spark curiosity and conversation. In 2022, she was promoted to lead bartender of Elm & Good where she is in charge of cocktail curation and the bar team. An avid music lover and conversationalist, when she’s not behind the bar, Acevedo-Fowler can be found sipping piping hot black tea at home with her husband, Jordan, and two rescue cats, Rupert and Wesley.