Sweetwater Cuisine | A Southern Eatery

Our Team

Jodi Moore Newland opened Sweetwater Cuisine in 2004 as an off-site catering company while teaching in the secondary mathematics classroom in Virginia Beach. Her love of entertaining and food helped her build Sweetwater into what it is today – one of the top catering companies in Hampton Roads. She has a passion for serving others and in 2014, she founded Daniel’s Grace, a 501(c)(3) committed to helping cancer families survive and thrive.

Executive Chef, Alvin Hyman trained for 18 years under Chef Bobby Huber, starting work in the kitchen at Bobbywood at the young age of 14. During his tenure in the food industry he has worked at Bobbywood, Steinhilber’s, Cobalt Grille, and Alexis. He imparts creative flair in all his dishes and takes extreme pride in whatever bears his name. Alvin’s dishes are beautiful and delicious, and always leave customers wanting more. He is known by most as AJ and his favorite artist is Ingrid Michaelson, which we listen to in our kitchen some days – and yes, this is true.

Sue McKechnie is the Director of Marketing and Corporate Sales. She holds a degree from California State University at Chico in Hotel Management. She has more than ten years non-profit fundraising experience and after raising her four children has launched back into a sales career.

Josselyn has worked as a cook for the last 12 years. She worked in the kitchens of Kincaid’s and Steinhilber’s. She loves the craziness of the kitchen and the fast pace at which we work. JoJo works alongside the guys on the restaurant line and can definitely hold her own!

Jim Copeland has 38 years of service experience and is a fixture in the Wayside Village community. He has spent the last 15 years working in whatever restaurant occupied the current Sweewater suite.