Another Way to Help a Family in Need

September 14, 2009


The restaurant community certainly came out to support the family of Ashley Ramos-Hernandez, the young girl who was tragically killed while getting off her bus, and one more local chef has stepped up to help.  Mel Melton, the chef-owner of Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse, is also in a popular blues/zydeco band, Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos, and they have a new CD out.  Mel will donate 100% of the proceeds of the sale of a box of his band’s CD to Ashley’s parents — that’s $450 if he sells all 30 copies in the box.

If you want a copy of the CD, just contact Mel through the restaurant’s website at or by calling at 919-361-2222, telling him you want to buy a CD to benefit Ashley’s family.  He’ll take care of the rest.

Living Life to Its Fullest

December 9, 2008

Most 59 year old men are starting to plan for their later years in life, for the time when they slow down, take on fewer responsibilities, and simplify. Mel Melton is no such man. Melton, chef and co-owner of Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse in Durham, is looking to go faster. To do more. To live life to its fullest. See, Melton is not just a chef, he’s also a musician and a farmer. His band, Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos, recently opened for BB King in Durham. Melton has played with the likes of Sonny Landreth, CJ Chenier, and Buckwheat Zydeco. He partied with Janis Joplin in 1968 after she played a gig at Duke. He’s learned to cook from Paul Prudhomme. And less than a year ago, he and his business partner Antonio Almaleh, decided to open a cajun/creole restaurant in the Triangle. Read the rest of this entry »


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