God Bless Chef Dato – RIP

David “Chef Dato” Kadagishvilli died Wednesday, January 12th from injuries he suffered in a crash in Derry Township.

Barnhart Funeral Home in Greensburg will handle funeral arrangements:

Friday, January 14, 2011
6 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Orthodox Service:
Saturday, January 15, 2011
8 p.m.
Barnhart Funeral Home

Public Memorial Service:
Sunday, January 16, 2011
4 p.m.
Chef Dato’s Table, Rte. 217, Latrobe

Thank you to all who have expressed their condolences and prayers here, on the phone, in the restaurant today and on Facebook.

Education Donations for Jakob, Luka and Eva: Citizen’s Bank, 1050 Mt. Laurel Plaza, Attention: Beth, Latrobe, PA 15650. NOTE: Make check to Kara Kurz, Put Chef Dato’s Education Foundation in the memo line.

Support End Hunger in Latrobe: http://www.endhungerinlatrobe.com

We will continue to keep Chef’s dream, his legacy, his restaurant going
because Dato would want that.

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46 responses to “God Bless Chef Dato – RIP”

  1. Jackie ankney says:

    My condolences to everyone at Chef Dato’s Table. And especially to the Kadagishvilli family.

  2. Ted and Natalie Matthews says:

    God Bless those close to Chef Dato. So so sorry for you loss. Our lives are so much richer having known him.

  3. Susie Baum says:

    Deeply saddened by this tragedy ~Condolences to the family and his team at the restaurant~
    May the comfort of God help during this difficult time.

  4. Aimy and Dave Greubel says:

    Our heartfelt condolences to Chef Dato’s family and friends. He was one of the kindest, friendliest people we’ve ever met, as well as an amazing chef. He will be missed.

  5. Tris Klavonick says:

    My deepest sympathy to the Kadagishvilli family as well as the Chef Dato’s Table family. I can only say that I am deeply saddened by the loss of such a wonderful and kind man. I truly hope his dream of owning his own restaurant and his legacy of fine food continues on in his honor.

  6. Roxanne says:

    My deepest sympathy goes out to Chef Dato’s family and friends, a man that will truely be missed for his accomplishments, his amazing talent and his outstanding personality. A truely great man will be mourned and whole community will feel the loss of a superb human being! You will be missed Chef Dato!

  7. Jackie & Rolf Hansen says:

    Heaven has a new angel. We will miss you terribly. It’s been fun trip from the cooking classes at Mt View to Walnut Hill & Tin Lizzy. We will cherish our memories of all the laughs, good times & always GREAT food. Kara, you & the children are in our thoughts & prayers.

  8. Debbie Reeves says:

    What a terrible loss to our community. A man like him comes around so seldom. He truely loved what he did and did it well. You will be missed sir!

  9. Mary&Jim Fowler says:

    Chef dato will be sadly missed. Allways injoyed coming down and trying a new dish.
    Your family will be in our thoghts a prayes.

  10. Wendy says:

    My deepest sympathies to Chef Dato’s family and countless friends. I did not have the pleasure of knowing him or eating at his restaurant, but I wish I had. He sounds like such a loving, fun and talented man. May his memories live on in the hearts of all who miss him.

  11. Harry Giles says:

    I am so sorry to hear about this. I no longer live in PA, but when I went past his restaurant on a visit, a friend told me what a wonderful person and chef he was. He loved the area and the people. He could have chosen to go to NY, San Francisco, or any other city, but chose to settle here. This world needs more people like him. God bless him, his family, his restaurants and his friends.

  12. Leah & Chad Vallorani says:

    We are so sorry to here of this tragic loss. Chef Dato was a very wonderful and kind hearted person, he was always so kind and funny to us and our children making us feel right at home while we were dining. God bless his family and staff during this time of mourning.

  13. Kelly Rodacay says:

    This tragedy makes you realize you live for each day. Chef Dato lived each day respecting anyone in his path and loving his life. His smile and talents will be missed always. Prayers for the family and friends to help them get through the loss.

  14. Craig & Vickie Faris says:

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers and know that Chef is in heaven cooking at the almighty table and telling God stories even he didn’t know. God Bless you and kids. He was truly a blessing and one of a kind.

  15. Sandy Nicolette says:

    What a tremendous loss for this community. Chef Dato was not only talented but was gifted in making people feel special. His charming personality along with the delectable delights he created to please the palate will certainly be missed. Kara, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to you & your children. My memories of Dato & working with him at Walnut Hill will always be treasured.

  16. Correen Fannie says:

    I am deeply saddened to hear about Dato’s demise. He used to be a neighbour of mine when he was just starting out. He was an amazing father to his children, and a wonderful husband to his wife. He will be sadly missed by all that knew him. My heart and prayers go out to the Kadagishvilli family.

  17. Dan feldbusch says:

    Kara, Stefany and I have been crying all day today. We’re still in shock over this. We’re so sorry to hear this news. He’s a good model on what is a good father.

  18. Dianne Weinrich says:

    My deepest sympathy to your family as well as the Chef Dato’s Table family. I met him through my sister.

  19. Beth & Chris Ziance says:

    Kara, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family…please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  20. Paul Haberman says:


    Susan just told me about your loss. I wanted you to know, it was a privelege to meet and get to know your husband, even for those short moments we talked together at the picnic’s the last few of years.

    He will be remembered in the hearts of all the people he touched – thru his love of serving others, for his joy and for his unique talents, and for the love and dedication to his family.

    We will continue to keep you and your children in our prayers, and ask the Lord to Bless and Keep your husband David – that His face may shine upon him.


  21. Tami Roach says:

    Faith is not believing in miracles, but knowing you are the miracle and that your life is a gift to the world for others to cherish. Don’t be sad, because Dato was the light that brightened so many other lives. His life was a gift to all of us who knew him and we are all better off for having known him.

  22. Mike says:

    Way too soon

  23. Tim and Sally Dingman says:

    Dato was so special-I didn’t fully appreciate it until now. He seemed to take nothing for granted, enjoyed life and answered the door when opportunity knocked. He had an infectious personality and made me feel special and important when I was with him. He was a beautiful man, and I am fortunate having called him friend. Kara, know that our hearts are with you at this time. Our prayers go out to you and your family.

  24. Judy says:

    I had the privlidge of dining at the Tin Lizzy a few times. The food was excellent and Chef Dato was remarkable He came to each table to visit. What a genuine person he was, there’s not many like that anymore.RIP Chef Dato

  25. Rotarian Katy Doran says:

    Kara & Children,
    My heart breaks for each of you. Dato blessed so many lives in ways he never knew and he will be missed so very much! My prayers are with you; may you, too, be embraced by that love we had for him – a man who inspired and enriched everyone he met. May God bless & comfort you.

  26. tina says:

    my deepest condolences to the family and friends, as well as to the coworkers and colleagues, of chef dato.

  27. Brent and Jillian says:

    Our condolences to all family and friends. Dato was a great man with a heart of gold, and a talent for food. Thank you for sharing with us. We have missed visiting you since we moved.

  28. Sue & Jamie says:

    We are very sad. We were Thursday night customers always looking forward to the ethnic menu’s he would prepare and enjoyed seeing his smiling face out with the customers. He certainly will be missed.

  29. Shari Rates says:

    I am so sorry to receive this news. My heart and prayers go out to the family.

  30. Our sincerest sympathy to Chef Dato’s family–such a tragic loss. He will never be forgotten.

  31. Heidi says:

    How lucky we all were to know someone that makes saying goodbye so hard. Rest in Peace Chef Dato. You will be missed.

  32. Jim & Eva Kunkel says:

    Words cannot express our profound sadness. May God bless and comfort you Kara in your tragic loss. It was a privilege and honor to know this truly good and genuine man. His impact and contributions to the lives of everyone he encountered were so extensive that they cannot be measured. Rest in peace dear friend.

  33. Angela Merendino says:

    We are thinking of the Chef Dato family. Our hearts are breaking for you all. We will keep supporting Chef Dato’s table. We know that Chef would want it that way. Very sadly missed, but will not be forgotten.

  34. Jim Yumin says:

    Keeping Chef Dato’s wife and children in my prayers. I worked with Chef Dato at the Mountain View Inn and have many memories of him and Mark teaching the cooking classes.

  35. David Sulakvelidze says:

    My deep condolences to Dato’s family – we were together during his first trip to USA and became good friends… he was a brilliant character, man of fantastic sense of humor and cheerfulness. Kara, my prayers are with you and your children!
    Rest in piece Dato! You’ll be always in my heart!

  36. Jo Kiefer says:

    Driving 50 minutes to visit the restaurant–eating Dato’s sublime food and seeing his smile of welcome–was one of the few experiences I was able to look forward to after I lost my 17-yr. old son in a car accident in 2006. Another light has gone out of our lives. Our prayers are with Kara and the children, as well as with Dato’s staff family at the restaurant. Life is so very short. LIVE YOUR DASH.

  37. Bob Mulvihill and Pam Ferkett says:

    We want to express our deepest sympathies to the family and many (many!) friends of Chef Dato. We first met him in 2006, when he prepared a very special and sumptuous Georgian feast (at the Mexican restaurant, Casa Chapala, no less!)for the staff and family from Powdermill Nature Reserve and a visiting colleague from the Republic of Georgia. As we later learned is usual for him, Chef Dato went out of his way to treat our guest and ourselves like we were family. We will miss this grand, gourmand, Georgian gentleman, but we know without a doubt that he is at peace and that they’re eating very well in Heaven these days!

  38. Nika Chkhaidze says:

    Kara, my condoleances. Dato was a wonderful person and I feel thankful having known him.

  39. David Norman says:

    On one of my periodic visits from England to Powdermill Nature Reserve, I was one of those present at the Georgian feast in September 2006 that Bob and Pam mention at #37 above, and I still recall Chef Dato’s genial hospitality and impressive cooking skills. It is sad to think that he is no longer with us.

  40. Joe Lisbon says:

    My deepest condolences to the Khadagishvilli family and the Chef Dato’s Table family. Dato was one of a kind. He will be missed.

  41. Shawn Heather McConville says:

    I just had the privlige to meet and visit Chef Dato at his wonderful restaurant only a week or so before I heard of his accident. He came to our table,and spent time talking to us about the restaurant and the food he prepares. He even invited my friend…. that lives alone nearby in Derry to come over sometime if he is lonely and visit or watch some tv with him. He truely was a kind man with a big heart. God bless you for keeping his memory and his restaurant alive….I feel honored to have met him. Rest In Peace Chef Dato.

  42. Tess Cox says:

    HEY i herd at school on friday the 15 th im so sorry to hear about his death . i was a buss person for dato when he was at tin lizzy im so sorry to hear that he died i wish good luck to all of his family and his resturant and workers.

  43. Art and Judy Bisig says:

    Our sincere sympathy to Chef Dato’s family, his staff and all his friends. We followed him from the Tin Lizzie to his new place. The food, service and his friendly face made the trip from North Huntingdon worth while. Our last time at the restaurant was when he featured Switzerland. My husband is Swiss and we brought a Swiss centerpiece and a Swiss cow bell with us. Chef got such a kick out of every thing, he spent a lot of time talking to us about Switzerland. Of course with had the fondue and enjoyed every bite. We will still make the trip from North Huntingdon to Derry, but will miss the smiling face of Chef Dato. RIP

  44. Pam, James, Zach & Emma says:

    Our hearts are broken. We are so very sad to hear of Dato’s passing. He was such a wonderful, kind person, and a great chef who truly wanted to feed the world. I would have come to the service had I known sooner of this tragic event. Please know that we Love you, Jakob, Luka and Eva, and that we will never forget our dear Dato. You are all in our prayers.

  45. Jeff says:

    I just heard of Chef Dato’s passing. My deepest condolences to his family and the staff of his restaurant.

  46. Nino Khvadagiani says:

    last time I saw him, it was when he lost his two children, he did not want to live any more…Dato and I met in 1981, he was a teenager boy, very kind, warm hearted. he loved everyone, and everyone loved him. he knew so many poems and songs… I can not believe it is true… I do not know his family, but am sure, it is as great, as Dato himself… sure, his children will be as good persons, as their father was. my deep condolences to wife. I want to tell her, she must be lucky, having been a wife of such a man! more such people, better the world!

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