“After a family trip to Paris, we discovered our daughter Jolie’s natural affinity for the French language, cuisine, and general joie de vivre, and instantly wanted to bring this quintessential Parisian dining experience to our community in a way that captures her joyful spirit.”
Chef and Owner Scott Crawford
At Jolie, we’ve brought the lively and timeless French bistro to life on our little corner of downtown Raleigh, located next to our sister restaurant, Crawford & Son.
Look for classic, time-honored French dishes as well as modern adaptations from Chef Scott Crawford’s collaborative team, including our talented Chef de Cuisine Madison Tessener and Pastry Chef Krystle Swenson.
Chef de Cuisine
Madison Tessener joined Crawford Hospitality as Jolie’s Chef de Cuisine upon opening. A Raleigh native, Madison returns after working in the South’s most award-winning kitchens in Charleston, including Chez Nous, Husk, Charleston Grill and McCrady’s Tavern, as well as completing her Level One Sommelier exam from the Court of Master Sommeliers.
As General Manager of Crawford & Son and Jolie, Ashley Malinowski brings time-tested experience and leadership to our growing team. Ashley graduated from Meredith College with an M.S in Nutrition, and served as Assistant General Manager of Terra – EATALY’s bustling Italian restaurant in Boston, MA, before joining Crawford Hospitality.
Executive Pastry Chef
Before joining Chef Scott Crawford’s award-winning team, she sharpened her skills at Michelin-starred Blackbird in Chicago. INYD Week called Swenson “The Pastry Whiz,” saying “Her technique is precise, the plating is beautiful, and desserts are often imbued with a dose of whimsy.” And according to Forbes, “Pastry Chef Krystle Swenson can do no wrong with sophisticated creations… that layer textures and flavors in a truly unique way.”
Chef & Owner
Award-winning Chef Scott Crawford blazed a trail across the South earning Forbes Five-Star awards and five James Beard Foundation semifinalist nominations for “Best Chef: Southeast” before opening his flagship restaurant Crawford and Son – named “Best Restaurant of the Year.” Crawford is known for his refined, artful cuisine, his leadership in and out of the kitchen, and his mission to celebrate his family in his work. In 2019, Crawford opened his French bistro, Jolie, inspired by his daughter and the intimate and exceptional neighborhood bistros throughout Paris.