Makers & Talent


1000 Faces Coffee

1000 Faces Coffee


John Miguel Almaguer

Owner of Almaguer Glass


Kevin Barnes

Owner, Ultimate Ice Cream


Chris Bennett

Forager, Writer + Trained Chef


Chris Benson

Chef, Bone & Broth


Todd Boera

Head of Brewing Operations - Fonta Flora Brewery


Carole Bowers

Head Brewer, Booda Kombucha


Kala Brooks

Cocktail Curator, Top of the Monk


Eric Burleson

Executive Chef Over Easy Cafe


Jonny Burritt

General Manager, Antidote


Katie Button

Executive Chef + Co-Owner | Cúrate, Button & Co. Bagels


Brian Canipelli

chef/owner, Cucina24


Ashley Capps

Pastry Chef, Buxton Hall


Ricardo Carrasco

Chef/Owner, Polanco Restaurant


Sheri Castle

Food Writer


Anthony Cerrato

Executive Chef and Owner, Strada Italiano and Social Lounge


Meg Chamberlain

CEO Founder Fermenti. LLC


Maneet Chauhan

Owner and Executive Chef of Chauhan Ale & Masala House


Ashley Christensen

Chef & Proprietor, AC Restaurants


Camille Cogswell

Chef, K'Far


Bob Cook

Executive Chef, Edmund's Oast


Shelley Cooper

Executive Chef


Emily Copus

Owner of Carolina Flowers


Ashley Cort

Folk Method Baking


Eric S. Crane

Director of Training, Empire Distributors, Inc.


Gary Crunkleton

Barman, Crook’s Corner and The Crunkleton, Chapel Hill, NC and The Crunkleton in Charlotte, NC


Richard Cundiff

Owner, Rockys Hot Chicken Shack


Cassidee Dabney

Executive Chef of The Barn at Blackberry Farm ®


Brad Davis

Moody Tongue Brewing Company


Matthew Dawes

Chef, The Bull and Beggar


Jessie Dean

Owner at Asheville Tea Company


Jeremiah DeBrie

Intentional Swine


Craig Deihl

Chef-de-Cuisine, Hello, Sailor


Sara Delaney

Founding CEO, 3 Mountains


Mark DeMarco

Estate Executive Chef, Biltmore Estate


Jorge Diaz

Bar Manager, The Imperial Life Lounge


Abigail Dickinson

Owner, Asheville Coffee Expo


Josh Dillard

Executive Chef/Owner, Bhramari Brewing Company


William Dissen

Chef & Owner; The Market Place, Haymaker & Billy D's Fried Chicken


James Donaldson

Creative Director, Apothecary Beverage company


Elizabeth Engelhardt

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Miranda Escalante

Bar Manager, The Montford Rooftop Bar


Ligaya Figueras

Food and Dining Editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Kirk Fiore

Executive Banquet Chef, Biltmore Estate


John Fleer

Chef-Owner of Rhubarb, The Rhu, and Benne on Eagle


Foothills Meats

Butcher Bars, Food Truck, Catering and Wholesale Meats


Samantha Fore

Chef/Owner, Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites


Kevan Frazier

Founder, Asheville by Foot Walking Tours


Kirsten Fuchs

Owner, Baked Pie Company, LLC


Eric Gabrynowicz

Executive Chef, Tupelo Honey


Susannah Gebhart

Owner, OWL Bakery


Steven Goff

Chef and Co -Owner AUX Bar


William Goldberg

Founder/Head Distiller, Oak and Grist Distilling Company


Jeff Gordinier

food & drinks editor of Esquire magazine; author of Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World


Tim Gormley

Director of Hospitality, Burial Beer Co.+ Forestry Camp Bar and Restaurant


Richard Gras

Executive Chef - Sammons Wing, The Omni Grove Park Inn


Green Man Brewery

Green Man Brewery


Anne and Aaron Grier

Owners, Gaining Ground Farm


Sarah Gulotta

Sales Rep, Hi-Wire Brewing


Matthew Hickman

Roaster, Independent Bean Roasters


Morgan Hickory

Managing Partner at Ole Shakey’s


Charlie Hodge

Owner, Sovereign Remedies


Homeplace Beer Company

Homeplace Beer Company


Leah Howard

Cultivated Cocktails


Vivian Howard

Chef, Television Host, Cookbook Author


Elyse Inamine

Digital restaurant editor, Bon Appétit


Meherwan Irani

CEO, Executive Chef and Founder of Chai Pani Restaurant Group


PJ Jackson

Owner/GM, The Chop Shop Butchery


Brennan Johnson

Owner, Walnut Schoolhouse


Sam Jones

Sam Jones BBQ/Skylight Inn BBQ


John Justice

Regional Sales Manager, Biltmore Winery


Melissa Katrincic

Co-Owner CEO & President, Durham Distillery / Conniption gins


Tyler Kay

Assistant Winemaker/Sommelier, plēb urban winery


Beth Kellerhals

Pastry Chef, French Broad Chocolate


Ryan Kline

Chef, Zambra Wine & Tapas


Cheetie Kumar

Chef/owner, Garland


AuCo Lai

Chef/Owner, Amity Foodworks


Kaley Laird

Executive Pastry Chef Rhubarb, The Rhu and Benne on Eagle


Pete Langheinrich

Head Brewer, Asheville Brewing Co.


Jennifer Lapidus

Founder, Carolina Ground


Charles Lee

Owner, American Pig Appalachian Charcuterie


Edward Lee

Chef and Author, 610 Magnolia


James Lewis

Chef and Owner, Bettola Restaurant


Amelia & Kip Lindsey

Chef-Owners Operators, Budy Finch Catering & Revelry


Erica Abrams Locklear

Professor of English, UNC Asheville


Miki Loomis

Owner, HomeGrown Eateries and Catering


Carson Lucci

Owner, Over Easy Cafe


Preeti Mistry

Chef, Author, Entrepreneur


Miles Macquarrie

Beverage Director/ Kimball House, Watchman's Seafood & Spirits


Connie Matisse

Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at East Fork


Mike McCarty

Owner/ Chef, The Lobster Trap


Josiah McGaughey

Owner/Executive Chef, Vivian


Shannon McGaughey

Owner/GM, Vivian


Thomas Miceli

Whistle Hop Brewing Company


Karen Mickler and Bruce DeGroot

Owners, Yellow Branch Cheese


Jeff Miller

Proprietor & Pit Boss, Luella's Bar-B-Que


Roy Milner

Chief Fermentation Officer, Blackberry Farm Brewery


Travis Milton *

Chef and Culinary Director, Nicewonder Farm and Vineyard


Farhan Momin

Founder of Farmo Cooks


April Moon

Owner, Sunny Point Cafe


Elliott Moss

Chef & Pitmaster, Buxton Hall


Brandon Murry

Owner, Rise Above Deli & Bakehouse


Richard Neal

Executive Chef, The Admiral


Lauri & Barrett Nichols

Owners, District Wine Bar


Brian Noyes

owner and baker-in-chief, Red Truck Bakery


Patrick O'Cain

Chef, Gan Shan Station


Lindsey Ofcacek

Co-founder/Director LEE Initiative & Wine Director 610 Magnolia


Rich Orris

Gluten Enthusiast


Cole Pate

Executive Chef, Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails


Susie Pearson

Co-owner, Sunshine Sammies


Annie Pettry

Chef/Owner, Decca


Jean-Philippe Bourgeois

Owner and Founder, JP Bourgeois - Best Euro Wines


Suzy Phillips

owner/chef, Gypsy Queen Cuisine & Simple Cafe & Juice Bar


Peter Pollay

Chef and Restaurateur, Mandara Hospitality Group and Posana Restaurant


Alex Raij and Eder Montero

Txikito, El Quinto Pino, La Vara, Saint Julivert


Jael Rattigan

Co-Founder & CEO, French Broad Chocolate


Sam Ratto

Chocolate Maker, Videri Chocolate Factory


Michael Rayburn

Owner/operator of Rayburn Farms


Doug Reiser

Co Founder, Burial Beer Co.


Andrea Reusing

chef/owner at Lantern and executive chef at The Durham Hotel


Inez Ribustello

Tarboro Brewing Company, TBC West & On the Square Restaurant & Wine Store


Jenn Rice

Culinary Arts + Travel Journalist


Todd Richards

Culinary Director, Jackmont Hospitality


Clarence Robinson

Cooking With Comedy Catering


Jesse Roque

Chef/Owner, Never Blue & Madame Roqué's Meat Emporium & Pickled Curiosités


Carolyn & Jason Roy

Chefs and Owners, Biscuit Head


Rustic Grape

Rustic Grape Wine Bar


Sadrah Schadel

Founder/Co-CEO / Head of Innovation, No Evil Foods


Spencer Schultz

Founder, Bad Art Cocktail Co.


Joe Scully

Chef/Owner, Corner Kitchen & Chestnut


Jacob Sessoms

Chef, Table Asheville


Reza Setayesh

Bimberibon - Real FeelGood Food


Khushbu Shah

Senior Food Editor at Thrillist


Ashleigh Shanti

Chef de Cuisine, Benne on Eagle


Stephania Sharkey

Chef de Cuisine, County Club Restaurant, Lee Initiative


Scott Shor

Operating Partner, Edmund's Oast, Edmund's Oast Exchange and Edmund's Oast Brewing Co.


Lyndon Smith & Amie Fields

Owners, Botanist & Barrel


Judy & Ed Shuster

Kona Kaffee Farm 100% pure Kona, Hawaii coffee


Bill Smith Jr.

Former Head Chef, Crook's Corner


Brian Smith

Executive Chef - Owner, Rezaz Pan Mediterranean | Co-Owner Baba Nahm


Rob Starr

Owner, Haywood Common


Maia Surdam

Co-owner, OWL Bakery


James Sutherland

Co-Owner of Blue Dream Curry House


Barbara Swell

Native Ground Books & Music


Terri Terrell

Director of Operations, HomeGrown Eateries and Catering


Kellie Thorn

Beverage Director, Hugh Acheson Restaurants


Michael Tiano

Owner Haw River Wine Man


Shanti Volpe

Founder, Owner, CEO of Shanti Elixirs, LLC


Jill Wasilewski

Owner & Chef, Ivory Road Cafe & Kitchen


Jay Weatherly & Emily Peele

Owner & Brand Director, High Five Coffee


Marc Willians

Executive Director, Plants and Healers International


Karl Worley

Executive Chef, Biscuit Love & 'za


John Wright

Vineyard Manager, Sanctuary Vineyards


Marilyn Zapf

Assistant Director and Curator, Center for Craft


Zoe & Cloyd

New Appalachian Music

2019 Chow Chow Participants

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Local Chefs

  • City Bakery
  • Copper Crown
  • Graham House, Sovereign Remedies
  • Jason Sellers, Plant
  • Karen Donatelli
  • Michel Baudouin, Bouchon French Comfort Food
  • Smoky Park Supper Club
  • Vortex Donuts

Local Beverage Professionals

  • Biltmore Wines
  • Chemist
  • Counter Culture Coffee
  • Jennie Lou Nelson, Odditorium
  • One World Brewery
  • PennyCup Coffee Roasters
  • Pisgah Coffee Roasters
  • Sour Grapes
  • Sutter Gin
  • White Labs
  • Wicked Weed Brewery

Local Makers

  • Farm & Sparrow
  • Hickory Nut Gap Farm
  • Looking Glass
  • The Culinary Gardener

Local Authors, Educators, and Media

  • Amy Poirter
  • Leah Matthews

Guest Chefs

  • Matt Kelly

Guest Beverage Professionals

  • Niner Winery

  • Deborah Williams, Bronco Wine Company

  • Jackie Talent, Lost Coast Brewery

  • William Grant & Sons

  • Copper & Kings

Guest Makers

  • Alan Benton

Guest Authors, Educators, and Media

  • Hannah Hayes, Southern Living
  • Stephanie Burt, Southern Fork

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Over 20 immersive signature events are featured throughout the weekend! Tours, dinners, parties, foraging and more await.

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