Makers & Talent

1000 Faces Coffee

1000 Faces Coffee

John Miguel Almaguer

Owner of Almaguer Glass

Chris Bennett

Forager, Writer + Trained Chef

Chris Benson

Chef, Bone & Broth

Eric Burleson

Executive Chef Over Easy Cafe

Jonny Burritt

General Manager, Antidote

Katie Button

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

Ashley Capps

Pastry Chef, Buxton Hall

Sheri Castle

Food Writer

Anthony Cerrato

Executive Chef and Owner, Strada Italiano and Social Lounge

Maneet Chauhan

Owner and Executive Chef of Chauhan Ale & Masala House

Camille Cogswell

Chef, K'Far

Shelley Cooper

Executive Chef

Emily Copus

Owner of Carolina Flowers

Ashley Cort

Folk Method Baking

Gary Crunkleton

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

Cassidee Dabney

Executive Chef of The Barn at Blackberry Farm ®

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

Mark DeMarco

Estate Executive Chef, Biltmore Estate

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

Kirk Fiore

Executive Banquet Chef, Biltmore Estate

Foothills Meats

Butcher Bars, Food Truck, Catering and Wholesale Meats

Samantha Fore

Chef/Owner, Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites

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

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

Morgan Hickory

Managing Partner at Ole Shakey’s

Homeplace Beer Company

Homeplace Beer Company

Leah Howard

Cultivated Cocktails

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

Melissa Katrincic

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

Beth Kellerhals

Pastry Chef, French Broad Chocolate

Cheetie Kumar

Chef/owner, Garland

AuCo Lai

Chef/Owner, Amity Foodworks

Kaley Laird

Executive Pastry Chef Rhubarb, The Rhu and Benne on Eagle

Jennifer Lapidus

Founder, Carolina Ground

Charles Lee

Owner, American Pig Appalachian Charcuterie

James Lewis

Chef and Owner, Bettola Restaurant

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

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

Brian Noyes

owner and baker-in-chief, Red Truck Bakery

Patrick O'Cain

Chef, Gan Shan Station

Rich Orris

Gluten Enthusiast

Susie Pearson

Co-owner, Sunshine Sammies

Annie Pettry

Chef/Owner, Decca

Peter Pollay

Chef and Restaurateur, Mandara Hospitality Group and Posana Restaurant

Alex Raij and Eder Montero

Txikito, El Quinto Pino, La Vara, Saint Julivert

Jess Reiser

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

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

Judy & Ed Shuster

Kona Kaffee Farm 100% pure Kona, Hawaii coffee

Lyndon Smith & Amie Fields

Owners, Botanist & Barrel

Brian Smith

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

Rob Starr

Owner, Haywood Common

James Sutherland

Co-Owner of Blue Dream Curry House

Terri Terrell

Director of Operations, HomeGrown Eateries and Catering

Kellie Thorn

Beverage Director, Hugh Acheson Restaurants

Jay Weatherly & Emily Peele

Owner & Brand Director, High Five Coffee

Marc Willians

Executive Director, Plants and Healers International

Marilyn Zapf

Assistant Director and Curator, Center for Craft

2019 Chow Chow Participants

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Local Chefs

  • Ashleigh Shanti, Benne on Eagle
  • Brian Canipelli, Cucina 24
  • City Bakery
  • Graham House, Sovereign Remedies
  • Jason Sellers, Plant
  • John Fleer, Benne on Eagle
  • Karen Donatelli
  • Michel Baudouin, Bouchon French Comfort Food
  • Polanco
  • Smoky Park Supper Club
  • Vortex Donuts
  • Ultimate Ice Cream

Local Beverage Professionals

  • Biltmore Wines
  • Charlie Hodge, Sovereign Remedies
  • Chemist
  • District Wine Bar
  • Dynamite Roasting Co.
  • Gypsy Queen
  • Haw River Wine
  • Hi Wire Brewery
  • High Noon Coffee Roasters
  • Highland Brewery Co.
  • Jennie Lou Nelson, Odditorium
  • Kala Brooks, Curator, Top of the Monk
  • Methodical Coffee
  • New Belgium Brewing
  • PennyCup Coffee Roasters
  • Pisgah Coffee Roasters
  • Pure Fire Foods
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
  • Sour Grapes
  • UpCountry Brewing ​

Local Makers

  • Erica Abrams Locklear, Professor of English, UNC Asheville
  • Hickory Nut Gap Farm
  • Looking Glass
  • Rayburn Farms
  • The Culinary Gardener

Local Authors, Educators, and Media

Guest Chefs

  • Ashley Christensen, AC Restaurants
  • Bob Cook, Edmund’s Oast
  • Ed Lee
  • James Lewis
  • Lee Initiative Chefs
  • Matt Kelly
  • Sam Jones
  • Sean Brock
  • Vivian Howard

Guest Beverage Professionals

  • Scott Shor, Edmund’s Oast and Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co.
  • Todd Boera, Fonta Flora

Guest Makers

  • Alan Benton

Guest Authors, Educators, and Media

  • Lindsey Ofcacek, Lee Initiative 
  • Ronni Lundy

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2019 Schedule

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


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