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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