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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2019 Schedule

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


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This inspired, friendly and free-spirited food scene tucked in the mountains of Appalachia has been called “Foodtopia,” but the locals just call it home. Plan your trip now.

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Access to affordable and healthy food and reducing food waste are important initiatives of the signature event’s charitable giving goals. 

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