Chris Bennett is a forager, writer, cheesemonger, and trained chef. He grew up roaming the picturesque grassy hollows, dense forest, and open fields of the Appalachian foothills in central east Alabama. Chris enjoys working with top chefs around the southeast and provides unique ingredients to the area’s best restaurants. He has been featured in Birmingham Magazine, Cooking Light, Garden & Gun, Discover St. Clair, and The Hot and Hot Fish Club Cookbook. Also, he was named one of Southern Living's 50 People Changing the South for 2016. He is a frequent speaker presenting sessions at food and wine festivals around the southeast. His first book, Foraging the Southeast: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Angelica to Wild Plums, is out now from Timber Press. He currently lives in Asheville, NC.
Over 20 immersive signature events are featured throughout the weekend! Tours, dinners, parties, foraging and more await.
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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