Kala Brooks

Credit: Ryan Burns

Cocktail Curator, Top of the Monk

Maker: Beverage Professional

Kala Brooks is a seasoned bartender who has spent the last 8 years of her career focusing entirely on classic pre-prohibition cocktails. Taking pride in serving hand crafted cocktails, featuring only house made local-centric ingredients, she found a home in Asheville as Curator of Top of the Monk, (Southern Living Magazine's #1 Bar in NC, 2018). When not behind the spoon, Kala spends more time than she'd like to admit in Asheville's dining rooms, and loves food culture. Brooks is also a featured bartender on Liquor.com, a contributing writer for Punchdrink.com, and has been highlighted in numerous publications including Food & Wine Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Garden & Gun, The NY Post, Imbibe Magazine, Departures Magazine, Fodors and Yahoo Travel.


Latest & Greatest

2019 Schedule

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


Plan Your Trip

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.

Start Planning


Learn more about the vision and values that guide Chow Chow's work to celebrate and enrich the foodways of Southern Appalachia.

Learn More