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