Originally from South Carolina, Matthew began his culinary career after graduating from Johnson and Wales University at Shane Ingram’s Four Square in Durham. An opportunity to help Jacob and Alicia Sessoms open Table restaurant in 2005 brought him to the Asheville area. Matthew partnered with Drew Wallace from the Admiral to open The Bull and Beggar in 2013. At the restaurant, Chef Dawes and team focus on Old World Craft and traditions filtered through local regional ingredients.
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.
Learn more about the vision and values that guide Chow Chow's work to celebrate and enrich the foodways of Southern Appalachia.