Mountain Top Soiree: Opening Party presented by What Chefs Want

Thursday, Sep 12, 2019, 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Location: Highland Brewing Company
$130 per person


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Experience the legacy of Appalachian ingenuity and delight in the senses in the pop-up food hall, which takes over the event space and scenic rooftop bar of Highland Brewing Company—Asheville’s original brewery that tapped into the city’s thirst for craft beer when it rolled out its first kegs in 1994. Spend a memorable evening mingling with movers and shakers of the culinary scene—from brewers and distillers to James Beard-nominated chefs and food artisans—as you taste local specialties, enjoy live music, and view the work of celebrated artists. 

Featured Participants


Opening Night Party Sponsor

Benjamin Colvin

President & Co-Founder, Devil's Foot Beverage, LLC

Beth Frith

Marketing, WNC Farmers Market

Biltmore's Bounty Sponsor

Brian Canipelli

chef/owner, Cucina24

Brian Crow

Executive Chef, Chestnut

Burial Beer Co.

Carole Bowers

Head Brewer, Booda Kombucha

Craig Deihl

Chef-de-Cuisine, Hello, Sailor

Camille Cogswell

Chef, K'Far

Charles Lee

Owner, American Pig Appalachian Charcuterie

Foothills Meats

Butcher Bars, Food Truck, Catering and Wholesale Meats

Gary Crunkleton

Barman, Crook’s Corner and The Crunkleton, Chapel Hill, NC and The Crunkleton in Charlotte, NC

Ginger's Revenge Craft Brewery

Highland Brewing Company

Homeplace Beer Company

Homeplace Beer Company

Innovation Beer

Jacob Sessoms

Chef, Table Asheville

Jael Rattigan

Co-Founder & CEO, French Broad Chocolate

Kirsten Fuchs

Owner, Baked Pie Company, LLC

Cultivated Cocktails

Cultivated Cocktails

Michael Tiano

Owner Haw River Wine Man

Miles Macquarrie

Beverage Director/ Kimball House, Watchman's Seafood & Spirits

The Old Wood Co.

Olé & Obrigado

Pete Langheinrich

Head Brewer, Asheville Brewing Co.

Peter Pollay

Chef and Restaurateur, Mandara Hospitality Group and Posana Restaurant

PJ Jackson

Owner/GM, The Chop Shop Butchery

Richard Neal

Executive Chef, The Admiral

Susannah Gebhart

Owner, OWL Bakery

Unspoken Tradition

Urban Orchard Cider Co. West

Wedge Brewing Company

William Dissen

Chef & Owner; The Market Place, Haymaker & Billy D's Fried Chicken



Highland Brewing

What Chefs Want