2022 Makers & Talent

Christian Albrecht

Chef, Braised & Confit

Jonathan Ammons

Editor-in-Chief, The Dirty Spoon

David Anderson

Horticulture Operations Supervisor, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians/Cherokee Agriculture Project

Appalachian Mountain Brewery

Archetype Brewing

Asheville Drag Brunch

Astral Tequila

Michelle Bailey

Executive Chef/Co-Owner, Smoky Park Supper Club

Alex Baxevanis

Chef, Feta Flav

Ashleigh Baxevanis

Pastry Chef, Feta Flav

Beam Suntory

Erica Beneke & Matt Farr

Chef/Owners, Red Fiddle Vittles

Ponkho Bermejo

Co-Director, BeLoved Asheville

Better Thymes

Billy Sunday

Blue Moon Water

Mark Bolchoz, Jr.

Executive Chef, The Flatiron Hotel Restaurant (coming soon)

PJ Bond

Chef/Owner, Mean Pies Pizza

Botanical Bones

Botanist & Barrel

Brew Naturals

Kala Brooks

General Manager, Thirsty Monk & Curator, Top of the Monk

Noah Buchanan

Commissary Sous Chef & Head of Charcuterie, Chestnut & Corner Kitchen

Buchi Kombucha

Burial Beer Co

Eric Burleson

Chef/Owner, ELDR

Katie Button

Co-Founder & CEO, Cúrate: Bar de Tapas, La Bodega, At Home, Trips

Amy Cantrell

Co-Director, BeLoved Asheville

Carolina Mountain Woodturners

Arturo Carrillo

Garden Management Team & Maintenance, Elder & Sage Community Gardens

Sheri Castle

Food Writer, Host of The Key Ingredient

Allison "Ali" Casparian

Founder/Executive Director, Bounty & Soul

Christy Caye

Lead Cheese Monger, GourmetDash.com

Dawn Chávez

Executive Director, Asheville GreenWorks

Chemist Spirits

J Chong

Chef, J Chong Eats

Sujitra "May" Chubthaisong

Executive Chef/Owner, Thai Pearl

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

Author & Educator

Reverend Brian Combs

Founding Pastor, Haywood Street Congregation

Counter Culture Coffee

Chris Cox

Chef, Mother Ocean Market

Eric Cox

Chef, Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry

Bellamy Crawford

Communications and Development Specialist, Homeward Bound WNC

Charles Allen Creighton

Head Chef, White Labs Asheville

Paul Cressend, Jr.

Chef/Owner, Paulieboy Enterprises Private Chef Services

Brian Crow

Executive Chef, Chestnut

Cultivated Cocktails

Devil's Foot Beverage Company

Diamond Brand Gear

Hector Diaz

Executive Chef, Salsas, Modesto, Bomba


Owner/Founder, Gospel Ice Cream

DJ's Pickles

DJ's Pickles

Dobra Tea Asheville

Matthew Dorough

Executive Sous Chef, Chestnut

Delia Jovel Dubón

Co-Founder, Cooperativa Tierra Fértil & Abundancia Food Bank

Raileigh Duschen

Owner, Conscious Lifestyle Coaching

Eda Rhyne Distilling Co.

Ebony Wine & Spirits

Sam Etheridge

Chef, Ambrozia Avl

Gene Ettison

Chief Visionary Officer, Ettison Enterprises

Chris Faber

Owner, The Times Bar

Amie Fields

Co-founder, Director of Sales, Botanist & Barrel

Flat Rock Cider

Renee Fortner

Watershed Resources Manager, RiverLink

Mallory Foster

Pastry Chef, Chestnut & Corner Kitchen

Tony Franco

Executive Chef/Co-Owner, Food Experience Catering

Jeremy French

Porter/Craftsman and Director of Making Whole

Kirsten Fuchs

Owner, Baked Pie Company + P B & Jay's Cafe

Eric Gabrynowicz

VP of Culinary, Tupelo Honey Cafe

Ashley Garrison

Co-Owner, Head Flavor Creator, Maker & Baker, The Hop Ice Cream

Susannah Gebhart

Owner, OWL Bakery

Michele Gentille

Food Stylist/Private Chef/Pastry Chef

George Dickel Whisky

Ginger's Revenge Craft Brewery

Erica "Shorty" Glaubitz

Chef/Co-founder, Bun Intended

Goddess Ghee

Steven Goff

Executive Chef/Co-Owner, Tastee Diner

Kent Graham

Corporate Executive Chef/Research & Development, Gourmet Foods International

Cynthia Greenlee

Historian & Journalist

Grind AVL

Grind AVL

J Hackett

Co-owner/Founder, Grind & Founder, Black Wall Street AVL

Clare Hanrahan

Garden Management Team, Elder & Sage Community Gardens

Roy Harris

Community Activist

Gerald Hawkins, Jr.

Chef & Pastry Chef

Haw River Wine Man

Stu Helm

Food Blogger/Tour Guide, Stu Helm: Food Fan & Asheville Food Tours

Leslie Hennessee

Homeowner and Board Member, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity

Ben Hester

Chef, The Odd

High Climate Tea

Highland Brewing

Hillman Beer

Charlie Hodge

Owner, Sovereign Remedies, Asheville Beauty Academy, The Getaway, Snake Oil Social Club, The Make Space, Good AF

Dano Holcomb

Chef/Owner, Root Down Food Truck

Graham House

Chef, The Chop Shop Butchery, Wild Child

Meherwan Irani

Executive Chef/CEO/Co-founder, Chai Pani Restaurant Group & Spicewalla

George Ivey

NC Development Director, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Elijah Je Bailey and Sydney Rubin

Co-Owners, Hominy Farm

April Jones

Director, Pinehurst Farmers Market

Mei Kawamura & Gabe McIntosh

Chef/Founders, Better Thymes

Beth Kellerhals

Chef, Good Gravy Bakes

Ketel One Botanical

Ketel One Vodka

Ryan Kline

Executive Chef, Jargon

Brittany Kroeyr

Manager of Culinary Development, Katie Button Restaurants

Michael Lewis

Co-founder & Executive Chef, Ukiah Japanese Smokehouse

Loom Imports

Loom Imports

Locals Seafood

Locals Seafood

Ronni Lundy

Writer, Rocker, Cornbread Fundamentalist


Founder, Community Outreach Wilderness

Andrew Magazine

Founder, Applied Anatomist

Marked Tree Vineyard

Safi Martin

Co-Founder, Peace Gardens & Market, Hood Huggers International

Nakisha Marvels

Owner, Cream Works

Luis Martinez

Founder, Chef, Corn Scout & Multimedia Designer, Tequio Foods

Jessie Massie

Executive Chef, Taproom - Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Keia Mastrianni

Baker + Founder, Milk Glass Pie

Matcha Nude

Mike McCarty

Executive Chef, The Lobster Trap

Collyn McDonald

Pit Master, Bear's Smokehouse

Owen McGlynn

Executive Chef/Co-Owner, Asheville Proper

Queenie Mcleod

Chef/Owner, Queen's Island Cuisine

Malcolm Mcmillian


Jay Medford

Executive Chef/Owner, Storm Rhum Bar, Stay Glazed Donuts, GiGi's Underground

Dune Pierre Michel

Chef/Owner, French Broad Pantry

Mountain Valley Spring Water

Eric Morris

Executive Chef, Cultura by Wicked Weed Brewing

Trevor Musick

Chef/Co-Owner, Cassia

Neomi Negron

Owner/Founder, Buggy Pops

New Belgium Brewing

Daniel Nightengale

Director of Food & Beverage, The Restoration Hotel

Noble Cider

Oak & Grist Distilling Company

Veronica Oakler

Executive Director, Clean Water for NC

The Odd

Organic Growers School

Vivianette Ortiz

Co-founder, Latinos Aventureros en las Carolinas

Steve Palmer

Founder & Chief Vision Officer, The Indigo Road Hospitality Group

Sunil Patel

Farmer/Chef, Patchwork Urban Farms & Patchwork Alliance

Nick Peek

Chef/Owner, Birchwood Hall

Pernod Ricard

Pisgah Coffee Roasters

Pleb Urban Winery

Jennifer Pongonis

Chef, US Foods

The Pork Skins Crew

Provisions Mercantile

Reyaña Radcliff

Chef/Owner, Your Braisen Chef

Matthew Raiford

Chef + Farmer, Gilliard Farms, Strong Roots 9

Claudia Ramos

Co-founder, Latinos Aventureros en las Carolinas

Jametta Raspberry

Chef/Owner, House of Gristle

Madeline Redo

Chef/Co-Owner, Cassia

The Restoration Hotel - Asheville

Hector & Julia Revilla

Chef/Owners, Mamones

Jeremiah Robinson

Entrepreneur in Residence, Mountain BizWorks

Iris Rodriguez

Chef/Co-Owner, Little Chango

April Rose

Caterer, Urban Graze Co.

Brandon Ruiz

Herbalist and Farmer, Yucayeke Farms

Salud Cerveceria

Tyson Sampson

Bigwitch Indian Wisdom Initiative

Patricia Saenz

Chef/Owner, Pupuseria Paty

Sarilla Sparkling Tea

Savor Shrub

Allison Scott

Director of Impact & Innovation, Campaign for Southern Equality & Community Organizer


Shaniqua Simuel

Community Engagement Coordinator, Shiloh Community Garden

Ashleigh Shanti

Chef/Owner, Good Hot Fish

Shanti Elixirs

Brandon Shepard

Chef & Pitmaster, Shepard Barbecue

Sideways Farm & Brewery

Sierra Nevada

Simple Cafe & Juice Bar

Sister of Mother Earth

Jael Skeffington

Co-Founder & CEO, French Broad Chocolate

Tyler Slade

Executive Chef, Bargello & District 42

Lyndon Smith

Co-Founder, Director Of Operations, Botanist & Barrel

Stephen Smith

Maize Breeder, Seed Steward & Author

Dr. Leni A. Sorensen

Food historian & lecturer, Indigo House

Regan Stachler

Chef/Owner, Bramble Events

Brandon Staton

Co-Executive Chef, Leah & Louise

Stone Ashe Vineyard

James Sutherland

Co-Owner, Blue Dream Curry House

Daniel Szabo

Chef, 1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage

Tanqueray Gin

Charles E. Taylor

Bigwitch Indian Wisdom Initiative

Terri Terrell

Freelance Chef/The Clarksdale

Toni Tipton-Martin

Editor, Author, Cook's Country

Ashley Tolbert

Co-owner, From the Ashes Cultural Arts & Counseling

Heather Tolbert

Co-Owner, From the Ashes Cultural Arts & Counseling

Top of the Monk

Jamie Lauren Turner

Chef/Owner, Pastry Prodigy Project

Ukiah Japanese Smokehouse

Urban Orchard Cider

Santiago Vargas

Chef, Mikasa AVL

Vidl Cellars

Shanti Volpe

Founder, Owner, CEO of Shanti Elixirs

Jamie Wade

Owner/Chef, Sand Hill Kitchen

Amy Walker

Bigwitch Indian Wisdom Initiative

Bruce Waller

Co-owner, GRIND & Director, Black Wall Street AVL

Lex Walton

Owner/Founder, Layered by Lex

Jill Wasilewski

Chef/Owner, Ivory Road Cafe & Kitchen

Wehrloom Honey & Meadery

Matt Weinstein

Executive Chef, Oak Steakhouse

Lynn Wells

Chef/Owner, Thyme Well Spent Personal Chef Service

Daniel Wheeler

Culinary Arts Instructor, Caldwell Community College

Isa Whitaker

Community Garden Coordinator, Bountiful Cities

Tina White

Executive Director, Blue Ridge Pride Center

White Labs

Tie Whittaker

Owner & Pastry Chef, Buttermilk Boutique

Wicked Weed Brewing

Sarah Wickers

Founder & Chef, Well Seasoned Table

Carmen Ybarra

Community Organizer, Just Economics WNC

Alan Yeck

Executive Director, Veterans Healing Farm

Ramona Young

Chef/Owner, Kente Kitchen Market

Whitewater Bluegrass Co

Nicole Case

Owner, COCO's Bake Shop

Tallis Monteiro

Environmental Educator, Asheville GreenWorks

Rakim Gaines

Executive Chef, Capella on 9

Cellarest Beer Project

Tyler Kotch

Owner & Founder, PIE.ZAA

Ashley Capps

Chef & Co-Owner, Newstock Pantry

Embrew Tea

The MerTails

Jillian Ashley

Founder, The NOHM Collective, The MerTails

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