Chow Chow: An Asheville Culinary Event celebrates the foodways of our Southern Appalachian region and the area’s unique community of makers, each adding singular ingredients to the recipe for a culturally diverse culinary identity. From nationally recognized chefs to multi-generational farmers to millers, bakers, potters, weavers, and brewers, Chow Chow shines a light on the creative spirit of the region that makes the Blue Ridge Mountains a delicious place to taste, to see, to explore and to experience through immersive culinary experiences.
Discover the alluring alchemy of mountain traditions, heirloom ingredients, and urban energy that inspire the James Beard-nominated chefs, sustainable farmers, innovative brewers, artisans, and foragers who commune at Asheville’s collaborative table.
As a 501(C3) non-profit, Chow Chow Asheville is founded by a group of community-committed volunteers who believe in the unique connections between makers of all kinds—particularly as they gather in celebration of our creative food culture in Southern Appalachia. Learn more about the vision behind Chow Chow.
President: Jessica Reiser, Co-Founder, CEO, Burial Beer Co., Forestry Camp Bar and Restaurant
Vice President: Jael Skeffington, Co-Founder, CEO, French Broad Chocolate
Treasurer: Jean-Paul Lausell, COO, Hickory Nut Gap Meats
Secretary: Vanessa Salomo, Co-Owner, Business Development, Corner Kitchen, Chestnut
Past President: Katie Button, Co-Founder, CEO, Katie Button Restaurants
John Fleer, Chef, Owner, Rhubarb, The Rhu, Benne on Eagle
Murphy Horne Fletcher, Attorney, McGuire, Wood & Bissette Law Firm
Aaron Grier, Owner, Gaining Ground Farm
Meredith Leigh, Author and Consultant
Kyle Pedersen, Marketing Director, Wicked Weed Brewing
Peter Pollay, Co-Founder, Executive Chef, Mandara Hospitality Group
Dodie Stephens, Director of Communications, Explore Asheville
Mike Tiano, Co-Owner, Haw River Wine Man
Marilyn Zapf, Assistant Director and Curator, Center for Craft
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.