As a 501(c)3 non-profit, the mission of Chow Chow Asheville is to celebrate and enrich the unique foodways of the Southern Appalachian region. As makers, chefs, artists, and farmers, our vision is an equitable and thriving regional food system, where culinary and creative enterprise are central to community identity and resilience.


  • Creating immersive shared experiences to cultivate understanding of our region.
  • Providing a platform to amplify voices in our communities working to sustain and strengthen our foodways.
  • Celebrating and invigorating our local food sources and opportunities for creative enterprise.


  • We believe in catalyzing the powerful potential between local creative makers and the communities these makers serve.
  • We strive to recognize the cultures and traditions of our region’s diverse food and agricultural heritage.
  • We advocate for thriving local food sources.
  • We acknowledge and embrace the interdependency we share.
  • We champion the collective contributions of our local creative economy.
  • We celebrate justly through bringing people together, lifting up community voices and raising awareness of and within our unique corner of Southern Appalachia.
  • We commit to providing immersive experiences that broaden our understanding of one another.




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