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.



2019 Community Partners

MANNA FoodBank

MANNA FoodBank’s mission is to involve, educate, and unite people in the work of ending hunger in Western North Carolina. Through a network of over 200 food access partners across 16 counties, MANNA distributes over 41,000 meals every day of the year, and serves over 100,000 people every year.

ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project)

ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. Our mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.

The Asheville Art Museum

The Asheville Art Museum invites you to explore our outstanding collection of American art of the 20th and 21st centuries, and to discover the richness of Western North Carolina’s unique artistic history. The newly renovated Museum is scheduled to reopen Summer 2019 with two inaugural exhibitions: Appalachia Now! and Selections from the Collection. Visit us at 2 South Pack Square.

The Asheville Brewers Alliance

The Asheville Brewers Alliance is a trade and membership organization dedicated to promoting Western North Carolina craft beer and breweries. A project with the Asheville Brewers Alliance, AVL Beer Week combines industry, innovation, education and culture into an inspired week-long series of events celebrating beer, food, music and the outdoors.

Asheville Coffee Expo

The 2019 Asheville Coffee Expo is a celebration of all that is coffee — the taste, smell, look and feel. A uniquely Asheville event, ACE feels like Asheville, with a curated street faire, an experimental espresso bar, coffee lectures, cuppings and a focus on sustainability. Complemented by the budding Western North Carolina tea movement, this one day event welcomes young and old to experience the changing face of coffee. 

Asheville Community Theatre

Since 1946, Asheville Community Theatre has been dedicated to producing high quality theatre starring local performers. The oldest continuously operating theatre in Asheville and one of the oldest community theatres in the nation, ACT is committed to being a place where all are welcome, where all can get involved, and where all can have fun collaborating on creative projects. 

Asheville Downtown Association

The Asheville Downtown Association is a leader and advocate for the vitality of downtown. Created in 1987, the Asheville Downtown Association is a non-profit organization committed to the preservation and improvement of the central business district. Through programs and annual objectives, the association works to make Downtown Asheville the center of commerce, culture, government and leisure.

Bountiful Cities

Bountiful Cities is an urban agriculture non-profit founded in 2000. We partner with community groups, focusing on dialogue, trust and community needs, to create urban agricultural spaces. Our partnerships emphasize social justice, access to education, sustainability and economic viability. Bountiful Cities participates with local, state and national organizations in advocating for food sovereign communities.

Center for Craft

Founded in 1996, the Center for Craft is the leading organization in the United States identifying and convening craft makers, curators, and researchers, and matching them with resources, tools, and networks to advance their careers. 

Downtown Welcome Table

A place to break bread and break down barriers. Cloth napkins, fresh flowers and china plates remind those living on the streets of their inherent worth and value. And, the meal is for everyone. Unlikely friendships are formed over a shared meal, enabling us to fulfill our purpose: reconciling through relationship.

Food Connection

Food Connection, an Asheville based nonprofit, collects surplus freshly prepared meals from restaurants, caterers and institutions, and quickly delivers the meals to community partners who feed those in need in order to reduce food waste and ease the pain of immediate hunger. Learn more at Food-Connection.org

Green Opportunities

Green Opportunities’ mission is to train, support, and connect people from marginalized communities to sustainable employment pathways. GO’s 17-week, tuition-free Kitchen Ready training program offers a combination of culinary and life skills training, portable credentials, and support services that empower students to overcome barriers to employment. 

The North Carolina Glass Center

is a non-profit, public access glass studio and gallery located in the heart of Asheville’s River Arts District. Dedicated to education, exploration, and collaboration in all forms of glass, we welcome any and all into our working studio so we can share our passion for glass.


YMCA of WNC runs 32 free mobile markets in five counties, including Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood, Madison and McDowell. Each market provides fresh, nutritious foods, paired with healthy recipes, a practical cooking demonstration and valuable nutrition information that’s easy to understand.


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2019 Schedule

Over 20 immersive signature events are featured throughout the weekend! Tours, dinners, parties, foraging and more await.


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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.

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