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AIR is Asheville’s independent restaurant community — from casual kitchens to fine dining.

 You’ll find everything from Appalachian comfort food to global flavor fusions at AIR‘s member restaurants, along with the warm hospitality and spirited vibe that has made Asheville one of the nation’s leading culinary destinations.

AIR is a community of innovative chefs, mixologists, brewers and bakers who are both passionate about delicious food and dedicated to making Asheville a more sustainable and restaurant-friendly community.

AIR is food in Asheville.

2020 AIR Passport
60 Participating AIR Restaurants!
"As a founding member, I am proud of what AIR has done for our community and for the membership."
Michel Baudouin | Bouchon/RendezVous, Owner
Patrick O'Cain | Gan Shan Station, Owner
"...I count on AIR to keep me current with labor laws, HR issues, government regulations and benefit options. I enjoy the dynamic of having others with whom to share my experiences and knowledge..."
Rich Cundiff | Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack, Owner
"...Their support of our restaurants and philanthropic efforts is vital to keeping independent restaurants the star of Asheville's food scene. Through promotion, advocacy & continuing education, AIR is an essential resource for our business."
Liz Button| Katie Button Restaurants, Chief Impact Officer & Owner
"...AIR has added education for our staff, helped with certifications & provided a community of restaurants that we can talk with about the things that are important to us as we grow..."
Kevin Westmoreland | Chestnut/ Corner Kitchen, Owner