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About AIR

Asheville’s Independent Restaurant Association


AIR is all about food in Asheville – delicious, locally-sourced, award-winning
food. But we are also about making a difference in the kitchen, at the table, and
in the community.

We began in 2003 with the spark of an idea formulated by four local restaurant
owners who believed that by working together, Asheville’s independent
restaurants could create a culture of collaboration and stewardship unique in the
industry. Today, our 13-member board leads an organization of more than 150
members, making us the largest not-for-profit (501C-6) organization of our kind
in the U.S.

Our kitchens are cooking. The tables are set. We’re saving a seat for you. Come
experience how AIR is food in Asheville…and so much more.


Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.
strawberry icon Ruth Reichel, food writer, magazine editor, chef

Board of Directors

Kevin Barnes, Ultimate Ice Cream, Former Chair

Elizabeth Button, Katie Button Restaurants, Chair

Michel Baudouin, Bouchon & Rendezvous

Anthony Cerrato, StradaThe Social Lounge + Gemelli, Treasurer

Carolyn Roy, Biscuit Head, Former Chair

Cathy Horton, AB Tech




Victoria ‘Vic’ Isley, Explore Asheville

Tyler Kotch, PIE.ZAA Pizza Company

Mike McCarty, The Lobster Trap, Vice Chair

Lisa Smith-Vann, Huli Sue’s 

Peter Pollay, Mandara Hospitality Group, Secretary

Sabrina Rockoff, McGuire, Wood & Bissette

Jane Anderson, AIR’s Interim Executive Director