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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 three 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 100
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, Chair

Carolyn Roy, Biscuit Head, Vice Chair, Treasurer

Kate Bannasch, Copper Crown, Secretary

Liz Button, Katie Button Restaurants, Executive Board

Kevan Frazier, Well Played Board Game Cafe

Steven Goff, AUX Bar

Charlie Hodge, Sovereign Remedies / Old Shakeys

Cathy Horton, AB Tech

Sean Piper, Jargon

Peter Pollay, Mandara Hospitality Group

Sabrina Rockoff, McGuire, Wood & Bissette

Jane Anderson, AIR’s Executive Director