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.
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