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 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.
RUTH REICHEL: Food Writer, Magazine Editor & Chef
Board of Directors
Elizabeth Button, Katie Button Restaurants, Chair
Chris Cavanaugh, Magellan Strategy Group
Dano Holcomb, Root Down Kitchen
Cathy Horton, AB Tech
Victoria ‘Vic’ Isley, Explore Asheville
Mike McCarty, The Lobster Trap
Michael Murphy, Platinum Group
Trevor Payne, Tall John’s
Sabrina Rockoff, McGuire, Wood & Bissette
Amanda Schaefer, Louise’s Kitchen
Jael Skeffington, French Broad Chocolates
Lisa Smith-Vann, Huli Sue’s
Charlotte Stack, Chai Pani Restaurant Group
Meghan Rogers, AIR’s Executive Director
Neomi Negron, AIR’s Membership & Community Engagement Manager