Membership Benefits

Are you considering becoming part of the AIR Community?

Since its inception in 2003, Asheville Independent Restaurants has fostered a network of restauranteurs, chefs, suppliers, partners, farmers, sponsors, culinary teachers and students in our community. The organization strives to connect restaurants with each other in the spirit of collaboration and camaraderie, sharing beneficial industry information and ideas. AIR is actively engaged in giving back to our town through local events and causes, culinary scholarships, and support of local businesses.

The following are just some of the many benefits available to AIR members, including everything from education, to marketing, to ways that we can help save you money…



Please visit our calendar to stay up-to-date on upcoming educational classes. 



AIR only advocates for issues that will positively affect the majority of our members. An example of a recent change we were able to create: bars and restaurants can now have their ABC tax ID stickers on the back of the liquor bottles, also the brunch bill was something AIR advocated for with our locally elected officials. The organization will continue to cautiously pursue issues.


The Welcome Table: Do you want to work closer with The Welcome Table? This is a perfect way to give back to the community. Let us know and we will help you get connected.


AIR Restaurant Membership ($495): To become an AIR Restaurant Member your business must have seating, food/beverage service and be independently owned and operated within Buncombe County.

AIR Partnership ($550): To become an AIR Partner your business must work alongside the local restaurants, providing services or products relevant to the food and dining industry.

AIR Sponsorship: Please contact our office at 828.575.9220 or email to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

 Still have questions? Reach out to the AIR team via email at or by phone at 828.575.9220.