Jack of the Wood | The Laughing Seed

Joe Eckert



Photo by Lynne Harty

What is your favorite part of being a restaurant owner in Asheville?

My favorite part of owning  a pub is the ability to provide public with a cool meeting place and serve quality food, drink and music.

What is the background of your restaurant’s name?

Jack of the Wood  is a synonym for Green Man a mythological spirit of change.

What ingredient could you not live without?


What is your favorite dish on your menu?

On the Jack menu I think the Burger is very good and the Scotch Egg.

What is your favorite dish from a fellow AIR restaurant’s menu?

I love Italian, so I eat at Modesto and Cucina 24.

Why did you choose Asheville to open your restaurant?

We started as a small lunch counter in YMCA. Based on quality and style of food, The opportunity presented itself to open a full restaurant.

What is your favorite chef’s tool and why?

I think knives , to create size and portions, and a fresh herb garden.