Twisted Laurel

Chef Michael Achberger


GM Vince Charbonneau

Twisted Laurel


Photo by Lynne Harty

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

Our favorite part is being a part of the ever changing landscape that is Asheville. We work hard to carve our niche out of that landscape by focusing on our food, service and community involvement. (Anthony Randolph, managing owner)

What is the background of your restaurant’s name?

The name & the logo are from Greek mythology, in regards to our Mediterranean roots. As punishment Eros hit Apollo with an arrow that caused him to fall desperately in love with Daphne. Apollo began to pursue Daphne in the woods, but as he approached she began to run faster & faster.  Daphne wanted nothing to do with Apollo. When Apollo was about to grasp Daphne she prayed to her father and was transformed into a laurel tree.(Anthony Randolph, managing owner)

What ingredient could you not live without?

Chef Michael Achberger says he could not live without lemons.  Lemons bring a brightness to the dishes that he creates and brings all the flavors together. (Chef Michael Achberger)  

What is your favorite dish on your menu?

Currently, our IPA Marinated Chicken. The chicken is seared & drizzled with our fruit IPA glaze.  It is served with citrus sauteed greens & lemon pecan farro salad. However, we are very excited about our new upcoming brunch menu.  Twisted Laurel in downtown Asheville will be open for Sunday Brunch this Spring and we can not wait! (Chef Michael Achberger)  

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

Sunny Point’s Huevos Rancheros is always delicious. (Vince Charbonneau, GM)

Why did you choose Asheville to open your restaurant?

We felt that having a presence in Asheville was crucial to building our brand in this region. Although we actually opened our Weaverville restaurant first.  The construction of the Asheville location started several months before Weaverville was even considered.  We are now fortunate to have 3 restaurants in this amazing area, downtown Asheville, Weaverville & Leicester.(Anthony Randolph, managing owner)

What is your favorite chef’s tool and why?

The spoon is our favorite tool in the Twisted Laurel kitchen for it’s versatility. (Chef Michael Achberger)