CurEaters represent a cross-section of each community, including prominent chefs, restaurateurs, bartenders, creatives and artisan craft makers.

Below you’ll find a sample of current roster of CurEaters. Find the ones in your area—or look up CurEaters in places you’ll travel to—for the best independent experiences.

Greenville, SC

Charlotte, NC

. Desserts. Coffee. Cocktails

The local foodie behind the Instagram blog @WheretoEatCharlotte! Small town girl with a dream of being your personal guide to the best spots in the South! Currently living and eating my way through Charlotte, NC and traveling as much as possible!

Aaron Skiles

Wilmington, NC

Brewer - New Anthem Beer Project

Head brewer and co-founder of New Anthem Beer Project in Wilmington, N.C. Passion for Belgian and French farmhouse style beers; however, we brew a range of styles.

Alex Graf

Richmond, VA

ZZQ Pitmistress

ZZQ Pitmistress

Alex Seidel

Denver, CO


Chef/Owner of Fruition Restaurant, Mercantile dining & provision, Fruition Farms Creamery, Füdmill

Amanda McClements

Washington, DC

founder and creative director // Salt & Sundry and Little Leaf

Amber Faulisi

Cary, NC

Owner, Pizzeria Faulisi

Amy Langrehr

Baltimore, MD

Food Writer

Freelance writer, collaborator, cocktailer, caffeine addict, city chicken keeper. Marketing + social media consultant, food nerd.

Amy Mills

St Louis, MO

17th St BBQ

BBQ heiress and go-to girl, writer, restaurant consultant, tv personality, brand/mktg/pr pro, Missouri Mafia

Andre Mack

Brooklyn, NY


Sommelier-At-Large, Maker of Maison Noir Wines, Get Fraîche Cru, Small Thyme Cooks: Coloring & Activity Book. Call/Text 📱: 646.846.8885

Andrew Ullom

Raleigh, NC

Baker/Owner Union Special

Andy Little

Nashville, TN

Chef/Partner Josephine

Angela Hansberger

Atlanta, GA

food and drinks journalist

I enjoy bringing attention to food and the people who transform ingredients. Especially fond of oysters and Scotch.

Angie Mosier

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta native, hearty eater.

Food Photographer and stylist. Former baking professional.

Anthony Guerra

Raleigh, NC

Pizza Maker/Owner

Ariel Turner

Greenville, SC

freelance food writer

I eat bourbon and drink food for a living.

Ashley Boyd

Charlotte, NC

Pastry Chef at 300 East

Pastry Chef at 300 East, native Charlottean, mother of 2. I love building thoughtful desserts from local ingredients.

Ashley Christensen

Raleigh, NC


"Smile like you mean it." I like food. I like people. I like people who like food. // Author of Poole’s: Recipes & Stories from a Modern Diner.

Atlanta F&W

Atlanta, GA

The Festival strives to: Celebrate, preserve and promote Southern food and drink traditions and culture; Showcase Southern chefs, beverage innovators, sommeliers, and artisans; Inspire new impressions of Southern food and drink: Highlight the rich agricultural products of the region; and Entice visitors to eat, drink and explore the South!

Barbara Lynch

Boston, MA


Baxter Miller


photographer & new media storyteller

photographer & new media storyteller

Ben Arnold

Washington, DC

Bread bakers are like vampires without the scary teeth

Billy Allin

Decatur, GA

Chef/Owner Cakes + Ale

Chef and Owner of Cakes + Ale, Proof Bakeshop and Bread & Butterfly in the Atlanta area.

Birk O'Halloran

Napa, CA

winemaker at Iconic, Author at Eat Ink

Wine nerd making what we hope is some pretty epic wine in Northern CA.

Bob Peters

Charlotte, NC

Head bartender, The Queen & Glass

Father of an angel. Husband to a Goddess. Cocktail enthusiast. The Queen & Glass, Charlotte, NC.

Boulted Bread

Raleigh, NC

Bakery and Stone Mill

Boulted serves craft bread and pastries made with organic, heirloom and locally sourced grains. Our breads are featured at many restaurants in Raleigh or come to our store and taste the goodness.

Brittanny Anderson

Richmond, VA


Chef Owner at Metzger Bar and Butchery and Brenner Pass in Richmond, VA. James Beard semi finalist Best Chef Mid Atlantic 2017 and 2018. Natural wines, old school technique and Beyoncé forever.

Bruce Moffett

Charlotte, NC

owner, Moffett Restaurant Group

Owner and executive chef of Moffett Restaurant Group (Barrington’s, Good Food, Stagioni) in Charlotte


Asheville, NC

purpose-driven probiotics — Kombucha, Kefir Soda and Shrub Soda

We are a family, a community. We cultivate the culture — both the one that makes the delicious Kombucha in our bottles, but also the the movement towards regenerative and ethical practices that make us proud to do business well.

Candice Herriott, CHSFOODWRITER

Charleston, SC

Guest CurEater

I am a FOOD ADVENTURER and EXPLORER!!! I love trying new recipes in my kitchen, dining out, gardening, finding hidden gems and enjoying the finer flavors in life. I'm a food blogger, writer and photographer. Contributing Editor with Edible Charleston magazine. Monthly writer for skirt! Magazine's online publication. I believe in promoting farms, growers, chefs and businesses who have integrity, are devoted to their craft and are producing something that is....EXCEPTIONAL.

Carly Mask

Santa Barbara, CA

☾ Hearst Award-winning Photographer ☾ Social Media Strategist for LimeBike ☾ Work featured in Forbes, Tech Crunch, Passion Passport, Brit+Co, and more. ☾ Instagram: @carlymask

Caroline Delaney

Belmont, NC

Muddy River Distillery Co-owner/Taster

Carrie Morey

Charleston, SC

Callie's Biscuits/Callie's Hot Little Biscuit

Chana Lynn

Raleigh, NC


RALEIGHWHATSUP ~ SHOP | DINE | DRINK | MUSIC | ART | TRAVEL | EXPLORE All things RALEIGH. Think local first. Travel often. Social Media/Web Consultant.

Charleston Wine + Food

Charleston, SC

Wed Mar 6th - Sun Mar 10th 2019

CHSWFF is a cultural entity that champions the region's unique food ways through world-renowned culinary experiences. The festival supports Charleston and the Lowcountry's diverse culinary + hospitality community.

Charlie Deal

Durham, NC


Chef and Owner of Dos Perros, Juju, and Jujube, Recently named to Best Chefs America. I Enjoy American saisons and a good pilsner.

Cheetie Kumar

Raleigh, NC


I co-own Garland, Kings and Neptunes with Paul Siler. All are located at 14 W. Martin Street in downtown Raleigh. I play guitar in Birds of Avalon.,

Chef Kenny Gilbert

Jacksonville, FL


Chef/Owner Gilbert's Underground Kitchen, Gilbert's Social & Chef Kenny's Spice Blends. Top Chef Season 7, Cutthroat Kitchen Winner, “Beat Bobby Flay Winner.”

Chestnut Street Inn Emilie& Arturo

Asheville, NC

Innkeepers & Champion Eaters

We are caviar loving, fried chicken eating, bizarre baking innkeepers at the Chestnut Street Inn in Asheville, NC. We specialize in full-service concierge and live for telling our guests where to eat the best food in town!

Chris Shepherd

Houston, TX


Executive Chef/Owner Underbelly in Houston, Texas

Clark Barlowe

Charlotte, NC

Chef/Owner Heirloom Restaurant

Chef/forager/climber/traveler. Owner of Heirloom Restaurant in Charlotte, NC. Committed to locally sourced products and sustainable farming/cooking. Big fan of NC wine, beer, and liquor.

Cocktail Bandits

Charleston, SC

Johnny + Taneka

Curly ladies, who talk cocktails daily! We educate, entertain and empower through craft cocktail advocacy. contact: [email protected]

Cody Henson

Savannah, GA

Bar Manager, The Grey

Bar manager. Intoxicologist. Savannah, G.A. Finalist for Bacardi Legacy 2017

Colleen Minton

Chapel Hill, NC

Founder TerraVita Food & Drink Festival

Terravita is committed to spreading the gospel of sustainable food and drink by working with award-winning chefs, authors, educators, producers and farmers.

Courtney Mailey

Richmond, VA

Owner/Cider Maker

Blue Bee Cider is an artisanal cider producing in Richmond, VA. We make cider on a seasonal basis, pressing apples when they are ripe, fermenting them over the winter and finishing them for sale in the spring. Come visit us while exploring the great Richmond food and beverage scene.

Craig Deihl

Charlotte, NC


James Beard Award nominee for Best Chef: Southeast in both 2010 and 2011. 2010 Chef of the Year by the Charleston chapter of the American Culinary Foundation.

Craig Moore

Atlanta, GA


I am an entrepreneur and I am proud to have helped bring Atlanta it's first Distillery since 1906. I love to travel and experience new cultures and cuisines. I have been to dozens of countries, but Atlanta has been my base since the early 80's.

Craig Richards

Atlanta, GA

VP of Culinary Operations, Ford Fry Restaurants

Husband, dad, chef. Italian trained and obsessed with pasta. From Nebraska.

Craig Rogers

Patrick Springs, VA

Shepherd - Border Springs Farm

Craig Rudewicz

Raleigh, NC

Crude Bitters and Sodas

Owner and Bitterer, Crude Bitters and Sodas. NC's first cocktail bitters company.

Crystal De Luna-Bogan

Nashville, TN


Chef & Co-Founder The Grilled Cheeserie

Daniel Benjamin

Raleigh, NC


Chef/Owner lucettegrace Husband/Father I enjoy all the delicious things

Darlene Mann Clarke

Greenville, SC

Co-owner Vault & Vator Cocktails

Lover of food, fine wine and cocktails always with a bent of creativity and originality

David Shannon

Richmond, VA

L’Opossum Chef & Sole Proprietor

David Wingo

Brentwood, TN

Editor in Chief - Tennessee Craft Beer Magazine

Dean Neff

Wilmington, NC

Seabird coming in summer of 2020

Farm-to-table approach to fine dining that brings a sophisticated appreciation for seasonality and creativity with local foods.

Deborah VanTrece

Atlanta, GA

Executive Chef and Owner of Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours

Lover of food, drink, travel and shoes

Diane Flynt

Floyd, VA

Founder Foggy Ridge Cider

Founder of first Cidery in the South in 1997. Cidermaker and orchardist growing authentic heirloom cider apples in the Virginia Blue Ridge mountains. James Beard nominee 2015, 2016 and finalist 2017 for Outstanding Beverage Professional. Enthusiastic eater and drinker.

Dominique Crenn

San Francisco, CA

Chef/Owner of Atelier Crenn/Petit Crenn/Bar Crenn

Don Richardson

Greenville, SC

Owner/ Brewmaster at Quest Brewing Company

Over twenty years in the brewery world. Created award-winning beer recipes while brewing at Boulder Beer Co. in Colorado and Cottonwood Brewery in North Carolina. Always ready to get back into the brew house to produce more award-winning beers for Quest!

East Fork Pottery || Connie +Alex Matisse

Asheville, NC

We are potters. And we really love to eat.

East Fork Pottery is nestled at the end of a valley on an old tobacco field, between steep green mountains, thirty minutes northwest of Asheville, North Carolina. Founded in 2010 by Alexander and Connie Matisse, the workshop is now home to potter/CFO John Vigeland and a growing team. Come visit us at our Downtown Asheville brick + mortar at 82 N Lexington. Xo


Asheville, NC

Guest Cureater

Culinary Arts student and EatAsheville Instagram influencer

Elaine Read

Atlanta, GA

Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate

Working with small farmers in the Americas and Africa to source cacao fairly. Chocolate Maker and Co-Owner of Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate with Matt Weyandt.

Elizabeth Turnbull

Durham, NC

Co-owner and bar director COPA Durham

Co-owner and bar director at COPA, the nation’s first farm to table Cuban restaurant. Traditional Cuban sandwiches and plates by day. Cocktails and tapas of Old Cuba by night.

Ellie Nonemacher

Denver, CO

prop and food stylist sharing cocktails, food, & environments 📍Denver


Richmond, VA

Food stylist and omnivore...

Food stylist and omnivore...

Emily Rankin

Orlando, FL

Florida & Co. Founder

I love the amazing local ingredients and products we make and grow here in Florida. My eatery and bar called Florida & Co. is focused on sharing these beautiful local products with our community and visitors alike. In years past I have showcased these great local products by creating the Audubon Park Community Market and Local Roots: Farm to Restaurant Distribution.

Eric Montagne

Raleigh, NC

Chef @ Locals Oyster Bar

Erik Niel

Chattanooga, TN

Chef/Owner Easy Bistro & Main St. Meets

I am the chef and owner of Easy Bistro & Main Street Meats in Chattanooga Tennessee and along with my wife, Amanda, host the Scenic City Supper Club.

Erin Reitz

Charleston, SC


Founder of The Shelter Collection from Charleston, and designer of US made clothing.

Esteban McMahan

Spirit Guide, TOPO Organic Distillery

Evrim Dogu

Richmond, VA


Felicia Trujillo

Raleigh, NC

Guest Cureater

Founder of Food Seen + Partner at The Kitchen Raleigh | Creative services for food, beverage and hospitality businesses. Lover of good food + drink 🥂

F Griffin Bufkin

St Simons Island, GA

Co-owner Southern Soul BBQ

Cook for a spell

Fire, Flour & Fork

Richmond, VA

4 day gathering for the food curious, Nov. 1-4, 2018

French Broad Chocolates

Asheville, NC

Handcrafted Chocolates

We make awesome chocolate: beautiful, wholesome and delicious, crafted with love and served with gratitude.

Gabe Barker

Carrboro, NC

Pizza Wizard, Wine/Beer enthusiast, Food Eating Monster

Gabie + Rob Frantz

Raleigh, NC


“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” -J.R.R. Tolkien We are the husband & wife team behind Junction West, a bar + event space in Downtown Raleigh. We are excited to share some of our favorite spots to eat and drink in the cities that we love!

Gary Crunkleton

Chapel Hill, NC


My bartending career started in 1992 and still goes strong as I run my own place in Chapel Hill, NC. Although I am a spirits enthusiast, my true passion comes when meeting and speaking with people. I seem to feel better about myself when I am learning about others.

Greg Best

Atlanta, GA

Spirited Advisor and Explorer

Barkeep/Partner: Ticonderoga Club Atlanta Chapter. Speaker and Writer

Greg Collier

Memphis, TN


Greg McPhee

Greenville, SC

Executive Chef / Owner of The Anchorage

Owner/Exec Chef of Anchorage. Johnson & Wales graduate. Did stints at The Cloister at Sea Island and several restaurants in Columbia, S.C. Served as executive sous chef at Sean Brock’s Husk restaurant in Charleston and later brought High Cotton to Greenville, S.C.

Hai Tran

Philadelphia, PA

Sommelier at Barclay Prime

Court of Master Sommeliers Certified Advanced Sommelier.

Hal Holden-Bache

Nashville, TN

Chef/Owner Lockeland Table

Chef/Owner Lockeland Table

Hungry Asian

Roanoke, VA

I love to eat...

Inez Ribustello

Tarboro, NC

Drink Lover

I like to eat, drink and be kind to others. When all three are happening at once, I feel the world is at its best.

Jacob Sessoms

Asheville, NC

chef/owner of Table, The Imperial Life, All Day Darling

Food & beverage professional. Avid traveller, exerciser & eater

Jacques Larson

Sullivans Island, SC

Executive Chef at The Obstinate Daughter and Wild Olive

Wild Olive and Obstinate Daughter. Native Midwesterner, with a French name, who cooks Italian food in the South. Cooking professionally since 1992. Introduced to fine dining at the University of Iowa’s Stateroom restaurant.

Jamie DeMent

Durham, NC


Co-owner of Coon Rock Farm, Piedmont Restaurant in Durham, N.C., as well as Bella Bean Organics and Heirloom Provisions. Author of “The Farmhouse Chef: Recipes and Stories from My Carolina Farm”

Jason Alexander

Charlotte, NC

co-Founder and brewer at Free Range Brewing

Jason Alley

Richmond, VA

chef/partner @ comfort and pasture

Jason Liang

Atlanta, GA

Executive Chef - Brush Sushi Izakaya & Momonoki

Jason Restivo

Savannah, GA

Sommelier / Partner

Certified sommelier with over 21 years experience in food and beverage. Owner of the Atlantic Savannah.

Jason Stanhope

Charleston, SC

Executive Chef of FIG Restaurant

Won James Beard Award for Best Chef Southeast in 2015. Graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco. Moved to Charleston in 2008 and began working at FIG Restaurant for James Beard Award-winning chef, Mike Lata. Became Executive Chef in 2014.

Jay Bayer

Richmond, VA

Co-owner-Saison/ Saison Market/ Bingo Beer Co

Co-owner-Saison/ Saison Market/ Flora. Siebel Institute Certified Brewer. Eater/Drinker/Seeker of all things tasty

Jed Portman

Charlottesville, VA

food writer, ex-garden & gun

Jeffrey Seizer

Raleigh, NC

Chef owner of Royale

Love eat , drink whiskey, keep food culture mellow and fun.

Jenn Rice

Raleigh, NC

freelance culinary arts and travel writer in constant search for the best tacos, bologna sandwiches and kouign-amanns.

Jenny Bonchak

Raleigh, NC

Founder + CEO of Slingshot Coffee Co.

National award-winning Barista brewing and bottling the tastiest organic, single-origin Cold Brew, Cascara Tea and ✨new✨ Coffee Sodas / Southern Living Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 / #ladyboss / Beagle Lover / Y2K Survivor

Jesse Houston

Jackson, MS

Executive Chef - Fine & Dandy Jackson MS