CurEaters represent a cross-section of each community, including prominent chefs, restaurateurs, bartenders, creatives and artisan craft makers that have a brick-and-mortar presence in their neighborhoods.

Below you’ll find our 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.

CurEat Experiences

CurEat’s vision is to be a connection point between our users, CurEaters, and independent restaurants. Below, you’ll find CurEaters with experience offerings available. Select a CurEater to find out about their experience, or check out CurEat Experiences to learn more.

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.

Amy Mills

St Louis, MO

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

Angie Mosier

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta native, hearty eater.

Food Photographer and stylist. Former baking professional.

Ashley Boyd

Charlotte, NC

Pastry Chef at 300 East & Heritage Food & Drink

Pastry Chef at 300 East and Heritage Food & Drink. I hail from Charlotte and pursued my education in Chicago, where I fell in love with the culinary arts.

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


Billy Allin

Decatur, GA

Chef/Owner Cakes + Ale

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

Bob Peters

Charlotte, NC

Head Mixologist, The Punch Room

Father of an angel. Husband to a Goddess. Cocktail enthusiast. The Punch Room, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, NC.

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.

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

Guest CurEater

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

Feb 28 - Mar 4 2018

CHSWFF is a cultural entity that champions the region's unique food ways through world-renowned culinary experiences. The festival spans the first full weekend of March (1-5) supporting 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.”

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.

Cody Henson

Savannah, GA

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

Colleen Minton

Chapel Hill, NC

Founder of 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.

Craig Deihl

Charleston, SC

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 Rudewicz

Raleigh, NC

Crude Bitters and Sodas

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

Daniel Benjamin

Raleigh, NC

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

Darlene Mann Clarke

Greenville, SC

co-owner/sommelier American Grocery Restaurant; co-owner Vault & Vator Cocktails

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

Dean Neff

Wilmington, NC

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

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 Matisse & Connie Coady, the workshop is now home to potter John Vigeland and a growing team of apprentices and staff. Come visit us at our Downtown Asheville brick + mortar at 82 N Lexington. Xo

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.

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.

Erin Reitz

Charleston, SC


Co-Owner of the Commons - American made curated goods made for the home.


Greenville, SC

Food, Wine & Music Festival

A four-day Food, Wine and Music held annually the 4th weekend in September.

Felicia Trujillo

Raleigh, NC

Guest Cureater

Founder & CEO of Food-Seen; providing photography, video and marketing services for NC's food, beverage & tableware industries. Sponsor of the NC F&B Podcast.

French Broad Chocolates

Asheville, NC

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

Greg Best

Atlanta, GA

Spirited Advisor and Explorer

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

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

Beverage Director for The Rittenhouse Hotel

Court of Master Sommeliers Certified Advanced Sommelier.

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, Tod's Tasties

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 Restivo

Savannah, GA


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.

Jennifer Martin

Raleigh, NC

Guest CurEater

Executive Director of Shop Local Raleigh/Greater Raleigh Merchants Association. Obsessed with all things local. Especially food & Brewgaloo.

Jenn Rice

Jackson, WY

freelance culinary + travel writer for, USA Today Eats, Food & Wine, Tasting Table, Food Network,, etc. Constantly traveling for the next best meal or glass of wine.

Jill Mathias

Charleston, SC

Pint-sized convivial restaurant that features food and wine from Southern France, Northern Italy, and Northern Spain.

We offer a daily changing menu that features 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, and 2 desserts. The same menu is featured at both lunch and dinner. We are located at 6 Payne Court Charleston SC 29403 843.579.3060

Joe Clarke

Greenville, SC

Chef/Owner American Grocery Restaurant, Vault & Vator

I understand the erotic qualities of the salted, cured meats...

John Fleer

Asheville, NC

Chef & Owner: Rhubarb, The Rhu

Owner and chef of Rhubarb Asheville. Native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Named one of the “Rising Stars of the 21st Century” by the James Beard Foundation and a five-time finalist, most recently in 2017, for the James Beard “Best Chef in the Southeast” award.

John May

Durham, NC


Exec Chef/Wine Director at Piedmont. Recently named as one of the “9 Southern Chefs to Watch” in 2017. Former sous chef at chef Vivian Howard’s Chef & the Farmer.

Johnny Belflower

Raleigh, NC


Owner of Tasty Beverage Company, a retail and online beer store with two locations serving North Carolina.

Justin Amick

Atlanta, GA

Owner of The Painted Pin and The Painted Duck. Certified Advanced Sommelier, currently studying for The Court of Master Sommelier’s intensive Master Sommelier Diploma Examination.

Karalee Nielsen Fallert

Charleston, SC

Charleston Restaurateur

Co Founder of Taco Boy, Monza, Closed for Business, The Royal American,The Park Cafe and The Green Heart Project. Lover of cooking, traveling, surfing, growing food, reading and exploring.

Katie Button

Asheville, NC

Chef/Owner Cúrate and Nightbell, cookbook author Cúrate

Executive chef, co-owner of Curate Tapas Bar and the Nightbell in Asheville, N.C. and author of Curate Cookbook. Nominated for Food & Wine’s “People’s Choice Best New Chef” in 2012 and 2013. James Beard Award semifinalist for “Rising New Chef”.

Keith Rhodes

Wilmington, NC

The best vegetarian, seafood mindfully prepared.

Loving my coastal life.

Kevin Barrett

Raleigh, NC

Bar owner, bartender, bar lover.

I'm a liquor enthusiast.

Kim Hunter

Kristi Martin

Charlotte, NC

Owner/Founder, FEAST Food Tours & Culinary Events

Culinary Enthusiast. Wife. Homesteader (wannabe). Mountain Goer. Music Lover. Constantly learning (and eating). Charlotte, NC has been home since 1991.

Lauren Mitterer

Charleston, SC

pastry makin lady and proud new mama

James Beard Award nominee. Graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Use art background to create gravity defying cakes designed with minute attention to detail that satisfy all the senses.

Lionel Vatinet

Cary, NC

Chef and Master Baker at La Farm Bakery in Cary, N.C. Recognized by the James Beard Foundation as a semifinalist for "Outstanding Baker" in 2015.

Lydia Clopton

Wilmington, NC

Pastry Chef at Pinpoint Restaurant. Keep an eye out for my bakery opening in 2018!

Marjorie Hodges

Raleigh, NC

Director, External Relations and Special Projects

"the preparation of good food is merely another expression of art, one of the joys of civilized living" Dione Lucas

Matthew Krenz

Charlotte, NC

Executive Chef + Culinary Director - The Asbury at The Dunhill Hotel

Finding creative ways to make humble ingredients new and familiar

Mattie Beason

Durham, NC

now here's a funky introduction of how nice I am...cider guy, owner of Black Twig Cider House and Mattie B's Public House

Matt Register

Garland, NC

Southern Smoke BBQ

Co-founded Southern Smoke BBQ in the rural North Carolina town of Garland with my wife Jessica. We smoke pork the old-fashioned way, slow and low over oak wood. We also make two barbecue sauces that are hot commodities in North Carolina.

Megan Brent

Atlanta, GA

Executive Pastry Chef White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails

Executive Pastry Chef of White Oak Kitchen and Cocktails and Rochelle's Pantry. Located in Downtown Atlanta.

Meredith Sutton

Savannah, GA

Co-Owner Service Brewing

Co-Owner & Creative Marketing Director at Service Brewing Co / also a designer and fabricator of shiny jewelry things.

Michael Kramer

Greenville, SC

Michelle Bernstein

Miami, FL


James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef, restaurant owner, TV personality and expert in Latin-style flavors of cooking. Miami native and advocate for children’s nutrition.

Mike Moore

Asheville, NC

Chef and Co-Founder

Founder and executive director of The Blind Pig Supper Club in Asheville, N.C. The Blind Pig hosts culinary focused events with a pay it forward business model and cooks with many independent and creative minded chefs as well as volunteers from the community. A portion of proceeds from all events support a selected charitable cause.

Nation Hahn

Raleigh, NC

Co-founder & President of Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation, Chief Growth Officer of, avid food fan, writer, and reader.

Patrick O'Cain

Asheville, NC

Chef/Owner of Gan Shan Station in Asheville, N.C. Earned a degree in French and English at NC State and worked in teaching and publishing before following my passion into cooking. Worked at chef Katie Button’s Curate while attending AB Tech Culinary School and interned at Charleston’s McCrady’s. Opened Charleston’s Xia Bao Biscuit as sous chef.

Phoebe Lawless

Durham, NC

I own Scratch Bakery and The Lakewood in Durham.

Pila Sunderland

Savannah, GA

I do F&B stuff

I like long walks on the beach, strawberry daiquiris, & Bon Jovi

Randi Weinstein

Charleston, SC

Founder of Fab

Lover of empowering people, mostly women, but an ear to all. I love mentoring, and helping people come up with the best solutions that help them move forward. Knowledge is power and power is a continual forward movement.

Robert Alexander

Atlanta, GA

Master Baker and leader in gastronomy. Executive at H&F Bread Co.

Chattanooga native and self-taught baker. Worked at a French bakery in small village in the French Alps. Studied with Didier Rosada in Minneapolis and fellow CurEater Lionel Vatinet in N.C. 2016 James Beard Award semifinalist.

Robert Donovan

Charleston, SC

Guest CurEater

Food culture and fine art photographer based in Charleston, S.C.

Rochelle Johnson

Durham, NC

Cast Iron Group encompasses a variety of businesses and partnerships with Nick Hawthorne-Johnson and Rochelle Johnson, a husband and wife team based in Durham, NC. This family of businesses revolves around the love of food, drink, and all that surround it. The Cookery :: Dashi :: Ponysaurus Brewing Co.

Ryan Casey

Charleston, SC

Bar Manager

I make drinks. Beverage Director at The Dewberry.

Ryan Hurley

Durham, NC

Co-owner, Vert & Vogue

I’m a fanatic for slow food and fashion, and small cities. My wife and I abandoned big city life to open our women’s + men’s boutique, Vert & Vogue, in Durham in 2008. I love the Bull City and its rich, welcoming culture and y'all means all attitude!

Sam Ratto

Raleigh, NC

Eating food. It's good for you

I am a chocolate maker at Videri Chocolate Factory. We source Organic cocoa beans from Central and South American farms. We make all of our chocolate in Downtown Raleigh. Come say hey!

Sam Ross

Brooklyn, NY

Bartender. Owner of Attaboy (NYC & East Nashville), Diamond Reef (Brooklyn)

Scott Chalk

Atlanta, GA

Guest CurEater & Exec. Producer- Bread and Butter Productions

Emmy award-winning Executive Producer with in-depth industry knowledge in directing complex programs, developing engaging content in food, dining and hospitality and leading high performance teams to drive initiatives through produced content. Currently producing Atlanta Eats, Dish Worth the Drive and in house shows for Venetian and Caesar's Entertainment.

Scott Crawford

Raleigh, NC


Chef/owner of Crawford & Son in Raleigh, N.C. and an advocate for work/life balance for young, up-and-coming chefs. Four-time semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef Southeast.

Sean Lilly Wilson

Durham, NC

Fullsteam Brewery's Chief Executive Optimist

Wandering the farm's edge. Eating and drinking throughout the Triangle...and beyond. Two-time James Beard Foundation semi-finalist (Beer, Wine, and Spirits Professional) and recipient of NC Craft Brewers Guild inaugural Industry Impact award.

Stanfield Gray

Charleston, SC


I'm the founder of DIG SOUTH Innovation Conference, the place where leading global brands meet fast-growth startups each April in Charleston. We deliver the content, contacts and capital opportunities companies need to succeed in the South – and beyond.

Steve Mangano

Raleigh, NC

CurEat Founder

My strong industry background and frustration with ratings and unfair reviews led me to develop CurEat. We want to activate everyone's network to stay positive and talk about the places you and your friends like. We want to help cut through the clutter and let independent restaurants shine as well as get insight from great people and brands in local markets. Thank you for downloading and using CurEat!! Please share your lists!!!

Steven Goff

Asheville, NC


Executive Chef/ Owner Brinehaus Meat + Provisions.

Steven Satterfield

Atlanta, GA

Exec Chef & Co-owner; JBF Winner

Creating and providing simple but refined southern cuisine. I focus on updated regional classics driven by the seasons. 2017 James Beard Award Winner.. Best Chef Southeast.

Terry Fox


Charleston Arts Festival / PURE Theatre / Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art / Charleston Creative Parliament

Tim Hussey

Charleston, SC

contemporary painter living downtown Charleston

Contemporary painter who is from Charleston but have lived in NYC, LA, Paris and Santa Fe. Not much for pretentious places, obtrusive employees, or over-designed spaces. I like people around but to be able to talk to someone and hear them. Lighting is everything. Avoiding douche-y or college infested places. Do not like a small martini glass. Like the smell of old pubs and to be tucked in corner booths when possible.

Todd Ginsberg

Atlanta, GA

Todd Ginsberg is a 2014 and 2015 James Beard Foundation Semifinalist for Best Chef: Southeast and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, New York. He started his career at The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta, led the kitchens at Asher in Roswell, Georgia, and Madison's in Highlands, North Carolina, and spent time at Lucas Carton in Paris and at Alain Ducasse in New York. Upon his return to Atlanta, he worked for the Concentrics Restaurants group, serving as chef at both TAP and Trois, and was the chef at Bocado from its opening in 2009.

Tom Gray

Jacksonville, FL

Chef, cookbook collector, wine & cocktail enthusiast, Elvis fan. Chef/Owner Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails @moxiefl.

Trey Bell

Greensboro, NC

Chef/Owner - LaRue Elm Restaurant, Rue-Bar

Vansana Nolintha

Raleigh, NC

Co owner of Bida Manda Laotian Restaurant and Brewery Bhavana in the best place to live in the world: Raleigh, NC!

Victor Lytvinenko

Raleigh, NC


“Non-Automated-Jeansmith” handcrafting limited runs of artisan jeans using vintage machines in downtown Raleigh, N.C workshop. Once worked in the kitchen of a few restaurants.


Raleigh, NC

Southern Living called us "a culinary mecca." Zagat named us one of the "Hottest Food Cities of 2016." OpenTable says we're home to two of the best restaurants in the country. Forbes named us one of 12 global destinations to travel to in 2017 thanks to our culinary superstars. Homegrown. Authentic. Passionate. This is Raleigh, N.C.

Vivian Howard

Kinston, NC

I’m a mom, wife, daughter, cook, author and challenge seeker from Deep Run, North Carolina. I work to blend family, food and storytelling in a way that touches people and reminds them of where they came from. The process of it all is generally a bit messy for me and my loved ones, but it’s been interesting and rewarding so far.

Waylon Rivers

Jacksonville, FL

Executive Chef. Black Sheep Restaurant