CurEaters

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 Langrehr

Baltimore, MD

Food Writer

Food writer, cocktailer, caffeine addict, city chicken keeper. Restaurant and social media consultant, food nerd.

Amy Mills

St Louis, MO

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

Andre Mack

Brooklyn, NY

Sommelier-At-Large

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

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.

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

Chef

"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

Chef/Author

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.

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.

Brittanny Anderson

Richmond, VA

Chef/Owner

Chef Owner at Metzger Bar and Butchery and Brenner Pass in Richmond, VA. James Beard semi finalist Best Chef Mid Atlantic 2017. 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

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

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

food*music*food*music

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. Garlandraleigh.com, Kingsraleigh.com neptunesparlour.com birdsofavalon.com

Chef Kenny Gilbert

Jacksonville, FL

Chef

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

Chef

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. 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

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

Co-Founder

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.

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.

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

Designer

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

euphoria

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.

F Griffin Bufkin

St Simons Island, GA

Co-owner Southern Soul BBQ

Cook for a spell

French Broad Chocolates

Asheville, NC

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

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.

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, 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

Owner/Sommelier

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

Jenn Rice

Jackson, WY

freelance culinary + travel writer for Vogue.com, USA Today Eats, Food & Wine, Tasting Table, Food Network, Domino.com, etc. Constantly traveling for the tacos and the kouign-amanns.

Jenny Bonchak

Raleigh, NC

Founder + CEO of Slingshot Coffee Co.

Jesse Roque

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

piedmont

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

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

John Shields

Baltimore, MD

Gertrudes Restaurant

Justin Amick

Atlanta, GA

Owner/Sommelier

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.

Kathleen Purvis

Charlotte, NC

Food writer

I've been writing about food in Charlotte, the Carolinas and throughout the South for 30 years. I also travel frequently for several professional organizations. "Distilling the South," my new book on touring Southern craft distilleries, is coming out from UNC Press in 2018.

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.

Lisa Marie White

Nashville, TN

Pastry Chef/Baker

Pastry Chef/Baker

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

Michael Maller

Chapel Hill, NC

Food loving wine nerd

General Manager of Vin Rouge Bistro as well as the Beverage Director of Mateo bar de Tapas, Mothers and Sons Trattoria, and Saint James Seafood.

Michelle Bernstein

Miami, FL

Chef

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 EdNC.org, avid food fan, writer, and reader.

Patrick O'Cain

Asheville, NC

Chef/Owner

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

Chef/Owner

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

Pj Sullivan

Baltimore, MD

Wet City Brewing

Ralph Brabham

Washington, DC

DC Based Restaurant Owner.

I’m North Carolinian by birth and a lawyer by training, but my heart and career landed me in Thai restaurants in Washington, DC. With my husband Drew and our friend/business partner Aschara, I own a small restaurant group known as Beau Thai.

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.

Richard Gorelick

Baltimore, MD

I’m the former Restaurant Critic of The Baltimore Sun and I still write about food. I know stuff.

Ricky Moore

Durham, NC

Chef Proprietor & Chief Rocker

Always chasing taste. Freestyle flavor finder. Food in the style of DELICIOUS is what inspired me.

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

Restaurateur

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.