Stepping in and out of Asheville’s best restaurants every day, our Tour Guides have their finger on the pulse of Asheville’s thriving food scene. On our Daily Tours, Eating Asheville’s Food & Beverage Professionals share the multi-sensory experience of Asheville’s most popular dining rooms.
A Combined Century of Hospitality Experience
Each of our Tour Guides is a true professional from the food and beverage industry having served as former restaurant owners, chefs, servers and bartenders. Meet Asheville’s most experienced food guides:
Stephen is the founder and owner-operator of Eating Asheville and used his 20 years of experience as a restaurateur and hospitality pro to craft a dynamic presence in the Asheville Foodtopia scene. Stephen has spent the last five years showing off Asheville’s best restaurants, literally eating and drinking his way through downtown Asheville! When he is not guiding tours, Stephen is always considering the next meal, a great drink pairing or enjoying the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains.
Before joining Eating Asheville Hank spent close to twenty years in food, beverage and hospitality, most recently as beverage manager for Rhubarb. Over the years he has managed restaurants, drink programs and catering operations in addition to bartending, serving, cooking, and working on a farm and in a vineyard. Hank greatly appreciates the camaraderie formed when people are brought together to share food and drink.
Kim is a veteran of the Western North Carolina restaurant scene, most recently performing as a managing partner of Asheville mainstay the Lobster Trap for over 6 years. Kim has served as vice president of Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR) and is an entrepreneurial and hospitality guru. Kim is an alumna of Appalachian State University that we are proud to have as a part of our Eating Asheville team.
Kasey is a bon vivant of the Asheville scene, and when she’s not bartending, guiding food tours, hosting parties or attending book groups she is pretty much a professional traveler. She brings her worldly experience along with over a decade in hospitality to every Eating Asheville tour she is a part of, and our patrons adore her for that.
A veteran of the food and beverage world, Brandon did tenures in big time restaurants in Vail and Aspen Colorado before relocating to Asheville to establish a pottery studio. Brandon works for Asheville gastronomy godfather Anthony Cerrato at Strada, and has been hosting our Asheville food tour groups there for years. Brandon will now be guiding Eating Asheville food tours on Fridays and Saturdays offering insider perspectives on both the restaurant scene and the local arts scene.
Debbie Landers retired from Tryon Distributing last year where she was integral in putting them on the map as the premier fine wine distributor in Western North Carolina. Debbie is as well connected in the Asheville food scene as anyone—seriously—and has been a part of the growth of the city from ghost town to the nationally recognized culinary landmark it is today. Debbie decided to become an Eating Asheville tour guide to get back in the game. You can now catch her guiding our food tours on Fridays and Saturdays.