Sip, Savor and Jam with Celebrated Chefs, Musicians and Personalities of Appalachia. Root Bound is a full-immersion weekend of food, spirits, and music with Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, James Beard awarded Victuals author Ronni Lundy, five-time James Beard nominee and 'Best Chef in America' semifinalist John Fleer of Rhubarb in Asheville, and New York Times Bestselling Author Sharyn McCrumb.
With renowned chefs such as Adam Hayes of Canyon Kitchen, Ashley Capps of Buxton Hall Barbeque, Ian Boden of The Shack, Annie Pettry of Decca, John Stehling of Early Girl Eatery, Chris Huerta of Madison’s, and Denny Trantham, US Foods Executive Chef.
Louis Osteen, James Beard Awarded Chef & Cookbook Author
Ronni Lundy, 2017 James Beard 'Best Cookbook' author of Victuals
Keynote with Sharyn McCrumb, Author of numerous Appalachian ballad novels and multiple New York Times bestsellers
Meredith Leigh, Author of The Ethical Meat Handbook and Pure Charcuterie
Jamie Swofford, "The Chef's Farmer"and owner of Old North Shrubs, 2017 'Made in NC' winner
Allan Benton, Purveyor of pork and owner of Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams
Gary Crunkleton, Owner of The Crunkleton, Chapel Hill, NC
Sheri Castle, Award-winning food writer, recipe developer and cooking teacher
Keia Mastrianni, Writer, multi-media storyteller, cookbook author, founder of Milk Glass Pie Company
Phillip Lammonds, Songwriter and musical virtuoso
Nancy Payne Bruns, Seventh generation salt maker and co-owner of J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works