Creating a Sense of Community
Through the years, The Blind Pig has worked with a number of core chefs in and around the Asheville area since its conception in 2011. We are ever evolving working with independent and talented new chefs and cooks. Chef participation allows a collaboration of talents in a focused and conceptual dinner experience for guests. Many of our volunteer service and production staff have been with us since day one. The bones of how we work and what we do are driven by both of the creators, Mike and Darlene as well as good friends and chef colleagues Mike and Steve.
Mike Moore, Chef Founder and Events Director
Originally from Eastern North Carolina, Mike Moore relocated to Asheville, NC from San Francisco in 2005 after spending two years of formidable culinary training in various San Francisco and Bay Area restaurants. Mike cooked and worked as chef in many Asheville and WNC area restaurants from The Market Place Restaurant, Lomo Grill, and Eagles Nest Foundation to The Admiral and eventually owner/chef of Seven Sows Bourbon & Larder in the span of a decade.
At the bud of an ever evolving and vibrant food scene in Asheville and Western North Carolina, Mike and his wife Darlene used community initiative to form The Blind Pig Supper Club In 2011. 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. Each event is held in a undisclosed and unique location and menus for each supper are exclusive and support local farms and local economies with fresh food. In 2014, Mike was awarded the Rising Star Community Chef Award in the Southeastern United States for the effective culinary philanthropic work of The Blind Pig Supper Club.
As of 2018, The Blind Pig Supper Club has hosted and produced well over one hundred and fifty charitable pop up dinner events which help to support the local community and sets a positive example involving philanthropic work supporting community through the craft of cooking as a sustainable model for chefs. Mike and Darlene currently live in the beautiful Rabbit Ham Valley of Western Buncombe County where they raise both of their children Jack and Grace. Today, The Blind Pig Supper Club has built a reputable network of chefs from around the country and produces remarkable fundraising events, short film documentary collaborations and has expanded to offer exclusive catering and events planning services in WNC and beyond.
Darlene Moore, Art Director & Assistant Events Director
Darlene has a high profile background in art direction and design graduating with honors from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She worked in reputable advertising agencies from New York City to San Francisco at companies such as Ogilvy & Mather, Publicis & Hal Riney, and Grey Advertising. In her college years Darlene had experience serving professionally in esteemed restaurants in New York City, Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. In Asheville, Darlene has melded perfectly into her role as Art & Creative Director with The Blind Pig Supper Club. Darlene's time is always well spent being a wife and mother of two children and a working mother.
Steve Goff: Executive Chef & Co Director
Steven Goff is the current owner of Brinehaus food truck and mobile kitchen, former head butcher at Standard Foods in Raleigh, and former Executive Chef and Owner of the King James Public House in Asheville. Steven left home at fifteen, and spent the next eleven years homeless, jumping freight trains across the US and Europe, cooking wherever he went. After being stranded in Asheville, NC, he got serious about cooking and enrolled in the AB Tech culinary program receiving honorable degrees in both Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry. Steve worked his way up through the kitchens at Zambra and eventually, opened his own restaurant, the King James. At King James, Steve became dedicated to supporting the local community through his food. For over four years, Chef Steve has volunteered his time and services to the community through numerous BPSC charitable pop ups in both Asheville and the Raleigh-Durham area. Chef Steve also assists AB Tech as a chef instructor and judge for capstone testing. Goff’s cooking has been recognized by Food and Wine Magazine, Bon Appétit, Garden and Gun Magazine, and many local publications. He has returned to Asheville with his wonderful wife and business partner Samantha, his daughter Emma, and their bevy of animals.
The Blind Pig Staff
Comprised of servers, bartenders, cooks, chefs, farmers, artists and entrepreneurs. The Blind Pig experience brings together a community of passionate and fun individuals with like independent minds.
We are always looking for new volunteers for future dinners! If you are interested please see our "Contact" page to submit a request!
Blind Pig Film Projects
Aaron Morrell is an Asheville native that sees the world in such a wonderful way. Owner and founder of Grae Skye Studios in Asheville, Aaron has produced several film projects with The Blind Pig Supper Club as we have forged a unique path through the culinary world.
See Aaron's film projects here: Grae Skye on Vimeo
See more of Aarron's incredible work here: Grae Skye Digital Portfolio
Blind Pig Photography
Cindy Kunst with Clicks Photography Asheville has been with us since year one.
Cindy travels the black top with us capturing our events and all the behind the scenes magic in her very talented way.
See the things she's seen here: Clicks Photography
Check her out on Flickr: Clicks Flickr