Creating a Sense of Community
The Blind Pig has worked with a number of core chefs in and around the Asheville area since its conception. We are ever evolving with new chefs and cooks which use their talents in a focused dinner experience. 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 the creators, a husband and wife team that combines a perfect marriage of both of their talents along with the help of a passionate community.
Mike Moore, Founder and Executive 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 nominated for 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 2016, The Blind Pig Supper Club has hosted and produced well over one hundred charitable dinner events which help to support the local community and beyond and works very hard to set an example of involving philanthropic work through the craft of cooking as a sustainable model for community. 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 services in WNC and beyond.
Darlene Moore, Assistant Executive Director & Art 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.
Assistant Events Coordinator & Tech Guru
Kenzie is an Asheville native, who has recently returned from a two year "Big City" adventure in Nashville, TN and New York City. With over 15 years in the restaurant industry, she does a little bit of everything for the Blind Pig, including getting as many pig tattoos as possible, and eating a lot of chicken gizzards.
Menu Coordinator & Chef Captain
Keeping everything running smoothly at Blind Pig dinners can be a real task to handle. Thankfully we have Josh on our side. Formerly of the incredible Pho Ya Belly food truck, Josh has been in the food industry in Asheville for many years, and will continue to thrive as a part of the Blind Pig Family. What would we do without him?
Steve Goff: Blind Pig Triangle
In an industry full of white coats and military organization, it's refreshing to have a little punk thrown in the mix. Steve marches to the beat of his own drum, and continues to create imaginative food with real soul. Currently the head butcher at Standard Foods, Raleigh we can't wait to see what he does with the triangle!
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