Katie Button’s Asheville, North Carolina
CHEF KATIE BUTTON “Hole Doughnuts fries their doughnuts to order, and they’re not cloyingly sweet. They’re hot and delicious; you could eat three or four of them.” hole-doughnuts.com
THERE’S MORE TO ASHEVILLE, North Carolina, than craft beer—though that alone is a good reason to visit. (The city is home to over 30 breweries.) This cultural hub has a rich architectural heritage; it’s a place where grand Art Deco halls mingle with a French Renaissance–style manor (hello, Biltmore Estate), and there’s local artwork on display in the River Arts District. But the real draw is the city’s killer food scene, a fact that led readers of our sister publication, Travel + Leisure, to rank Asheville as one of America’s top destinations in the magazine’s 2018 World’s Best Awards. For an insider’s take, we sat down with F&W Best New Chef alum Katie Button, chef-owner of Asheville’s Cúrate, Nightbell, and a new Appalachia-inspired bagel shop, Button & Co.
Autumn colors in Asheville,(RIGHT); Cúrate(BELOW);a snack plate at OWL Bakery(BOTTOM RIGHT).