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Chef Katie Button is a rising star, and this is your chance to be a part of it

Katie Button, the owner and executive chef of two of Asheville’s hottest spots, Curate and Nightbell, certainly has an interesting and inspiring backstory. Before becoming a James Beard Award-nominated chef, Button earned a chemical engineering degree from Cornell before beginning to study in a PhD program for neuroscience.

It was then she realized that wasn’t the path for her.

But the process still helped.

“(Cooking in the kitchen) connected a lot with my science background,” Button says. “It is run like a lab. Every recipe that I was making used a scale. Everything is detailed to the finite measurement. You’re writing down exactly what’s going in it at exact quantities so you get a consistent product and it turns out the same every time.”

And that’s the payoff that matters to Button.

“I get such great satisfaction from the guests that come in. That’s daily motivation. You make something, you serve it to somebody, and you see a smile.”

Button will be serving your smiles as the headlining chef at Pinehurst’s season finale of the its Chef & Maker series on Sept. 15-17. You don’t want to miss it.

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Katie Button is not your average chef

Katie Button will headline the finale in Pinehurst’s popular Chef & Maker series, which will take place from Sept. 15-17. To get to know Katie a little better, please watch the above video, which describes her unique path to becoming one of the Southeast’s most up-and-coming chefs.

Growing up in New Jersey, Katie Button was a serious student, going on to earn a master’s degree in biomedical engineering and entering a PhD program. But she soon discovered her heart was in the kitchen. She was chosen for an internship at Spain’s famous “El Bulli.” She went on to open “Curate” and “Nightbell” in Asheville, North Carolina. Button joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to share her culinary journey and signature dishes.

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Photo Album – A look back on Ashley Christensen’s Chef & Maker event at Pinehurst

Pinehurst’s second Chef & Maker series event – featuring Chef Ashley Christensen and artisan Colin O’Reilly – proved to be a smashing success. While you enjoy a few of the images from the event a couple of weeks ago, please note that our 2017 Chef & Maker finale featuring Katie Button still has packages available. You can find out all of the information here. We do hope you will join us.


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Photos from Pinehurst’s Chef & Maker series event

Pinehurst’s Chef & Maker weekend event with Chef Ashley Christensen was a great success. Both the Friday night Poole’s Diner-Inspired dinner and the Saturday night Chef Dinner with Christensen were sold out, and we thank all of our guests who made the weekend so special.

Below are the guests’ photos taken at Friday night’s dinner. Right-click on any image that you would like a copy of and “save as” to your own device.

Also, if you enjoyed Chef Christensen’s event or missed out, Pinehurst host the finale of the 2017 Chef & Maker season with acclaimed Asheville Chef Katie Button. More details can be found here.

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Ashley Christensen’s Philosophy: Cooking is about a relationship with people

Since making Raleigh her home, Ashley Christensen has sought to foster community through food, philanthropy and the stimulation of the city’s downtown neighborhood.

It’s a philosophy to be proud of, and we at Pinehurst are indeed proud to welcome Chef Christensen to headline the second in our series of Chef & Maker events this weekend.

There are a few packages still remaining and there looks to be plenty of sunshine and warm Pinehurst hospitality in the forecast. Hurry to reserve your spot now:

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