Chef Katie Button and her husband run an Asheville, NC restaurant group that includes Cúrate, one of America’s finest Spanish restaurants. In this interview recorded in 2019, she talks about making bagels in biscuit country, and how restaurants can be better workplaces for women.Show notes:Cúrate RestaurantKatie Button’s Announcement about the Closure of Button & Co. BagelsVegetables UnleashedEl Bulli FoundationAsheville’s Downtown Welcome Table Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 53: With Katie Button - Executive Chef at Cúrate
The Great Reset
We speak with Katie Button - CEO and Executive Chef at Cúrate Restaurant and Button & Co. Bagels. Katie is a James Beard award winning chef and has been a fierce advocate for independent restaurants during the hardships of the pandemic. She speaks of the challenges of reopening and of the path forward. She highlights the restaurant relief bill working its way through congress and how that is so important to keep our favorite restaurants open and existing - even Post Covid. She brings a lot of philosophical and cultural views to the conversation and reminds us of the important interconnected nature of restaurants to farmers, distributers, butchers and more. We also hit on the issues of reopening and the customers who don't enjoy adhering to the new rules. We so enjoyed speaking with Katie.
Ep. 7 - Connecting with Tracy Vaught and Katie Button
Weekly Specials with Will Guidara
This week on Weekly Specials, we hear from a few friends around the country and also reflect a bit on what the past few months have done to our industry. We head to Houston, Texas where Tracy Vaught of H-Town Restaurants shares what reopening her dining rooms has been like. We hear from Katie Button and her team at Cúrate and Button & Co. Bagels on what they can't wait to do once their restaurants open, in a new installment of #icantwait.
Katie Button, Cúrate Bar de Tapas and Button & Co. Bagels; Philly Chef Conference 2020; plus, SOBEWFF 2020
All in the Industry ®️
On today's episode of All in the Industry®, host Shari Bayer has a special “On the Road” edition on the Philly Chef Conference at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, and South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami Beach, Florida. Shari tips off the show from the Philly Chef Conference, which took place March 1, 2020, with her PR tip, followed by a live broadcast with Katie Button, Executive Chef and CEO of Katie Button Restaurants, which includes Cúrate Bar de Tapas and Button & Co. Bagels in Asheville, NC. A three-time James Beard Award nominee, Katie honed her craft in the kitchens of some of the world's best chefs, most notably Ferran Adrià and José Andrés, before venturing out to open her own restaurant. In the years since, she’s received numerous accolades, including Food & Wine's 2015 Best New Chefs; Cúrate as one of Food & Wine’s "40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years," and one of Esquire’s "Most Important Restaurants of the Decade." In 2016, she released her first cookbook, Cúrate: Authentic Spanish Food from an American Kitchen, and in 2019, debuted Asheville’s culinary festival Chow Chow as board president. Through it all, Katie continues to challenge the industry standard, building comprehensive benefits to create a sustainable work environment for her living wage-certified restaurant group. Following, Shari gives her recap of the 19th annual Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One, which took place February 19-23, 2020 in South Beach, Florida. To date, the Festival has raised more than $30 million for the School with its mission to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. Shari also shares her solo dining experience at Philadelphia's K'far, an all-day café and bakery inspired by the food, energy and warmth of Israeli bakeries that chef Mike Solomonov experienced at his very first kitchen job outside of Tel Aviv. Listen at Heritage Radio Network; subscribe/rate/review our show at iTunes, Stitcher or Spotify. Follow us @allindustry. Thanks for being a part of All in the Industry! #allindustry All in the Industry is powered by Simplecast.
Katie Button (2x James Beard nominated Chef, Restaurateur) is the founder and chef of world-renowned restaurant Cúrate and President of the Chow Chow Food festival. She sits down with hosts Rob Gray and Ali McGhee to chat about her early days; travels around the world with her family, college years living in France and more! This was recorded back in September 2019 IG: @wewereyoungpodcast FB: We Were Young
Katie Button Talks About Keeping Employees for the Long Haul and Making Room for Mistakes
By the time you read this, Katie Button will be back at her restaurant and bagel shop in Asheville, NC, but she was away for a few weeks, in residence at Chefs Club in New York City. That's a terrifying thing to do when it's your own business, but Button trusts her staff at Cúrate Tapas Bar and Button & Co. Bagels, and they get to develop some new skills while she's away. It's important to her to invest in her team's development in all different ways—like paying a living wage, offering healthcare, creating incentives for employees who stick around for a certain amount of years—both because she cares, and because it makes her take a good, hard look at the kind of life she'd like for herself. During her tenure in NYC, Button opened up about the importance of therapy, the impact of a "vampire schedule" when you have a family, and the pressures of owning a business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chef Katie Button, the chef and co-owner of two restaurants in Asheville, North Carolina: Cúrate Tapas Bar and Button & Co. Bagels, was born in South Carolina and raised in New Jersey. Chef Button has worked for Jose Andres and Ferran Adria at elBulli before returning to the South to open up her restaurant Curate in 2011 with her husband Felix. The restaurant and Katie have received tons of accolades: she was a finalist for the James Beard Rising Star Chef Award in 2014, and a nominee for the Foundation’s Best Chef: Southeast Award in both 2018 and 2019. She was also named one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs of 2015 and Curate was most recently recognized as one of Esquire’s 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Decade.Image courtesy of Curate/Katie Button.The Line is powered by Simplecast.
Katie Button Restaurants and Cúrate Trips Create Experiences Uniting People
Speaking of Travel®
Chef and food writer James Beard said: “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” Taking those words to heart, Katie Button and Felix Meana create food experiences to unite people. Katie & Felix are the husband and wife partners behind Katie Button Restaurants in Asheville and Cúrate Trips, the culinary travel expeditions to Spain and Portugal. An intimate conversation around the table about community, food, travel, sustainability, preservation and collaboration. Yummy!
Ep. 115: Katie Button, Curate and Nightbell (Asheville, NC), Live from FAB Charleston
The Southern Fork
Chef Katie Button and I spoke a few months ago at the FAB Conference in Charleston, but I’ve held onto this interview a bit because only a couple weeks after it, Katie gave birth 5 weeks early to a little boy. Mom, son, and the whole family are doing splendidly, and life is returning to normal for them, which means her husband and business partner Felix is in Spain right now with Curate Trips (check it out, you’re going to want to go), Katie is supervising the final stages of a new restaurant, and Asheville is ramping up for leaf looker season. But Katie likes to live her life with purpose and her drive to excel is strong and shows up in consistently excellent food. She was nominated by the James Beard Foundation for Rising Star Chef of the Year 2012, 2013, 2014, (and twice a semifinalist during those years), Best Chef: Southeast semifinalist in 2015 and nominee in 2018. But she’s also committed to being a responsible business owner. Cúrate and Nightbell are living wage certified and work with local companies and organizations to recycle, compost, and reduce food waste and environmental impact. And she’s working to focus more on her leadership skills, as you’ll hear in this interview. You’ll also hear someone trying to come into the room where we’re interviewing. I locked the door but forgot to put up a sign, so they’re insistent. Ha. Welcome to podcasting on location.
Success isn't a very good teacher. That's what chef Katie Button learned when she opened her second restaurant, Nightbell, in Asheville, North Carolina and it didn't take off right away. On this episode of Speaking Broadly, Button talks about being primed for success by working for the world renowned chefs Jose Andrés and Ferran Adria before opening her award-winning first restaurant, Cúrate, as well as the challenges of shaping a second, highly-anticipated project. Button also shares her best practices for a strong business, including how to deal with you partners when they're also your family. Speaking Broadly is powered by Simplecast.