CHEF, RESTAURANTEUR & AUTHOR
Chef Katie Button is the host of From the Source, and the co-founder of Asheville, North Carolina's beloved Cúrate, a JBF Award-winning collection of restaurants with an online marketplace and wine club, and culinary journeys that create exceptional and experiential access to Spanish culture.
CÚRATE BAR DE TAPAS
A downtown Asheville staple for over a decade. Enjoy classic Spanish tapas, carefully-selected wine, and a lively and memorable experience.
CÚRATE AT HOME
Savor Spain, anytime. Cúrate at Home is a specialty marketplace with thoughtfully curated gifts and experiences that bring Spain to your doorstep.
LA BODEGA BY CÚRATE
Spanish-style café, market and restaurant and wine bar, located in downtown Asheville at 32 S Lexington Avenue. Walk-ins welcome!

Katie Button is a five-time James Beard Foundation award nominated chef, cookbook author, media personality, and founder of Asheville-based Cúrate, a collection of restaurants, online marketplace, wine club and culinary journeys designed to connect people with the Spanish experience. 

Katie earned a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, but her passion for food and travel ultimately guided her towards a career in the food world after being immersed in the industry at a young age. She honed her craft in the kitchens of some of the world’s best chefs, most notably Ferran Adrià and José Andrés, before finding her own success with her restaurant group, Button Meana Group, and Cúrate lifestyle brands.  

Today, Button Meana Group houses Katie Button Media and Magnolia Network’s From The Source, a series exploring the origins and stories behind different ingredients, as well as the Cúrate brands – Katie’s bread and butter. This includes Cúrate Trips, Cúrate at Home and Cúrate Wine Club, as well as two restaurants, La Bodega by Cúrate and Cúrate Bar de Tapas, which won the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Hospitality award in 2022. In 2016, Katie extended the Cúrate brand to a new medium, releasing her first cookbook, Cúrate: Authentic Spanish Food from an American Kitchen. 

Katie continues to challenge the industry standard, steadily building comprehensive benefits to create a sustainable work environment for her living wage-certified restaurant group. 

Over the last year, Felix and I have been contemplating a big change. Since we opened Curate along with my parents in 2011, we’ve worn a ton of hats - probably too many! From a chef in the restaurants, to filming From the Source and writing a cookbook (working on another now!), managing operations with Felix and my most recent role of CEO, it has been exhausting and humbling work. I’m so thankful that I’ve been on this incredible journey of learning and growing.

When we took time this year to step back, we thought about where we wanted to take the company, and what we needed to get there. Making the choice to hire a CEO felt incredibly liberating - the idea of a seasoned leader who could help us achieve the vision was just what we needed - for us - that was step one!

We’re incredibly proud and excited to introduce our new CEO, Susan Aplin. She’s been in the role a couple of months, and is already bringing balance, strategy and enthusiasm to our team. Susan’s leadership spans industries from e-commerce to gourmet food, and even importation from Spain and Portugal. Best of all (and most importantly) she understands and aligns with our company values, including giving our guests and customers world-class hospitality and spaces to enjoy the small moments with friends and family that make life joyful.

On my end, I’m thrilled to be able to spend a bit more time on what I love - cooking! I feel sure that will come through over time as roles settle. Join me in welcoming Susan to the Cúrate crew!

Over the last year, Felix and I have been contemplating a big change. Since we opened Curate along with my parents in 2011, we’ve worn a ton of hats - probably too many! From a chef in the restaurants, to filming From the Source and writing a cookbook (working on another now!), managing operations with Felix and my most recent role of CEO, it has been exhausting and humbling work. I’m so thankful that I’ve been on this incredible journey of learning and growing.

When we took time this year to step back, we thought about where we wanted to take the company, and what we needed to get there. Making the choice to hire a CEO felt incredibly liberating - the idea of a seasoned leader who could help us achieve the vision was just what we needed - for us - that was step one!

We’re incredibly proud and excited to introduce our new CEO, Susan Aplin. She’s been in the role a couple of months, and is already bringing balance, strategy and enthusiasm to our team. Susan’s leadership spans industries from e-commerce to gourmet food, and even importation from Spain and Portugal. Best of all (and most importantly) she understands and aligns with our company values, including giving our guests and customers world-class hospitality and spaces to enjoy the small moments with friends and family that make life joyful.

On my end, I’m thrilled to be able to spend a bit more time on what I love - cooking! I feel sure that will come through over time as roles settle. Join me in welcoming Susan to the Cúrate crew!
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On Saturday December 2nd, from 2pm to 5pm, I will be in the downstairs retail shop portion of @labodegabycurate, ready to sign and personalize your Curate cookbooks! One of my favorite things in life is meeting people, hearing their story, and why they love food and cooking. 

I hope that you will come on down to hang out with me that Saturday! You can either bring a book you already own, or pick one up while you are there, or just swing by to say hello. I look forward to seeing you there! 

#cúrate #labodega #cúratecookbook #booksigning #asheville #avl

On Saturday December 2nd, from 2pm to 5pm, I will be in the downstairs retail shop portion of @labodegabycurate, ready to sign and personalize your Curate cookbooks! One of my favorite things in life is meeting people, hearing their story, and why they love food and cooking.

I hope that you will come on down to hang out with me that Saturday! You can either bring a book you already own, or pick one up while you are there, or just swing by to say hello. I look forward to seeing you there!

#cúrate #labodega #cúratecookbook #booksigning #asheville #avl
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This is a glimpse into cookbook signing day. A day every couple of months, where I sit down with a giant stack and work through signing each and every book until my marker dries up or my hand gets tired. Not only do I sign them, but I also personalize them, which is my favorite part of the process. I get a glimpse of what the gift giver is thinking, and what the recipient means to them. 

Mostly they just say things like Happy Birthday, Congratulations, or Merry Christmas, but sometimes they are downright hilarious, like when someone is trying to send a message to a family member that they want them to cook more at home, and it’s written by me, so it ends up being me telling them that their spouse expects them to cook more hint hint, very Gordon Ramsay 🤣. Recently I got one with emojis in it…so I literally tried to draw a jack-o-lantern emoji in the book 🎃. They are silly and fun, and I love the glimpse into other people's lives, learning all the reasons why they would want to buy or gift my book. It’s a very special moment. 

#curate #curatecookbook #cookbook #booksigning #katiebutton

This is a glimpse into cookbook signing day. A day every couple of months, where I sit down with a giant stack and work through signing each and every book until my marker dries up or my hand gets tired. Not only do I sign them, but I also personalize them, which is my favorite part of the process. I get a glimpse of what the gift giver is thinking, and what the recipient means to them.

Mostly they just say things like Happy Birthday, Congratulations, or Merry Christmas, but sometimes they are downright hilarious, like when someone is trying to send a message to a family member that they want them to cook more at home, and it’s written by me, so it ends up being me telling them that their spouse expects them to cook more hint hint, very Gordon Ramsay 🤣. Recently I got one with emojis in it…so I literally tried to draw a jack-o-lantern emoji in the book 🎃. They are silly and fun, and I love the glimpse into other people`s lives, learning all the reasons why they would want to buy or gift my book. It’s a very special moment.

#curate #curatecookbook #cookbook #booksigning #katiebutton
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The rossejat negro dish at Curate has been on our menu since the beginning. When people ask me what they should order, it is always the FIRST thing I say and they never regret it. 

I wrote a recipe for the dish for the Curate Cookbook, but the honest truth about that recipe is, to make it taste like it does in the restaurant, it requires a LOT of time and work. It might be something you try once, but not something you keep coming back to. 

I REALLY wanted to figure out a way for people to be able to make this incredible dish for themselves or a loved one at home, and then I discovered the @anetobroth squid ink paella base. It's the closest thing to our house made seafood stock in the restaurant, and is the essential ingredient in making this dish. 

I tested the recipe, made a super fast version of sofrito, so you don’t have to simmer it for hours like we do at Curate, but you still get the depth of flavor, add a mix of your favorite seafood and you have a fast, easy, show stopping meal. I literally did a dance in my kitchen after testing the dish and taking that first bite. It transported me straight to the Costa Brava. If I close my eyes I can hear and smell the Mediterranean and I can’t wait for you to have that same feeling from your kitchen. 

Link in bio.

#curate #curateathome #asheville #avl #rossejat #seafood #squidink #spanishcuisine #spanishfood #food #paella #foodreels @curateathome

The rossejat negro dish at Curate has been on our menu since the beginning. When people ask me what they should order, it is always the FIRST thing I say and they never regret it. 

I wrote a recipe for the dish for the Curate Cookbook, but the honest truth about that recipe is, to make it taste like it does in the restaurant, it requires a LOT of time and work. It might be something you try once, but not something you keep coming back to. 

I REALLY wanted to figure out a way for people to be able to make this incredible dish for themselves or a loved one at home, and then I discovered the @anetobroth squid ink paella base. It`s the closest thing to our house made seafood stock in the restaurant, and is the essential ingredient in making this dish. 

I tested the recipe, made a super fast version of sofrito, so you don’t have to simmer it for hours like we do at Curate, but you still get the depth of flavor, add a mix of your favorite seafood and you have a fast, easy, show stopping meal. I literally did a dance in my kitchen after testing the dish and taking that first bite. It transported me straight to the Costa Brava. If I close my eyes I can hear and smell the Mediterranean and I can’t wait for you to have that same feeling from your kitchen. 

Link in bio.

#curate #curateathome #asheville #avl #rossejat #seafood #squidink #spanishcuisine #spanishfood #food #paella #foodreels @curateathome
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