Originally from rural 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 the former 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 chef driven, culinary focused events with a 'pay it forward' business model working with many independent and creative minded chefs and 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, supporting local farms and local economies with fresh and seasonal food. In 2014, Mike was nominated for the Rising Star Community Chef Award in the Southeastern United States for his effective culinary philanthropic work.
The Blind Pig Supper Club has hosted and produced well over one hundred charitable dinner events which help to support local communities and initiatives working very hard to set an example of involving philanthropic work through the craft of cooking as a sustainable model for community. Mike, through this effort, has built a reputable network of chefs from around the country and produces remarkable fundraising events, short film documentary collaborations and restaurant projects in Western North Carolina. In the Winter of 2016, Mike took role as pitmaster and conceptual chef along with team members from WNC Resort Properties for the opening of Old Etowah Smokehouse: a wood fired, pit smoked & whole hog barbecue concept in Etowah, NC which lies between Hendersonville and Brevard along highway 64 towards the Pisgah National Forest in Brevard. Old Etowah Smokehouse maintains North Carolina's traditions of barbecue and is one of the few all wood, whole hog pit bastions in Western North Carolina.