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Hospitality Consulting 

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Concept and Development

Concept and Develpment

* Development of concept identity, and direction of brand

* Communication and interviewing with prospective contractor hiring, permitting, and build out processing 

Restaurant Layout/Design

 Layout/ Design

* Working with architects, contractors and equipment vendors for work flow and layout

* Interior design from conception through to furniture sourcing and decor

* Specializing in Restaurants, Bars, and Office design

Menu and Recipe Development

Menu and Recipe Development

* Menu concepting and writing for both kitchen and bar service

* Food costing, beverage costing, and recipe development 

* Special event menu planning for functionality from existing resources

Operations Assesment
Human Resources
Marketing Strategy

Operations Assesment

* Evaluation of existing operations and areas for improvement

* Creation of new systems to optimize workflow, labor hours, and efficiency

* Vision report for potential investors or funding 

Human Resourses and Staff Training Establishment

* Creation and development of all staff related systems, from job role creation, interviewing, hiring, and training

* Employee handbooks, staff evaluation forms, and entrance/exit interview forms

Business Coaching

* Brand development or rebranding consultation

* Guidance on long and short term goal setting

* Brainstorming/White boarding growth and scaling 

* Accountability around results and clarity of processes



After attending Johnson and Wales University in Providence Rhode Island, Kris returned to North Carolina to work in the hospitality field. Moving with her family to Asheville in 2001, she has spent the last twenty two years getting to know Asheville by working her way through many areas of her training from hot line culinary work, baking and pastry, high volume catering, and restaurant consulting and ultimately ownership of multiple concepts, in addition to large scale event production. Kris has honed her training in customer service and networking to build a web of connections that highlight this region’s rich culinary world in events both locally based and regionally. Over the years she has bolstered her resume with trainings and certifications including Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with a focus in Human Resources.


In 2010, Kris chose to step out of the kitchen and move toward combining all of her passions for business and hospitality into an all inclusive event production company, Contact Asheville. Responding to the areas growing tourist market demands, Contact Asheville has reached beyond the culinary bits of Asheville and extended into other event styles such as the arts, conferences, and sports. Kris has been contracted to work locally to provide a variety of event platforms from small receptions, visiting business multi-day seminars, interior design, buildout and event consulting, culinary crawls, festivals and tournaments. Kris has worked closely with the Asheville Chamber and CVB in addition to the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, Asheville Independent Restaurant Association, The Grove Arcade, The Southern Conference, Asheville Wine and Food Festival, Rolls-Royce Owners Club, the North Carolina Chapter of The American Planning Association, YPO organizations across the country and ownership conception of Asheville Cocktail Week. ACW was responsible for founding the United States Bartenders Guild in Asheville, which is one of the largest functioning chapters in the state. ACW has been recognized internationally as a top cocktailing event. In 2018 Kris opened the Waterbird, the flagship all day coffee to cocktails concept in the North Asheville neighborhood with several similar concepts developed for the coming years. 

Taking note of her passion to develop concepts and community, Kris has assembled a badass team of people to provide the most detail oriented consultation in the hospitality industry across the United States. With a broad spectrum of expertise her team can guide from the idea phase to execution of any restaurant project, co-working space or event of any size or variety. 


When Kris isn't “partying for a living” she still enjoys cooking at home for her family with goodies from their garden and working with the Western Region of North Carolina Odyssey of the Mind.

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Please fill out the following form for all inquiries and questions about your project. All projects are custom priced, and pricing can not be provided without a conversation about your project needs. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you. 

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Tel: 828.200.3293

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