Founder Fireside: Asheville's Trailblazers

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October 19, 2022

Tonight we're joined by a few of Asheville's very finest founders:

Connie Matisse is the CEO & co-founder of East Fork Pottery. East Fork was started in 2009, but has exploded in popularity over the past few years as its mug took Instagram by storm. They're an incredible example of a B-Corp that allows their values to drive their decisions, using the business as a vehicle for change. The news that Hunter Walk had invested in East Fork caught our attention, and we're excited to have the chance to chat with Connie about that and more.

Meherwan and Molly Irani are co-founders of Chai Pani Restaurant Group. Chai Pani started as a little chaat house in downtown Asheville back in 2009, and in the years since then the team has grown it into a veritable restaurant empire—including businesses such as Buxton Hall Barbecue, Nani’s Piri Piri Chicken, Spicewalla, and more. Just this year they took home a James Beard Award for Chai Pani, and we're excited to check in with the team and hear what's next for them.

The speakers

Here are the speakers for this event
Connie Matisse
Founder, East Fork Pottery
Molly Irani
Co-Founder, Chai Pani Restaurant Group
Meherwan Irani
Co-Founder, Chai Pani Restaurant Group

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