Kevin Callaghan

Acme Food & Beverage Co.  |  Carrboro, NC

After graduating from the University of North Carolina – to the delight of his loving family – Kevin parlayed his academic achievements into washing dishes. Professionally. After 10 years of working in every possible position in the restaurant industry, Kevin launched Acme Food & Beverage Co. in Carrboro in 1998. Since that time, Acme has been featured in Bon Appetit, Southern Living, Garden & Gun, The New York Times, Esquire, and many other national and regional newspapers and magazines. Kevin is one of the nation’s leading advocates of sustainable food and local farms. His work maintains deep connections to the traditional foodways at the heart of honest food of the American South.

In 2016, Kevin was named by Lululemon as one of their 29 American artists and "tastemakers," and, in 2017, he was selected as a a Lululemon Ambassador. In 2016 and 2017, Kevin was named the executive chef of Wanderlust Festivals. The father of two awesome young women, Kevin lives in Carrboro.


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Kevin is participating in the Hill Fire dinner on 10/18 and the Fall Fête on the Green on 10/20.