Restaurant Management and Classic Culinary Arts, 2007
Owner and Chief Impact Officer of Katie Button Restaurants in Asheville, NC

Liz Button is a passionate advocate for culinary authenticity and sustainability. Nowhere is this more evident than in her role as Director of Operations at Katie Button Restaurants.

Liz’s culinary career began in the fast food industry and quickly moved to the world of catering. For ten years she ran the highly-successful New Jersey-based Elizabeth Button Catering before attending the International Culinary Institute (formerly FCI) where she earned degrees in Professional Culinary, Restaurant Management and Wine Spirit Education Trust, graduating with honors. Once again she was honored by the International Culinary Institute, this time in 2014 with the alumni award for “Outstanding Restaurant Management.”

In 2008, Button and her family moved to Asheville, North Carolina, to pursue a long-held dream of restaurant ownership. In 2011, Liz, Katie, Félix and Ted opened Cúrate, a traditional Spanish tapas bar; in 2014, the team opened Nightbell, a restaurant focusing on local Appalachian ingredients and craft cocktails; and most recently, in 2018 Button & Co. Bagels in the space below Nightbell.

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