Five-time James Beard Foundation Award nominee chef Katie Button and her husband Félix Meana are the co-founders of Asheville, North Carolina’s beloved Cúrate, a collection of two restaurants, an online marketplace, wine club and culinary journeys designed to connect people with the Spanish experience and lifestyle.
Over more than a decade, the Cúrate brand has expanded to include Cúrate Trips, Cúrate at Home & Cúrate Wine Club, and most recently a second restaurant, La Bodega by Cúrate. Cúrate is part of the Katie Button Restaurants family, which includes Katie Button Media and Magnolia Network’s From The Source, a series exploring the origins and stories behind different ingredients.
Among their many accolades, chef Katie Button was featured as one of Food & Wine’s 2015 Best New Chefs. Cúrate was named as one of the “40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years” by Food & Wine and one of the “Most Important Restaurants of the Decade” by Esquire. In 2016, Button released her first cookbook, Cúrate: Authentic Spanish Food from an American Kitchen.
In 2022, Cúrate Bar de Tapas won the James Beard Foundation award for Outstanding Hospitality. Throughout it all, Katie and Felix continue to challenge the industry standard, steadily building comprehensive benefits to create a sustainable work environment for their living wage-certified restaurant group.
At home, Katie and Felix enjoy creating moments that reflect the combination of their upbringings, entertaining friends and spending time with their two young children, Gisela and Lalo.