Meet the Chef

Chef Kevin Faini’s fondness for humble, Southern ingredients comes directly from his roots in nearby Rutherford County.


Surrounded by a diverse family of Southern and Italian heritage with a passion for fresh food, Foragers Canteen's Executive Chef, Kevin Faini, was long ago introduced to the idea mixing and matching world cuisines in the quest for innovative new dishes.

Chef Faini was most influenced by his grandmothers who grew, canned, and preserved food with love and care to feed their families fresh, handmade food every day. From an early age, he developed a deep connection to food, the land, and farming. Chef Faini turned that love of food into a 16 year career, working in and leading high-end kitchens in Lake Lure, Cashiers, and Highlands.

Today, as Corporate Chef and Food and Beverage Director of Foragers Canteen in eclectic Dillsboro,NC, Chef Faini celebrates lessons learned from his family and career, combining local, seasonally-fresh food and gracious service to create a memorable dining experience.