2017 Talent

Charlie Loomis

Charlie Loomis started his culinary career in Virginia (it’s still considered the South!) and Washington D.C. under the guidance of Chef Patrick Dihn. With Chef Dihn’s supervision and teaching, Charlie worked at several restaurants in the Northern Virginia and Maryland areas as he further developed his unique skill set.

In 2001, Charlie headed further south to Raleigh, North Carolina where he joined the Rocky Top Hospitality Group. While with the company he opened 3 new restaurants in a year period. From there, he transitioned to Asheville. Charlie found his morning niche at the original and only Tupelo Honey Cafe and eventually, The Laughing Seed, a famous local vegetarian restaurant where he worked as a head chef and met his future wife, Jennifer. The Laughing Seed Cafe is still going strong and had been a true Asheville staple for over 20 years.

Soon after, his unique talents were discovered by local businessman, Chuck Pruett, and he began his career with Greenlife Grocery. As Culinary Director, Charlie oversaw the meat, seafood, bread and culinary departments of the Asheville and Chattanooga locations and was instrumental in designing, opening, and getting the newer, bigger, better Greenlife Grocery running in 2007.

Falling in love with the people and the area, Charlie moved to the Scenic City and oversaw the transition of Greenlife Grocery to Whole Foods when the company was purchased in 2010. Tired of traveling repeatedly for work, Charlie was interested in a local venture where he could display his creative culinary skills while spending more time at home with Jennifer, and their boys, Asher and Oliver.

After meeting 1885 Grill owner, Miguel Morales just once at a children’s birthday party in 2007, the duo knew that eventually they would join culinary forces. Chef Charlie joined the 1885 Grill team as Executive Chef in 2013 before partnering with Miguel and Tremont Tavern owner, Dustin Choate to open The FEED Co. Table and Tavern. At FEED Co., he serves a seasonal menu of inventive farm fresh comfort cuisine with a southern influence. Each owner brings a unique southern taste to the table. From Virginia to North Carolina to coastal South Carolina to Tennessee… and some Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana too, it’s all in there.

When Charlie isn’t busy creating culinary masterpieces in his private or commercial kitchens, he enjoys family movie time, hiking, and of course, cookouts. Notably, he had recipes featured in the White House Garden Cookbook and many of his recipes from Greenlife Grocery are still in use today and favorites around the county.