Charles Hodge

After obtaining a BFA in Dance at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Charlie went on to accumulate a vast amount of experience in opening new and restructuring failing restaurant and bar properties. Consulting for more than twelve bars on the West Coast, he worked on a wide range of projects with design, permitting, demolition, contracting, construction, financials, developing SOP’s, staffing and training. Previous projects have been awarded “Top Ten Hotel Bars in the World” (Details Magazine) and “Best Bars” (David Wondrich). Through work in restructuring several failing ventures he has gained an eye for weak points in businesses and developed the requisite skills to repair those issues.  One such restructuring, Le Pigeon of Portland Oregon, was awarded the James Beard Rising Star Chef Award 2011.

Charlie was the opening bar manager of the Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon, where he spend a year and a half laying the groundwork to become one of the Top 10 Hotel Bars in the Country and Best Bar according to Esquire magazine. In addition, he is the former owner/operator for Holocene Night Club, Portland OR.  Working as partner from creation, construction, and opening to financial stability of a 5000 square foot warehouse with capital spending of $200,000 ($40 sqft). During his time in PDX he was also a founding member of the Portland Bartenders Guild and on the upstart committee for the Buckman Farmers Market.

In addition to the above, he apprenticed with Alex Day (Death and Co, The Varnish and Proprietors LLC) in restructuring Bar & Kitchen downtown LA, gaining methods from two highly acclaimed bar programs and deepening his personal relationship with Imbibe Magazine. His love of music, couple with his experience catering/events while managing budgets up to 20k allowed him to manage the bar program for the Northwest Music Festival four years running.

With almost three decades working in the Hospitality industry and loving it, Charlie is now the owner and operator of Sovereign Remedies, Asheville NC. It has become celebrated as one of the best new business in Asheville, voted best cocktails in Asheville two years running. 

Sunil Patel

A farmer, permaculturalist, and a food and farming thought-leader, he's studied natural farming methods and worked for farmers in California, West Virginia, New Jersey, and Oregon. Along the way, he has collected many skills from growing 4-season biodynamic vegetables, to managing a grass-fed dairy herd, making artisanal raw milk cheese, baking for production in a commercial wood-fired oven, natural building, and helping maintain permaculture sites. 

Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, he managed a large CSA in central PA for four years. In which time, he expanded a quarter acre plot to a 12-acre working farm.  In January 2013, Sunil relocated to Asheville and  transitioned from being Site Manager and Teaching Urban Farming at the Ashevillage Institute to launching Patchwork Urban Farms in early 2014.