Meet Dano

Dano Holcomb
Dano Holcomb is a Cook County, Illinois native who has developed a keen palate for Southern food. After spending 14 years coaching NCAA Division I soccer, Dano put his first career to rest in 2009 and moved to New Orleans, LA in order to attend culinary school and pursue his dream of cooking. During the his time in the Crescent City, Dano worked and staged in some of NOLA's finest kitchens, learning essential qualities of classic Creole, French and Southern cuisine under James Beard nominated Chefs such as Frank Brigtsen (Brigtsen's), Aaron Burgau (Patois) and Justin Devellier (La Petite Grocery).
 
Upon completion of his degree from Delgado Community College Culinary Institute (2011), the aspiring chef had a brief stint at Harvest Moon Grille in Charlotte, NC where he worked under Farm to Table pioneer Cassie Parsons and Charlotte Food Truck legend Brian Stockholm (Papi Queso). 
 
A few months later, he broke away to start Root Down Food Truck in Statesville, NC (June 2012) and spent the next year rolling through the Piedmont and Lake Norman area gaining confidence and building a solid foundation.  He moved to Asheville in 2014 to spread the love and introduce the Blue Ridge Mountains to his version of Soul Food.
 
Root Down has taken Asheville by storm; being named 4-time Best Food Truck, featuring in Southern Living Magazine’s Best Southern Food Trucks, as well as making an appearance CNN’s Wander Musts and was chosen as a Guest Chef on the Cloud 9 Adventure's music festival voyage Jam Cruise.
Dano is married to Julie Holcomb.  The couple have two boys, Felix, 10 and Arlo, 8.

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Awards and Media:

Asheville Annual Food Truck Showdown

2019 - People's Choice

2018 - Overall Best Food Truck

2017 - People's Choice

2016 - Overall Best Food Truck and People's Choice

2015 - Overall Best Food Truck

2014 - Overall Best Food Truck

CNN's Wander Musts

2019 - The South's Best Food Trucks

Southern Living Magazine

2016 - The South's Top Ten Food Trucks

Great Music deserves Great Food

We are excited to be back open at Salvage Station!

Come join us on Riverside Drive and enjoy our version of Creole & Southern Soul Food at the Root Down Kitchen at Salvage Station.

We'll also be monitoring the Covid-19 epidemic and continue to follow the safety guidelines.

Find out more here:

Salvage Station

Jam Cruise 2020

This year started off with a bang! I was chosen as guest chef on Jam Cruise, the greatest music adventure at sea. It was the opportunity of a lifetime - an absolutely incredible experience cooking for some of my favorite musicians and hundreds of new friends. Thank you Cloud 9 Adventures!!

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