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). In 2019 Dano took over the kitchen at Salvage Station on the banks of French Broad River in Asheville NC.
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) during the spring & summer of 2012.
Dano spent the next few months carefully assembling the pieces of his new project, Root Down, in Statesville, NC. In January 2013 the Food Truck hit the streets and spent the next year rolling through the Piedmont and Lake Norman area gaining confidence and building a solid foundation. He and his family relocated 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. In 2021 Dano was chosen by The Food Network to appear on Dinner Impossible with celebrity Chef Robert Irvine.
Dano is married to Julie Holcomb. The couple have two boys, Felix, and Arlo.
Laissez les bon temps rouler
Awards and Media:
2021 - The Food Network Dinner Impossible
2020 - Jam Cruise - Cloud 9 Adventures, Guest Chef
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
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 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.
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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!!