About the Artists
50/Fifty is Mandy and Chris Butler, a husband and wife team who have brought their dream of opening a dessert and pastry business to Asheville, North Carolina. They moved to the beautiful city of Asheville in 2011 from Southwest Florida to make that dream a reality.
Mandy and Chris named their business 50/Fifty because they believe in the importance of balance - both in the flavors of desserts and in life itself. They believe that creating that balance takes years of experience and commitment, as well as an artist’s special touch.
Mandy is the artist who creates the distinctive desserts. She has over sixteen years of experience working in the pastry industry, including spending five years with well-renowned pastry chefs at The Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida and later as Pastry Chef at Norman Love Confections in Ft. Myers, Florida, one of the nation's top chocolatiers. Most recently, she worked as a Pastry Chef at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge here in Asheville. Mandy graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Academy of Culinary Arts.
Chris completes the other half of the team with his management skills and experience in the food and hospitality industry. Chris earned his degree in Culinary Arts from Chariho Technical Center in Rhode Island. He began his career at The Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida, and eventually made his way to the Naples Ritz Carlton, where he not only gained knowledge in the front of the house operations, but also met his lovely wife. After fine tuning his skills in the hotel industry, Chris joined the exciting world of offsite catering. In Asheville, he has brought his talents and expertise to the Pisgah View Ranch, 12 Bones Smokehouse, and most recently The Colorful Palate.
Together, Mandy and Chris want to share their love of desserts and their extensive experience in the culinary and pastry industry into the art that is 50/Fifty.