About Us

Living Wage Certified, Experienced Professionals, Committed to Diversity

Blue Ridge Event Staffing started in 2012 with the core belief: A Living Wage should be the minimum wage. We start all of our staff at a living wage. Because of the nature of what we do, we can not offer full time employment to our event staff. However, we do want to ensure that the people we send to work in events in WNC are being justly paid. That belief forms the core from which our values extend.

To read more about the the Living Wage Movement, please visit Just Economics website. We are proud to have carried the Just Economics Certification since our first day of business.

Blue Ridge Event Staffing is a proud supporter of LGBTQI + weddings and couples. Black Lives Matter, and Black Weddings matter. POC Matter Here. We love learning new traditions, from Traditional Indian weddings to Traditional Nigerian buffets, we go the extra mile to listen, research, and educate staff if needed. We also hire a diverse group.

Blue Ridge Event Staffing hires and values a diverse staff. We focus on providing qualified event staff. Our staff are experienced food and beverage professionals, we do not staff light industrial or clerical positions.

We love supporting local businesses, and do so whenever we can. Whether we are buying office supplies, print materials, disposable plates, or cloth face masks, chances are someone in Asheville makes or sources these items. We are committed to keeping the money that comes into Asheville here in Asheville to keep this community that inspires so much love, thriving.

In The Office

Our Owner, Kai Schmoll (pronouns he/him) moved back to Asheville from LA. Kai was an Asheville native and wanted to bring his experience in events and catering in LA and NY home to Western North Carolina’s burgeoning destination event scene.

Operations Manager, Caire (pronouns she/her), met Kai during a Foundations course at our local business incubator Mountain Bizworks. In 2015 she joined him in growing the business. When you call the office, chances are you are speaking with her or Kai.

As we grew our Logistics needed Coordination, so we added two positions over the years to ensure the lines of communication with staff are clear and everything gets where it needs to go. Our wizards who make this happen each week are Stefanie (she/her) and Barrington (he/him). Both were members of our staff before joining the office in 2016 and 2019 respectively. As former staff members they know intimately what is needed to make an event run smoothly.

The Staffing Crew

Blue Ridge Event Staffing would not be what it is without our talented staff who work at your events. We have some staffers that have been working with us for years. We have some who just spend a summer before moving on to other towns or talents. Besides being talented food and beverage professionals our staff boasts a diverse range of occupations and hobbies. Our staff have day jobs as varied as: accountants, actors, aerial artists, authors, bakers, bankers, banquet managers, caterers, craft brewers, carpenters, dancers, event managers, entrepreneurs, front desk associates, grocers, homemakers, hotel managers, interior designers, jugglers, legal assistants, massage therapists, painters, pastor, performers, personal chefs, photographers, publishers, realtors, sales associates, social workers, social media mavens, students, teachers, venue managers, wedding planners, and yoga and zumba instructors.