About UsJargon is about the people, and we have one goal in mind: the perfect dining experience
Located in a small historic building in the heart of West Asheville, Jargon’s continental social cuisine is inspired by the world around us, unconstrained by borders, and intended to bring folks together to delight in a language we all understand… delicious food.
Craft, Service and Dedication on Every Plate
Masterful technique, amazing ingredients and deep relationships with local farmers and food providers all contribute to the dining experience at Jargon. It is our pleasure to wow your palate and suprise you with a culinary delight like no other.
Sean & Shelly Piper
After visiting family in Asheville for many years, Sean, Shelly and their son Rowan made it their home in 2010. In March of 2014 they were able to purchase a small, condemned, historical building at 715 Haywood Road West Asheville, NC. Sean received an SBA loan and lovingly restored the building while still preserving its historical designation. In 2018 he was given a Griffin Award for Adaptive Reuse by the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County. After years of dedication and perseverance, Jargon opened its doors on May 15th, 2017.
Sean is originally from Preston, CT, and has proud New England roots. While working in restaurants for many years in a myriad of roles; from dish to prep, bus to server, and bartender to manager, he gained a deep love for the restaurant business. He and Shelly met in St. Augustine, FL, they married, he attended film school and soon after they moved to Los Angeles. For seventeen years he worked as a grip and dolly grip on TV shows and films such as; The Hunger Games, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, Into the Wild, Captain of America Civil War, Masterminds (Asheville), and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Asheville). While continuing to work in the film/television business, he worked on the concept for Jargon in his free time. When Sean isn’t welcoming guests at Jargon, he is watching Patriot games, camping in his VW van or mowing his lawn.
Shelly Piper is originally from Oviedo FL, and came to Asheville with Sean and their son in 2010. She has a master’s degree in arts administration, and had a long career working in museums and galleries in Orlando, FL and Los Angeles, CA. She spent many years at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, where she helped manage a wide variety of scholarly art history programming and publications. Although her role at Jargon is mostly in the background as an administrator, her artwork is the very first thing you will see when you enter the building. Shelly created the mosaic tile entry way that adorns the vestibule floor, and is responsible for a large part of the interior design of the restaurant. She loves visiting museums, exploring antique and thrift stores, and looks forward to holidays and special events at Jargon so she has more opportunities to make things out of paper and glitter.
Executive Chef Steven Goff is the previous head butcher at Standard Foods in Raleigh, and is the former Executive Chef and Owner of the King James Public House and AUX Bar in Asheville. Steven left home at fifteen, and spent the next eleven years homeless, jumping freight trains across the US and Europe, cooking wherever his travels took him. After being stranded in Asheville, he got more serious about cooking enrolled in the AB Tech culinary program receiving honorable degrees in both Culinary Arts, and Baking and Pastry. Because of his early life experiences, he is highly dedicated to supporting the local community through his food. He co-directed the popular local fundraising event The Blind Pig Supper Club, and served on the Board of Directors of Asheville Independent Restaurants. Chef Goff’s cuisine has been recognized by Food and Wine Magazine, Bon Appétit, Garden and Gun, and various local publications. In 2019 he was named Chef of the Year by the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association. He lives in Asheville with his wonderful wife Samantha, his daughter Emma, and their array of animals.
Follow him on Instagram @brinedandcured
A native of Alabama, Andrew started working in fine dining while still in high school. He has worked numerous positions in both front and back of the house, but soon found that his true passion lied in bartending. He arrived in Asheville in 2015 and after working at a few other fine dining establishments, he settled behind the bar at Jargon.
Andrew loves making simple, rustic craft cocktails with local ingredients and selecting wine pairings. He is greatly influenced by wine, and this enthusiasm has inspired him to work towards Sommelier training. He enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and their dog, hiking and cooking.
Follow him on Instagram @theboozyjargonaught
Jargon is located in a historic West Asheville building and we take great pride in furthering that history and making our mark on the present and future. In 2018 we received a Griffin Award for Historic Preservation, for the restoration work we accomplished on our building.
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