Case Dighero

Chef Case is keeping the Northwest Arkansas 'edible culture' alive at Crystal Bridges Museum

Chef Case

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Case Dighero has been an influential component of the culinary community of Northwest Arkansas since the mid-1990s. An active proponent of the NWA food movement, Dighero serves as Director of Culinary Programming and Events at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, helping to define the philosophy of “edible culture” for the museum’s culinary department.

Joining Crystal Bridges’ team prior to the museum’s opening on 11/11/11, Dighero established the museum’s specialty of modern American comfort food with an emphasis on traditions that hail from the “High South” region of the Ozarks. His “edible responsibility” approach demonstrates a commitment to promoting and celebrating local food culture, featuring fresh ingredients from the Bentonville Farmers’ Market and other food artisans in Northwest Arkansas. The robust cuisine of Eleven not only nourishes, but also tells a story—inspired by the artworks, natural surroundings, and fascinating regional history connected to the museum.

Prior to joining Crystal Bridges, Dighero worked as director of product development for Rogers’ based Marketfoods until 2005, and was the owner/proprietor of Soul Restaurant and Lounge in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Case is also the Food Editor for Citiscapes Metro Monthly Magazine, where readers have enjoyed his stylized epicurean anecdotes for over twelve years. Since the opening of Crystal Bridges, Dighero has hosted the popular public programs Wednesday Over Water or WOW, DISH, and the CR(EAT)E Food Series, all focusing on the entertaining virtues of the cross section between cuisine and art.

In addition to teaching continuing education classes that include courses at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in central Arkansas, Dighero has chaired and served on several civic and social committees, including Inaugural Chef Chair for the Paint the Town Red Fundraiser for the American Heart Association, Find It Fresh Fayetteville with the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, and currently as Co-Curator for the Sensory Iconoclasts project in tandem with Arts Center of the Ozarks.

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