After operating Cakes by Gray for five years, Asheville native and pastry chef Melissa Gray took off on an adventure to the Hawaiian islands that changed her life and the direction of RosaBees forever. What was supposed to be a brick and mortar for her cake business quickly turned into a full service restaurant and cocktail bar. Experiencing the unique flavors of the islands, she knew this was something the Asheville food scene was missing.
Cookie Hadley Executive Chef
Cookie Hadley's love of Hawaiian cuisine was instilled as a child. Having been raised by a Japanese stepfather who was born and raised in Hawaii, he never forgot the first time he tasted his grandmother’s homemade pickled mango. Born in Kansas City but living in Asheville since 2001, RosaBees' menu inspiration is drawn from his adventures in Hawaii, including the hot Manapua he enjoyed near Waikiki Beach when I he just 10 years old.