Before moving to Asheville, Eric Scheffer was a motion picture and television commercial producer in Los Angeles for 19 years. In 1995, in midst of a fast-paced Hollywood lifestyle, Eric and his wife Heidi moved to Asheville with hopes of finding a community where they could raise a family.
After the birth of their daughter Jordan in 1999, life's priorities became even more apparent. The visionary decided to stop traveling the world to remain in Asheville with his family.
Eric Scheffer wanted to create his own restaurant - sharing his passions for food, wine, and people with friends and community. He purchased Savoy from Alan Laibson and transformed the restaurant into what it has become today - a contemporary taverna with a focus on seafood and the intelligent blendings of the world's most distinctive flavors.
To produce the ultimate dining experience, Eric Scheffer set about casting a crew of great culinary talent in the kitchen and consummate service professionals in the dining room. Innovation with presentation and unwavering attention to service was a key philosophy to this endeavor.
Scheffer created a wine list of predominantly Californian, South American, Italian, and Spanish wines, with select appearances by French and Australian vintages. He also chose to concentrate on boutique and limited production wines - accessible in price but with a breadth that extends to some of the world's finest producers.
Eric Scheffer's influence over Savoy's menu and wine list has been popular with the Savoy faithful and critics from far afield, alike. In addition to its wine-list accolades, Savoy was hailed "Asheville's restaurant of the moment" in a New York Times article.
Recognized for "Excellence in Service" in the Southeast by Sante Magazine, Savoy has been voted Asheville's "People's Choice" for best restaurant at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce's Annual Culinary Showcase four straight years in a row, and consistently sweeps the Best of Show awards.
But it was not enough that the restaurant's wine list and menu were garnering rave reviews, Scheffer wanted Savoy's atmosphere and dining experience to meet his formula for the perfect meal: 1) the right mix of people, 2) fabulous food and wine, and 3) a comfortable and inviting setting.
To achieve the crowning touch of his formula, Scheffer remodeled the interior of the restaurant, personally selecting the tranquil colors, hand-hewn finishes and balanced décor, transforming the space into a modern and stylish dining room…with candlelight as its primary source of light.
Combining antique artifacts in the entryway with a new weathered-concrete topped bar, rich copper highlights and wrought-iron details throughout the room, the entire restaurant blends seamlessly into a relaxed, yet elegant setting for a casual outing, romantic evening, or even as a place for business over dinner.
With a focus on fresh seafood, pastas and prime meats, Savoy's menu features a diverse mix of flavors made from scratch daily, incorporating only the freshest ingredients into every dish.
Scheffer's knowledge of food and wine, coupled with his Hollywood entertainment background, make him the consummate host. While Savoy is a true reflection of Scheffer's style and love for entertaining, the professional culinary and service teams he has assembled are committed for the long-term, which provides consistency and a level of excellence that is rare in an industry that usually experiences repeated turnover.
Savoy's metamorphosis has been, and continues to be a true success story. The restaurant is packed every night of the week, with reservations a must. Savoy has earned its place as one of the city's premier restaurants in a remarkably short time, largely due to its commitment to present nothing but the best for guests who ultimately become part of the Savoy family.