Move To Munch: A Special After-Hours Experience at the Public Market

Your body deserves the best: An exclusive evening of yoga, food, wine, and private shopping at the Public Market. 

Longtime business collaborators, Chef Ryan Butler of the Public Market and Laura Hitchman, owner of OV Power Yoga, have come together once again to not only teach people how to experience all of their senses, but to inspire people to step out of their comfort zones by embracing non-traditional art forms during their latest collaboration, Move to Munch at the Public Market on Oct. 23 from 5:45 – 9 p.m.

Butler has been using his culinary skills around town for years, teaching people to step outside of the traditional fare of pizza and wings and try his internationally-inspired dishes that fuse together unusual flavors while keeping it healthy. 

Most recently, Butler has been flexing his culinary muscle as the Head Chef at Wheeling’s Public Market, where he is inspired daily to create unique dishes that use seasonal and regionally-sourced foods. 

“It keeps me on my toes and helps me create unique options in the kitchen,” said Butler. 

Laura Hitchman and Chef Ryan Butler in yoga poses at The Public Market
Laura Hitchman, owner of OV Power Yoga has teamed up with Chef Ryan Butler of the Public Market for a one-of-a-kind evening at the market on Oct. 23.

Move to Munch will feature Butler’s five-course tasting menu and attendees can expect an array of flavors. Everything from Latin American-inspired local pork or chicken dishes, Asian noodle salads with fresh veggies, his famous Kimchi and chia seed pudding. There is sure to be a little something for every taste bud in attendance. 

The Public Market is operated by Grow Ohio Valley and sources the majority of their food not only from local farmers and purveyors, but also from their own greenhouses, agrarian centers and urban farms that they operate right here in Wheeling. This sort of community supported agriculture is important because it gives local farmers and purveyors a year-round platform to reach a wider customer base.

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Not only does the local economy, environment, and community benefit from Grow OV and the Public Market, but our bodies reap the wide range of positive long-term health benefits of eating fresh and local. Which is where Laura Hitchman of OV Power Yoga comes into the picture.

Hitchman is passionate about helping people use yoga to better-understand and connect with their bodies. Through a graceful combination of physical work, mental acceptance, and emotional healing she teaches her clients how to understand the communication channel between their bodies, heads, and hearts through the power of movement.

“It all starts and stops in THE BODY! Plus, I just love to have a good time and I do not know how to do that without great food and clean wine,” says Hitchman.

Event attendees can expect to be guided through Hitchman’s creation, THE BODY – featuring vinyasa yoga, body weight sculpt, and breath work all woven together with an inspirational message from her own life about what it is like to experience being human.

The night would not be complete without wine, so the duo (Butler and Hitchman) invited local wine connoisseur, Renee Storm to join in on this fun collaboration! Storm is a wine consultant for Scout and Cellar’s Clean Crafted Wines. Their wines are free from synthetic pesticides, chemical additives, and sweeteners. Not only are they better for you to consume; they are better for the environment.

Storm boasts, “Since I’ve started drinking Scout and Cellar, I can’t drink anything else because this is the only wine that actually leaves me feeling good. I no longer get that yucky feeling I used to get after drinking mass produced wines.”

Move to Munch is a passion project by local non-traditional artists that care deeply about educating the Ohio Valley on how to support their bodies while having fun at the same time! The collaborators believe in the flow of good food, clean wine, powerful yoga, and community connection as a sustainable way to fuel the whole body and the environment in which we all live. 

The event will be held at the Public Market and attendees can expect to start the evening with yoga, followed by munching and sipping while shopping privately at the Market. Limited tickets are available and ticket sales will close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19. 

To attend Move to Munch, visit to purchase tickets.