Nationwide and with promotion even from the White House by Michele Obama, there is a growing interest/push for Local Foods, Strong Farms and Healthy Communities. You can drive down Merrimon Ave. (just two streets over from Cumberland Circle) and see where churches are growing vegetables on their front and side lawns ( cared for by their congregations). Members of AIR (Asheville Independent Restaurants) have all committed to using local farm products within 100 miles. ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) is a hugely responsible for teaching local farmers how to market their products, connecting food service buyers and Chefs to farms that can fill their needs, producing and publishing a local Food Guide, designing a brand that certifies products that are Appalachian Grown, education of school children focusing on where their food comes from (farm tours) and organizing Asheville City Markets coordinating with the Mountain Tailgate Market Association. Even if you are just visiting you can enjoy the following list of Tailgate Markets: Asheville City Market-8am – 1pm, Saturdays, 161 S. Charlotte St. and Eagle Street- free parking available; Asheville City Market South-1-5pm, Wednesdays – 2 Town Square Blvd- Biltmore Park Town Square; French Broad Food Co-op Market– 2-6pm, Wednesdays, 76 Biltmore Ave., in parking lot next to French Broad Food-Co-op; Montford Tailgate Market-2-6pm, Wednesdays, parking lot of the Asheville Visitors Center, 34 Montford Ave; East Asheville Tailgate Market-3-6pm, Fridays, Groce United Methodist Church’s parking lot at the corner of Beverly and Tunnel road; West Asheville Tailgate Market-3:30-6:30 pm, Tuesdays, 718 Haywood Road, in parking area between Grace Baptist Church and Sun Trust Bank. Items to buy range from flowers, goat cheese, grass fed beef, pasteurized pork, cider, vegetables, fresh bread, honey, molasses, mushrooms, eggs, soap and chocolate, to name a few items for sale.
This will be the 6th year that Asheville is offering a Foodtopian experience to showcase just what these Western Mountains has to savor, enjoy and imbibe. Asheville’s Wine and Food Festival is split into 3 days of heaven, Thursday, August 21 thru Saturday, August 23, 2014. Tickets are available at www.ashevillewineandfood.com.
Each day is a separate theme: ELIXIR, on Thursday, August 21, from 6 to 8pm at a secret location somewhere in Asheville. The focus is Cocktails and the wizardry of Mixology. It is a competition using the spirits only from North Carolina. There will be live entertainment and hors d’oeuvres as you sample each creation.
The theme for Friday: SWEET, August 22, from 8 to 10 pm in the Grove Arcade. Explore tastes from local bakeries, patisseries, chocolatiers, wine vendors, local breweries and local distillers. Music will be jazz performed by ONE LEG UP. The shops in the Grove arcade will also keep their doors open during this event.
The final theme for Saturday: GRAND TASTING, August 23, from 1-5 pm for VIP entrance and 2 to 5 pm for General Admission in the US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street. There will be over 125 international and local wines, regional distilleries, farmers, restaurants and chefs, local Beer City Breweries. All located on the arena floor and on the concourse and for your individual tasting.
We have a motto, here, at Applewood: “There’s absolutely nothing that wine & chocolate can’t solve!” That must be why both our commons room and music room boast crystal jars of yummy, cocoa delights. Go ahead… grab a handful!
In addition to your 3-course breakfast, we offer a wine & cheese hour (and a non-lactose snack of Salsa & chips or Hummus & Pita chips) from 5:00 to 6:00pm daily. This is one of my favorite times, as I’ve usually finished most of my day’s tasks (like baking fresh bread for the morning) and am waiting for those new guests to check-in. It is so rewarding to listen to the lively banter from our visitors enjoying a glass of red or white wine. I’m grateful for the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, to hear about their respective cultures and adventures, and this encourages others to meet those staying with us.
Wine and cheese hour is also the perfect time to unwind, before dinner. Guests often spend the time catching up with friends from breakfast and perusing our Applewood Restaurant Guide – a binder filled, quite literally, with almost every menu available in Asheville! This guide can acquaint you with Asheville’s diverse culinary landscape, and Larry and I can help you to make reservations at any local eateries you may wish to explore. Don’t worry if you are not a wine person, you can always BYOB, we always have soft drinks sitting out, I can make Lemonade or if it is the right time of the year, local cider.