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Asheville area culinary calendar



9/10/2012 - Asheville area culinary calendar
by Asheville Citizen Times


CANNING WORKSHOP: 2-3 p.m. today, Mills River Library. Learn about canning high and low acid foods with Renay Knapp of Cooperative Extension. 890-1850.

WEINHAUS DINNER: 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mr. Frog's Soul Food and Creole Kitchen, 42 S. Market St., Asheville. $65. 254-6453.

ASHEVILLE FOOD TOURS: 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 2.5 hour walking tours. Downtown tours meet at 1:45 p.m. at the Grove Arcade, inside at the elevators. Biltmore Village tours meet at 10 Brook St. $39. 273-0365 or Offered February-December.

12 BONES BEER DINNER: 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, 12 Bones, 5 Riverside Drive, Asheville. Five course dinner paired with craft beer. $60. Call 606-7880 for reservation.

ASHEVILLE MUSHROOM CLUB: Next meeting is 7 p.m. Wednesday at the WNC Nature Center, Gashes Creek Road.

WINESDAY: 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 26, The Wine Studio of Asheville, 169 Charlotte St. $5 flight of five wines or a $5 glass to benefit a local non-profit. 255-5955.

CONSERVATION CELEBRATION: 5-8 p.m. Sept. 15, Camp Pinnacle, Berea Church Road, Hendersonville. Food by Posana Cafe, music by Motownblue, live and silent auctions. $75. Visit or call 697-5777.

COOKING DEMO: Chef Earl Winspear demonstrates salmon with tomato basil caper sauce and fresh spinach and red onion salad, 3-6 p.m. Sept. 15, Fresh Market, 223 Greenville Hwy., Hendersonville. 698-4682.

MUSHROOM FORAGING: With forager Alan Muskat 3-8 p.m. Sept. 16, Carl Sandburg Estate and Highland Lake Cove in Flat Rock. $50. Includes outdoor oven wild mushroom pizza cookout. 273-8075 or

DINE AT PITTMAN DINING HALL: The public is invited to the remodeled Pittman Dining Hall at Mars Hill College. Meals are all-you-care-to-eat-and-drink. Open 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday. Bring in church bulletin for 10 percent discount. 689-1220.

WINE MAKING CLASS: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Falderal Winery, 131 3rd Ave. W., Hendersonville. Learn to make wine and enjoy some wine tasting. $15. This is a sustainable living workshop presented by Environmental and Conservation Organization. 692-0385 or

COOKING CLASS-Rustic Fare Campfire-Style: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 19, Log Cabin Cooking School, Bell Road, Asheville. $45. To register, e-mail Visit

POLKFRESH FARM TOUR: Explore farms, barns and vineyards of Polk County on Sept. 22. Self guided tour, 15 stops. Vehicle pass $25 advance, $30 day of event. Guided tour of Polk County $20 per person. Held in conjunction with ASAP's farm tour, which means participants can use their tickets on Sept. 23 to explore 35 additional farms. or

SLOW FOOD FOO THILLS POTLUCK: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Ag Center, 156 School Road, Mill Spring. Bring your own place settings, beverages, and dish to share. Bring a description of your dish noting anything local for the buffet line. A shared-use grill will be available to cook meats purchased on the tour.

ITALIAN WINE DINNER: 6-9 p.m. Sept. 26, Cucina 24, 24 Wall St., Asheville. $100. Call Cucina 24 at 254-6170 or Appalachian Vintner at 505-7500 for reservation.

FRENCH WINE DINNER: 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 28, Fontana Village Resort, 300 Woods Road, Fontana Dam. $89. 498-2211.

WEINHAUS TASTING A Tour De France: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 28, The Weinhaus, 86 Patton Ave., Asheville. $10. 254-6453.

GRAPE GROWING CLASS: "Grow Your Own Wine Vine" 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28, A-B Tech Enka campus, 2046 Small Business Center, Sand Hill Road. This class will provide the tools and information you need to maximize and enjoy your harvest. $50. To register, visit

"RAISE YOUR HAND" DINNER & AUCTION: 6 p.m. Sept. 29, Doubletree Hotel Biltmore, 115 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Live and silent auctions, music. $125. Fundraiser for WNCAP. or 252-7489, ext. 310.

MOUNTAIN HERITAGE DAY & FOOD COMPETITION: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 29, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. Celebrating traditional Appalachian culture. Residents can enter honey and home food products in "A Gathering In," the traditional foods competition held in conjunction with Mountain Heritage Day. Canned goods, honey and heritage foods can be dropped off at the museum from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 25. Baked goods and whole grain recipe contest entries 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Call 586-4009 or 227-7129 or visit to download a contest booklet.

OKTOBERFEST: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 13, Wall Street, downtown Asheville. Music by The Stratton Mountain Boys, beer tastings, food, costume contest, games. $25 advance, $35 day of event. 251-9973.

HOPTOBERFEST: Noon-8 p.m. Oct. 13, Fontana Village Resort, 300 Woods Road, Fontana Dam. Live music, field games, sample over 30 craft beers. Stay for dinner and wrap up with campfire and marshmallow roast. Disc golf tournament 10 a.m. $25 age 21 and older, free under 21. 498-2211.

 SIP TRIP: Oct. 13-14 beginning in Clemmons. Chartered tour to explore the North Carolina wine country. Packages start at $165 and includes one night hotel accommodations, meals and wine tastings at five Yadkin Valley vineyards, barbecue lunch, Italian dinner, continental breakfast. Hosted by N.C. Wine Country. Visit

 HARVEST WINE DINNER: Five course dinner 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 27, Fontana Village Resort, 300 Woods Road, Fontana Dam. $89. 498-2211. 

 CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY DINNER: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4. $55. Purchase deadline is Nov. 28. Call 452-0593 or visit

ASHEVILLE CHOCOLATE AND ARTS FESTIVAL: Noon-7 p.m. Dec. 8, U.S. Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St. Multicultural arts event featuring performers, musicians, dancers, chocolate tastings. $20. For vendor information, contact or 259-5766.


ACF WNC CULINARY ASSOCIATION: Monthly meetings hosted by area chefs to facilitate continuing education for home and professional chefs. Call Chef Michael at 230-6078 or

ASHEVILLE BREWS CRUISE: Registration required. Weekly brewery tours. Walking and driving tours, transportation provided. 545-5181 or

ASHEVILLE FOOD TOUR: 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, based on availability. Visit 7-10 specialty food shops and restaurants. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Tour downtown or Biltmore Village. $39. Advance purchase required. 273-0365 or

BEER AND WINE TASTINGS: Hops and Vines, 797 Haywood Road, Asheville, offers free beer tastings 4-7 p.m. Fridays, and free wine tastings 3-6 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 252-5275.

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CHEF DEMOS: Chef William Dissen of the Market Place Restaurant, 20 Wall St., Asheville, offers special demos at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Contact

COFFEE CUPPING: 10 a.m. Fridays, Counter Culture Coffee, 77 Broadway St., Asheville. Learn to evaluate coffee aroma and flavor. Free. 423-4827.

COOKING CLASSES: Explore the art of cooking in various weeklong and weekend classes at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown. Classes cover a wide range of styles and foods. Complete schedule at For more information, call 837-2775.

COOKING DEMOS: The French Broad-Lessons From An Appalachian Table. Demos teach participants how to use the weekly, seasonal CSA box contents, and what to do with an overabundance of produce. $30 per class, $100 four-class series. Visit for directions and registration.

CULINARY RETREATS: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the second Saturday of end paid ($55) in advance. For more information, call 479-3364 or visit

FRIDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS: 5:30-7:30 p.m. the last Friday of each month, at the Weinhaus, 86 Patton Ave., Asheville. $10. 254-6453.

ERICK'S CHEESE & WINE: Tastings 1-4 p.m. every Saturday, The Grandfather Center, N.C. 105 and 184, Banner Elk. 898-9424 or

FREE WINE TASTINGS: 1-6 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, Valley River Vineyards, 4689 Martins Creek Road, Murphy. Tours by appointment. Pick-your-own grapes for home winemaking. 321-5333.

GIRLS ON GRAPES: Taste an average of five wines at the monthly club meeting. Meets at The Wine Studio, 169 Charlotte St., Asheville. Club is for women only. The initial visit is $10. Annual membership is $25, but members must pay $12 at each tasting they come to (nonmembers pay $15). 273-1889. Registration required at

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GRAND CREW: Co-ed wine tasting group. Meets at The Wine Studio, 169 Charlotte St., Asheville . RSVP is required to attend tastings. For registration and membership information, call 255-5955 or email

GRAPE NUTS: Learn about wine in a casual and fun atmosphere. Taste six-eight wines at each meeting, held once or twice per month. Try your first meeting for free; annual membership fee is $25 and each tasting is $10-$20 for members and $15-$25 for non-members. Meets at Table Wine, 1550 Hendersonville Road, Suite 102, Asheville. For more information, call 505-8588.

HEALTHY EATING EVERYDAY: 15-week course designed around a common sense approach to nutrition and focuses on behavior modification principles. Class meets 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Reuter Family YMCA in Biltmore Park, Asheville. Non-members welcome. 651-9622.

HOMEBREWERS NIGHT: Monthly homebrew beer tastings, 6-8 p.m. every first Thursday of each month at Hops and Vines, 797 Haywood Road, Asheville. Homeowners are invited to bring samples of their beers and meads to share. All levels welcome. 252-5275.

ITALIAN COOKING CLASSES: Series of classes with Italian native Wally Maria. Learn how to prepare dishes, where to shop and how to combine courses for healthy, flavorful meals. Monthly classes. $50 per class or $250 for six classes. 658-8928 to register. for menus.

LONG TERM FOOD STORAGE: Maia's Garden, 207 Elk Park Drive, Asheville. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, by appointment other times. Buy bulk foods, food storage supplies, select preparedness equipment. We help you set up your personalized food storage system. 275-6707 or

LUNCH CLUB: Monthly fundraiser events for Hospice of Rutherford County. Noon the first Wednesday of each month, Carolina Event and Conference Center, 374 Hudlow Road, Forest City. $10. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Reservations must be made one week ahead. 245-0095.

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NEW ARRIVALS TASTINGS: 4-6 p.m. the last Saturday of each month at The Wine Guy, 555 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, to sample a dozen wines new to the market. $10. 254-6500.

OLIVE OIL TASTINGS: Daily tastings at Olive n' Kickin, 32 Biltmore Ave., Asheville. Variety of flavors and combinations. 251-1117 or

OLIVE OIL/BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING: The Tree and Vine, 22 Lodge St., Biltmore Village. 505-4049.

VEGETARIAN COOKING CLASSES: 5:30-7:30 p.m. every Thursday in Swannanoa. Learn to create sumptuous vegetarian meals. All skill levels welcome for this hands-on adventure. $15, cooked meals included. Call Michael Gentry at 273-6542 for reservation.

WALKING FOOD TOURS: 2-4:30 p.m. several days per week. Explore downtown Asheville's food and wine culture. Every tour explores wine pairings, cheese, chocolate, oils, tapas, history, architecture, and more. $47. 489-3266 or

WILLIAMS SONOMA: Regularly scheduled free demonstrations led by culinary experts focus on seasonal foods and entertaining. Reservations not required. 277-3707 for dates and times. 10 Brook St., Asheville. A new Cookbook Club class has started. Taught by culinary professionals, the monthly classes provide cooking tips, techniques and recipe samples from their cookbook. Cost of $75 includes cookbook and class. Reservations are required.

WINE APPRECIATION CLASSES: Keith Dalbec of Blue Water Seafood, 532 Kanuga St., Hendersonville, teaches series of classes, including key components of varietals and proper taste techniques, 6-8 p.m. Mondays. Total cost is $100 and includes light appetizers, handouts and wine samples. Deposit of $50 required to hold seat. 697-0503 to register.

WINESDAYS: Wine tastings 4:30-8 p.m. every Wednesday. $5 for five tastes. Proceeds go to local charity. The Wine Studio, 169 Charlotte St., Asheville. 255-5955.

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WINE TASTINGS: Free tastings 5-7 p.m. every Friday, La Bouteille Wine & Beer Boutique, 10A N. Trade St., Tryon. 859-6473.

WINE TASTINGS: Free tastings picked by the staff, noon-6 p.m. Saturdays, The Wine Studio, 169 Charlotte St., Asheville. 255-5955.

WINE TASTINGS: 4-7 p.m. Fridays and 2-5 p.m. Saturdays, at Table Wine, 1550 Hendersonville Road, Suite 102, Asheville. Free. 505-8588.

WINE TASTINGS: The Artisan Gourmet Market/Coffee and Wine Bar, 2 E. Market St., Black Mountain, offers free tastings 5-7 p.m. every Thursday. 357-8415.

WINE TASTINGS: The Wine Guy, 1200 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, offers free tastings 4-6 p.m. Saturdays. 254-6500.

WINE TASTINGS: The Weinhaus, 86 Patton Ave., Asheville, offers free monthly tastings. 254-6453.

WINE TASTINGS: Complimentary tastings, featuring Italian wines and hors d'oeuvres, 6-8 p.m. Fridays. Wine bar open daily serving wines by the glass. Special theme events every Friday. Divine Wine, 1011 Tunnel Road, Asheville (across from Pomodoro's). 505-1814.

WINE TASTINGS: Winemonger Keith Dalbec pours tastes from noon-3 p.m. every Friday and Saturday when Blue Water Seafood is not having an event. 532 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville. 697-0503.

WINE TASTINGS: 4-6 p.m. Saturdays, featuring a new vineyard or distributor each week, Wine Emporium Warehouse, Airport Road, adjacent to Chili's. 687-8028.

WINE TASTINGS: 2-5 p.m. Saturdays, World Market, 9 McKenna Road, Arden. 654-0119.

WINE/BEER TASTINGS: 3-6 p.m. Saturdays, Greenlife Grocery, 70 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. 254-5440.

WINE TASTINGS: Noon-6 p.m. Saturdays, The Wine Studio, 169 Charlotte St., Asheville. 255-5955.

WINE TASTINGS: Noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, Vino Vino Wine Market, 178 Weaverville Hwy., Asheville. Free. 658-9463.

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