FOOD NEWS: Cheese, Games, Bike Riding, Cook Outs, Butchery Classes, Farm Tours & More!

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THE FOOD NEWS


THIS JUST IN: Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest to benefit the WNC Cheese Trail
Sunday, April 29, 2018, at Highland Brewing Company, Asheville NC

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Event Details
Tickets On-sale Now for the 4th Annual Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest
What: The 4th Annual Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest, to benefit the WNC Cheese Trail
 
Why: The Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest advances the mission of the WNC Cheese Trail, a non-profit organization that promotes the production and sale of local cheese, facilitates consumer education and encourages tourism to the region.
 
Where: Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, NC
When: Sunday, April 29 from 12 P.M. to 5 P.M. with purchase of an early entrance, “The Big Cheese” ticket or 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. with purchase of General Admission ticket
Details: A celebration of all things cheese returns to the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina on Sunday, April 29, 2018. Highland Brewing Company of Asheville, NC, will once again host the Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest for a day of family-friendly, cheese-filled fun! From pop-up tastings and pairings, to hands-on activities and guest speakers, Cheese Fest has something for everyone! Tickets are available in advance and at the door. The Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest advances the mission of the WNC Cheese Trail, a non-profit organization that promotes the production and sale of local cheese, facilitates consumer education and encourages agritourism to the region.
There will be both pop-up and scheduled events throughout the grounds such as:
  • Local chef cook-offs with a panel of “local celebrities”
  • Kids Corral with family-friendly activities
  • Petting zoo
  • Demonstrations
  • Pairings and tastings
  • Yogurt and lotion-making demonstrations *New to 2018*
Tickets for the event are on-sale now and can be purchased here: https://wnccheesetrail.ticketspice.com/carolina-mountain-cheese-fest
Stay connected with WNC Cheese Trail and Mountain Cheese Fest on social media:

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THIS JUST IN: Well Played Board Game Café to Celebrate 1-year Anniversary
with “Draft-a-Dragon” Board Game Release Party Designed by Head Gamemaster!

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Asheville, NC—Today, Well Played announced they are hosting a board game release party on Friday, March 30 th at 7pm to celebrate their first year in business.

The new game Draft-a-Dragon, is designed by Well Played’s Head Gamemaster Tanner Johnson. “Having opened one year ago, we’re thankful that Well Played has been embraced by the
Asheville community, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by releasing a locally designed board game from our own Gamemaster,” says co-owner Cortland Mercer.

Starting at 7pm, designer Tanner Johnson and illustrator William Ritter will demo the game and provide copies for attendees to play. A special, limited edition print of Draft-a-Dragon
celebrating the 1-year anniversary of Well Played will also be available for purchase.

Similar to other whimsical card drafting games like Sushi Go, the object of Draft-a- Dragon is to score points by assembling the ultimate mythical dragon. Draft-a- Dragon takes only 15-20
minutes to complete, can be played with groups of 2-6, and is recommended for ages 12+.

About the game, Johnson offers, “Draft-a-Dragon is the result of two years of hard work and combines easy game mechanics with a super fun theme. Whether you love supporting local game
designers, or just like dragons, we hope to see you at Well Played on March 30th.”

Simultaneously with the 1-year anniversary celebration, Draft-a- Dragon will launch a Kickstarter campaign: http://kck.st/2IbtmGU

About Well Played: Located in downtown Asheville, Well Played is North Carolina’s first board game café, providing a fun environment filled with more than 600 games, a robust
selection of locally-sourced comfort food, desserts, beer, wine, and coffee.

Event Information can be found on the Facebook event here, or by contacting Cortland Mercer at Cortland@wellplayedasheville.com

VISIT: https://www.facebook.com/events/196830957579452/

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THIS JUST IN: From TOD’S TASTIES
Kickoff Event – Chefs Cycle

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Announcing: CLASSIC COOKOUT AT TOD’S TASTIES WITH CHEFS JACOB & PATRICK ON THE GRILL

Chefs Jacob Sessoms & Patrick O’Cain partner to raise money for No Kid Hungry, an organization working to end childhood hunger through Chefs Cycle. Support their endeavor by attending this cookout. Following this – and three other collaborative –  events, Sessoms & O’Cain will embark on a 300 mile ride to raise funds & awareness. You can show your support by attending, donating or sponsoring.

Friday, March 30th
Live music
Jacob’s trusty grill
Sunshine
Good food  
Great company  
6pm – After dark

For more information on this event email info@tableasheville.com.

To support your favorite local chef rider or to see who’s riding this year visit: chefscycle.org. To learn more about No Kid Hungry visit nokidhungry.org.


MORE: From Table, Gan Shan Station, Gan Shan West, Imperial Life and Tod’s Tasties.

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This season, long-time friends, chefs Jacob Sessoms & Patrick O’Cain are partnering to raise money for No Kid Hungry, an organization working to end childhood hunger through Chefs Cycle. Patrons can support their endeavor by attending one of the below four events. Following these events Sessoms & O’Cain will embark on a 300 mile ride to raise funds & awareness. Support for the cause can be made by attending, donating or sponsoring.

SCHEDULE

Friday, March 30th @ Tod’s Tasties – classic cookout with Jacob & Patrick on the grill with live music, Jacob’s trusty grill and good company. 6pm – after dark.

Sunday, April 8th @ Gan Shan West – Israeli cookout under the lights – details to come.

Sunday, April 15th @ The Imperial Life – Chef’s Tasting with four courses & wine pairings. $100 / person at 6:30pm. Reservations via info@tableasheville.com.

Sunday, April 22nd @ Gan Shan Station – tacos, sangria & sunshine on the lawn – details to come.

We will send more information about each event as they approach. Please send any questions to info@tableasheville.com. We hope to see you all soon!

About Chef’s Cycle: Chefs Cycle is a one of a kind fundraising endurance event featuring award-winning chefs and members of the culinary community fighting hunger outside the kitchen. What’s important enough to pull these chefs away from their stations? They’re ending childhood hunger in America with No Kid Hungry. Riders embark on a three-day, 300-mile ride to raise funds and awareness for No Kid Hungry through personal fundraising efforts and unique sponsor activations. Learn more at chefscycle.org

About No Kid Hungry: No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 6 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast, eat healthy summer meals, and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization. Share Our Strength. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.

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THIS JUST IN: From a Hickory Nut Gap Farm
March Happenings on the Farm: CSA Signup, Spring Fairy Party & More!

 

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Now Accepting New CSA Members!

One share per month for 6 months: 100% grassfed beef, pasture raised pork, and pasture raised chicken, discounted by 10%. Special perks include 10% off additional meat & eggs in the Farm Store, free admission tickets to the farm, and fun new recipes emailed out each month.

Early Registration has Begun for our 8k/15k Race

Hickory Nut Gap Farm & Drovers Road are teaming up for a beautiful race in our scenic foothills of Fairview’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

Register


March 8th Hog Butchery Class

The class will be taught by the talented Charles Lee of American Pig, who studied under the world class chef, Craig Deihl.

This is a demonstration class where students will watch Charles seamlessly break down a whole hog from tail to snout. Students will learn to utilize every part of the hog, from head to trotter and shoulder to ham. Don’t forget your camera! There will be meat to take home.

Reserve Your Seat


March 24th Farm Tour

Coming up on March 24th is our Spring Open House! Join us at 2pm for a free farm tour. See the beauty of spring on the farm, and learn about how a real working farm operates. All ages and levels of education are welcome. We encourage you to come out if you have any questions about agriculture!

RSVP on Facebook

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Asheville Food Tours


From left: Chef Jacob Sessoms of Table; Chef William Dissen, The Market Place; Chef Steven Goff, Standard Foods; Chef Katie Button, Curate; Chef Joe Scully, Chestnut and Corner Kitchen; Stu Helm; Chef John Fleer, Rhubarb; Chef Karen Donatelli, Donatelli Bakery; Chef Peter Pollay, Posana Cafe; and Chef Matt Dawes, Bull & Beggar./ Photo by STEWART O'SHIELDS for ASHVEGAS.COM

From left: Chef Jacob Sessoms of Table; Chef William Dissen, The Market Place; Chef Steven Goff, Standard Foods; Chef Katie Button, Curate; Chef Joe Scully, Chestnut and Corner Kitchen; Stu Helm; Chef John Fleer, Rhubarb; Chef Karen Donatelli, Donatelli Bakery; Chef Peter Pollay, Posana Cafe; and Chef Matt Dawes, Bull & Beggar./ Photo by STEWART O’SHIELDS for ASHVEGAS.COM

Stu Helm is an artist, writer, and podcaster living in Asheville, NC, and a frequent diner at local restaurants, cafes, food trucks, and the like. His tastes run from hot dogs and mac ‘n’ cheese, to haute cuisine, and his opinions are based on a lifetime of eating out. He began writing about food strictly to amuse his friends on Facebook.

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