A different sort of supper club: Locavoire offers a night of vegan dining and live entertainment

Photo by Max Cooper

Not every town has a castle or a Masonic temple. Asheville has both.

Scott Franklin Manning, a recent transplant from Hawaii, thinks it's high time you ate dinner in these architectural marvels. On Feb. 23 and 24, he's kicking off Locavoire, and event series that’s part supper club, part concert, part venue experience. The evenings will take place in the Masonic Temple and in Homewood castle in Montford, respectively.

Locavoire could be Asheville's first meat-free supper club.“It's a great menu, and I don't think it will scare away any meat eaters,” Manning says. He noticed a lack of vegan dinner events, and he was inspired to create a supper club without meat, dairy or alcohol.

“As a conscious, organic kind of hippie guy, I was scared,” he says, recalling his reaction to certain prix fixe menus. “Where are the vegetarians and the conscious, non-alcoholic vegans eating?”

If all goes well, Locavoire will happen monthly. The February dinners feature food from Suzy Phillips of the Gypsy Queen Cuisine food truck and William Najger of Eden Out meal delivery. The menu includes seven courses and beverages from Buchi kombucha and Maté Factor tea.

Live music follows the meal. On the Saturday, Feb. 23, The Human Revolution, The Ngoni Band and Obadayo will perform. The following night, Sunday, Feb. 24, Youssoupha Sidibe replaces The Ngoni Band. He's known for his skill on the kora, a West African instrument with 21 strings.

Tickets for dinner and the show cost $40, all inclusive. Tickets for the show alone cost $10 online and $12 at the door. Doors open for dinner at 5:30 and for the show at 7:30. For tickets and more information, visit http://www.isnessdocumentary.org/locavoire.html.

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