James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner comes to Asheville, May 17

PRESS RELEASE from The Market Place Restaurant: ASHEVILLE, NC – March 23, 2017 – Award-winning chef William Dissen will host the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner at The Market Place Restaurant on Wednesday, May 17th. Dissen will team up with 4 other acclaimed national culinary talents for a memorable evening of food and drink. […]

Outstanding in the Field brings its culinary tour to Gaining Ground Farm

Outstanding in the Field is a traveling table-to-farm dinner series that tours North America setting up its long dining table in unusual outdoor spaces to highlight the work of local farmers. On Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m., Outstanding in the Field will make a stop at Anne and Aaron Grier‘s Gaining Ground Farm in Leicester. The event will be […]

Know your GMOs: Asheville chef speaks up at Capitol Hill labeling debate

Asheville chef William Dissen, owner and executive chef at The Market Place, championed states’ rights to enforce genetically modified organism (GMO) food labeling during an activist trip to Capitol Hill earlier this December. Dissen and about two dozen other renowned chefs spoke against the DARK Act (or “Denying Americans the Right to Know”), a proposed bill […]

Dissen does a James Beard Dinner

In America, there are few words one can pair with the name of a chef that garner more respect than James Beard. Whether a chef is a “James Beard Award Winner,” “nominee” or cooked at the James Beard House, it is a credential that instantly tells you that a chef is not just admired and respected in his or her hometown but has received recognition on a national level.

Welcome to trout town

Want to show off for your dinner-party guests? Ask them, “For what farm product is Western North Carolina one of the top six producers in the United States?” It’s likely they’ll respond “apples.” Let out an exasperated sigh when you shake your head no. “It’s trout,” you’ll say, adding that North Carolina is the second […]

Eatin’ in Season

To some, summer is all about swimming and sunlight. To others, it’s about local tomatoes. Period. “Texturally, there is nothing like a good vine-ripened local tomato,” says Chris Aquilino, personal chef, caterer and owner of Picasso’s Plate Cuisine. “They’re soft and supple.” The taste? It doesn't even compare it to that of a trucked-in tomato, […]