Press release from Haywood Street Congregation:
Nearly every week, Haywood Street Companion, Maureen Simon, slings her camera over her shoulder, heads to the Downtown Welcome Table and photographs Asheville’s top chefs in action—preparing and serving made-from-scratch meals for hundreds of housed, unhoused, well, sick, addicted and sober people.
After years of witnessing the dedication of local restaurateurs, chefs and servers, Simon has followed a deep calling to give back, organizing a luncheon where, this time, the cooks take a seat. In her invitation to these partners, Simon writes “ I have been photographing community at Haywood Street Congregation for almost four years. Every week I witness random acts of kindness, including yours and your staff, bringing your gifts to Haywood, serving us, feeding us, in more ways than one. Please come and let us serve you, feed you, and give you a small token of our gratitude.”
The luncheon is named Turn the Tables , in recognition of the role reversal that will take place as individuals who typically eat lunch at Haywood’s Downtown Welcome Table serve an elegant lunch to the visiting restaurant professionals.
Turn the Tables will be held Tuesday, April 9 at noon in Haywood Street Congregation’s Dining Room (297 Haywood Street).
A team of chefs from Performance Food Group will prepare the following menu:
Microgreen Salad with Crispy Sugar-Glazed Allegiance Pork Belly, Lime Molasses Dressings and Crispy Shallots
Dinner Rolls in Medley
Fish Stew Cioppino-Style with Focaccia Crouton
Grilled Braveheart Flat Iron Steak
Shaved Brussel Sprout Slaw with Gorgonzola, Toasted Almonds, and Fennel Seed Sambal Grilled Sweet Potatoes
Coconut Chess Pie with Curried Whip Cream
Chefs Katie Button, John Fleer, Jacob Sessoms, Patrick O’Cain and numerous others will be in attendance, and tended to, by grateful friends of Haywood Street.