Native Kitchen supports local education with School Nights program

Local restaurant, Native Kitchen and Social Pub in Swannanoa recently donated more than $1,400 to two local schools, Artspace Charter School and The Learning Community.

“One of our main goals is to give back to the community,” said Casey Watkins, co-owner of Native Kitchen and Social Pub. “By aiding our local schools, we are going to help build the future of our community and the face of The Valley.”

“School Nights” are held every Wednesday night, 4-9:30 p.m., at Native Kitchen and Social Pub, 204 Whitson Ave, Swannanoa, to offer local schools and educational organizations a way to raise funds. The restaurant will host Black Mountain Primary on Nov. 20 and Dec. 7.

“Native Kitchen’s willingness to take a percentage of sales shows their support of the Swannanoa community,” said Juliana Caldwell, Marketing and Communications with Artspace Charter School. “The children of The Valley will benefit from Native’s financial support, and we thank them very much. We couldn’t offer our program without community partners.”

“Our original goal with the program was to just help out our local schools that were beginning to suffer from the recent budget cuts,” said Brandon Ellison, Co-owner of Native Kitchen and Social Pub. “We had no idea that we would receive the response we have! It’s great that the community is willing to support one school, but when they come out for more than just their child’s school, that’s truly what this community is all about…supporting their neighbors.”

If your school or organization would like to more information about “School Nights,” go to for contact information.

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