By now, no one is surprised to see MG Road hosting another pop-up event or dinner party. The crew there have been treating the Wall Street bar like a concert venue for over a year now, but instead of bands, the chefs are the show.
From Punk Wok to Girls on Deck, MG Roadhouse and, currently, Elliot Moss’ Thunderbird, the quirky pop-up collaborations between the Chai Pani staff and special guests, both behind the bar and in the kitchen, have opened the door for a different breed of Asheville entertainment. And their upcoming installment proves to be just as much of a carnivore’s carnival as the past few endeavors.
Ladies and gentlemen of Asheville, behold ye the Thunderfork. Nate Allen of Spruce Pine’s highly respected eatery, Knife & Fork, will be grilling out with Moss on Tuesday, Feb. 24, right Wall Street in front of the bar. The Thunderbird/Knife & Fork combo will also include cocktail collaborations from the folks of MG Road and Jack Hayes of Knife & Fork’s sister bar, Spoon.
Served a la carte (and, organizers say, at reasonable prices), all of the food will be cooked on Moss’ wood-fired grill, which was constructed for him by his father, a career welder in Florence, S.C. Expect local rabbit, house-made sausages, handmade pastas, preserved veggies and offal bits cooked up just right over an open flame.
Moss has guested on several occasions at Allen’s restaurant, but Thunderfork marks the first time that Allen will work in Moss’ turf, and for good reason — it has been a while since the Moss has had a kitchen of his own. He spent a great deal of time last year bouncing from kitchen to kitchen after abruptly departing Ben’s Tune-Up to find better footing and crank out the kind and quality of food he wanted to cook — something he has found seemingly endless free range to do with Thunderbird at MG Road.
Thunderfork will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at MG Road, 19 Wall St.
Here’s the announcement from MG Road: