A few of Asheville’s sweet spots will share the national spotlight this week. Nightbell, The Hop and Fairview bakery Ruth and Ranshaw will be featured in an episode of the Cooking Channel program “Unique Sweets,” scheduled to air at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, Dec. 14.
A statement from the Cooking Channel sums up the episode, which is titled “Awesome Asheville Sweets:”
This trip explores some amazing sweet treats in Asheville, North Carolina. At the speakeasy called Nightbell, they take traditional Southern dishes, add a little culinary magic, and turn them into bite-sized morsels that will surprise and satisfy. Then at the local hang out The Hop, they create some of the most unique yet delicious ice cream flavors imaginable. Just outside Asheville, is Ruth and Ranshaw, where they put all the flavors of favorite southern treats into a jar and make an amazing pecan pie that is anything but traditional.
According to Nightbell co-owner Elizabeth Button, film crews were in town shooting the episode in August. The Nightbell segment, says Button, features chef Katie Button along with pastry chef Carmen Vaquera.
The Cooking Channel’s website describes “Unique Sweets” as “an insider’s peek into innovative eateries across America that are creating the most unique and exciting desserts today. These sweet spots cover the gamut: restaurants with revolutionary pastry chefs; candy shops inventing eye-popping confections; chocolate boutiques with wild artisanal flavors; and bakeries producing one-of-a-kind pastries, cakes and cookies in the middle of the night. Wherever there are gooey, crunchy, sticky and sweet treats that you won’t find anywhere else, Unique Sweets will take you there.”