Want to sample some of what the Asheville food scene has to offer on the super-cheap? Heck yes, you do.
The Small Plate Crawl that's become so popular in Hendersonville over the past few years is coming to Asheville later this month. The event sounds like an awful lot of fun, with a good number of Asheville's indie eateries offering bites from $3 to $8.
The Lobster Trap, for example, is offering a duo that includes a raw oyster crowned with a bit of bacon and served with a shot of house-brewed Oyster House Stout (brewed with actual oysters) for $3. The restaurant will also have a small lobster pot pie for $6. Storm Rhum Bar will offer a country paté plate in miniature ($5), a small portion of diver scallops with beets, asparagus and celeriac cream ($8) and an itty-bitty portion of ceviche.
Other participating downtown restaurants include Fiore's Ristorante Toscana, Sazerac, Posana Café, Zambra and Tupelo Honey (the full list, 28 restaurants and possibly growing, is located on the event's website).
Not planning on heading downtown? Crawl restaurants are scattered throughout Asheville; Tupelo Honey south, Sunset Terrace in the Grove Park Inn and the Corner Kitchen will offer tastes outside of downtown Asheville.
A map of the whole crawl is available on the website, and printable maps and passports that can be stamped upon each restaurant visit and turned in for prize drawings will be available soon.
Photographers take note: The crawl will also include an element of competition. Enter your best food shots into the Asheville Small Plate Crawl photography contest for a possible cash prize.
The Carolina Epicurean and the Asheville Independent Restaurant association are sponsoring the event, which takes place from Tuesday, Feb. 21 through Thursday, Feb. 23, lunch through dinner. Further details are available on the event's website, http://ashevillesmallplatecrawl.com.