Small Bites: Food-centric events that give back to the community

We scream! Sammy Barnes, son of the owners of Ultimate Ice Cream, wants to eat ice cream on a greenway. Photo by Susanne Hackett

We all scream for greenways

During the rest of March, Ultimate Ice Cream Company shows support for local greenway development with its “I Scream for Greenways!” ice cream campaign. The shop recently debuted a new ice cream, “The Trail,” a rich Belgian dark chocolate studded with marshmallows, mixed nuts and caramel pieces. All profits from the flavor will go to benefit Connect Buncombe’s “Greenways, Please” initiative.

Connect Buncombe is the Buncombe County Government's outreach and involvement campaign for the greenways program managed by Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services Office.

For more about Ultimate Ice Cream, visit For more about Connect Buncombe, visit

Dine Out with the YMCA at the community table

On Tuesday, March 27, dine at a number of local restaurants including Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company, The Hop Ice Cream Café, Loretta's Cafe and Chai Pani to support the YMCA's many community programs.

"As an organization that is focused on improving the health of the community, our efforts have been on engaging and including unique, locally owned restaurants in this event," says Morgan Neely, a coordinator for the event. "All of the funds we raise will go to our annual YMCA's Healthier Communities Campaign, and 100 percent of those funds in turn go directly back to the community through scholarships for local families to become members of the Y."

The HCC benefits projects such as youth basketball and soccer teams; community gardens that teach kids and families how to grow their own food; and the Livestrong at the Y program, which helps in the recovery process for cancer survivors. 

More than 30 restaurants are participating in the event. For the full list, visit

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