Small Bites: Foodwire

Apple of my eye: Kids learn to peel apples in a FEAST class. Slow Food is hosting a barbecue fundraiser for FEAST at Highland Brewing this weekend. Photo courtesy of Slow Food

Feast for FEAST

On Saturday, July 14, join Slow Food Asheville for beer- and barbecue-studded fun at Highland Brewing Company from 4 until 8 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for Slow Food's FEAST program, which teaches school-age children to make healthy eating decisions through free cooking classes. 

Enjoy Highland’s famous brews, plus plenty of ‘cue (both meaty and meat-free) from local restaurants such as WALK, Rosetta's Kitchen, Southern Fryz, Sunny Point Café, The Junction, Okie Dokie's Smokehouse and Westville Pub. All of the fixings will be donated, too. Expect goodies from Short Street Cakes, West End Bakery and more.

After stuffing yourself, groove to live music from the Galen Kipar Project or try your hand at soaking folks in the local “celebrity” dunking booth. Angle for various door and raffle prizes, including tickets to a Navitat Canopy Tour, the Asheville Food and Wine Festival or two tickets to “Sweet” (a tasting of desserts, champagne and spirits before the AFWF). Tickets grant you automatic entry for the door-prize drawing. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and also include plenty of food and a Highland brew of your choice.

Highland Brewery is located at 12 Old Charlotte Highway. Purchase your tickets at For more information about Slow Food, visit

Across the (bread)board

The owners of Books and Breadboard, Grace and David Lennon, are looking for funding to reopen their restaurant after a landlord dispute forced the Biltmore Village eatery to close.

"When we found out we were going to have to shut our doors after our lease was not renewed, we were devastated,” Grace writes to Xpress. “Our life savings [was] spent creating our dream, and after our new business being open for only 18 months, it had begun to pay for itself. Many said that was unheard of for a business that young, but we had faith and it happened.”

The couple is looking for funding to reopen Books and Breadboard through a Kickstarter-like website called Community Funded. The target is $50,000. Pledging ends July 27.

If you're interested in making a contribution, visit, register as a user and donate to Books and Breadboard.

School’s in session for the SSCA

Beginning July 15 and through July 21, the Swannanoa School of Culinary Arts presents Cooking with Wine on Warren Wilson College campus. Teaching chefs include Nate Allen from Knife & Fork, Stewart Lyon from Boca, Anthony Cerrato from Strada and Mark Rosenstein.

The week will focus on the wines of North Carolina, though other regions will be incorporated. Recipes will be cooked using wine, or created to complement it. The schedule is still a work in progress, but can be viewed, along with more details, at

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