You say tomato, area chefs say…

Photo courtesy of ASAP

WNC’s chefs have long embraced local produce on their menus. They challenge themselves to come up with innovative seasonal dishes every month through ASAP’s Get Local initiative — which puts the spotlight on a featured local product when at its best in the harvest. And local chefs are often the first shoppers in line when tailgate markets open in the spring.

Even the first markets and spring menus don’t excite them as much as local tomatoes, August’s Get Local focus. Below, three of the Asheville-area’s best share their favorite varieties and recipes. Their hope? You’ll go out and get your hands on local tomatoes before they’re gone!

Find a list of all participating Get Local restaurants, as well as more information about ASAP and their campaign, on the Get Local page of

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