Feast Local for the Asheville Grown Business Alliance

Ready for the next Local Social? On Sunday, Oct 23, drift on down to the courtyard of the Crêperie Bouchon, decked out in your best ghostly (or zombiefied) finery for “Feast Local.” The food-studded fete marks the Asheville Grown Business Alliance‘s fourth Local Social. This time, the organization partners with Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project to bring out some of the best in what’s being grown (and eaten) locally.
The successful series held its debut at Malaprop’s, where the event almost burst at the seams from better-than-even-expected attendance (where else but Asheville can you find such a fiercely loyal local movement?). The Creperie’s courtyard location allows for spacious mingling, with music (local, of course: rockabilly outfit Pleasure Chest will perform) and hobnobbing with the farmers that will provide the produce, meat and dairy that you’ll be nibbling.

“It’s the perfect venue for it,” says Craig Peters, managing partner of the Creperie. Peters and Michel Baudouin (owner of Bouchon) and company will turn out a farm-to-table heavy hors d’oeuvres spread, including butternut-apple velouté with produce from Mountain Fork Farm, local-rabbit stew dijonnaise, cheese from Three Graces Dairy, a crêpe millifeuille with smoked Sunburst Trout and deviled duck eggs from Headwaters of Poverty Farms.

Headwaters of Poverty has been showing up on menus around Asheville lately — besides its eggs, used by both the Crêperie and Bouchon proper, the farm’s meat appears in restaurants with a local focus like Cucina 24. “They’re super-nice guys,” Peters says of the Headwaters brothers. “You don’t meet many harder-working people — I mean, all farmers are hard-working, but these two brothers work for Buncombe County, and they farm on nights and on weekends. It’s amazing.”

Representatives from Sunburst Trout will also be in attendance, says Peters. “They’re such great community members. I’d like everybody to use their stuff.”

Most importantly, says Peters, he hopes that hosting local farmers at this event will help the Asheville community not take the oft-tossed about “farm-to-table” phrase for granted. “People are almost paying less attention to it, it seems, but it’s very important that people know where their food is coming from,” says Peters. “We have amazing farmers who provide some of the highest-quality foods that we can get around here, and we’re very lucky to be in an area that has so many farmers involved in the community — and the tailgate markets here are outrageous, they’re always busy and there’s always great stuff for you to get your hands on.”

Feast Local takes place on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the event cost $10 and can be purchased at the door. A generous portion of the money goes back to both ASAP (to help support those “outrageous” tailgate markets) and Asheville Grown’s Buy Local campaign. A cash bar for beer and wine will be available. Costumes are optional — but encouraged. Crêperie Bouchon is located in the courtyard at 62 N. Lexington.

 

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