Food news to go: News of the Asheville food scene in small bites

Pho real?

Xe Nguyen, the brother of Tru Phan (the former chef and owner of the now-closed Pho Fusion), is opening his own Vietnamese restaurant in Asheville, Pho ‘R’ Us. Nguyen reports that the menu will be almost strictly dedicated to pho.

The 49-seat restaurant will open in the former Azumi location (1950 Hendersonville Road) on Tuesday, May 1. In an email to Xpress, Tru Phan graciously suggested that Nguyen’s pho “may be better then my pho.”

Nguyen is also the owner of Asaka Japanese restaurant in Biltmore Village.

A walk in the park

Slow Food Asheville is hosting a fundraiser for the Appalachian Food Storybank on Sunday, April 29, from 1 until 5 p.m., that includes a cake walk set to live music. Participants have the chance to win sweet treats from Short Street Cakes, West End Bakery, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Farm and Sparrow and the Montford Walk-in Bakery. The fundraiser will also feature heirloom-plant vendors, food vendors and demonstrations of traditional Appalachian tools and methods.

The Appalachian Food Storybank, an oral history initiative centered on Southern Appalachian heritage foods and foodways, works to preserve and collect stories of heritage foods and traditional Appalachian foodways. A story booth will also be in place at the event, presenting an opportunity for attendees to record their stories of history, culture and heritage.

The event will take place at Carrier Park Picnic Pavilion (220 Amboy Road). The event is free, but it’s $2 to participate in the cake walk.

Wine and Dine at Posana

On Tuesday, April 24, Posana Café will host a four-course wine dinner with Wrath Wines, a small-production, sustainable-certified estate vineyard in Santa Lucia Highlands, Calif. Dinner begins 6:30 p.m. Cost is $65 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Here’s the menu:

Caviar and corn: Sunburst Farms trout roe, corn blini, quail egg — Wrath Ex Anima sauvignon blanc 2010

Local rabbit, English peas, foraged mushrooms, rabbit jus — Wrath Ex Anima chardonnay 2009

Wild salmon, braised carrots, tarragon, local watercress, pinot noir reduction — Wrath San Saba pinot noir 2009

Lemon-ricotta cheesecake, brown butter-pistachio genoise, local strawberry and chervil espuma — Wrath rosé

Posana is located at 1 Biltmore Ave. Call 505-3969 for reservations and more information.




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