Health network Veria Living lands in Asheville’s Posana Café on Sunday, Oct. 20, to film a segment for its Good Food America show. The Emmy-nominated host of the show, Chef Nathan Lyon, travels the country, looking for the “tastiest, healthiest eats in America.”
Posana fits the bill. Executive Chef Peter Pollay will showcase several of the restaurant’s most talked about dishes for the show. “We were approached by Good Food America toward the end of the summer,” says Emily Luciano, media coordinator for the downtown Asheville restaurant. “They had heard about Posana, and because [Veria is] a health network, they were very interested in the way that Chef Peter runs the restaurant. Commitment to the local community and sustainable produce — that’s a big deal to the television show. And [Chef Peter Pollay] was totally on board with having them come out.”
“Posana is an upscale, casual, farm-to-table restaurant,” she continues. “Everything is sustainably grown that comes in the door. Executive Chef Peter Pollay works very, very closely with the local farming community. He works with over 30 local businesses and farmers. That’s something that Posana takes very seriously — serving unprocessed foods. And a fun fact about Posana is that everything in the restaurant is 100 percent gluten-free.”
That kind of devotion to fresh and healthy foods is exactly what Chef Lyon seeks in his show.
On the day of filming, chefs at Posana Café will prepare three main dishes that represent the restaurant: seared Georgia quail served with a butternut squash ravioli and local veggies; barbecue spiced Sunburst Farms trout with stone-ground Boonville Mill grits; white-cheddar, fennel-olive oil slaw with charred tomato vinaigrette; and hemp salad with local greens, hemp seeds, hemp oil, Theros olive oil, sprouts and lemon.
Chef Lyons and crew will “show up around noon to eat at Posana — to actually gain the real experience of eating at the restaurant,” Luciano says. “After that they’ll head back to the kitchen to interview Chef Peter — talk to him and ask questions as he’s putting together these three dishes.”
“At 5 p.m. when the dining room opens, they’ll carry the featured dishes out to a few diners [who will] be interviewed on camera as well,” she explains. “That gives Posana fans a chance to talk about the dishes and their experiences here. It should be a good time.”
Luciano mentions that the segment of the show featuring the Asheville restaurant will likely air in spring 2014, and Posana Café staff encourages all fans of the restaurant to come out on Sunday to eat one of the three featured dishes and be possibly interviewed on camera.
Posana Café is located at 1 Biltmore Ave. in downtown Asheville.
Hayley Benton is an Asheville writer.