Bountiful Cities, a local nonprofit organization focused on teaching sustainable agriculture skills in urban environments, is teaming up with Riverside Drive bar Ole Shakey’s on Saturday, Dec. 5, for Put Your Hoe Down, a benefit dinner and dance party. Recently purchased by Sovereign Remedies owner Charlie Hodge, Ole Shakey’s is a classic biker bar and an ideal venue for a juke-joint kind of party.
Hodge has developed a connection to Bountiful Cities and its mission through his partner, Sunil Patel, a farmer and the founder of Patchwork Urban Farms, a city-based, landless farming system. Working with communities in the Asheville area to create or improve access to fresh, healthy food is the longtime mission for Bountiful Cities. The organization also strives to promote social justice by alleviating food access limitations in Asheville’s food deserts.
The event promises a “comfy, cozy dinner” from a host of household names in the Asheville culinary scene, including Elliot Moss of Buxton Hall Barbecue, Joe Scully of Corner Kitchen and Chestnut, Jimmy Albee of Sovereign Remedies, Brian Canipelli of Cucina 24 and Matt Dawes of The Bull and Beggar, according to a press release from Bountiful Cities. The band Turkish Delight will provide music to accompany the meal.
A cash bar will be available (Hodge will be slinging the cocktails), and a dance party will kick off after the meal with DJ Cliff spinning the tunes. All proceeds, including drinks purchased at the bar, will benefit Bountiful Cities and Pearson Community Garden.
The Bountiful Cities Put Your Hoe Down happens at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Ole Shakey’s, 790 Riverside Drive. Dancing begins at 9 p.m. Tickets that include the meal and the dance party are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Tickets for just the dance party are $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Buy tickets online or at Sovereign Remedies, 29 N. Market St.