Ole Shakey’s to host food-focused benefit for Bountiful Cities

Image courtesy of Bountiful Cities

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.



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About Jonathan Ammons
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2 thoughts on “Ole Shakey’s to host food-focused benefit for Bountiful Cities

  1. boatrocker

    Wow, I hope those cute lil’ ol 2 wheeler “natives” from Daytona and Sturgis who live here now and still drive a Mommy type import to grocery shop are happy.

    First, Shakey’s was owned by someone who couldn’t keep it open for not saving the pennies. That, and not enough 2 wheelers spent $ locally, but still complained after it was sold. Mmmm hmmm,

    Then, Shakey’s was bought by a guy who barely owned it a year after putting a lot of money, time and effort into cleaning it up and refurbishing it.
    Did the orginal owners of Shakey’s cook free food out on a grill for patrons like the second owner did?
    How much does a nice, pretty, shiny new Yankee made Harley cost nowadays? 2 new Harleys would have bought the place back from the second owner. Nobody stepped up to the plate.

    Now Shakey’s is a lil’ sister bar to the Bywater (aka everything awful that hipsters and bad parents represent when they turn toddlers loose to wander amongst drunks sipping overpriced crrrrrrraft beers and ‘artisan’ drinks for $9 a pop- and scream OMG when their favorite Internet radio station comes on). Hopefully the new, new, new Shakey’s stands by its ‘no kids allowed’ mantra.

    Now, original Shakey’s “native” patrons, please write an angry tirade about how Asheville ain’t what it used to be.
    Actually, what I mean is that doing so would make one a hypocrite.

    I take no pleasure in pointing out yet another drinking hole has been gentrified. New new new Shakey’s, please at least feed a lot of needy kids who would otherwise go hungry for mamaw and papaw spending the pay on Harley gear.

  2. sara ledonne

    Charleys Shakeys is just what we need down at the River…ie. no children, a few pool tables, a really charitable guy and town supporter at the helm…

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