Twenty restaurants, bars and eateries will participate in the inaugural Eliada Farms Week fundraiser, beginning Saturday Aug. 18. Proceeds from the week of ticketed dinners, specialty cocktail offerings, and small-plate and dessert specials will benefit Eliada Farms, the latest initiative from Eliada, a nonprofit that serves the children and families of Western North Carolina.
“We’re introducing a new concept to the community,” says Nora Scheff, the organization’s marketing director. Launched earlier this year, Eliada Farms includes a geodesic grow dome that currently produces three types of lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, beets, various herbs and sunflowers.
Along with supplying its students with healthy, homegrown food options (saving the nonprofit an estimated $10,000 per year), Eliada also plans to sell excess produce to local farm-to-table restaurants. “We’re known as a children’s organization, but this really gets us into sustainable farming,” Scheff notes.
As a way to introduce this new component of its mission, Eliada will supply produce to all restaurants and bars taking part in the inaugural Eliada Farms Week. Venues include Ambrozia Bar and Bistro, AUX Bar, Bonfire Barbecue, Buxton Hall Barbecue, Corner Kitchen, The Hop Ice Cream Café, Post 25 Kitchen & Lounge, Post 70 Indulgence Bar, The Montford Rooftop Bar, Native Kitchen and Social Pub, Sovereign Remedies, Strada Italiano, Twisted Laurel, Vivian, The Waterbird, and The Wine and Oyster Bar.
“The community has supported Eliada for 115 years,” says Tami Ruckman, the nonprofit’s director of development. “Now we’re seeking to add to our community through sustainable farming.”
At the same time, Scheff adds, Eliada Farms also provides the nonprofit with a more holistic approach to its educational programs. “By focusing on nutrition and wellness and getting kids outside learning in an experiential way, we’re really driving home the fact that we’re serving the whole child,” she says.
Eliada Farms Week runs Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 18-26. Ticketed dinners cost $50-$100. For tickets and a complete schedule of events, visit avl.mx/56v.
Slush Fest at Ben’s Tune Up
Slushies, frozen pops, shaved ice and snow cones will all be featured at the inaugural Slush Fest at Ben’s Tune Up on Saturday, Aug. 18. The menu will include both adult- and kid-friendly flavors. Prices will range from $4-$9. “We have created many recipes that feature our in-house-made sakes,” says owner Molly Clark. Additional choices include Jameson and ginger, Altos strawberry margarita and Absolut cherry limeade. Botanist and Barrel, Urban Orchard Cider, Eurisko Beer Co., Herbal Alchemy Wine, Devil’s Foot Beverage Co. and Zillicoah Beer Co. will also participate in the event.
Slush Fest runs 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Ben’s Tune Up, 195 Hilliard Ave. For more information, visit avl.mx/56w.
Country Carnival at Hickory Nut Gap Farm
Hickory Nut Gap Farm will hold a County Carnival on Saturday, Aug. 18, featuring sliders and barbecue flights paired with Wicked Weed Brewing beers. The band Zydeco Ya Ya will perform, and the festivities will also include carnival games and prizes.
The carnival runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Hickory Nut Gap Farm, 57 Sugar Hollow Road, Fairview. Admission is $7; free for kids ages 4 and younger. To RSVP, visit avl.mx/571.
Summer Jam Festival
“Summer Jam Festival was created with the old-school block party vibe in mind,” says Quinn Asteak, executive director of the West Asheville Tailgate Market. Participating food vendors for this year’s Tuesday, Aug. 21, event include Foothills Food Truck, The Hop Ice Cream Café, King of Pops, Beeswax & Butter and Le Bon Café. The gathering will also feature a jam contest, live music, games, face painting and a $5 raffle. Along with community fun, Asteak says the event is a chance to “celebrate the summer bounty before settling back down into fall.”
Summer Jam Festival runs 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the West Asheville Tailgate Market on Haywood Road. For more information and to enter the jam contest, visit avl.mx/56x.
The Haywood Street Congregation and Chefs @ Downtown Welcome Table are coming together to host the inaugural WelcomeFEST 2018 on Wednesday, Aug. 22. Participating food trucks include Appalachian Chic, Bun Intended, Cecilia’s Kitchen, Gypsy Queen, Mountain View BBQ, Out of the Blue Peruvian Fusion and Root Down. According to a press release, lunch tickets will operate “on a buy one/give one philosophy, with each $20 ticket feeding a member of the Asheville community in need, as well as the purchaser.”
WelcomeFEST 2018 runs 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Haywood Street Congregation, 297 Haywood St. For details and tickets, visit avl.mx/56z.
Dhoopati joins Addison Farms Vineyard
Shruthi Dhoopati recently joined Addison Farms Vineyard as its vineyard manager and winemaker. In 2017, Dhoopati completed her Master of Science degree in viticulture and enology with courses at Montpellier SupAgro, Bordeaux Sciences Agro and Turin University. As vineyard manager and winemaker, Dhoopati says she looks forward “to making food-friendly wines that express our unique soils in North Carolina.”
Addison Farms Vineyard is at 4005 New Leicester Highway, Leicester. For more, visit addisonfarms.net.
John C. Campbell Folk School Cookbook
The John C. Campbell Folk School recently released The Folk School Cookbook. Written and compiled by Nanette Davidson, the book features over 200 recipes pulled from the school’s dining hall. Arranged by the seasons, the cookbook includes both Appalachian classics as well as international fare. Along with recipes, The Folk School Cookbook also includes a history of the school, photographs by Keather Gougler and illustrations from former Folk School host Sara Boggs.
For more on The Folk School Cookbook, visit avl.mx/56y.