Western North Carolina, which, despite a paucity of ethnic and racial diversity demographically, boasts a wide range of global culinary representation.
Beyond cooking, the Toronto native says her greatest passion is supporting the LGBTQ community.
Ciao Asheville: An Italian Cultural Forum launches on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Metro Wines. Also: A Taste of Italy; Harvesting for the Community; Modernist Cuisine and more in this week’s Small Bites.
For many Western North Carolina chefs, having control of a menu offers a means of honoring family history and celebrating culinary heritage.
On Sunday, July 8, The Block Off Biltmore will host The Great North Carolina Vegan Barbecue Cookoff. Also: La Guinguette offers an American Wine Dinner; AUX Bar (On Fire) Guest Chef series continues; Macaron & Mimosa Flights; The Blind Pig presents: Pop Sugar; and a wine dinner with Bibiana González Rave
S&W Artisanal offers a taste of the Mediterranean to Asheville. Also: La Guinguette hosts a wine dinner; The Hop Ice Cream brings back its ice cream yule log; Firestorm Books & Coffee hosts a vegan cookie swap; Hickory Nut Gap Farm offers holiday baskets; and French Broad Chocolates announces new holiday treats.
African and Caribbean flavors return to Pack Square Park during the Goombay Festival. Also: Catawba Brewing hosts Grill & Chill; Olivette Riverside Community and Farm hold a benefit dinner for Asheville GreenWorks; The Hop Ice Cream raises money for and awareness of multiple sclerosis; and plenty more.
Frostbite Ice Cream Bar expands to north Asheville. Also: Blue Dream Curry House celebrates two years, A Taste of Portugal comes to La Guinguette and Put It Up! Youth Food Preservation Camp is now open for enrollment.
A century ago, French suburbanites favored spending lazy weekend days relaxing at outdoor drinking establishments called guinguettes. Now, veteran Asheville restaurateurs Cecilia Marchesini and Stephane Diaz are reinventing this concept for the Western North Carolina crowd.