Foodie

7 Reasons Asheville is a Food Forward Heaven

 

It has been said by many visitors to Asheville that the food scene here is more progressive than anywhere else they have visited.  Here we offer 7 reasons that Asheville is a food forward heaven:

1.  Asheville Food is Fresh

Farmers Market AshevilleEveryone knows that fantastic chefs cook with the freshest ingredients.  In the Asheville area, there are over a dozen farmers markets that both home cooks and professional chefs frequent to find ingredients.  Menus all over town boast meat, cheese and produce from local farms.  The Hop Ice Cream Cafe is known to stop by the West Asheville Tailgate Market for farm fresh ingredients that then show up in their incredibly creative ice cream flavors.
 

2.  It’s Easy to Grab a Bite in Asheville

A new trend that we are seeing is the rise of the food truck, lending convenience to grabbing a bite on the go in every nook and cranny of Asheville.  You will find food trucks parked at breweries, festivals, private parties and even gas stations, making it incredibly easy to eat a delicious meal.  There is even a dedicated food truck park!

3.  Local Food Abounds

Asheville’s hospitable climate is conducive to many crops flourishing.  At farmers markets, co-ops and independent grocery stores you can find various local foods throughout the seasons.  Late spring brings scrumptious greens and summer yields countless root veggies, squashes, berries and more.  Crisp apples are a fall staple in Western North Carolina.

4.  There is a Focus on Sustainable Food

Asheville Fresh ApplesIn true Asheville form, there is a huge grassroots effort to make food sustainable in our area.  An organization called Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project provides support for farmers and education to the community so that we, as consumers, may have sustainable food choices and that farm businesses can continue to thrive.  Their efforts help to connect us to the farmers through markets and farm tours.

5.  Healthy Food is Everywhere

There is nowhere easier than Asheville to find healthy food that suits any diet.  Whether you are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, paleo, vegetarian, vegan or any other food sensitive designation, there is a delectable menu waiting for you here!  Plant is an entirely vegan fine-dining establishment.  Posana, in Pack Square, is entirely gluten-free.  Laughing Seed Cafe, an early Asheville restaurant located on Wall Street, pioneered the way for vegetarian food in the area in the 1990s.  The Hop Ice Cream Cafe serves soymilk, almond milk, coconut milk and banana ice cream in addition to dairy ice cream.

6.  Food is Art in Asheville

Art, both visual and performing, is a large part of Asheville’s culture, and it carries over into the food realm as well.  Gorgeous, colorful combinations of local ingredients grace plates city-wide.  Notable culinary displays can be witnessed at Bull and Beggar with their seafood tower.  The sushi at Heiwa Shokudo on Lexington Avenue is stunning.  Check out the Instagram account of The Junction in the River Arts District to see their food art.  French Broad Chocolate Lounge’s handmade truffles are individual masterpieces!

7.  Asheville food is Delicious

Asheville Fresh FoodThe bottom line here is that you can taste some of the most delectable dishes imaginable in Asheville’s restaurants.  The Admiral, an unexpected fine dining restaurant in a dive bar’s body, often has reservations booked for weeks in advance.  Chef Katie Button churns out amazing tapas at Curate Spanish tapas bar.  Some of our other favorites are Mela Indian Food, Salsa’s Mexican Caribbean and the Asian cuisine of Gan Shan Station.

Feasting for FEAST Event

For the last several years, Mosaic Realty has been a supporter of the annual Feasting for FEAST celebration.  FEAST, an Asheville nonprofit, seeks to educate youth and families to grow, prepare and enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables.  Their annual Feasting for FEAST celebration brings together many of Asheville’s finest restaurants for a tasting of this fantastic food culture. Funds raised go toward programming that serves over 1500 local children.  Get your tickets now for the September 29th event!

At Mosaic Realty, we know this small city inside and out.  We would love to help you decide where in Asheville to call home.  For information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at mike@mymosaicrealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Further Reading: This article by Collections, ETC. names Asheville as one of the coolest small towns to visit!

The Skinny on Restaurant Week 2017 in Asheville NC

Restaurant Week

Our small mountain city of Asheville has received wide acclaim of late for a multitude of reasons.  Recognition as a food destination is a growing reason that we have landed a coveted place on the culinary map in national publications.  Magazines such as Bon Appetit have featured Asheville as a foodie heaven on the cover, alongside huge metropolises such as New York, Las Vegas and Atlanta.

Asheville Restaurant WeekComing up this month, you have the opportunity to bundle up and hit the street to try out some of the delicious, independent restaurants in our city that are making magic out of local, farm-fresh ingredients.  Asheville’s Restaurant Week is set for January 21st through 27th, and is organized annually by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Plan your dining out carefully, because there are too many wonderful eateries to name. Some of our favorites include Buffalo Nickel, Chestnut, Storm, Curate and Wicked Weed.  At lunch, enjoy a $15 two-course meal for one person. Two dinner options include a $35 three-course meal for one or a $30 dinner for two people.  Reservations are strongly recommended! More information about Restaurant Week can be found here: https://www.exploreasheville.com/restaurant-week/

For more information on happenings or real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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It's Spring! Time to Hit Asheville's Array of Farmers' Markets

Asheville Farmer's Market

Asheville area residents count themselves lucky to call this region home for many reasons, not least of which is its easy access to high-quality local produce and regionally crafted artisanal creations. The farms surrounding Asheville and extending throughout Western North Carolina provide an eclectic offering of both seasonal and year-round farmers’ markets as well as working farm tours. Spring heralds the start of the season, so grab your shopping bags and hit these memorable markets and farms!

West Asheville Tailgate Market·      Asheville City Market (North Market St. between Woodfin St. and Walnut St.; Saturday mornings, now through Dec. 16) – Vendors feature farm-fresh produce, local eggs, meats, farm-raised trout, wild salmon, fresh baked goods, handmade pasta, gourmet cheeses, honey, preserves, salsas, flowers, natural body care products, and artisan crafts. Enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations and food tastings from local chefs. For midweek shopping needs, visit Asheville City Market – South in the center of Biltmore Park Town Square. 

·      East Asheville Tailgate Market (954 Tunnel Road; Fridays 3-6 p.m. now through September) – Everything from fiber arts to herbs to hand-crafted popsicles are available against a backdrop of local music and camaraderie. 

·      North Asheville Tailgate Market (330 University Heights on UNCA’s campus; Saturday mornings now through Nov. 18) – Enjoy a full range of more than 40 vendors of local, sustainably produced meats, eggs, produce, cheeses, breads, plants, prepared foods and crafts. 

Asheville Farmer's Market·      Oakley Farmers Market (Meadow at Highland Brewing Co., 12 Old Charlotte Hwy.; Thursdays 3:30-6:30 p.m. now through Sept. 28.) – This market’s mission is to provide fresh, locally produced foods to its neighbors, “regardless of differences in income, race or social status.” 

·      River Arts District Farmers Market (175 Clingman Ave.; Wednesdays 2-6 p.m.) – Flying Cloud Farm, Spinning Spider Creamery and Asheville Wild Foods are just a few of the vendors you can find here. 

·      West Asheville Tailgate Market (718 Haywood Road; Tuesdays 3:30-6:30 p.m.) – Farmers’ market staples can be found alongside diverse offerings like plant starts for gardens, natural soaps and herbal products, and locally made art and crafts.

·      Western North Carolina Farmers Market (570 Brevard Road; daily 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., April-October; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., November-March) – This year-round indoor market features fruits and vegetables, mountain crafts, jams, jellies, preserves, sourwood honey, fresh baked breads, cookies and dozens of other farm-fresh items.

Asheville Area Farms

Asheville Area FarmsIf you’d like to go straight to the source, many working farms in the area are open to the public and offer an array of on-site activities and products for sale. Here’s a small sample of area farms to visit:

·      Hickory Nut Gap Farm in Fairview offers Farm Dinners, HNG Kitchen Classes and Friday Night Barn Dances, just to name a few activities.

·      Franny’s Farm in Leicester hosts everything from summer camps to weddings to the annual Barnaroo Music Festival.

·      Sky Top Orchard stands out among pick-your-own apple and fruit orchards for its ponds with ducks and geese, a barnyard area with sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, peacocks and more, a bamboo forest to explore, tractor rides and lots of picnic areas.

·      For a fun way to visit sustainable family farms in Western North Carolina, check out Asheville Farm to Table Tours. The themed tours take participants to several farms in a day, providing a unique window into regional farming.

For more information about our area or about real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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