Taste of Asheville – 2013
(Mountain XPress) Last night, The Venue in downtown Asheville was packed with foodies for Asheville Independent Restaurant Association’s (AIR) 10th annual Taste of Asheville small-plate extravaganza. The crowds were gathered to participate in a strolling dinner party that encompassed all three floors of the vintage brick building. With 40 local food and drink purveyors on hand, guests were able to sample everything from the exotically meaty (wild boar or frog legs, anyone?), to the colorfully vegetarian (portobello mushrooms in adobo sauce, warm Brussels sprouts slaw with Lusty Monk mustard), along with several different riffs on the slider and Southern shrimp-and-grits. As in previous years, part of the ticket proceeds benefit AIR’s community outreach initiatives: the Chefs of Tomorrow Scholarship Fund for students of AB-Tech’s Culinary Arts Program, and the GO Kitchen-Ready employment training program.
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