Asheville Restaurants

The Taste of Asheville, Asheville NC

Asheville is a place where many diverse restaurants thrive, each year bringing inventive dishes from all around the world. It highlights Asheville as a national culinary destination, a place people visit to enjoy a range of local restaurants that feature organic food from local area farms to top-rated international cuisine.

What makes Asheville even more unique is that so many of these restaurants are independently owned and operated. For a mid-size city in the center of the North Carolina mountains, it's quite exciting to have such an eclectic range of food to chose from.

The Taste of Asheville hosted by Asheville Independent Restaurants, or AIR, November 14, 2012 to give people a chance to experience the quality and diversity of the food in Asheville. AIR is committed to promoting independent restaurants in the Asheville area. With over 40 members, they make sure both the people that live here and people that visit from far away have the best cuisine Asheville has to offer. AIR offers something for all palates: French, Indian, Mediterranean, Italian, and some of the best Southern food around, as well.  Plus enjoy wine and beer from tastings from local breweries.
Held at The Venue, a classy Asheville event facility on Market Street in downtown Asheville, The Taste of Asheville celebrates the diverse selection of food created by some the Asheville's most talented chefs and food professionals. It is also an opportunity get the word out about AIR and their commitment to local and independent restaurants. Taste of Asheville has been going on for a few years, but more restaurants are participating than ever before. AIR hopes the event provides a new look, direction, and focus for the organization.

Included in the event is a silent auction to benefit AIR's Chef's of Tomorrow Program. AIR has partnered with the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) and AB tech to provide scholarship opportunities for culinary students.

The cost of one ticket also included a Taste of Asheville Passport, coupon booklet worth over $1000 in savings to local restaurants. If you miss out on the event, Taste of Asheville passports will still be available for $50 by contacting The Asheville Store in the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 36 Montford Avenue. Or visit directly.

This year’s event will include food from: Chai Pani, Mela Indian Restaurant, Strada, Neo Cantina, Vinnie's Neighborhood Italian, Tupelo Honey Cafe, Acropolis Pizza, Avenue M, Blue Water Seafood Co., Boca, Bouchon, Burgerworx,  Carmels, City Bakery Café, Corner Kitchen, Creperie Bouchon, D.I. Hospitality, Edna's Of Asheville, Frankie Bones, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, The Green Sage, Homegrown , Jack of Hearts, Jack of the Wood, Jerusalem Garden Café, Vincenzos, Karen Donatelli Café, Laughing Seed, Lexington Avenue Brewery, Luella's BBQ, Mamacitas Baja Kitchen, Neo Burrito, Pack's Tavern, Plant, Pomodoros, Sazerac, Scully's, Strada, Sunny Point Café, The Local Joint, The Glass Onion, Ultimate Ice Cream.