November 14, 2012
Asheville Independent Restaurants (AIR) will celebrate a big evening of what makes Asheville a culinary destination at The Venue at 21 North Market Street in downtown Asheville with "Taste of Asheville." This highly anticipated annual fundraising event features food from 40 restaurants as well as wine tasting and beer tasting from local breweries. These same restaurants are participating in the 2013 AIR Passport, which will be kicked off that same evening and offers discounts at many of Asheville’s top restaurants.
Ticket entry to the event includes small plate tastings of 40 local, independent restaurants as well as beer and wine samplings. In addition, AIR’s new Taste of Asheville Passport for the year 2013 will be available for purchase on-site, a coupon booklet representing over $1000 in dining savings at AIR restaurants, for the cost of $50. Passports will also available for sale after the event at www.airasheville.org.
A portion of the proceeds from the evening ticket sales every year benefit various programming and outreach efforts, some of which include AIR’s Chefs of Tomorrow Scholarships for culinary students at AB-Tech, as well as the GO! Kitchen Ready Training Program- an initiative started by AIR and past AIR board members.
This year’s Asheville restaurants who are participating in the Taste of Asheville are: Acropolis Pizza, Avenue M, Blue Water Seafood Co., Boca, Bouchon, Carmels's, Chai Pani, 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, Karen Donatelli Café, Laughing Seed, Lexington Avenue Brewery, Luella's Bar-B-Que, Mamacitas Baja Kitchen, Mela, Neo Burrito, Neo Cantina, Pack's Tavern, Plant, Pomodoros, Sazerac, Scully's, Strada, Sunny Point Café, The Local Joint, The Glass Onion, Tupelo Honey Café, Ultimate Ice Cream, Vincenzos, Vinnies Neighborhood Italian
Tickets for the event are $70 for a single ticket and $125 for a pair. Tickets will go in sale October on the AIR Website www.airasheville.org.