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 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 will be available for purchase on-site. This coupon booklet represents more than $1000 in dining savings at AIR restaurants, for the cost of $60. 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.
Restaurants featured have included: Acropolis Pizza, Ambrozia, The Bier Garden, Bouchon, Carmels, The Cantina at Biltmore, Chestnut, City Bakery Café, Corner Kitchen, Creperie Bouchon, Edna's Of Asheville, FIG Bistro, Frankie Bones, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Glass Onion, The Green Sage, Jack of Hearts, Jack of the Wood, Jerusalem Garden Café, Karen Donatelli Café, Laughing Seed, Lexington Avenue Brewery, Little Pigs Bar-B-Q, Luella's BBQ, Mela, MG Road, Native Kitchen & Social Pub, Oysterhouse Brewing, Pack's Tavern, Plant, Sante Wine Bar, Scully's, Social Lounge & Tapas, Strada, Sunny Point Café, The Social, Thirsty Monk, Tupelo Honey Café, Ultimate Ice Cream, Vincenzos, Vinnies Neighborhood Italian, and Rosettas.
Wine & Beer Tasting from Asheville Brewing, Biltmore Wine, Highland Brewery, Empire Distribution, Lexington Avenue Brewery, Mutual Distribution, Pisgah Brewing, Tryon Distribution and more!
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.