Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest

Come out and celebrate everything cheesy.  The festival will be held rain or shine at Highland Brewery in Asheville, NC.  The festival will utilize the indoor and outdoor areas of the brewery so you can get your hands on goats and calves outside and participate in discussions and tastings inside.  Tickets for the 1st annual Carolina Mountain Cheese Festival will go on sale on this website starting November 1, 2014.

Ticket prices are listed below:

DATE:  April 26th, 2015
LOCATION: Highland Brewery, 12 Old Charlotte Highway
Asheville, NC 28803
TIME: 12 noon to 4pm


  • Ages 13 to 103: $12.00
  • Children 12 & under:  Free

If there are any remaining tickets, they will be sold at the gate the day of the event for $15.00 each.

Slow Food at Indie Grits – Columbia SC

Slow Food at Indie Grits Sustainable Chefs Showcase

April 19, 2015 3:00-6:00pm

711 Whaley Street (701 Whaley)



The Midlands’ finest eco-conscious chefs will serve small bites featuring sustainably produced ingredients at this popular culinary fiesta, presented by Slow Food Columbia. Guests will enjoy tastings by 17 chefs, a Slow Food community potluck, tunes by the Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul and a cash bar with craft beers and great wines by The Whig. Entering its fifth year, Slow Food at Indie Grits has been a sold-out smash hit described as “laid-back,” “family-friendly,” and “a can’t miss event for foodies and green enthusiasts.” An official partner event of the Nickelodeon Theater’s 9th Annual Indie Grits Festival. For more information, Tickets on sale March 1 at @slowfoodcola @indiegrits


Join us for an Escoffier wine dinner at Chestnut restaurant. Georges Autuste Escoffier was a French chef, restaurateur and culinary writer who popularized and updated traditional French cooking methods. For this special wine dinner, Joe Scully and the awesome, talented team at Chestnut will recreate some of Escoffier’s recipes and the Weinhaus will select wine pairings for each course. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy great food and learn some culinary history too. Thursday, March 19th Time: 7:00 PM. Price: $80 all inclusive. Please call the Weinhaus for reservations at 254-6453.

5th Annual Grape Growers Conference

On Thursday, February 26, 2015, the Sustainable Appalachian Viticulture Institute, Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard, and the French Broad Vignerons, will host the 5th Annual Grape Growers Conference in the Madison County Cooperative Extension auditorium in Marshall NC. Conference time will be from 9 AM – 4 PM.

The Conference will work to bring a new focus to growers and producers in the Western North Carolina region. The conference will not only address issues of substance for producers and growers it hopes to lay the basis for regular interaction on the part of vineyard managers, winemakers, and product producers.

In the morning program, Pete Fland, President of the French Broad Vignerons, will give a presentation about the trade association for all grape growers and winemakers in the region.

Chuck Blethen, owner of Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard, will share a list of available resources for making many value added products from grapes.

Josh Fowler, Winemaker from Lake James Cellars, will talk about how to blend grapes with other fruits to make great wines.

Alan Staton, owner of  Cabin Creek Vineyard, will offer tips on growing cold-hardy grapes in the mountains.

Samantha Biggers, owner of Morning Star Vineyards, will discuss new grape varietals suitable for growing in the mountains.

The afternoon program will consist of a Roundtable discussions. One will feature commercial vineyard managers from this reason. One will feature commercial winemakers from wineries in this area. The roundtable discussions will allow conference participants to ask questions about commercial grape growing and winemaking in our region.

The conference Early Bird registration fee is $45 paid in advance before midnight February 12. The regular registration fee of $50 will be for those who register between February 13 and noon on February 24. This registration also Includes lunch, coffee break refreshments, handouts, and free parking. Online registration is now available at until noon on Tuesday, February 24. The Walk-in Registration for those registering after noon on February 24 will be $55 and there is no guarantee that lunch will be available. People who register in advance will receive a copy of the agenda and directions to the conference location.

For additional information about the upcoming conference please contact Chuck Blethen, Executive Director, Sustainable Appalachian Viticulture Institute, 828-606-3130 or email


Chuck Blethen  – Executive Director

Sustainable Appalachian Viticulture Institute

PO Box 4

Marshall NC 28753 USA




2015 Organic Growers School Spring Conference coming up!


Check it out by going to then click on Spring Conference.


Thursday, January 15th

Join us for a wine dinner at Chestnut restaurant. Owners Joe Scully and Kevin Westmoreland of Corner Kitchen fame will prepare a unique meal to designed to satisfy the most discriminating palate. Chestnut is located directly across the street from the Aloft Hotel on Biltmore Avenue. The restaurant features local and seasonal flavors to create uniquely American cuisine. Join us for a coursed dinner with wines selected by the Weinhaus staff.  Time: 6:00 PM. Price: $80 all inclusive. Please call the Weinhaus for reservations at 254-6453.

An Exotic Fall Fusion Market Feast!

Featuring flavors of the Caribbean & Mediterranean


Tuesday, November 18th at 7pm

Located at The Hub, 278 Haywood Road

Tickets ~ $35


Featuring chefs: Amy Fariss of Nine Mile & Suzy Phillips of Gypsy Queen Cuisine. 

Live music and locally crafted microbrews + cocktails included. 




The West Asheville Tailgate market presents: An Exotic Fall Fusion market feast! Together, the chefs will spice up the night with flavors of the Caribbean & Mediterranean, using fresh – farm to table – local food.

The Market Feast – a family style meal primarily sourced from vendors at the market – will take place Tuesday, November 18th at 7pm. We will dine at The Hub, 278 Haywood Road, an eclectic West Asheville event space. There will be live music and locally crafted microbrews, cocktails (Sovereign Remedy) + tea.

All proceeds will go towards the growth of the tailgate market. Thanks for your support!


Tickets can be purchased at The West Asheville Tailgate Market: Tuesdays 3:30 – 6:30 (2:30 – 5:30 after November 4th), VILLAGERS located at 278 Haywood Road, and on-line at: and


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Asheville Wine & Food Festival

August 21-23, 2014
Learn About Tickets Here

All Logs 2014

Celebrate all that Asheville Offers the Table

The Asheville Wine & Food Festival celebrates all that’s worth savoring. This year’s festival, August 21-23, 2014 offers several signature events. The Asheville Scene Chefs Challenge (Starting July 1, and happening every Tuesday evening through August 12th, 2014), takes on some exciting new twists and comes to a heated close during the festival. ELIXIR on Thursday evening (in an secret location – prohibition style!) brings an elaborate cocktail party and mixology competition on for the second year. SWEET offers a decadent evening of desserts on Friday, again at the Historic Grove Arcade. And the Grand Tasting on Saturday is a smorgasbord of food, wine, beer, and spirits, plus culinary demonstrations, and a chance to meet authors, farmers, chefs, winemakers, brewers, and much, much more. Come sample the best food scene in the USA!

Given the surge of independent farm-to-table restaurants, underground dinners, award-winning chefs, booming brewery scene, burgeoning craft distilleries and wineries, and the mélange of farmers and artisan food producers, Asheville and Western North Carolina’s food scene has exploded. And it hasn’t gone unnoticed. TripAdvisor placed Asheville right up there with New York City, San Francisco, and New Orleans when it bestowed the city with a Traveler’s Choice Food & Wine Destination Award in 2011; The Huffington Post named Asheville one of the Top 10 Undiscovered Local Food Cities in 2009; and this year, Southern Living listed Asheville among the Tastiest Towns in the South.  Learn About Tickets Here


New – Upper Hiwassee Highlands Viticultural Area

Upper Hiwassee Highlands Viticultural Area

Approximately 690-square mile ‘‘Upper Hiwassee Highlands’’ viticultural area in Cherokee and Clay Counties, North Carolina, and Towns, Union, and Fannin Counties, Georgia.
Effective August 18, 2014.

To see some of the wineries in this area go to WNC Wine Trail

Video from the Slow Food Asheville Foothills Event

A wonderful event, supporting the great community, farms and Slow Food Movement of the Polk County area

Erik Olsen
505 S Randolph Ave.
Landrum, SC 29356
P/T: 864-990-1217