Cookbooks

Do you collect cookbooks? I certainly do and read them just like detective mysteries! It is not just the recipes; it is the cooking hints, author’s experience, the cooking lore and the historical context of the publication. Many times, I stop by yard sales, thrift stores and book sales at local libraries. Other times I shop cookbook magazines or bookstores. My best finds are those that often come to me through friends and fellow foodies. I have recently acquired several cookbooks and would like to introduce you to these authors.lost-art-of-pies-cover-128x200

 

I just received an email about a new cookbook that includes the Western North Carolina Farmers Market.  The cookbook is by (www.southernliving.com/) Southern Living and is entitled “Farmers Market Cookbook: Harvesting a Fresh Look at Local Flavor” (available March 16, 2010) It is all about local fresh ingredients available at farmers markets throughout the south. We are very fortunate here in Asheville to have a great selection of winter markets, farm stores and natural food markets.

 

One book I recently purchased is (www. lenoresnatural.com/) “Sublime Soups, vegetarian soups and quick breads” by local author Lenore Baum. Lenore brought several copies to our last Slow Food “soup event” and donated a share of the proceeds to our education fund. We shared many great soups that night and the leftovers were packaged and donated to local homeless shelters. With all the snow and ice, this cookbook is one I am reading and cooking from this winter.

 

Was your power off in the last snowstorm? Did you wish for a wood cook stove? You need to know about the books available from Barbara Swell of () Native Ground Books and Music, here in Asheville. Barbara has researched and published ten cookbooks with recipes dating from the 18th century to the 1950’s. These wonderfully illustrated books tout the uniqueness of “Early American Cookery” or “The Lost Art of Pie Making” with tips for using wood cook stoves and old-fashioned recipes and folklore.

 

Whatever the season or reason, we have a wealth of great cooks, wonderful markets, dedicated farmers and many cookbooks by local authors. Head to your local bookstore or check out the mentioned websites and support this vibrant community!

Taste of Our Carolina Foothills

It is Sunday and liquid sunshine is misting over the many canopies where eager foodies are gathered to enjoy the samples of pleasure at the Taste of Our Carolina Foothills wine and food festival20150927_140532

The location, Overmountain Vineyards in Tryon is a beautiful vineyard with terraces and special group seating for the nearly 400 people attending this event. The event is a fundraiser for the Our Carolina Foothills public relations campaign to create awareness about and promote tourism in Landrum, Tryon, Saluda and Columbus. [Read more…]

7th Asheville Wine & Food Festival

Our Festival brought together a vibrant culinary community, attracting 5000 attendees over the celebratory week!

 

August 28, 2015 – The seventh annual Asheville Wine & Food Festival, presented by sponsor Asheville Color Imaging, was held August 20-22 in downtown Asheville. The festival attracted 5,000 wine and food aficionados to three days of signature events: ELIXIR, NC’s largest distillery showcase and craft cocktail competition; SWEET, a feast of desserts, wines, and spirits; and the GRAND TASTING, featuring farm-to-table restaurants, artisan food producers, bakers, chocolatiers, craft brewers and distilleries, and winemakers who turned out to cook, pour, demonstrate, and serve their love to eager attendees. The festival, one of the largest indoor culinary festivals in the southeast, is a testament to the region’s growing food scene. [Read more…]

The Community’s Kitchen in Tryon NC

When a community of farmers, food producers, and volunteers get together it is usually to plan for a service or to celebrate the opening of a much needed service. On Sunday, July 12, Polk County’s first mission-driven Incubator and Teaching Kitchen “The Community’s Kitchen” opened in Tryon NC. Polk Community Kitchen1

This facility has been a long time coming with many farmers, educators, business organizations, civic and church groups partnering to “provide an accessible space for local entrepreneurs, farmers, community members and organizations to process high-quality food products in a diverse and collaborative learning environment and then offer them an on-site marketplace.”

Carol Lynn Jackson, the founding board leader for Slow Food Asheville Foothills Community and owner of Manna Cabanna Market had a vision of providing sustainable healthy food access by leveraging Polk’s County’s capacity within its thriving local food community.

Polk Community Room2In addition to a processing kitchen, the offer a community room that can be rented for educational events, civic meetings, music, and private events.

Many of the attendees at the kick-off event on Sunday, announced that they had signed up and pledged to eat totally local for a week each, writing about their experience, the farms that the food was purchased from, and the accessibility of local healthy food. Read about their experiences at (https://www.facebook.com/polkcountyfarms)

If you are in the Tryon area, stop by this facility at 835 N Trade St, Tryon NC 28782 and support their efforts. As an L3C organization they welcome investment from foundations, businesses, and individual investors who can receive a tax advantage.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Quote by Margaret Mead

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AMUSE + ESSENCE = ELIXIR

AMUSE + ESSENCE = ELIXIR

A Culinary Circus of Drink, Music, Competitions & Fun in Asheville NC

Culinary artistry and showmanship preselected by chefs and mixologists, intensified by the competition among competitors and emphasizing smaller, more intensely flavored courses. “The amuse-bouche is the best way for a great chef to express his or her big ideas in small bites.”

May 1 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the MHCC Event Center. Presented by Capital at Play.

Got Tickets?  http://ashevillewineandfood.com/amuse-essence-best-chefs-mixologists-new

Can’t wait?  Sample this signature AMUSE cocktail in anticipation of the upcoming event:

AMUSE:

1 oz Absolut Vanilla

3/4 oz Domaine de Canton

1 oz Orange Juice

1/2 oz Roses Lime Juice

 

Shake and strain into a martini glass. Top with a splash of ginger ale.

Lime twist and/or cherry garnish.

 

ENJOY!

 

This creation is shared with you by Kenny Rieg of Chop House, Downtown Asheville.Chop House Logo

2015 Tailgate Market Spring Openings

Spring is here and the growing season is upon us! Tailgate tents are going up, and area farmers markets are opening outdoors for the season. Celebrate spring by getting a taste of what is growing in your community. At early spring markets, expect fresh greens, spring onions and asparagus; meats, cheeses, baked goods, value-added farm products like preserves, and a wide selection of plant starts. Produce offerings will differ from market to market based on the location of vendor farms—microclimates vary greatly in the region. But the season changes quickly, with new offerings sprouting up each week.

 

Find a list of spring tailgate opening days for the central mountains below. For a complete list of the 90+ tailgate markets in the region, including their season start dates, visit ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org. The 2015 print guide hits stands in mid-April. [Read more…]

More Than Honey

More Than Honey

March 16th at 7pm – Tryon Theatre

Bring your friends and family to a free movie on bees and beekeeping with a reception beforehand at La Boutielle Wine and Beer Boutique. This awesome documentary showcases beekeeping around the world, demonstrating why bees and beekeepers are vital to our existence on earth.

Thanks to Slow Foods Asheville – Foothills for the reception sponsorship. 

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11th Annual ASHEVILLE BREAD FESTIVAL, May 2nd, 2015

The Festival rapidly approaches!

The bread bakers and other artisans are planning their products to share with you on MAY 2, 2015.  Bring your hunger for bread and your thirst for knowledge about the stuff of life.  Occasionally between now and then, you’ll be receiving an update on ticket availability. At this time there is very good availability on all the workshops, but from experience we know that isn’t going to last long!  http://www.ashevillebreadfestival.com/

Reception and Movie to Follow.
After the festival you can enjoy dinner with the bakers, exhibitors and festival organizers.   The festival is sponsoring the release party for JD McLelland;s acclaimed documentary  “The Grain Divide.”  The story of the geneticists, farmers, millers and bakers who are making locally grown wheat a reality, is an inspiring look at the frontiers  of wheat, flour, and bread. Preceding the film, there will be a panel discussion featuring the film’s director and cast. The reception  with appetizers, beer, and wine begins at 6pm and the film will be shown at 8pm. Tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance. The event is at Carolina Cinema.

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

Prices:

  • 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)

$25/$20/$10

 

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, contactinfo@slowfoodcolumbia.org. Tickets on sale March 1 at http://www.indiegrits.com. @slowfoodcola @indiegrits