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AIR’s community of flavorsome entrepreneurs have made Asheville a unique dining destination. Check out our AIR culinary calendar full of local AIR events and affairs.
Holiday Tea & Pastry Pairing
The Rhu & Asheville Tea Company
DATE: Dec. 5
TIME: 6 PM
Join The Rhu & Asheville Tea Company for artfully paired tea and pastries, sure to be a festive winter warmer! Enjoy warming flight of tea artfully paired with fresh baked pastries from The Rhu’s incredible chefs. Asheville Tea Company will discuss the pairings, flavor notes in the teas and desserts, and will highlight the many local and regional farms that grow our tea ingredients. They will be serving their Holiday Blends – Winter Wonderland, Snow Day, Nutcracker and award-winning Chocolate Habanero Chai tea blends. Tickets are $15 and available here!
Cinco Jotas Jamón and Wine Tasting
The Chop Shop
DATE: Dec. 6
TIME: 5 PM – 6 PM
Join them Friday, Dec. 6, for an exclusive Cinco Jotas Jamón and Wine tasting at the Chop Shop Butchery. Learn all about how this prized ham is made, what makes it so unique, and how to serve it at home. Their expert, Yuen, will be slicing Cinco Jotas by hand throughout the event so you’ll get to taste it freshly sliced. They’ll also be serving a special wine to pair with the ham and will explain which wines go best with it. This is the perfect opportunity to try before you buy and get to know an impressive cured ham that’s perfect for adding to your holiday charcuterie board. Tickets are $9 per person. Purchase them here!
Santa is coming to the Holiday Market! No need to wait in long mall lines, no paying out the nose for pictures, just bring your camera and capture that special moment with the man in red. Ol’ Saint Nick will be on site with over 40 local vendors! Stock up on those special, hand-made with love, local gifts for those hard-to-buy-for’s on your list. It’s the season of giving! This year, they are collecting donations of food and personal care items to support children in need. They are holding a raffle for a Salami & Chocolate Gift Box (an $85 value), and 100% of proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Children First of Buncombe County. Tickets are $1 each, and by bringing a donation from the list below, guests will receive 5 free raffle tickets.
Keep Your Mug Hot Mulled Cider Release
DATE: Dec. 8
TIME: 5 PM – 8 PM
Come enjoy a cup of our delicious hot mulled cider in your own hand-made Urban Orchard mug created by local potter Candice Hensley! Candice is a local artist who has been making pottery since 2007, and in Asheville since 2010. Her work can be found at Clayspace Co-op, Atomic Furnishings and Design, Vivian and Penny Cup Coffee, to name a few! http://www.candicehensley.com/ This event is at their West Asheville Taproom only. Tickets are $35 per person. Grab them here!
DATE: Dec. 12
TIME: 6 PM
Come to RendezVous and let Michel prepare a traditional French Christmas feast for you! Rendezvous is hosting a very special wine dinner on December 12th, at 6pm. Michel (yes, Michel!) will be in the kitchen preparing a festive five course meal comprising of time-honored cuisine from his homeland. The dishes will be expertly paired with the appropriate wines, which will also be French (oui oui). The cost is $125 per person, plus tax and service. To reserve your spot, email mary@ashevillebouchon.
Holiday Bubbles! A Sparkling Wine & Cheese Tasting
DATE: Dec. 14
TIME: 2 PM – 3:30 PM
The holiday season is here and there is no better time than December to begin exploring the wonderful world of sparkling wine. Join us for one final wine and cheese tasting for 2019 – an interactive, educational tasting perfectly suited for the festive season. Combined with tasting these lovely bubbles, they will pair them with yummy local cheeses from the WNC Cheese Trail! A great opportunity to learn how to recreate your very own wine and cheese offering for your holiday gatherings. Only 12 spots available, reserve yours today! Gratuity not included. Tickets are $28 per person.
Black Bear BBQ
DATE: Dec. 21
TIME: 6 PM
Black Bear BBQ is hosting a Solstice Soiree, December 21st at 6pm. They will be a multi course event with live music and benefits for Grateful Bread. This will take place in the back room and seating is limited. The cost is $55 + tax & gratuity. You can contact Black Bear BBQ through Facebook or Email at BlackBearBBQavl@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to make a reservation. Some dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
A Christmas Special
Blind Pig Supper Club
DATE: Dec. 22
TIME: 5 PM – 9 PM
The Blind Pig Supper Club presents: A Christmas Special. Join them Sunday, December 22 for a Holiday pop up to remember. Join them for 5 courses themed around the Christmas Classic Movie: A Christmas Story. Menu Undisclosed. Location Undisclosed. Proceeds benefit: Make A Mark Asheville. Tickets are $65 per person and available here!
Join Isis for their special New Year’s Eve Dinner menu by their new Executive Chef Neal Mitchell. The menu for the evening will be limited. After dinner service, Ellis Dyson and the Shambles will ring in the New Year while we dance the night away welcoming 2020! Reservations are recommended for dinner. Tickets for the show are available on line or can be purchased when making dinner reservations. Ellis Dyson & the Shambles expertly blends old-time influences ranging from Piedmont murder ballads, to traditional jazz and big band swing. A masterful and exciting show for all ages. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.isisasheville.com.