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Seated Food Tour Dinner Series
The Asheville Masonic Temple
DATE: June 13
TIME: 6 PM – 9PM

No Restrictions is the first in a series of 10-course, “Seated Food Tour” dinners featuring chefs, cooks, mixologists, food makers, growers, and other local culinary scene luminaries that Asheville Food Tours works with through their many Restaurant Partners. No Restrictions will feature four of Asheville’s most exciting Chefs, as well as a local sommelier, and of course the expert curation and narration of Asheville Food Tours’ guides, Stu Helm, Paddy Riels, and other food and beverage “ambassadors,” who will be stationed at each table. Your host, Shay Brown will welcome you to the historic Asheville Masonic Temple, where you will be seated, and then treated to a classic, 10-course meal in the traditional Edwardian style. Cost is $125 – $165 per person. Click here for more information.

The Chop Shop Education Class
Beef Hind Quarter
DATE: June 13

Learn from the butcher himself! Matt Helms will show you where your Rib Roast comes from, along with all of the other cuts from the front of the beef. We’ll talk about cooking techniques and carving tips to make YOU look like the pro at your holiday feast!

We will also offer some house made and local charcuterie as well as beers and wine. Register here.


Father’s Day Grill Out
Hickory Nut Gap
DATE: June 16
TIME: 12PM – 4PM

Hard-work, dedication, perseverance, support, commitment; strong qualities for the strong role models in our lives. Show dad your appreciation by joining Hickory Nut Gap Farm in a special celebration of outdoor grilling, beer drinking, and lawn games. A portion of the proceeds to benefit Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC). Cost is $5 – $45. More info here!

ASAP presents: Farm Tours
Various Farms
DATE: June 22-23
TIME: Noon – 3 p.m.


ASAP’s Farm Tour is our annual event to connect the community to our region’s local farms and producers. Farms on the tour welcome the public to visit their farms and meet their families over one summer weekend. Each participating farm provides guided or self-guided tours, demonstrations, and other unique hands-on experiences. Tour goers can choose which farms to visit over the weekend. For more information, click here!

Bourdain Day
District Wine Bar 
DATE: June 22
TIME: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

They will pay tribute to one of the culinary greats, Anthony Bourdain. In honor of the great chef & world traveler, our very own Chef Melissa Hsu will prepare a special menu of some of his favorites along with the perfect pairing of wine and beer. They invite you to raise a glass in celebration of his legacy. RSVP here!


40th Anniversary Farm Dinner
The Market Place
DATE: June 28
TIME: 6:30 PM

Join them on Friday, June 28th at Gaining Grounds Farm for a true farm dinner to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Market Place Restaurant!!! Chef William Dissen will prepare a 5-course dinner cooked over a wood fire and paired with fine wines.All proceeds will go to our community partner – The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) Price is $100/person + tax & gratuity. Make your reservations in advance by following the link HERE!






Smoke Series: Poultry
The Chop Shop
DATE: Aug. 22
TIME: 6 PM – 8 PM

A new series!!! They’ve partnered with their friend Shelton Steele for some evenings to help you elevate your smoking game! Learn from the seasoned and professionals themselves! They will discuss the different tools, techniques, tips and myths of what it takes to make the BEST BBQ. It’s easy to make good, it’s the extra knowledge and experience that can make it GREAT. Shelton’s smoking classes are designed to teach BBQ as a life skill. The classes will cover the fundamentals of slow and low bbq, while also sharing the competition tricks and techniques that create consistency every time you cook. Click here for more info.