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Get Local: Harvest Appalachia with Nightbell!

Similar to the special dinners that Cúrate has created for ASAP in the past, ASAP is pleased to announce a partnership with Nightbell – Cúrate’s sister restaurant – for a fabulous meal and fundraiser to help support local food, strong farms, and healthy communities!

Get Local: Harvest Appalachia will take place at Nightbell on Wednesday, November 9, 6:30-9:30 pm and will include another special mulit-course prepared by Katie Button, Nightbell’s Executive Chef and Owner. The meal will highlight local food from the farmers that Nightbell sources from regularly.

Katie Button, Nightbell’s Executive Chef and Owner, says, “One of my favorite aspects of being a chef and restaurant owner in Asheville is working with local farmers and sustaining each other as small businesses. ASAP serves as the farmers’ advocate, and I am happy to support them and help strengthen the community.

Tickets are $125 per person (includes drink, tax, and gratuity). Proceeds of the event benefit ASAP. Charlie Jackson, ASAP’s Executive Director, will speak at the dinner.

Purchase your tickets HERE.

Menu highlights are below. Nightbell will do their best to accommodate food allergies and restrictions, but please inquire about options prior to purchasing your ticket.

Nightbell is located at 32 S. Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 and can be reached at (828) 575-0375 For more information, contact Scott Bunn, ASAP’s Development Director at 828-236-1282.

Get Local: Harvest Appalachia Menu Highlights

Welcoming Cocktail 
The Hornet: vodka, apple shrub, Earl Grey tea, prosecco

Earl Grey-cured trout from Sunbust Trout Farms with Creasman Farms’ apples, fennel, brown butter, goat cheese

Barkley’s Mills grit hush puppies with orange Wild Mountain Apiaries honey butter dipping sauce

Celery root soup with sorghum, fingerling potatoes

Squash salad with delicato squash, friseé, herbed ricotta, roast pumpkin seeds

Sarsaparilla braised short ribs with roasted parsnips and caramelized grapefruits

Pumpkin-butternut tart, espresso ice cream, house-made cajeta, sweet and spicy fried seeds

Closing Cocktail
Go Down Moses: carriage house apple brandy, walnut, orgeat, sychophant bitters

Nightbell is sourcing from the following Appalachian Grown farms for the dinner:

Apple Brandy Beef, North Wilkesboro NC
Barkley’s Mill, Weaverville, NC
Creasman Farms, Hendersonville, NC
Gaining Ground Farm, Leicester, NC
Green Toe Ground Farm, Yancey County, NC
Ivy Creek Family Farm, Barnardsville, NC
Rocking S Farm, Piney Creek, NC
Sunburst Trout Farms, Haywood County, NC
Wild Mountain Apiaries, Asheville, NC


Tune in to “Growing Local”, ASAP’s Weekly Audio Series on WNCW

“Growing Local” is a radio series on WNCW on Mondays during Morning Edition at 8:45 am. “Growing Local” comes from ASAP’s Local Food Research Center, and features stories about local food and farms in the Southern Appalachians.

If you miss an episode on the radio, you can follow our SoundCloud page, where they’ll be posted each week, or go to Growing Local on iTunes. Or, like our Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date with “Growing Local”.

2016 Southeast Farm to School Conference

We had a fantastic Southeast Farm to School Conference!  Thank you to all of our attendees, sponsors, presenters, and supporters for making this such a wonderful learning and networking opportunity! We loved meeting so many new faces, and are inspired by the work being done in this region to forward our farm to school movement. Stay tuned for photos, presentations, and other conference snapshots!



ASAP’s Local Food Experience

Thank you to everyone who attended, supported, and participated in our first Local Food Experience!

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A big thank you to the following businesses for donating their time and talents to our local food tasting: 
Buxton Hall Barbecue with Vandele Farms on Cedar Creek, Biltmore Coffee Roasters, French Broad Chocolates, Hickory Nut Gap Farm, HomeGrown with Green River Picklers, Imladris Farm, John C. Campbell Folk School, Looking Glass Creamery, Sunburst Trout Farms, Ultimate Ice Cream, UNC Asheville Dining, and Waynesville Soda Jerks.

Another big thank you to our silent auction donors: Addison Farms Vineyard, Asheville Farm To Table Tours, East Fork Farm, Franny’s Farm, John C. Campbell Folk School, Noble Cider, Omni Grove Park Inn, Root Bottom Farm, Spinning Spider Creamery, and The Montford Bar and Lounge with Chef Philip Boellhoefer.

We’d also like to thank Mountain Food Products for donating local cherry tomatoes (from Ivy Creek Family Farm and Freedom Farm), Hendersonville Community Co-op for donating napkins and forks, and Highland Brewing Company for hosting us in their beautiful new event space!

We couldn’t have done this event without the incredible support of our volunteer and interns!

And of course–thanks to all of YOU for attending and supporting our work to build a thriving local food system.


ASAP’s 2016 Farm Tour was farm-tastic!

Thank you for joining us for our 2016 Farm Tour! Relive the fun by visiting our Facebook or Instagram page and searching hashtag #asapfarmtour.

We would love to hear your Farm Tour stories and feedback! Share your tour experience by clicking on this survey link, and be entered into a drawing to win a FREE 2017 Farm Tour car pass.

If you missed the tour, or are excited to visit more local farms, use our online Local Food Guide to search nearby farms to visit, or check out other farm events and tours near you at

Plus, save the date for the 2017 Farm Tour, June 24 & 25! 

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