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Taste of Asheville

Updated: Friday, November 15 2013, 06:07 AM EST
Asheville Independent Restaurants (AIR) brings together 40 of the city’s most talented chefs in a celebration of all things delectable at the Annual Taste of Asheville.

This year’s event is November 20, from 7-9 p.m. at The Venue, located on North Market Street in Downtown Asheville. Executive Director of Asheville Independent Restaurants, Jane Anderson, and Chef Karen Donnatelli stopped by to tell everyone about the event.

In the ten years since AIR's founding, Asheville has emerged as one of the Southeast's top culinary destination and a national leader in the farm-to-table movement. Most recently, AIR partnered with the Green Restaurant Association (GRA) and the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute (BRSI) to encourage more environmentally-sustainable practices among the city's restaurants. As a result of their work, Asheville was the first city in the U.S. to be named a Green Dining Destination.

As in previous years, a portion of ticket proceeds from the Taste of Asheville will benefit AIR's two outreach programs: the Chefs of Tomorrow Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to A-B Tech's nationally-acclaimed culinary program and the GO! Kitchen Ready Training Program, which prepares students to enter the culinary field.

Restaurants participating in the 2013 Taste of Asheville include: Acropolis Pizza, Amborzia Bar & Bistro, The Bier Garden, Bouchon, The Cantina at Biltmore, Carmels, Chestnut, City Bakery Café, Corner Kitchen, Creperie Bouchon, Edna’s Of Asheville / Bad Puppy Coffee, Fig Bistro, Frankie Bones, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Karen Donatelli Café, Jack of Hearts, Jack of the Wood, Jerusalem Garden Café, Laughing Seed, Lexington Avenue Brewery, Little Pigs Bar-B-Q, Luella’s Bar-B-Que, Mela, MG Road, Native Kitchen & Social Pub, Oysterhouse Brewery, Pack’s Tavern, Plant, Rosettas, Sante Wine Bar, Scully’s, The Social Lounge & Tapas, Strada Italiano, Sunny Point, The Social, Thirsty Monk, Tupelo Honey Café, Ultimate Ice Cream, Vincenzos, Vinnie’s Neighborhood. The event also features wines and beer from AIR industry partners.

Tickets are available at AIR’s website.Taste of Asheville

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