Greetings Eaters, it is fall here in foodtopia and for the next week we have the opportunity to Eat Out In Asheville for a great cause. We are always fans of going to eat out in Asheville as indicated by our entire business that is based on said activity, but any time our dining dollars can be spent on philanthropic efforts it is something we like to promote. I mean, normally we have to budget to be able to eat out in Asheville as much as we want to, but when your money is going to a great cause, budgeting goes out the window, right? Well for the next week you have the opportunity to eat as many renditions of NC Fish Stew as you possibly can, and by doing so you will be providing much needed financial support to Eastern NC residents, farmers and business owners who were devastated by flooding that occurred in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
One of North Carolina’s best known chefs, Vivian Howard out of Kinston has put out a call to arms for restaurants around the state to cook up their best version of NC Fish Stew and donate proceeds to this cause: “After more than a week, the water has not receded and parts of my already challenged region face unprecedented devastation and a seemingly insurmountable rebuild,” Howard wrote. “As a member of the food and beverage industry, an industry that increasingly goes to bat for those in need, I’d like to propose a way we, as an extended community, can help a place and a people in dire straits.” Howard, who is best known as the host of the award winning public television series A Chef’s Life and for her Kinston restaurants Chef & The Farmer and Boiler Room has put together a short notice culinary crusade featuring prominent restaurants around the state, including some Asheville’s best restaurants. Starting Sunday October 30th and continuing through next Saturday November 5th, over 20 Asheville restaurants along with many more around the state and the Southeast will be cooking up the best fish stew they know how to tempt your palettes and support hurricane damage relief.
Places to eat out in Asheville (and order the fish stew!):
Zambra Tapas, Vinnie’s, White Duck Taco Shop, Chai Pani, Buxton Hall Barbecue, The Lobster Trap, Buffalo Nickel, Rhubarb, Chupacabra Latin Cafe, Ambrozia, Local Provisions, The Cantina, Blue Dream Curry House, Curate, Nightbell, The Rhu, The Hilton Asheville, Avenue M, Karen Donatelli Bakery and Cafe, Kitchen 743 at ISIS Music Hall, Village Wayside, Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack and Carmel’s Kitchen and Bar.