Greetings Gastronomes here in the mountains of Foodtopia, we wanted to put an exciting event on your radar coming up at Table in a few weeks. We are always extolling the virtues of the pop-up dinner, and NOWRUZ on April 13th will be one not to miss. If you’ve been on one of our High Roller Tours before, there’s a good chance that you’ve been to Table. Chef Jacob Sessoms helms what may be the most foodtopic of all the foodtopian joints here in Foodtopia and has been a part of our enterprise throughout Eating Asheville’s history. Table, along with The Imperial Life upstairs and Tod’s over on Montford Ave. are all about ingredients, gojng beyond the cliché of “farm to table” by working hand in hand with growers and producers throughout the season year after year and making handmade food and drinks that showcase the richness of agricultural biodiversity that makes Asheville and Western North Carolina have the coined namesake Foodtopia in the first place.
Table has been putting on some pretty innovative events on top of their unique daily menus for years now, but NOWRUZ promises to be special. Chef Sessoms will be teaming up with the local king of the pop-up, two time James Beard semifinalist Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani and MG Road and…….wait for it……..Reza Setayesh who is making his reemergence in the Asheville dining scene after an absence of several years since he sold his groundbreaking restaurant Rezaz along with Piazza in Fairview to spend time with his family after spending many years working endless days in the demanding restaurant ownership biz.
Setayesh is reentering the scene he helped create in full force, opening two new restaurants in the coming months(more on that later). This dinner will be unique due to his presence alone, but there is way more to it. ‘Nowruz’, which translates to ‘a new day’ is meant to focus on cultural diversity, showcasing Irani’s Indian heritage, Setayesh’s Iranian heritage and Sessoms’ Jewish American background. All three chefs have cooked anything and everything you could think of, and their cumulative experience is staggering. The chefs will draw from the path of peoples and foods of the Fertile Crescent with three expressions of this history – Persian, Sephardic, and Parsi. The dinner will be family style, as is culturally significant and celebratory. Nowruz is the Persian New Year, celebrates renewal and rebirth and is symbolized by the coming of spring, diners can expect the dinner to follow suit.
If this info isn’t enough to have you hooked, all proceeds from the dinner will be donated to Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción, a local organization that takes action for immigrants’ lives and strives to create inclusive communities with justice, freedom and equality for all. Reservations can be made by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the restaurant at 828-254-8980. This is one dinner in Foodtopia you won’t want to miss. Seats are $80/guest and include wine pairings for this three course feast.