Well the mild winter took a sharp turn into snowmageddon here recently, but winter is still the best time in my humble opinion to eat at restaurants in Asheville hands down. We mentioned a couple of these events before, but figured a reminder was due. Two of the best restaurants in Asheville are offering dinners this week worth eating:
Wednesday 7pm at Cucina 24, local wine expert Mike “Wino” Tiano of Haw River Wine Man will be pouring some real traditional Tuscan vino as part of an ongoing series of dinners exploring different regions of Italy at Cucina 24 with Chef Brian Canipelli contributing the traditional fare, with local ingredients and all that handmade love of course. If ya don’t know, Haw River is a NC company that started out direct importing Italian wine into the Carolinas and has grown over the years to distribute the Italian offerings from the vaunted Rosenthal Portfolio and wines from France and Spain. But Italy is what they specialize in, and bringing wine straight from the producers to restaurants in Asheville is still their thing. This will be a great dinner for only $50.
Thursday 6:30pm at Isa’s Bistro is a very special occasion as Charleston Chef Jacques Larson ( Wild Olive and Obstinate Daughter ) visits Duane Fernandes at Isa’s to cook up a dinner paired with beers from Pisgah Brewing Company. It’s not often we get chefs from the Holy City visiting restaurants in Asheville and Larson is one of the best. A $65 ticket gets you a meet and greet with the chefs including hors d’oeuvres followed by four courses paired with one of our favorite brewery’s brews.
And continuing in the winter spirit…
Also at Cucina 24 this Saturday night from 11pm-2am, another installment in the ongoing Tiki Night Series. This is the kind of conceptual event more and more restaurants in Asheville are producing, and Tiki Night is one of the founding fathers of these conceptual pop-ups here in Foodtopia. This week’s episode features Chef Brian Canipelli cooking roasted duck and pancakes + Beverage Director Donnie Pratt showcasing his reverence for Tiki cocktail served with his dazzling collection of Tiki paraphernalia + live surf rock. Haven’t seen the cover charge yet, but the entry fee includes food!
More Asian cuisine and Tiki cocktailing kicks off Monday 2/1 at 6pm at Buxton Hall BBQ. Chef Elliot Moss teams up with Beverage Baron Kyle Gray Beach to revisit Punk Wok, the wildly successful extended popup these guys put together at MG Road in 2014. The Remingtin Room will be decked out and music will be curated for the event, so with the promised ‘umami galore’ this is definitely an experience that will involve 5+ senses. Punk Wok will take place each Monday in February.
Friday February 13, AJ Gregson teams up with Pisgah Brewing Company for a beer dinner at Mojo Kitchen, located within the OneStop Lounge beneath Asheville Music Hall. Of all the best restaurants in Asheville, Mojo Kitchen is one of the most off the beaten path, so this is a great opportunity to check out AJ’s cooking. AJ grew up in South Carolina and South Florida and attended Johnson & Wales, so don’t be deceived by the dive bar facade, this guy can cook Southern American and Caribbean cuisine proper. With live music and Gregson’s smoker filling the air along with his partner Autumn’s creative kitschy decor, this is another experience that will delight all the senses. Four courses for a mere $40.
Last but not least, all the good restaurants in Asheville are participating in Asheville Restaurant Week which has been extended through Monday February 1st. You can get 2-course lunches for $20 or 3-course dinners for $30 at over 30 restaurants in Asheville.
Lots more info is rolling in about Valentine’s/President’s Day weekend, so stay tuned to find out about more winter events at the best restaurants in Asheville!