Ramps are back! What the heck is a ramp? The thing you use to get on I-40 as trucks cut you off? What Micah used to catch air on his roller blades? Nope! These are little adorable, delicious green veggies that smell and taste of pungent garlic and onion. They can only be foraged and reappear every spring for a very short time, to the delight of many local chefs. From ramp cream cheese at Ziggy’s to a Ramp and Burnt Orange Doughnut from The Underground Cafe’s Chef Jay, you’ll find this coveted ingredient all over Asheville restaurants this time of year. So ramps are back, and you can check out a spread of ramp dishes next Tuesday, April the 23rd, as the Chestnut is hosting a “Guest Chef Ramp Dinner” featuring guest chefs from Corner Kitchen, Copper Crown, Hemingway’s and Zambra… totally cool event, and frankly, we’re ramped up about it.

Guest Chef Ramp Dinner: https://www.facebook.com/events/chestnut/guest-chef-ramp-dinner/309376993081457/


Last week, French Broad Chocolates opened Cookies & Creamery located in their former factory on Buxton Rd. True to their name, the new spot will be focusing on comfort desserts like lemon bars, brownies, blondies, and cookies and also serving French Broad versions of beer floats (yes using local beer), milkshakes, and sundaes. One of the new creations that Cookies & Creamery is touting is the Breakfast Sundae, with peanut butter ice cream, housemade granola, honey drizzle, whipped cream, and cinnamon sugar brioche croutons. Kids of all ages are sure to be delighted at the new Cookies & Creamery, now open.

Cookies & Creamery: https://www.frenchbroadchocolates.com/pages/visit-our-locations

Next Monday, April 22nd, Corner Kitchen is bringing us the “Dining in the Dark Experience”! (MSOL) Diners will be served a menu of locally sourced, low-carbon footprint meals in a low-lighting environment to shed light on Earth Day. Doing so is so important to this Green Certified restaurant, that Co-Owner Kevin Westmoreland was quoted saying, “In an industry in which it is somewhat difficult to be green, I want to make every effort to do so.” So, turn off the lights, heighten those senses, and be sure to try their locally sourced and sustainably grown cuisine at the Dining in the Dark experience on April 22nd!

Dining in the Dark Experience: https://www.facebook.com/events/2237465593186802/

Adirondack inspired cuisine? (MM look) Just when I thought I’ve heard it all – Sawhorse, a new restaurant opening in a few days on the West side of town, just had to go and bring something unique to the Ville. Chef Dan Silo is bringing the flavors of his childhood that permeate The Northeast and Southern Canada, to Asheville. His hearty, country comfort food menu will include freshwater fish, homemade sausages and meat pies, and a self described obsession with Maple Syrup (high praise to any restaurant that has a self described obsession with Maple Syrup). Sawhorse will also be serving a Sunday brunch where, yes, maple eggs are on the menu. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, as Sawhorse is set to open in mere days.

Sawhorse: https://www.facebook.com/SawhorseAVL/

Shay Brown Events and Stu Helm: Food Fan are bringing Asheville the 2019 Do-nut Thro-down on April 24th! This benefit “bake-sale” styled event will be open to the public and showcasing these sweet magic circles from local doughnut shops. Vortex, Dope Doughnuts, Mr. Bob’s from Marion, and more will be participating and selling their goods. A judging will take place as well with the local shops all vying for votes from the judges to land the top doughnut spot. This years judges include local star baker Ashley Capps… a cop… and a nurse. (Totally not kidding.) Dough not miss out, April 24th from 1:30-3pm at the Masonic Temple, downtown.

2019 Do-nut Thro-down: https://www.facebook.com/events/352442852024422/


The first ever Chow Chow Festival, Asheville’s new multi-faceted annual culinary extravaganza, has just released a full list of events and activities on their website, AND… Tickets Are Now On Sale!! (Micah & Matty.. “Whaaaa” into camera). This city-wide 3 days Festival, from September 12th through the 15th will include markets, tastings, workshops, seminars, Food Truck events, Farm Tours, Lazoom is even involved. Events focused on local wine, spirits, farms, cheeses, beers, chocolates, and makers of all sorts will be featured. We here at Asheville Food News strive to focus a spotlight on the culinary adventure that is Asheville, but this event, for 3 days, will be harnessing the full power of the sun to shine on the food scene in our town. With our diverse combination of farmers, makers, chefs and artisans, Chow Chow will no doubt herald the declaration that Asheville is deserving of global attention.

Chow Chow Festival: https://www.exploreasheville.com/chow-chow-culinary-festival