The Greenhouse: This coming Friday, June 21st, Noble Cider will be opening its new restaurant, The Greenhouse, the brainchild of international chef Gavin Baker. Gavin, also brother of Noble Cider co-founder Trevor Baker, is coming off of nearly 20 years of international curler culinary experience and some of the world’s best restaurants including The Fat Duck in England which holds 3 Michelin stars. Billed as a Michelin-inspired dining experience, Gavin and team will be creating creative techniques and worldly flavors to create a modern American menu to also pair with Nobles award-winning ciders and meads. https://www.noblecider.com/bar-bistro
Rendezvous: East Asheville got itself a little more of that “je ne sais quoi” thanks to the years in the making expansion of French restaurant and Lexington staple, Bouchon. The new restaurant, called Rendezvous, is located on Tunnel Road just east of the 240, and although the menu is said to be exactly the same as its Lexington Road sister, hopefully the wait times will be dramatically decreased considering Rendezvous is more than double the size. So hopefully now that Friday night steak frite will only take you a little over an hour to get to, instead of three. Rendezvous is now open. https://www.facebook.com/BouchonAsheville/photos/a.486552972090/10156228881557091/?type=3&theater
Hola Asheville!: On June 22nd in Pack Square Asheville celebrates all things Latin American inspired for Hola Asheville! Enjoy all the tastes, sounds, and goods of around 20 countries from Latin America. Starting at noon to 9pm try the Mexican, Peruvian and Venezuelan inspired cuisines, take a stroll through the vendors, and lastly enjoy an on-going schedule of dancers on stage performing styles like Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and more! It’s a free event to attend, so why not stop on by Pack Square on June 22nd as things are sure to get “muy caliente!” https://www.romanticasheville.com/hola-festival
Farm to Fork Fondo: Are you a foodie and a cycling enthusiast? Then this is for you! Starting at Hickory Nut Gap Farm the Farm to Fork Fondo is a 70 mile bike ride that features 6,000 feet of climbing, dozens of farms, and breathtaking views. If you’re not up for the 70 mile journey they also have a 10 and 25 mile ride as well. Earn your feast and enjoy a Post-ride Barbecue and Festival Market featuring the local farms on your route. Farm to Fork Fondo is coming to Asheville on June 29th and 30th. Pre-registration is required so be sure to go to AVLFN.com for links to the event. http://www.farmforkfondo.com/asheville
Restaurant Closures: In sadder news, BadHappy Poutine and Takosushi have closed. BadHappy, which was off Merrimon Ave., opened in Asheville less than a year ago and served creative poutine consisting of fries with cheese curds and other toppings. And, Takosushi formerly located at the edge of South Slope, opened in 2017 and served a mix of Asian and Mexican dishes.
Itto Ramen Bar and Tapas: is now open! https://www.facebook.com/Itto-Ramen-Bar-Tapas-2217565464970099/
Gan Shan Station: Changes have been made to Gan Shan Station and Gan Shan West this month. As of June 1st, Gan Shan Station, just North of Downtown, will no longer be serving lunch. Just recently they have also reopened with a new look, new hours and an expanded dinner menu. Gan Shan West on Haywood Rd. will keep the same schedule for dining and operations, but locally acclaimed Chef Silver Cousler (formerly of Buxton Hall and Mission Chinese) is now their Chef de Cuisine. Also, check out what the AVLFN Foodie Contributors had to say about their experience with the new menu here -> https://avlfn.com/asian/gan-shan-station-downtown/