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Whining And Pining, For My Garden…

Whining And Pining, For My Garden...

I live in a cave. So, not a real cave exactly…just a home that by all accounts is as just as cool and somewhat lacking in light because of the thundering pine trees that encompass our entire property.Given the sporadic light, growing a vegetable garden can be hugely problematic. Make that almost impossible. Through the years as I try to bargain and rationalize I have come to the conclusion I might be able to strategically carve a sliver of a bed at some point. Until then, I long for the time I can start my own heirloom seeds and enjoy […]

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“Biltmore Blooms” During Book Signing April 25th

"Biltmore Blooms" During Book Signing April 25th

I had a wonderful lunch with a friend who works at Biltmore the other day, she mentioned that everything is practically screaming Spring on the estate right now… the tulips, specifically, in full glory. I reminded her that Farmer and Chef will have our book signing in April on the estate, and she was elated at the timing. We at Farmer and Chef South are excited to be at the winery on April 25th from 2-4pm for a special Farmer and Chef Asheville book signing event. With the weather warming, get those bikes tuned and hiking boots dusted off. Spring […]

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Time to Eat Your “Cabbage Family”

Time to Eat Your "Cabbage Family"

Recently we ran a Farmer and Chef South social media Facebook post on “7 Foods That Taste Better Now Than They Will All Year”, so we decided to share some new ideas for cooking these two vegetables: one of them maligned at times, and the other sometimes overlooked for weeknight dinner planning. When they are fresh in season, like now, they are never more tasty; any slightly bitter, off-putting flavor is minimal and can be balanced with the right seasonings. Siblings in the cabbage family, collards and Brussels sprouts are cruciferous, meaning they contain the bitter-flavored compounds that makes some people […]

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An Ashevillian Eats Iceland

An Ashevillian Eats Iceland

Late this fall, this food lover headed to Iceland. I got my fill of several Asheville favorites before I left, worried I’d starve: I was prepared to see menus brimming with fermented shark (called Hákarl), puffin, and whale but not actually prepared to dine on any of these delicacies—I’m no Andrew Zimmern. While these foods could be found if sought out, I discovered the average restaurant serves dishes that are less “bizarre” and more banal: think pizza and panini. In fact, marketing materials for Reykjavík boast that the capital’s most popular restaurant is a hot dog stand.To be sure, my […]

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Gee…Thank You, Asheville. We Really Love You, Too.

Gee...Thank You, Asheville. We Really Love You, Too.

To say it has been a month of activity since the release, would be an understatement! The support, encouragement and excitement over the book release has us in a whirwind of emotions. Reaction has been positive, and it humbles us completely, on so many levels. When you have an iconic bookstore such as Malaprops put you on the bestsellers list, and then we actually reach the top spot? There are no sufficent words. We have said it once or twice (or probably many more times than that) and we shall say it again. We have one amazing, spirtited community here. […]

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Cookbook Lauch Event At Williams-Sonoma!

Cookbook Lauch Event At Williams-Sonoma!

Come Join Farmer & Chef at Williams-Sonoma in Biltmore Village as we celebrate the launch of our new cookbook Farmer and Chef Asheville The event will be held on November 15th from noon until 4pm, and will feature chef demos, tastings and a book signing! Chefs Featured: 12:15- 12:45pm Steven Goff, King James Public House 1 to 1:30pm William Dissen, The MarketPlace 1:50 to 2:20pm Chris Reed, Katuah Market Butcher 2:40 to 3:10pm Traci Taylor, Fig Bistro 3:30 to 4 pm Susi Gott Seguret, SSCA

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Words Direct From A Farmer; Top Five Reasons This Cookbook Is Different…

Words Direct From A Farmer; Top Five Reasons This Cookbook Is Different...

By: Wendy Brugh, owner of Dry Ridge Farm When I think of Asheville, I think of community, of our beautiful natural environment and mountain heritage, and I think of food. Aren’t we lucky to have so much bangin’ food in our small city? When I was asked to contribute my thoughts about how Farmer & Chef Asheville is different from other cookbooks, I was thrilled that I’d been given such an easy task! Farmer & Chef Asheville is a celebration of our community, our environment, and our food. I can think of a plethora of elements that make it different […]

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September 20-21 ASAP Farm Tour: Not To Be Missed!

September 20-21 ASAP Farm Tour: Not To Be Missed!

I’ve had ASAP’s Farm Tour on my calendar for months; it’s the weekend my family and I load up the car to meander through our gorgeous mountains, discovering roads never traveled and lifestyles different from ours. During our first year’s Farm Tour, we only got to three out of the 35 farms that opened their gates to visitors; it was hard to tear ourselves away from petting baby goats, miniature donkeys, and llamas, watching a pasture rotation demonstration with Border Collies, making our own pizza in a brick oven with ingredients we picked, and seeing every aspect of beekeeping in […]

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Getting Back to My Roots

Getting Back to My Roots

Cooking was always an integral part of my family experience growing up. My “culinary” training was far from formal, and I wouldn’t say it was even encouraged. Yet somewhere between youth and adulthood, I managed to grasp the basic necessities of cooking. College and my 20s morphed into few bland years of living off of black bean salsa, Hot Pockets, and hummus. Why cook when there was only one to feed? Marriage moved me back into the kitchen bit by bit, but my passion for cooking was transformed once I learned I was pregnant. Some pregnant women read parenting books. […]

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Fair Food


Fair Food

We’re not talking funnel cakes; learn how two Asheville eateries source fairer than fair trade coffee and cacao. Critics of the local food movement have always painted it as an all-or-nothing deal: To be a locavore, you have to shun bananas, pineapples, and the list of tasty tropicals goes on. Of course, that isn’t true. Thank goodness! We Ashevillians are local foodies to be sure, but just try and tell us we can’t have coffee and chocolate. Seriously. Try.

 That doesn’t mean we’ll accept beans grown unsustainably and without transparency. Enter fair trade. Loosely defined, a fair trade product is […]

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