Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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More of what’s going around, including an update and what the Bull & Beggar and The Admiral are offering online, the cancellation of the 2020 Chow Chow food festival and more:

-I’m excited to try a new a new meal delivery service by Asheville pastry chef extraordinaire Ashley Capps. Her new business is called New Stock Pot. She describes it as “creative minds composing high quality meals. Ingredients sourced from small producers we love and appreciate.” Email Ashley at [email protected] to receive her newsletter and for more details. Ashley is perhaps best know for her amazing pastry chef work at Buxton Hall Barbecue.

-Bull & Beggar restaurant in the Asheville River Arts District is now offering Sunday “steak dinners” and Monday “burger night” for takeout, with lots of a la carte options. Order here. (Update: Bull is doing dinner Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Monday is the only burger night)

-The Admiral is offering a rotating Friday and Saturday night menu w/ hors d’oeuvres, small plates, appetizers and desserts. Order online here. (Update: and Admiral is offering a different menu each week available every Thursday through Sunday.)

-Organizers of the Chow Chow food festival in Asheville, which was held for the first time in September 2019, have announced that this year’s event has been canceled. Festival organizers, led last year by Asheville Chef Katie Button and French Broad Chocolates co-founder Jael Rattigan, said that for the rest of this year, they’ll hold a series of series of “events, dinners and an on-line presence that will offer meaningful content celebrating farmers, chefs, makers, and artists.” Here’s more from the group’s statement:

After the Board of Directors of Chow Chow, a 501(c)(3) organization, determined launching ticket sales in April was unrealistic, the group also considered the future rules and regulations regarding social gatherings and the indeterminate nature of the impact of the pandemic. As a result, the board voted to postpone the festival until September 2021.

“It was an extremely tough decision and a decision that we don’t make lightly. We so appreciate the support of the community, our sponsors, and our partners during last year’s festival as well as in preparation for 2020. We’re determined to be back better than ever next year,” said Chow Chow Board of Directors President Katie Button. “We’ll all be ready to welcome friends and family back to Asheville and we think Chow Chow will be a great way to celebrate our re-opened doors.”

The organization will also continue its mission in 2020 with a series of events, dinners and an on-line presence that will offer meaningful content celebrating farmers, chefs, makers, and artists. The Chow Chow board remains committed to elevating Asheville’s greater creative community through food and the communal table.

Chow Chow will also shift its focus to support the many farmers, restaurants, chefs, artists, makers, and non-profits severely impacted by Covid-19.

-Imladris Farms, the Fairview maker of delicious jams and more, is accepting donations on behalf of the local restaurants that it works with. Donate via Imladris here, and here’s how it works, from Imladris:

Your donation will be applied to outstanding invoices of a restaurant of your choice. If your restaurant doesn’t presently have an outstanding invoice, we’ll notify them that they have a credit towards their next purchase. If your favorite restaurant doesn’t presently carry Imladris jam, we’ll send them a sample pack as well as set them up with a credit.

This will leverage your donation several ways. First, the restaurant will benefit at a time when they can definitely use the help. Second, cash flow will help us continue to delay due dates for all of our restaurant customers, something we’ve been doing since late March. Lastly, we’ll be using this cash flow as restaurants come back online to source more local fruit/support our local farm partners!

Lastly, know that we’ll contact the restaurant of your choice with your name so that they know you’ve chosen to support them in these challenging times.

Laughing Seed in downtown Asheville says its plan is to open for takeout starting June 3. “You will be able to order online or by phone for a quick pick up on our patio. We will be offering many of our classics, some creative new items, and a large composed deli selection of Laughing Seed favorites to stock your fridge with, as well as prepped meals to easily prepare at home. We’re also excited to introduce a line of house made vegan pizzas and ice creams, along with fresh baked goods, dressings, cocktail mixes, and vegan cheeses. Regardless of what the State permits we will not be proceeding to in-house dining until we are confident that it is safe for both guests and staff.”

Silverball Subs has been open now a few weeks now out on New Leicester Highway, and I finally got around to ordering a sandwich. Delicious!

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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