Flori Pate, founder of the nonprofit Food Connection, talks with folks who drove up to a recent meal give-away staged at the Asheville Masonic Temple. With meals prepared by a team from Cultura restaurant, and with help from Shay Brown and her events crew, they handed out meals to out-of-work service industry folks./ photo by Jason Sandford

More of what’s happening on the fluid Asheville food scene, including details about the annual Dining In for Life fundraiser, and much more. Here we go:

-A partnership between Asheville nonprofit Food Connection, the local restaurant Cultura, and the YMCA of WNC to make and distribute meals for folks in need during the coronavirus crisis has received a $200,000 donation from an anonymous donor to keep going. Read the Food Connection details here about how this group, along with some other collaborations, will start producing 5,000 meals a week with the added support.

-Dining Out for Life, the big annual fundraising event for the nonprofit WNC Aids Project, has morphed into Dining In for Life. It’s set for Thursday (April 30.) To participate, order takeout or delivery from your favorite participating restaurant (or purchase a gift card!). Then, consider donating to WNCAP to support our ongoing services. The event features an online raffle for a $500 cash card courtesy of Mosaic Realty. Enter by making an online donation to WNCAP or by tagging WNCAP on social media with a takeout selfie. Check out delivery/takeout/gift card options for DOFL participating restaurants here.
You can donate to WNCAP here.

-The Freez (formerly Tastee Freez) on Patton Avenue has announced that it plans to reopen on Friday, May 1. The business had reopened for the year in March, then closed due to concerns about COVID-19.

-How about a tasty beer dinner to go? Zillicoah Beer Company is teaming up with Cucina 24 restaurant to create a take-home beer dinner. You pre-order through the Zillicoah website, then pick it up between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, May 1. What you get: slow-roasted suckling pig al pastor with pineapple, onion, garlic, chilies; masa gnocchi with chicken tinga, cilantro, black beans, jalapeño; salsa verde and crema fresca, with three tortillas per person; a selection of Zillicoah brew.

-Chef Reza Setayesh, co-founder of BimBeriBon restaurant on Haywood Road in West Asheville, says he’s working on a plan to start offering to-go food in May. Stay tuned.

-Grata Pizzeria at UpCountry Brewing in West Asheville has a way for folks to support local firefighters. From Grata: “We want to show our appreciation for heroes. When you order the “Number 6” off of our menu on Wednesday-Saturday from 5-8 p.m. (receive $1 off your order on Fridays and Saturdays) you are purchasing a pizza for the Station 6 Asheville Fire Department on Haywood Road. We will combine all Number 6 purchases throughout the week and personally deliver them to the station every Sunday at 5 p.m.

-Mela Indian restaurant in downtown Asheville if offering takeout and delivery daily from 5-9 p.m. through Takeout Central AVL and DoorDash.

-Chiesa restaurant, which features Italian food, in Montford is debuting its first “take-and-make” menu here.

-Rezaz, the pan Mediterranean restaurant in Biltmore Village, is doing takeout from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday.  This week they’re featuring Middle Eastern cuisine. Check out the menu and order here.

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