Between the town of Black Mountain and Asheville, North Carolina, is the community of Swannanoa. Some people say Swannanoa gets its name from the Cherokee “Suwa li nunna hi” meaning “trail or path leading through Suala, Sara or Cherow” and some say it comes from the Cherokee meaning of “beautiful river”. Regardless of the origin of the term Swannanoa, it has come to be a unique place where one can find art, education, recreation and, yes, great food. They don’t call the Asheville area “Foodtopia” for nothing.
On Friday, January 28, visitors to our area will be able to sample some of Swannanoa’s cuisine with Taste of Swannanoa. The event, sponsored by the Swannanoa Business Association, will be held at the Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall [please note, this is an updated location] from 7pm to 10pm. Tickets are $15 in advance of the event (contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or at participating restaurants, or at 828.337.4718) and $18 at the door.
Taste of Swannanoa will include live entertainment, cuisine from local gourmet caterers and restaurants, wine and beer, as well as raffles and prizes. And in keeping with the spirit of community giving that is the norm in our neck of the woods, diners are welcome to bring donations of coats, food or personal hygiene products for a local charity.
Participants include Anne’s Custom Catering (provider of our delicious chocolate dipped strawberries!), Beacon Pub & Bistro, Black Mountain Chocolate, Chow Time Pizza, Doghouse & Dairy Bar, Fresh As Can Bee Catering, Moments Cafe & Patisserie, Okie Dokies Smokehouse and more, plus gourmet culinary instructors.
This being wintertime in the mountains, in case of inclement weather, the event will be postponed to Friday, February 4.