Apr 10 • 12M

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First Official 2022 Meal of the Year Contender

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  1. On the Podcast - Meal of the Year Contender

  2. GMF

  3. Meal of the Year Contender in Words & Pictures

  4. This Just In: Farmers Markets Are Opening!


How about that weather yesterday? When my eyes opened in the morning, and I looked out my window, I was surprised to see snow. When I left the house, I dressed warmly, but not warmly enough, because I was pretty chilly on my walk downtown. Then the snow stopped, the sun came out, and I was too warm on my walk home, so I stopped at my mom’s house along the way, to peel off a layer, and hang out, but in the meantime, it got cold again, and started snowing on my walk home! Then I sat on my couch, watched Fear Street: 1994 and a British series about some famous perv named Jimmy, and watched the weather go back and forth from snow to sun to snow to sun, and there was even a spate of HAIL! Weird. I think the weather prognosticators call it “catastrophic global climate change.” Anyhoo, fooooood


Recently, Dawn and I went to Benne on Eagle with our friend Tema, and wow. Every bite of every dish was top notch, delicious, unique, comforting, satisfying, and totally excellent! We ate and ate and ate and ate, until we couldn’t take it anymore! We shared a total of seven dishes, all of them, combined with service and atmosphere, have resulted in this being my first official nominee for 2022 Meal of the Year! There are picture of each dish below, and more pics on Facebook, where I’ve also posted a photo of the menu, so you can read the full descriptions, and see what else they offer. You can also listen to the podcast segment above, which is a verbal review of this meal!

ABOVE: Trinidad Doubles. BELOW: Broccolini Caesar.

ABOVE: Shito Flank Jerky. BELOW: Catfish & Broken Rice

ABOVE: Fu Fu Gnudi. BELOW: Kale Salad.

BELOW: Bacalado Salado Salted Cod Fritters.

I’m telling you what, this is some of the best food in Asheville, if not America, and Chef de Cusine, Cleophus Hethington was just nominated for an award by the James Beard Foundation! If you haven’t been, or haven’t been in a while, get on down to Benne on Eagle. You will not be disappointed! 🔥🔥🔥



From our good friends at Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project


Buncombe County Farmers Markets Open for Spring!

ASAP’s Double SNAP for Fruits and Vegetables supports farmers and the community.

ASHEVILLE, NC (April 6, 2022)—Buncombe County farmers markets are opening throughout April and May. Spring markets offer an array of produce, meats, cheese, eggs, bread, and prepared foods as well as a wide selection of plant starts.

ASAP’s Double SNAP for Fruits and Vegetables program will support access to fresh, healthy food in the community as well as increase sales for farmers and food businesses.

With Double SNAP for Fruits and Vegetables, dollars spent by SNAP customers are matched with tokens that can be used for fresh produce.

For example, if a SNAP customer swipes their EBT card for $10, they will receive $10 in SNAP tokens as well as $10 in Farm Fresh Bucks.

SNAP tokens may be used for produce, meat, cheese, eggs, dairy, bread, and plants, whereas Farm Fresh Bucks are limited to fresh fruits and vegetables.

ASAP’s Double SNAP for Fruits and Vegetables program is currently available at four markets in Buncombe County, noted below, with more to be added. Check for updates at asapconnections.org/snap.

Opening dates for markets in Buncombe County are:

Asheville City Market: April 2, Sat., 9 a.m.–noon, N. Market St.

Black Mountain Tailgate Market: May 7, Sat., 9 a.m.–noon, 130 Montreat Rd.

*East Asheville Tailgate Market: April 1, Fri., 3–6 p.m., 954 Tunnel Rd.

Enka-Candler Tailgate Market: May 5, Thurs., 3-6 p.m., 1465 Sand Hill Rd.

*North Asheville Tailgate Market: April 2, Sat., 8 a.m.–noon, UNC Asheville

River Arts District Farmers Market, Asheville: May 4, Wed., 3-6 p.m., 289 Lyman St.

Southside Community Farmers Market, Asheville: May 1, 1st Sun., 12–3 p.m.

Weaverville Tailgate Market: April 6, Wed., 3–6 p.m., 60 Lakeshore Dr.

*West Asheville Tailgate Market: April 5, Tues., 3:30–6:30 p.m., 718 Haywood Rd.

WNC Farmers Market, Asheville: daily, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Farmers Truck Shed #1, 570 Brevard Rd.

*participating in ASAP’s Double SNAP for Fruits and Vegetables, as of press time

There are more than 100 farmers markets across the Appalachian Grown region, which includes Western North Carolina as well as surrounding counties in Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina. Some markets offer other types of SNAP incentive programs. Use the advanced search feature in ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org to search for markets with SNAP incentives.

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