Dessert Flights: The Next Sweet Thing

Dessert Flights: The Next Sweet Thing
Embark on this hot tasting trend

Cigar box petit fours by chef Katie Button at Nightbell.

Picture this: You've just finished a fantastic meal. Maybe there were multiple courses, and perhaps there were cocktails. As your server picks up your plates and you begin to refold your napkin, he pops the question. Did you save any room for dessert?

Now several Asheville restaurants have a solution to the post-dinner dilemma for both the well-fed and the truly indecisive. Dessert flights, like their craft beer cousins, offer small tastes of several sweets.

Dessert Chef Meg Schearer at West End Bakery says, "Like a wine tasting, a dessert flight allows you to sample small portions of several varieties of treats experiencing multiple flavors and indulging all of your cravings."

Dessert flight by chef Meg Shearer at West End Bakery.
Can’t decide between cake and pie, pudding or cobbler? Now you can have a nibble of multiple sweets, which at West End Bakery also feature seasonal ingredients and a fresh presentation. West End Bakery--located in West Asheville--serves dessert flights on Friday and Saturday evenings after 6 p.m., and they're perfect for sharing.

James Beard-nominated chef Katie Button is also whipping up some tiny treats at Nightbell in downtown Asheville. The speakeasy-style restaurant's petit fours are served in a vintage cigar box and often reflect twists on familiar favorites. Recent selections included key lime-inspired bites with a frozen filling and marshmallowy meringue in an impossibly thin caramel sugar shell.

Isa's Bistro in downtown offers a packed plate of their own take on petit fours and truffles--certainly big enough for sharing. And the smaller snacks at French Broad Chocolate Lounge also lend themselves to a DIY dessert flight of French macaron, rich pot de creme and handmade truffles--a sweet solution when you just can't decide on one thing.

Look out for these sugary samplers on menus around town, or head out to West End Bakery on September 20th for their Patio Party with live music, dessert samples and a recently expanded beer and wine selection.

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