Appalachian Soul Food: A Celebration of The Block

Friday, Sep 13, 2019, 3:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.

Location: YMI & Benne on Eagle
$100 per person


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Join Asheville native and cultural guide DeWayne Barton for a walking tour of local African-American heritage. Explore the area known as The Block, a once thriving business district for the African-American community, then sit in on a short panel discussion about the culinary heritage of the block at the YMI Cultural Center, a multicultural hub since it opened in 1893 as the Young Men’s Institute—among the nation’s oldest African-American institutions. Finally, head to Benne on Eagle for a family-style meal and pass plates heaped with fried chicken, fish cakes, sweet potato pie, and more soul-food favorites.


Benne on Eagle

Featured Participants

Bhramari Brewing

Chef Ashleigh Shanti, Benne on Eagle

Chef John Fleer, Benne on Eagle

Chef Todd Richards, Culinary Director, Jackmont Hospitality

Eda Rhyne


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Over 20 immersive signature events are featured throughout the weekend! Tours, dinners, parties, foraging and more await.


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