Hands-On Workshops and Seminars

Friday, Sep 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location: Aloft, Hotel Arras, and Rhubarb

The nearly two dozen talks and tastings are lead by some of Asheville and Appalachia’s most beloved chefs + makers, ranging in price from $15 to $75 per ticket. 

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The Life of an Apple Pie

Friday, Sep 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Location: Rhubarb

Price: $30 per person

Witness the full life cycle of an apple pie in this hands-on workshop led by a trio of accomplished Asheville bakers. Learn about locally grown and milled grains, the historical significance of apples...

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Rolling in the Biscuit Dough

Friday, Sep 13, 2019, 1:00-2:00 p.m

Location: Rhubarb

Price: $30 per person

Don’t fear the biscuit. Get comfortable handling this beloved dough alongside experienced biscuit slingers, who will ease any kitchen anxiety and help you set your sights on hot-off-the-skillet...

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Spill the Coffee Beans presented by Imbibe

Friday, Sept 13, 2019, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Location: Aloft

Price: $20 per person

What’s all the buzz about specialty coffee? Ride the third wave of coffee at an educational tasting experience by a pioneering North Carolina coffee roaster. Try specialty-grade coffees from...

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Behind the Bean: From Cacao to Chocolate

Friday, Sept 13, 2019, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Location: Hotel Arras

Price: $20 per person

Join a trio of bean-to-bar artisans at a chocolate tasting rich in flavor as well as context, and enhance your knowledge of chocolate making and flavor profiles as you sample cacao nibs, craft...

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Pack the Perfect Picnic

Friday, Sep 13, 2019 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Location: Hotel Arras

Price: $40 per person, includes copy of A Year of Picnics

Up your picnic game with the help of a seasoned professional—the prolific local author of a do-it-yourself handbook detailing 20 themed picnics and more than 70 outdoor-ready recipes. Get ideas...

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Sustainable Wine, Uncorked presented by Imbibe

Friday, Sep 13, 2019 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Location: Hotel Arras

Price: $30 per person

Ever wondered what makes organic and biodynamic wines so special-and the difference between the two? Join an advanced sommelier for a guided wine tasting and discussion about the highs and lows of...

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In a Funk: The Magic of Fermentation

Friday, Sep 13, 2019 2:30-3:30 p.m

Location: Hotel Arras

Price: $25 per person

From kimchi to kombucha, and from cheese to beer, fermented food and drink has reached new heights in the hands of talented chefs and food artisans. Join an acclaimed local chef as well as a maker of...

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Beer Cocktail (Making) Hour presented by Imbibe

Friday, Sep 13, 2019 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Location: Rhubarb

Price: $35 per person

Happy hour has never been so fun. Live out your mixologist dreams at a cocktail-making class featuring all local ingredients, including artisan soda, spirits, and craft beer. Shake things up making...

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Set a Seasonal Table

Friday, Sep 13, 2019 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Location: Hotel Arras

Price: $55 per person ($5 to watch)

Join a local flower farmer at a hands-on workshop all about creating the sort of picture-perfect centerpieces that Instagram dreams are made of. Freshen up dinner parties with a tableaux of...

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Ingenuity in your Glass and on your Plate: How Beer and Food Inspire One Another, presented by Imbibe

Friday, Sep 13, 2019 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Location: Hotel Arras

Price: $40 per person

Which comes first: the chicken or the, er, beer? Innovative local brewers and chefs come together to discuss the unexpected ways that culinary inspirations bubble up in beer glasses and on plates....

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History on the Rocks Sponsored by Imbibe and The Crunkleton

Friday, Sep 13, 2019 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Location: Aloft Hotel

Price: $75 per person

Embark on a spirited drinking tour of state history led by a legendary North Carolina bartender. Sip modern moonshine and learn about the outlaw spirit's notorious legacy in Appalachia. Sample the...

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Flour Power: Farmers-Millers-Bakers Unite

Saturday, Sep 14, 2019 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Location: Rhubarb

Price: $15 per person

Sit in on a fascinating discussion with passionate local farmers, millers, and bakers as they discuss their grassroots approach to building a Regional Grain Economy. Learn about regionally grown...

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Beer, Wine, Vermouth, and Spirits: The Collaborative Nature presented by Imbibe

Saturday, Sep 14. 2019 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Location: Aloft

Price: $35 per person

Forget what you know about the rules of fermentation: Craft beverage innovators are shaking things up with unexpected collaborations that defy genres. Hear and taste from local makers who are working...

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Cheesing Around

Saturday, Sep 14, 2019 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Location: Hotel Arras

Price: $30 per person

Build your own cheese board, choosing from an array of local cheeses, charcuterie, and chef-made accoutrements and locally grown herbs and fruits. Strike the right balance of flavors and artful...

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The Art of Wine Blending with Biltmore Wines presented by Imbibe

Saturday, Sep 14, 2019 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Location: Hotel Arras

Price: $50 per person

Single-varietal wines celebrate terroir. Wine blends, on the other hand, reflect the skill and artistry of the maker. During this hands-on workshop, explore the fundamentals of this unique culinary...

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Waste Not, Dye Au Naturel

Saturday, Sep 14, 2019 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Location: Rhubarb

Price: $25 per person

The amount of food wasted in America is a supersize problem-at a whopping 150,000 tons of food a day, or around one pound per person. One artful solution? Create innovative new uses for all that food...

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The Wild World of Fermented Food and Beer presented by Imbibe

Saturday, Sep 14, 2019 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Location: Hotel Arras

Price: $25 per person

Discover the intersection between fine dining and beer fermentation, and delve into the wild and wooly worlds of beer yeast and bacteria such as Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus. Hear about the...

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Gin Up: Distilling Mountain Botanicals presented by Imbibe

Saturday, Sep 14, 2019 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Location: Hotel Arras

Price: $20 per person

Some 2,500 plant species grow in the micro-habitats of western North Carolina. Hear how creative distillers work with local farmers to infuse gin with some of those native-grown botanicals, which...

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Flights of Tea presented by Imbibe

Saturday, Sep 14, 2019 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Location: Aloft

Price: $15 per person

From loose-leaf tea grown in the mountains to sweet iced tea, the world’s second-most consumed beverage is at home in southern Appalachia. Enjoy an afternoon tea tasting of six artisanal...

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Toast the Town: Walking Tour and Cocktail Hour presented by Imbibe

Saturday, Sep 14, 2019 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Location: Hotel Arras

Price: $35 per person

The Jazz Age roared in Asheville, with the city doubling in population and building its first skyscraper as well as many Art Deco landmarks. At Biltmore in the 1920s, Cornelia...