Appalachian Soul Food: A Celebration of The Block presented by Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty

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.

Featured Participants


Appalachian Soul Food Sponsor

Ashleigh Shanti

Chef de Cuisine, Benne on Eagle

Brandon Audette

Head Brewer, One World Brewing

Dr. Darin J. Waters

Executive Director of Community Engagement UNC Asheville

Eda Rhyne Distilling Co.

John Fleer

Chef-Owner of Rhubarb, The Rhu, and Benne on Eagle

Todd Richards

Culinary Director, Jackmont Hospitality


Benne on Eagle

Mosaic Realty