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Friday, August 2, 2013

It's Been Waaaay Too Long!

I have been missing my blogging time but you wouldn't believe the RAIN we have been having here in Truffle Country!  We barely have time to catch up on the mowing, weedeating and pruning in between showers!!@  It has truly been the wettest spring and summer of my life.  I just hope the truffles are lovin' it!!!

In the meantime, lots of truffle butter and stuff going out the door even though I haven't been present at my usual Cobblestone Farmers Market during the monsoon.  Last night's market at Diamondback Grill was a good time.  Thanks to everyone who came out and to Chef Mac Parker for featuring our truffles and butter on his main course for the wine dinner.  We treasure every opportunity to work with local chefs.  Also, we will be selling our products again at Let It  Grow Produce here, in Winston-Salem.  Go in and say "Hi" to Becky and ask her where the truffle butter is :-))  Her store will be The Place for Truffles when the season rolls around.

Also, if you're in Winston-Salem next week, Spring House Restaurant's Sweet Summer Luv Luv Festival will be featuring more fabulous dishes by guest chefs for the fourth year!  Check it out.

Another opportunity, August 9-11 at Washington Duke Inn in Durham, I'll be representing Truffles NC at Our State Magazine's week-end of food and fun.  With Chef Jason Cunningham overseeing the preparations for every morsel.  He's one of the best.  North Carolina is blessed with some wonderful chefs!!

Surely there is always something good cooking in North Carolina.  Go have some fun and maybe our paths will cross somewhere along the way.  I hope so.

So, since I don't have much time, one more opportunity to eat and drink and enjoy some good times, the wonderful food and wine festival coming up again in Asheville later this month.  I will be there over the week-end, 8/23-24, representing the North American Truffle Growers' Association and talking truffles to anyone who will listen.

Here's the info:  Share it with all your food and wine loving friends!!

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Eat, Drink, Love!

Don’t miss the bites, sips, and brews at the Asheville Wine & Food Festival this month

In WNC, we celebrate local flavors, from the sweetest blueberries and apples, to the über savory ramp. Our evenings are filled with wine tastings and dinner reservations at the latest epicurean havens. Entire meals, from appetizer to dessert, revolve around the goodies carried home from the abundance of farmers markets. And we happily and fanatically raise a pint glass to every new brewery to open its doors. Ours is a self-fulfilling community food scene, and it all comes together during the annual Asheville Wine & Food Festival, August 20-24. Check out the feast of happenings on the schedule, and then visit www.ashevillewineandfood.com for tickets.

WNC Chefs Challenge
Four chefs face off in the Iron Chef-style semifinals, and you get to dine and decide who wins!

August 20
Semifinal: Daniel Wright of Tomato Jam Café vs. Steven Goff of Zambra

August 21
Semifinal: Anthony Cerrato of Strada Italiano vs. Brian Ross of DOUGH
The semifinals will be hosted at Pack’s Tavern, 20 S. Spruce St.; Tuesday & Wednesday, 6 p.m.; $49

August 24
Finale
The last two chefs fight to the finish in front of the crowd during the Grand Tasting, with a panel of judges deciding who is crowned the Best Chef in WNC. Free to all Grand Tasting ticket holders.

ELIXIR
August 22
Mixologists shake, stir, and blend their way through this cocktail showdown. The creations will highlight North Carolina distilleries, including Troy & Sons Moonshine, Cardinal Gin, and Carriage House Apple Brandy. Partygoers witness all the action and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. The Venue, 21 N. Market St., Thursday, 6-8 p.m.; $45

SWEET
August 23
Think of SWEET as the most decadent dessert cart to ever roll your direction, with chocolate, cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, and more from local producers, all accompanied by wine, beer, and spirits. The Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave.; Friday, 7:30-10 p.m.; $45

Grand Tasting
August 24
You can quit your day job and spend a year getting acquainted with the vast regional culinary scene, or you can be smart and get tickets for the Grand Tasting. Farmers, bakers, cheese makers, vintners, brewers, restaurateurs, and distillers turn the house into an oasis of local eats, sips, and pints. U.S. Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St.; $75 V.I.P., $55; Saturday, V.I.P. noon-5 p.m.; general admission 1-5 p.m.; www.ashevillewineandfood.com


Enjoy!!

Think Truffles!

Jane