Since I last created a list like this, so many new places have popped up. Couples coming to the mountains for their elopement or small wedding have plenty of options for dinner afterwards! Small wedding bonus: I'm highlighting spots with private dining spaces.
Asheville is known for its food and drink scene, we've got you covered for any style or cuisine.
Buxton Hall BBQ private event space - The Remingtin Room
Smoked whole hog BBQ is quite fitting for a trip to Western NC. Buxton Hall offers up food that everyone will love in a stylish atmosphere. The restaurant itself is beautiful and The Remingtin Room upstairs brings the same vibe in a cozy space. Head here if you love pulled pork, veggies cooked under the pig and southern desserts.
Rhubarb private event space
Rhubarb is known for its dedication to farm-to-table, a very Asheville mindset. We love our local farms and producers and we love supporting them. Rhubarb is all about seasonal dishes with a southern flair. Not long ago they opened up a private event space with all the charm and romance needed for a wedding reception.
Cucina 24 private event space
Although I've never photographed an event in this space, we often go to Cucina 24 for date night. The Italian food is impeccable with local + seasonal ingredients and an ever-changing menu. We are never disappointed with atmosphere, service or dinner here.
The Montford Rooftop Bar
Full disclosure, my husband runs The Montford so I may seem bias. But! The views of this space speak for themselves, the small team loves interacting with guests and the food + cocktails are killer. I'll say no more since I'm attached to this establishment in some ways but I will say everything on this list is tried and true!
Sovereign is a beautiful cocktail bar that could fit into almost any city. We're lucky it's here in Asheville for the upscale feel, the original cocktails and incredible food from chef Graham. The upstairs private dining space is ready for you and your guests with an eclectic + laid-back feel and local + seasonal dishes. I've been thrilled to take photos for this team a few times and their commitment to quality ingredients is impressive.
Curate is one of the most popular restaurants in Asheville, it's always a booger to get into so make reservations in advance! The chef is well known for good reason, the authentic Spanish tapas cuisine is unique in this region and on point. They opened up an intimate private dining space with a cozy feel similar to a wine cellar. For a funkier vibe, check out their other restaurant below...
I love this spot for inventive cocktails and an fun atmosphere. Asheville is a funky city and Nightbell fits in with style and ambiance. If you love creative cocktails just as much as delicious food, this is your spot.
Although this list doesn't cover everywhere available to you in Asheville, it certainly covers my favorites, cheers!
My hubby Philip and I partnered to create a delicious + spooky Halloween drink for your festival cocktail party this month!
Philip enjoys getting creative with recipes at home and I love capturing food and drinks.
The Witch’s Apple
.75 oz bourbon or rye
1 tsp B&B liquor
.75 oz cognac or apple brandy
.75 oz sweet vermouth
2.5 oz fresh apple cider
2 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
1/8 tsp activated charcoal (to make drink black, available at healthy grocers)
Dry ice is an optional and safe way to add some drama.
Combine all ingredients over ice. Stir well. Strain and pour over 1 large ice cube.
Let's talk about the real star of the show when it comes to iced tea.
Although often underwhelming, the ice plays an important role... It's why I love grabbing iced tea to-go from Green Sage Café here in Asheville (crushed ice perfection). It's why I monitor the amount of ice used so the tea isn't watered down or (GASP) not cold enough. And now I'm ready to upgrade my ice to fancy up my usual morning tea.
I'm looking at these gorgeous, fancy ice balls and cubes as an easy way to infuse your tea. Hear me out...
You will need ice trays that create oversized ice cubes or balls, these are often used for alcoholic drinks. Fill 1/4 of the way up with filtered water. Add in your favorite herbs such as mint, basil, rosemary, lavender. When adding herbs, put a lot! A small sprig won't cut it. Fill up with water to 3/4 full.
Ice will form over night then gently remove from the tray. Plop ice in your favorite glass/jar/mug/pitcher. Pour tea over (pick your favorite variety for an herbal infusion) and let sit over ice for an hour. A tea brewed a bit stronger works well here.
Once an hour has passed, the herbs have sunk their teeth into your tea and it's time to enjoy! So refreshing.
Got a sunny day coming up? Let's make some good ol' fashioned sun tea. It is summer, after all.
How does sun tea work exactly?
Tea will release flavors into any water, warm or cool. Hot water simply speeds up the process. So you're just taking the long road to a delicious pitcher of tea and avoiding turning on your stove on a hot day.
Fill a clear glass pitcher or dispenser with filtered water. Add 7-9 tea bags per gallon of water. I'm a fan of black tea, the flavors evolve nicely in the sun and you can add just about anything to it.
Set your pitcher out in the sun, unsweetened, for 2-3 hours of direct light.
Adjust the amount of tea bags added based on how strong you like your tea. Adjust the amount of time you leave in sun based on how dark you like your tea (and the strength of the sun).
Bring your pitcher indoors and sweeten as you like. I'd start with 1/8 cup of sugar/honey/agave because I'm conservative with how sweet I take my drinks. In fact, I drink my tea unsweetened but I know it's the south! Lemons or mint are also tasty additions.
From what I hear, sun tea won't last long so drink up with friends on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Summer in the south means plenty of iced tea. Non-negotiable.
The key is adding variety to your recipes.
We're kicking off the August Summer Series with iced green minty tea. Each week of August I'll share a favorite iced tea. Stay tuned for summertime favorites to sip on the porch while the weather swelters.
The days are reaching 90 degrees way too often here in Asheville! We are lucky to enjoy 60-70s in the mornings and evenings but right around 4pm, you need nothing more than a cool beverage. When water or booze isn't in the cards, iced tea is.
Our first iced tea is a healthy gem for any tea lover. The touch of mint turns green tea into a favorite go-to.
Making tea for just you or a brewing for a few? [Rhyming!] This recipe is easy to cut down or multiply.
Recipe for 2-4:
Bring 3 cups of water to a boil.
Remove from heat and add 3 or 4 of your favorite green tea bags to steep.
Throw in 4 sprigs (20 leaves or so) of mint into the water.
Let it all steep for about 10-12 minutes.
Ok, now strain out the mint and remove tea bags.
Let tea cool to room temperature before pouring over ice or refrigerating.
When it's time to drink, use extra ice and top with a sprig of mint! I avoid throwing mint leaves in my drinking glass unless I'm using a straw.
This one is easy guys. Grab your favorite ice cream, see mine above!
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