Cooking classes, home brewing & more around Asheville

by Dryridgeinn on June 13, 2014


HOMEBREW NIGHT: June 5, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Hops & Vines, 797 Haywood Road, Asheville. Brewers: bring in a few bottles of your beer, mead or cider to share. Homebrew is not required to attend, just an interest and an open mind. or 252-5275.

FREE BEER TASTING: 5-7 p.m. Fridays, Hops & Vines, 797 Haywood Road, Asheville. or 252-5275.

BEER & SUB TASTING: June 12, 6-8 p.m., Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte St., Asheville. Join us for a beer tasting with Jersey Mike’s Authentic Subs. $5 includes tasting four beers paired with subs. Single bottle of beer is $3. Also a chance to win a golf package. 575-9525 or


Coffee Tasting

COFFEE CUPPING: 10-11 a.m. Fridays, Counter Culture Coffee, 77 Broadway St., Asheville. Learn to evaluate coffee aroma and flavor. Free. 216-5169.


Cooking Classes

CROISSANTS: June 4-5, 6-8:30 p.m., Dough, 372 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. You will acquire the skills to create this authentic French classic as well as two variations. $80. or 575-9444.

ART OF THE PIE: June 7, 1-4 p.m., Dough. Chef Heather will teach how to make a flaky pie crust. You will leave with a finished pie and the skills needed to recreate (and reinvent) it in your own kitchen. $55. or 575-9444.

EVERYTHING EGGS: June 7, 9-11:30 a.m., Dough. Learn hands-on the basics of cooking eggs such as poaching, coddling, making omelets, and creating the classic egg souffle. $55. or 575-9444.

BASIC KNIFE SKILLS: June 9, 6-8 p.m., Dough. Basic knife skills: $30. Keeping all your fingers: priceless. Learn to properly slice, dice, mince and even debone a chicken. Purchasing and care of knives will also be discussed. or 575-9444.

PIZZA WORKSHOP: June 10, 6-8:30 p.m., Dough. Learn to make the perfect dough and top-notch “raw” pizza sauce to create a Neapolitan-style pizza. Learn to make your own fresh mozzarella. You will then add your favorite toppings, heat and eat. $55. or 575-9444.

VEGETARIAN COOKING CLASSES: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Sherrill Center at UNC Asheville, 1 University Heights. Learn to create sumptuous vegetarian meals. All skill levels welcome. $25 includes cooked meals. Call Michael Gentry at 273-6542 for a reservation. Look for Everyone Cooks on

HEALTHY COOKING: June 11, 6-8:30 p.m., Dough, 372 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. The menu will include spicy kale and corn stuffed chicken breasts, barbecue salmon and snap pea slaw, bison quinoa meatloaf. $60. or 575-9444.

“TASTY, HEALTHY & SIMPLE” CLASS: June 12, 6:30-8 p.m., BLVP Health Educational Center, 5587 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher. Are you struggling to eat healthy? Do you find healthy recipes to be difficult or distasteful? Held every second Thursday. 215-0611.

SUSHI 101: June 13, 6-8:30 p.m., Dough, 372 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Learn basic sushi rolling techniques as well as how to make the perfect sushi rice. $60. or 575-9444.

BEST ITALIAN DISHES: June 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Discover Italian, Weaverville. Garden tour and gathering of some ingredients. Class includes homemade spinach tagliatelle, eggplant caponata with sea bass, garlic schiacciata, gelato Malaga. Sit down lunch. $50. 658-8928 or

CREPE CREATIONS: June 14, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Dough, 372 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Learn the ins and outs of making crepes and various fillings. $55. or 575-9444.

VEGETARIAN GARDEN TOUR & CLASS: June 15, 2-6 p.m., The Garden Cabin of Warren Wilson College, 701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa. “From Field To Fork” with vegetarian chef Michael Gentry (The Sustainable Gourmet). Starts with garden tour and nature walk through greenhouses and gardens. Then prepare a gourmet, vegetarian, family-style meal. Vegan and gluten-free options included. Also live music and a mead tasting. Reservation deadline is June 8. To reserve tickets, call Asheville Art Museum at 253-3227 or visit Advance registration required. $40 members, $50 non-members.

KID’S SUMMER COOKING CAMP: June 16-19, 9 a.m.-noon, Dough, 372 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. For age 7-12. $160. Each day will be a different cooking adventure. Pizza workshop, kids sushi, after school snacks, cupcakes (lunch provided on this day). Drop-off is 8:30-8:55 a.m. Pickup is noon-12:30 p.m. Each parent/guardian is required to come inside to drop off and pick up child. or 575-9444.

THAI COOKING: June 17, 6-8:30 p.m., Dough. Chef Brian will show you how to make summer rolls, larb gai (chicken with lime, lemongrass and herbs), and shrimp pad thai. You will leave with a full stomach and recipes in hand. $55. or 575-9444.

FISH COOKERY 101: June 24, 6-8:30 p.m., Dough. Learn the ins and outs of preparing and cooking fish. $60. or 575-9444.



SAKE EDUCATION CLASS & TASTING: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Blue Kudzu Sake Company, 372 Depot St., Asheville. Learn history of sake, brewing, traditions, styles, and more. Followed with tasting flight and tapas/small plates. Reservations required. $35. 350-7790 or


Food Festivals

APPALACHIAN JAZZ, WINE & ART FESTIVAL: Noon-7 p.m., June 13-14, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, Ga. Over 15 vineyards, live jazz, area restaurants and fine artists. On the shores of Lake Chatuge. $30. or 706-896-4966.



FARM TO TABLE DINNER: June 4, 7-10 p.m., Hazel Robinson Ampthitheatre, 100 Gay St., Asheville. Hosted by Montford Park Players and planned by chef William Dissen of The Marketplace Restaurant. Dissen will create a meal from the bounty of the Montford tailgate market, which will be served in the open air. Ticketing includes two drink tickets and music by Fritz Beer & the Crooked Beat. $55. 338-8380 or

“CORK & PORK”: June 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., South Creek Vineyards & Winery, 2240 S. Creek Road, Nebo. Vineyard Deck Music Series with music at 1 p.m. by Del Greco & Gorman. Barbecue sliders 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tastings and you keep the glass are $6, $7 or $10. or 652-5729.

ASHEVILLE MUSHROOM CLUB: June 11, 7 p.m., WNC Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville. Individual membership $20 per year, family $25. Learn about and collect all kinds of fungi and eat edible mushrooms we gather in the forest. Others cultivate fungi in their gardens. Hear from experts about different aspects of fungi identification, folklore, cultivation and culinary preparation. We conduct a number of forays (field trips) around Western North Carolina. Some are day trips while others are camping adventures.

“FROM BBQ TO BRAAI”: June 21, 2-5 p.m., Katuah Market, 2 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. A wine tasting and braai, the South African barbecue, presented by Wines of South Africa in collaboration with South African chef Hugo Uys and artist Xander Ferrerira. $25. 676-2880.


Wine Tasting

BLIND TASTING LEAGUE: June 4 and 18, 6:30 p.m., Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte St., Asheville. Every first and third Wednesday. Andy Hale is spilling the beans! Teaching you the secrets of the wine masters and how to determine just what’s in your glass. $15 advance, $20 at the door. No blindfolds, no experience and no membership required. Reserve your seat at or call 575-9525.

ROSE’ TASTING: June 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., Waynesville. Taste five roses’ from five countries. Learn how the wines differ by country and varietal. $15. Call 452-6000 for reservation.

MOVIE NIGHT: June 5, 6 p.m., Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte St., Asheville. “Wine for the Confused” documentary starring John Cleese. $10 buys a glass of California chardonnay or cabernet and popcorn. Light-hearted introduction to wine for novices. or 575-9525.

ASHEVILLE SCHOOL OF WINE-Designed For Professional Wait Staff: June 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte St., Asheville. “Wine Sales and Service” classes. Offered on a monthly basis. $25. Visit for details as they develop. Class participants receive a bottle of wine and an opener. RSVP at 575-9525.

BARREL TASTING: June 15, 2:30-4:30 p.m., South Creek Vineyards & Winery, 2240 S. Creek Road, Nebo. Tastings of unreleased vintages right out of the barrel. Get a flavor sensory lesson, have a little cheese, tour the vineyard. Advance ticket purchase required. No one under age 21 permitted. $20. or 652-5729.

PAINT YOUR PET WITH WINE & DESIGN: June 26, 6-8 p.m., Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte St., Asheville. Join us as we pair wine for the Paint Your Pet event. $45. Visit 575-9525 or

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