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Chef Challenge Special: Fire on the Rock Competition Dining Series. “You Be The Judge” in Style at A Bed of Roses, March 10-31.

February 17th, 2014 by abedofroses

Asheville Hosts 6 dates in the Statewide Dining Competition

Asheville Hosts 6 dates in the Statewide Dining Competition

Join us for this statewide Chef Challenge Event and be given the VIP treatment! A Bed of Roses and the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association are teaming up with Asheville’s competing restaurants to make this the complete Foodie Dream Getaway. Book any of our five luxurious guest rooms, let us book your tickets to the event, and you will receive a fantastic swag bag full of goodies and discounts in addition to a gourmet breakfast, delicious afternoon home baked delights and a premier location 5 blocks from Asheville restaurants, brew pubs and night life.

What Your Package Includes:

  • 1 night’s stay at A Bed of Roses at our special mid-week rates. You choose which uniquely sumptuous guest room is perfect for you.
  • 2 Tickets to Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series “Fire On the Rock”. Cost is $59 +tax per person for the Preliminary and Quarterfinal Rounds, $69 +tax per person for the Semifinal and Final Rounds. Service fees will be added by the event organizers.
  • 2 free Wine Glasses from the NC Wine & Grape Council
  • 1 Bottle of Cackalacky Sauce – a delicious, spicy, sweet potato sauce native to North Carolina.

Special offers from our Asheville area competing restaurants for Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association Inn Guests only:

6 Delicious Courses

6 Delicious Courses

  • A free dessert for two at Ambrozia
  • A free dessert for two at The King James Public House
  • $10 off lunch or dinner at Seasons Restaurant
  • $10 off a $25 purchase at LAB (alcohol not included)
  • One free Chef’s choice appetizer with the purchase of a bottle of wine at Strada Italiano.
  • One free Tapas of your choice with the purchase of 2 signature drinks at The Social Lounge

and last but not least,

  • One complimentary Cookbook “Savour the Inns of Asheville: Cookbook of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association” from A Bed of Roses.

How it Works:

Competitions are hosted in 5 regions of the state with two restaurants competing each evening in a single elimination, blind dinner format. You will be tasting 3 courses from each chef (a total of 6 courses) without knowing which chef has prepared them. A “Mystery” North Carolina ingredient must be used in all courses and the chefs won’t  find out what that ingredient is until noon on the day of the competition. The drama builds! Then you, the diners, judge the food and get to determine who moves up to the next round. Check out the Rules here!

Where and When:

All dinners take place at The Lioncrest at the Biltmore Estate, a barn that was built for the estate in 1930 and renovated into an elegant event space in 2006.

The dinners are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday nights on March 10th, 11th , 17th, 18th 24th, 25th. The Final event on March 31st  is in Raleigh and is not included in the package. All events begin at 6:30PM.

The Line-up:  Click on the restaurant names to learn more about the competing restaurants.

March 10th         Vidalia battles Strada Italiano.

March 11th          Isis versus Season’s

March 17th         The Gamekeeper fights it out with Ambrozia

March 18th         King James Public House competes with the LAB

March 24th         The winners of the March 10th and 11th  rounds go head to head

March 25th         The winners of the March 17th and 18th go into battle

The Final Round in Raleigh on March 31st will pit the winners of our March 24th and 25th competitions.

Read about the chefs here!

Tickets will be limited so book early. A Bed of Roses will be the perfect home base, just 10 minutes from the Biltmore Estate and walking distance to downtown. Treat yourself in style. You’re a judge! You deserve it!

Cost: The price of whatever room you choose plus the cost of tickets to the Event:

Initial rounds $59/person plus tax and service (total $74.78)

Semi-finals $69/person plus tax and service (total $87.46)

We at a Bed of Roses charge no additional fees for booking your tickets and providing you with Your Bag of Goodies and Savings.

This Special Package must be booked by phone or email, stay@abedofroses.com. Be sure to indicate which dinner you want to attend. Event tickets are non-refundable, however they are transferrable and can be used for a different date when arranged in advance.

September 16th, 2013 by abedofroses

B&B for Vets Program

B&B for Vets Program

This Veteran’s Day we have reserved our two most luxurious rooms for active or retired military and their spouses as part of the B&B for Vets  program. In an effort to thank you for your service B&Bs across the country are donating free rooms for the night of November 11th. We are proud to participate in this program along with all the other members of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association. Area restaurants have also added free or discounted meals to the veterans who stay in our  rooms that evening. Once all of the 52 rooms that have been donated by ABBA are booked you can add your name to a wait list.  You can find more information on the program and book your free room at The Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association website.

A Community of Innkeepers: The Asheville B&B Association Pulls Together for the Busy Leaf Season

October 17th, 2012 by abedofroses

Autumn leaves in Asheville

Autumn view on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville

October is a glorious time to visit Asheville and the Mountains of Western North Carolina. For inns and B&Bs it is our busiest time of year. When disaster, major or minor, strikes an inn in October it is a big deal. There are no “days off” this time of year to deal with untoward events. So when my husband ended up in the MICU at the VA hospital this past week, my panic was not just about my husband’s health. (Spoiler alert- he is now fine and quickly getting back to his cantankerous but lovable self!) How was I going to take care of a full house of guests by myself with no end in sight and take care of my husband’s health crisis as well? It seemed unfathomable. This is where I discovered what a wonderful community of innkeepers we have here in Asheville. We are so proud and grateful to belong to the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association.

ABBA logo

ABBA Logo

We have always appreciated the marketing benefits of a strong Association as well as the camaraderie and moral support that ABBA has given us since we bought our B&B. But when we put the word out that Bill was sick we really found out how our community had our backs. During a time when they were all their busiest, we had offers of help that ranged from cooking breakfast for 10 for us to checking in guests while I was in the hospital and baking cookies for us, so our guests wouldn’t have to sacrifice their home baked afternoon goodies! Besides my personal gratitude to our wonderful colleagues, it makes me feel really good to know that when you stay at any one of our ABBA inns, you will be taken care of no matter what happens. If one of us is down the rest will pitch in to be sure your experience is not compromised. There’s a promise not many businesses can make! So we’re back on our feet here at A Bed of Roses and I got a great new recipe for biscotti from the Carolina Inn. Thank you ABBA! And thank you so much to our housekeepers, Angie and Faith for pitching in and going that extra mile to support us when we needed it. It’s a great community.

A Bed of Roses Celebrates the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association’s New Look!

May 6th, 2012 by abedofroses

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association Logo

ABBA's new logo

On May 8th The Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association (ABBA) is unveiling a brand new look with a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate our exciting new Interactive Kiosk at the Asheville Visitor’s Center. A Bed of Roses is a proud member of ABBA and we’re excited about this event! Now you can walk up to a beautiful touch screen animation of our new logo and request information on any of our member inns, search for inns by location or amenities and even book a room right there! We’ve been busy creating a brand new website with a new logo that we’re unveiling at the same time and we at A Bed of Roses are so proud of all the people in this great organization that have worked hard to get this project off the ground.

The Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association consists of 16 member inns that come together to encourage visitors to experience Asheville from the welcoming home base of a B&B. It’s truly a “better way to stay” as the Professional Association of Innkeepers International has been saying with their campaign to educated the public to the exceptional experience that staying at a B&B affords.

Each and every inn in our organization has something different and exceptional to offer. An ABBA Inn may be a Queen Anne Victorian like ours, or an Arts & Crafts style home or a cabin nestled in the mountains. You can totally tailor your visit to Asheville to fit your style, your budget and your imagination by choosing an ABBA inn. You can call any of our inns or the ABBA main number and be assured that if they don’t have what you’re looking for they will help find an inn that does. We, as an organization make sure that all of our inns are of the highest quality so we can feel good about referring our guests to them.

ABBA, by operating as a group, can also offer special experiences and discounts for Asheville area activities. When you go to our new website you can visit our “Specials” page for opportunities available to ABBA inn guests only.

ABBA Ribbon Cutting Invitation

ABBA Ribbon Cutting Invitation

If you can’t join us at the Asheville Visitors Center, be sure to check out all the changes on our new website at http://ashevillebba.com!

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