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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.

The Asheville Small Plate Crawl

February 19th, 2013 by abedofroses

AIR small plate crawl

Asheville’s Small Plate Crawl

On the heels of the successful first Asheville Restaurant Week Feb 1-7 Asheville’s Independent Restaurants are gearing up for the Small Plate Crawl, a delicious and fun 3 day event on February 26th, 27th and 28th. Asheville has been dubbed “Foodtopia” with good reason. The farm to table movement has taken hold in a big way here and there are over 40 restaurants in the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association alone, every one of them well worth sampling. What better way than 3 days of restaurant hopping where you will sample small plates priced from $3 to $8 each? When you get your AIRpass punched for each plate you are eligible for raffle prizes besides! There will be drawings for prizes in 5 different levels, from a $20 restaurant gift card if you get 5-9 total small plates to Biltmore Estate Year Passes for 26-29 small plates. Other raffle prizes include Wildwater zipline passes and Asheville Food & Wine Festival tickets. If ANYONE in a group purchases a plate, EVERYONE in the group gets their AIRpass validated.

Somosa Cholle

Chai-Pani’s Somosas

According to their press release over 30 restaurants will be participating in this year’s Crawl and I definitely saw some of my favorites in there. This event is aimed at the locals but visitors can get in on the fun, even if they only participate for one day. We could only participate for one day last year and while we didn’t rack up enough plates to qualify for one of the raffles, we had more than enough excellent food at affordable prices at some world class restaurants. Check out the Asheville restaurant scene and get a feel for what all the good press we’ve been getting is all about.

Eating Indulgence at Cúrate in Asheville

September 5th, 2012 by abedofroses

Curate Salad

A Watermelon Heirloom Tomato Salad

The other day, purely by coincidence, Bill and I and two separate couples staying at our inn enjoyed tapas at Cúrate on Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville. Well, it may have been less coincidence and more good taste and adventurous palates that led us all there. The carefully and artistically prepared authentic Spanish tapas have given Cúrate a reputation that goes way beyond Asheville. GQ magazine has even praised their “ace” patatas bravas, a traditional potato dish served in tapas bars in Spain. I love to cook so when I go out to eat I want something that is way too much trouble to cook for myself. That’s why I’ve always loved the appetizers best when going to fine restaurants. Those small morsels of delectable food are so labor intensive, but so good. Those jewels of flavor are what tapas are all about. It makes eating at Curate a pure indulgence.

Flambe at Curate

The view at the bar is part of the experience

We love to sit at the bar and watch the magic. The teamwork is impressive and professional. You can order your heart’s desire, watch them carefully and skillfully put it together, present it to you beautifully, then do it all again!  The staff there is incredibly knowledgeable as well. I know nothing about Spanish wines, but each waiter and waitress can describe in great detail the subtle nuances of each of their wines, and it’s an extensive list. When I asked why they were cutting slits in the bottoms of plastic cups I got a fascinating explanation of how they make individual servings of their pound cake by injecting gas into the batter in the cups rather than using yeast, necessitating the slits for the steam to escape. I had heard that the Executive Chef/Co-owner, Katie Button, had interned at the renowned elBulli in Spain. Arguably the most famous restaurant on the planet, elBulli is associated with molecular gastronomy. While the cuisine at Curate is strictly traditional Spanish, you can see the influences from her impressive background.

Curate Restaurant in Asheville

Curate in a restored 1927 bus depot

The restaurant is a family affair, with her husband Felix Meana, formerly the “Chef de Rang” of elBulli, is the Director of Front of House Operations, her mother Elizabeth Button, a successful caterer with impressive credentials of her own, is the General Manager and co-owner, and her father Ted Button is the Financial Manager and co-owner.

In Spanish Cúrate means “cure yourself”. Whatever ails you, food like this certainly will make you feel good.

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