Chefs celebrate the Asheville wine & Food Festival with special pairing dinners

August 12, 2013

New to the Asheville Wine & Food Festival this year, area chefs have crafted special pairing dinners during the week leading up to and following the Festival (held in downtown Asheville, August 20-­24). Here’s a breakdown of these intimate culinary events flanking the Festival:

Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
Kosuge Wine Pairing Dinner, 7-­10pm
Isis Restaurant & Music Hall hosts a four-­course dinner paired with Kosuge wines from
Napa Valley. B. Kosuge Wines offers handcrafted pinot noir, chardonnay, and syrah from
the Sonoma coast of California. Kosuge Wine Pairing Dinner 4 courses 4 wine and a great
evening. Meet the Winemaker and owner of B. Kosuge Wines (

“Be a Commis” Culinary Experience, 6-­9pm
A commis (prounounced ko-­MEE) is a chef’s assistant or apprentice. DOUGH is giving
you the chance to “be a commis” for an evening. Rather than pair food with wine or beer,
DOUGH is pairing you with its chefs! Roll up your sleeves as you cook with Chef/Owner
Brian Ross and his talented culinary team while getting a behind-­the-­scenes look at North
Asheville’s new market, bakery and eatery. At each chef station, you will learn how to
create different dishes spanning cuisines and flavors from east to west… and then enjoy the
finished product! Heavy hors d’ouevres and beer and wine samples will also be served.
Plus, plenty of free parking! $50,

Fig Bistro
Four-­Course Dinner with Wine Pairings, 6-­8pm
Fig Bistro was inspired by the Riviera when Executive Chef Jerami Jones presented a
Euro-­Mediterranean dinner that featured food and wines from Southern France, Spain, and
Italy. Meet-­and-­greet wines and hors d’oeuvres preceded a four-­course dinner with wine
pairings. Fig Bistro, 18 Brook St., Asheville;; Sunday, 6 p.m.;; $95 (includes tax & gratuity);;
(828) 277-­0889;;

Strada Italiano
Spaghetteria Sunday with Stemmari on the Rooftop, 7-­10pm
Cap your festival experience at Strada Italiano. This intimate trattoria in downtown hosts
Spaghetteria Sunday with Stemmari Sicilian wines on the rooftop terrace. The four-­course
family-­style Italian meal, featuring antipasti, a poultry dish, salad course, and dessert, is
paired with a selection of wines from Stemmari, which is the oldest sustainable winery in
Italy. $75,

For more information and to buy tickets, visit­dinners.

Questions? Contact Lindsey Grossman at and 828.275.0000.