Taste the Seasons Spring Cooking Class with Denise Barratt

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 If you ever wonder what to fix for supper and want some fresh, seasonal ideas- join Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Author and Food Blogger, Denise Barratt to you help solve this dilemma with a hands-on cooking class at Franny’s Farm in Leicester, NC. The class will be held on Thursday, May 18 from 6:30-8:30 pm and will provide spring recipes for the evening meal with a focus on local ingredients. At the end of class, we will celebrate with a family style dinner. The menu will feature a spring risotto, a seasonal arugula salad and a strawberry dessert.

In addition to the class and meal, Denise has created a week’s collection of spring menu ideas and recipes using foods available in our region with a clean and green! Many of the local ingredients for menu will be available to purchase after class at Franny’s Farm. Going home with a collection of spring menu ideas with many of the ingredients will make supper healthier and easier! We will share the health benefits of the food used to create the evening’s menu and clean eating.

Visitors to the farm are also welcome to come early for a self-guided tour of the farm. The cost of the class, dinner and spring menus is $55.00. Purchase of the food ingredients to take home from will be an additional cost.

To purchase tickets for the event head to www.vineripenutrition.com/events/ or contact Denise at 828-423-5216.

Denise will have her book Farm Fresh Nutrition: Eating Green & Clean. Supporting Local Your Economy available for purchase. The book celebrates local food and farm to table with seasonal meal ideas, farmers’ market shopping lists and easy nutritious delicious recipes. It shares stories of local farmers, chefs, and communities who are building local food economies and ways others can also do it where they live.

The Blind Pig Presents and Evening of: Mountains, Smoke & Magic

The Blind Pig Supper Club presents: An Evening of Mountains, Smoke & Magic supporting the launch of The Shepherd’s Circle Foundation.
Join us for chef’s tastings from a host of local Asheville restaurants, live music and perfromances, and an evening meal of incredible wood smoked and pit fired barbecue from regional and local pitmasters as a day and evening on the farm! 

This event launches The Shepherd’s Circle Foundation – Providing support to professionals in the food service industry facing major medical hardships. The Shepherd’s Circle is a NC 501C non profit which purpose is to assist selected individuals within our industry who are dealing with medical crisis and in need of financial and moral support. It is inspired by the work of the Giving Kitchen in Atlanta and it is launched by Craig Rogers of Border Springs Farms as an industry initiative to summon support for this cause across the SouthEast.

Benefactor: The first individual supported from in this cause and foundation will be Annie Vonk- a part of the Atlanta F&B industry who has been diagnosed with Crones Disease and is currently undergoing treatment. Ani Vonk is 20 years old and has suffered with Crones Disease, a terrible auto-immune with no known cure, since the age of 12. Most likely as a result of the medications prescribed to battle her Crones, she was diagnosed with stage-4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma (cancer) in October of 2016. 

Fortunately for Ani, she was a hostess at a restaurant in Atlanta as was eligible for assistance from The Giving Kitchen, a charitable foundation created after Chef Ryan Hidinger was diagnosed with brain cancer and has become a living tribute to Ryan. Ani has been through 12 rounds of radiation and 4 rounds of chemotherapy at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL and is battling courageously and with grace. Ani is already planning on relaunching back to Atlanta when she has successfully “kicked cancer’s ass”.

Event Tickets: The event tickets are tiered at three levels. $16 General admission tickets grants you access to the event for live music and fun. $36 Tasting menu tickets grant you access to the event for live music as well as the chef’s tasting stations featuring the best of local Asheville restaurants. $65 Pit BBQ tickets grant you access to the event for live music as well as the chef’s tasting stations AND an evening meal of pit smoked and wood fired barbecue from the pitmasters and local vegetables. Portions of ALL proceeds go to support The Shepherd’s Circle Foundation.

This event is NOT BYO. All guests will receive an ID band verifying age of 21+. All guests 21 and over will have the option to purchase beverage tickets at certain stations managed by festival staff. local and regional beer, wine and spirits will be served by permit. Portions of ALL proceeds will go to support and launch The Shepherd’s Circle Foundation. 

Children 6 and under are admitted free of charge. No pets please due to farm rules. Gratuity is not Included in your ticket price. Guests attending with meal tickets please provide gratuity for your servers and waitstaff.

Farm Friend Bend Presented by Franny’s Farm & Far Out Homestead

Franny’s Farm and Far Out Farmstead presents: Farm Friend Bend. An interactive yoga class that helps you get zen with new goat friends. The classes are all for begginers, and great for those new to yoga or those who need more baby goats in their life! The event will be on April 30th, at Franny’s Farm: 22 Frannys Farm Rd, Leicester, NC 28748. There will be 4 different classes offered throughout the day: 9:30am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 4:00 pm.

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Farm Wedding and Reception Venue at Franny’s Farm

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This fun-loving, 33-acre organic farm offers flexible venue space to suit your needs. The barn features an event space on the ground level and a custom designed farm house on the upper level. Lodging options include the 3 bedroom farm house and an off-grid, eco-community center with cabins and unlimited camping. Franny’s Farm has gardens, pond, and huge firepit and is home to chickens, turkeys, sheep, goats, pig and donkey! Feel far away from the hustle and bustle, but remain conveniently close to amenities since you are only 10 miles from downtown Asheville.
Indoor Facilities: Rustic, chic barn with bar you can stock for your event. Accommodates up to 85 guests, up to 200 with added tent.
Outdoor Facilities: Garden ceremony site for up to 150, an intimate setting on the dock by pond for 50 guests or our new “Woods Wedding” site for up to 100 .

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