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Breaking Scoop: Giving Back to Our Service Industry Heroes

Giving Back to Our Service Industry Heroes

These folks deserve a free meal and more!
Chef Eric Morris of Cultura.

To our friends who've lost their jobs, including those in the service industry and hospitality workers, Food Connection has teamed up with Wicked Weed Brewing's Cultura to offer free prepared meals "to go." These meals are made possible through generous donations by Hickory Nut Gap, Jerusalem Garden Café, Apple Brandy Farms, and US Foods.

Food Connection will be set up in the parking lot next to the Masonic Temple and offer curbside service distributing meals from noon until 2pm, or until they run out.

For the safety of our beautiful community:

  • If you come by car, please stay in your car at all times.
  • If you come by foot, please keep a social distance of at least 6 feet.
  • Wear a mask if you have one.
Be sure to spread the word to your industry worker friends, and we'll see you Saturday!
Check out Today's Story Courtesy of Mackensy Lunsford in the Citizen Times!
"Flori Pate, managing partner and creative director at Dig Local and at Food Connection, has an idea about how to keep the food flowing through kitchens to people who need it most... She has created an avenue through which private donors can offset the costs of supplies, packaging and raw products (for restaurant chefs). As easily as filling your Shipt cart, you can now buy meals for others at food-connection.org. Click to spend $60 to feed 10 families in need, and your money will reimburse restaurants for the cost of goods and help fuel delivery vans. Spend $250 and you can help feed more than 40 homebound seniors. Spend $1,680, and you can help feed the 225 men who live at the ABCCM Veterans Restoration Quarters.

'It's not sustainable for us to ask chefs to keep giving us food without reimbursing them for the costs of the material,' Pate said. 'Moving forward, we hope this will offset the expenses.'"

Read the full article here!

Weekend Happenings
We may be in lockdown, but that doesn't mean weekend fun is called off. Some local businesses are offering means to help keep locals fed and entertained, even on Easter! Here are a few things happening:
Easter Brunch with Bargello and Posana
Mandara Hospitality Group has collaborated with Bargello and Posana to present an Easter lunch to go! The feast includes deviled eggs, Posana's kale salad, Sorghum glazed ham from Jones Dairy Farm, Yukon potato gratin, sauteed spring vegetables, and carrot cake. The meal is available via curbside and contactless pickup on either Saturday or Sunday beginning at noon and onwards for serving of two, four or six people, priced at $25 per person. Sales for the Easter Brunch close at 5pm on Friday for Saturday pickup, or 5pm on Saturday for Sunday pickup. Call (828) 774-5564 to place your order. To see the full menu, check out Bargello's website.
Sanctuary Pop-Up Online Shop
The Sanctuary Pop-Up Online Shop connects the Asheville community with meaningful products and experiences during solitude. The online event will also give our maker community the chance to collaborate with one another and connect with our customers. Sanctuary Pop-Up will feature 10-15 vendors from our maker and vintage sourcing community in a beautifully curated online retail experience. The online shop remains open until Sunday the 12th.
More to do Saturday
Iamavl Quarantine Restream: Echo Sessions with Free Planet Radio and Jane Kramer
Enjoy another great restream of some local music with Iamavl! This show features local artists Free Planet Radio and Jane Kramer. Check it out here!
Free Online Yoga and Meditation
Find your zen during this stressful time. Miranda Peterson of Asheville yoga hike company Namaste in Nature has developed a series of free, online videos to help you relax. From a 10-minute sensory meditation to a gentle, immune-boosting yoga asana practice, these videos are designed to “calm and support your immune system.”
More to do Sunday
COVID-19 Lists on the Dig Local App
The F.COVID-19! list is updated daily on the free Dig Local app.
Local curbside takeout? Gift cards for local businesses? Curbside beer and spirits? Free meals for kids? Local delivery and drive-thrus? All of our heads are still spinning right now while everyone is attempting to navigate the "new normal." We're here to help.

Download the new 3.0 version of Dig Local from the App Store or Google Play (or update your current version) to get access to the new helpful "LIST" feature. Look for lists by "Asheville says F. COVID-19!" We're constantly keeping it updated with all of the latest information on how to get what you want and need.

You can also create your own lists, save your favorite places and events for quick reference, and share your personal profile with your own individual QR code. This is a great way to plan where you'll go and what you'll do when the quarantine is over. Also, our local business friends will feel the love by seeing their business included on your list. And they really need some love right now.
For all of this week’s Scoops and more, visit DigLocal.com or download the Dig Local AppKeep digging local!