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Dig Local COVID Update 5/6/20 -Biz Booms for Mother Earth Food, Giveaway - $235 in Gift Cards, and Complimentary Meals

Business Booms for Mother Earth Food
During COVID Crisis #digAVL Video 

A series on how local businesses are adjusting to the COVID-19 crisis

Andrea Duvall (Founder) and Janelle Tatum (CEO) of Mother Earth Food tell us about how their business is booming during the COVID-19 crisis. From hiring displaced service industry workers and new drivers, to offering natural health remedies, this local business is stepping up to the plate to help our community.

See the video interview here
While we've all had to adjust to the "new normal" (whatever that is) our local business owners and managers each have their own story to tell about how they've been affected and what they are doing during these unprecedented times. Dig Local is proud to partner with our friend, Ann Smith, at Leap Frog Tours to interview some of the awesome folks who make Asheville, Asheville.

 Gift Card Prize Package for May! ($235 value)

What awesome Asheville places will you be hitting when the quarantine is over? Here’s a jump start to get you back out there when things are safe once again and we can support and enjoy the local places that make Asheville unique.

Enter to win this gift card bundle from all of these iconic AVL spots:

Just three easy steps to enter:

  1. Download the free Dig Local app from the App Store or Google Play (or update the one you already have to the new 3.0 version)

  2. Create a User Profile

  3. Make a List and tell us what you like about your "go to" AVL places or recommendations (i.e. Blue Dream Curry House... "Get the green curry with chicken & hibiscus tea lunch special.") These will be super handy to share with friends and family when they eventually come (safely) to visit. And they will. Even your in-laws! (create multiple lists to be entered multiple times)

    Questions? We're here to help! Email [email protected]

* You must be 21 or older to participate. The winner will be randomly selected from lists created on the app.The gift cards can be used whenever appropriate.

Times are tough for many folks right now.
Complimentary Chef-prepared Meals are Available!

Photo: H&F Burger Complimentary Curry Chicken Dinners

All are welcome at Food Connection's Complimentary Meal distributions

* Our friends at H&F Burger will generously be distributing free meals every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at their 77 Biltmore Avenue location downtown between 11 am-2 pm. (Heather Townsend, you're a rock star!)

* Service Industry HEROES meal lovingly prepared by Chef Eric Morris from Wicked Weed Brewing's Cultura in partnership with the YMCA of Western North Carolina - Saturdays from noon to 2 pm.
Downtown YMCA at 30 Woodfin Street

* Swannanoa Complimentary Meal drive-thru (meals also prepared by Chef Eric!) happening Saturdays from 3 pm to 4 pm in the Symmetry Financial parking lot 204 Whitson Avenue

* Church of the Advocate Complimentary Meals on Sundays at 2:30 at Trinity Episcopal at 60 Church Street (these are more of Chef Eric and team's delicious creations!)

Chef Eric and Wicked Weed team are preparing 5000 delicious meals for distribution last week, and this week and next week...!

You know how it's hard to remember what day of the week it is these days? Whatever you do DON'T forget that Sunday is Mother's Day! Posana and Bargello are here to help make Quarantine Mother's Day 2020 really shine with a with two very different prix fixe brunch offerings for you to take home to Mama. (We're especially digging the sound of the baked egg & fontina casserole with grilled local asparagus and smoked salmon... Yum!) The toughest part is picking which of the two to choose. Check out these menus: Posana's Menu  Bargello's Menu

Finally, in case you missed some BIG news last week regarding Food Connection,  Check it out in the Asheville Citizen-Times!

Food Connection unloading meals at Beacon of Hope Services in Madison County
 (Photo by Angela Wilhelm of Asheville Citizen-Times)
Mackensy Lunsford dishes out the details on this amazing collaboration between Wicked Weed Brewing's Cultura, Food Connection, the YMCA of WNC and local community partners. Tens of thousands of fresh meals will be distributed to those most in need. 

Read the article here!
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