“We learned how to ferment over a decade ago from our Amish friends at our first off-grid homestead. Now we are committed to sharing our love of fermenting with Asheville and the rest of the world!”
-Meg Chamberlain, Owner, Fermenti Foods
They seemingly came out of nowhere. They started popping up on tacos, offered as a side dish to traditional southern-fried chicken, and even being slathered on homestyle, buttermilk pancakes. It’s safe to say that some of us might have been a little skeptical at first, but now, from kimchi to sauerkraut, fermented foods have made their always-zesty footprint on Asheville’s culinary scene, and they’re here to stay.
Meg Chamberlain founded Fermenti Foods back in September of 2016 with the dream of accomplishing three goals: culturing the surrounding community through charitable events, preserving the fermenting heritage by educational outreach, and supporting sustainable practices for food resiliency. When asked about her favorite part of being a local business, Meg responded, “Asheville is the best place to live, love, and create! We have an awesome community of foodies who are incredibly supportive.”
With all of the support being given to Fermenti, Meg has also made sure to give back to the community. Exceeding her original goals set for the business, the opening of the Fermenti Foods Mountain Farm is providing local jobs and promoting the use of locally sourced produce.
So if you’re ever at one of Asheville’s tailgate markets, or you see her at the 2nd Annual WNC Fermenting Festival in Marshall this Fall, make sure to stop by and try some of her famous selection! If you’re lucky, she might even tell you about her wedding at Burning Man.
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Monday, August 6
Curious about salsa dancing? Love to dance? Salsa fanatic? Either way, head out to Habitat Tavern and Commons and dance the night away! Starting at 7:00, lessons will be led by Samantha Gonzalez-Block, and immediately afterward there will be open dancing for all ages and levels. So head on over, meet new people, enjoy refreshments, and share in some Latin fun!
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Tuesday, August 7
Looking for a quick tasty local lunch? Stop by Chestnut for one of their new Lunch Express Bowls offered every Tuesday. Chestnut has been voted “Best Business Lunch” 4 years in a row by Mountain Xpress, so if your looking for lunch on a Tuesday, stop by 48 Biltmore Avenue and they’ll hook you up. Insider Tip: there’s easy public parking across the street beneath the Aloft Hotel.
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Wednesday, August 8
It’s Wine Wednesday again, and Bone and Broth has half-off bottles of wine under $75! So whether it’s a treat for yourself or a loved one, grab a bottle and pair it with one of the elevated Southern dishes being served daily. Celebrate making it to Hump Day!
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Thursday, August 9
They’re back and better than ever! With over 40 of the best comedians in the area, Laugh Your Asheville Off presents the 12th annual Asheville Comedy Festival. Come out and see this amazing five-day festival for a great time, and be sure to check out their website for more information about purchasing tickets!
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Friday, August 10
TGIF, and what better way to celebrate the start of the weekend than with a Lebanese wrap and some fries! Gypsy Queen Cuisine tosses them in toom (Lebanese garlic sauce), drizzles them with tarator (tasty and nutritious tahini sauce), and tops them with parsley, making these fries like nothing you’ve had before, but they will definitely be something that you want again.
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Saturday, August 11
Don’t let a little rain ruin your weekend! Pick up some new gear from the OGB Seconds Sale at Salvage Station and hit the trail in style. Whether you’re going on a twenty-mile bike ride or hiking to a waterfall, there will be something for you to find at this sale, so stop by and find your next adventure!
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Sunday, August 12
On Sunday join Table for a Summer Harvest dinner, in conjunction with Burial Beer Co. and Gaining Ground Farms! Held at the beautiful Dairy Barn at Yesterday’s Spaces in the fields of Gaining Ground farm, the dinner will be a celebration of locally sourced crops and protein.
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