Not to be missed, A Taste of Asheville is Asheville Independent Restaurant Association’s (AIR) annual fundraising party (!) and this years event will be held November 17, 2011 from 7-9 pm at The Venue, 21 N Market Street.  This year, 31 plus member restaurants are participating as well as local breweries for wine and beer tasting opportunities.  For a bargain, Tickets are $70 per person and $125 per couple, available on the AIR website at or at The Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau at 36 Montford Avenue; or for more information, call 828 338 9839.

An additional bonus, The AIR PASSPORT program will be officially kicked off at this event.  the AIR PASSPORT offers discounts at many of the best and most popular restaurants and offers a great incentive to try out AIR member restaurants in the Asheville Area.  The cost for the AIR PASSPORT is $50 with coupons totaling over $600 in savings at AIR member restaurants; coupons are good for one year.

A portion of the proceeds from both A Taste of Asheville and the AIR PASSPORT sales will partially fund AIR’s Chefs of Tomorrow scholarship program at A-B Tech.

Independent Restaurants that cater to local and quality foods abound in Asheville, NC making dining a unique, extra-flavorful, healthy and fun (really fun) experience.  What better way to enjoy it all in this one event, A Taste of Asheville and through the purchase of the AIR PASSPORT, for year long savings and enjoyment.  Need a place to stay while you’re dining here in Asheville?  Oakland Cottage B&B of Vacation In Asheville, is centrally located, just 1 mile north of Biltmore Village and 1 mile south of Downtown Asheville in a neighborhood bordering AB-Tech campus.  We have rooms and Suites ranging from $90 to $150 nightly double occupancy and include a delightful breakfast each morning!  We are a family friendly Bed and Breakfast and several rooms are pet friendly, too!  Come stay with us and try out AIR member restaurants while you are here.