Celebrating Our Food Heritage at Gather Round the Blue Ridge 2017


Save the Date for 'Gather Round

Circle September 7 on your calendars for our 2017 Gather ‘Round the Blue Ridge annual meeting. We come together for food, fun and a full report on the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s success stories across the rural communities of Western North Carolina.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

WHERE:  Highland Event Center,12 Old Charlotte Highway, Asheville.    

Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast. Tickets are $50. Buy yours here.                   

Our featured speaker, Ronni Lundy is the author of the handsome cookbook “Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes,” a lyrically written homage to mountain culture and our food. Lundy won two prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards, the culinary world’s equivalent of the Oscars.  

Each chapter explores a specific defining food or tradition of the region, such as salt, beans, corn (and corn liquor). The essays introduce readers to their rich histories and the farmers, curers, hunters, and chefs who define the region's contemporary landscape. Through 80 recipes and stories gathered on her travels in the region, Lundy shares dishes that distill the story and flavors of the Mountain South.

Born in Corbin, Kentucky,  Lundy has long chronicled the people of Appalachia as a journalist and cookbook author. She currently makes her home in Asheville.

We’ll be sharing our region’s success stories from the year such as the popular Blue Ridge Music Trails, and look forward to exciting new initiatives ahead, including the development of Blue Ridge Craft Trails of Western North Carolina.