Saturday, October 4, 2014
UPDATE: SEATS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE ON THE SHUTTLE. Please still plan to join us at this event and travel safely!
Feeling the Monday blues? Not when you hop on over to the Oskar Blues Brewery taproom, at 342 Mountain Industrial Dr., in Brevard, on Oct. 20, for Makin’ A Difference Monday, where 10 percent of your purchase benefits a local nonprofit. Held the third Monday of each month, the event combines with the brewery’s weekly Mountain Music Monday, an open, old-time jam for all skill levels, to make the first day of the work-week something to cheer about.
This month’s event, dubbed Blues3, will be an evening of bluegrass and Oskar Blues brews to benefit Blue Ridge Food Ventures, a food and natural products manufacturing facility where artisan food entrepreneurs, farmers, chefs, bakers, caterers, mobile and food cart operators, and natural products manufacturers can find the equipment and resources they need to make and market their creations.
Blues3 (that is, “Blues Cubed”) will include a sampling session from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring products made at Blue Ridge Food Ventures’ shared-use commercial kitchens. Among the tasty offerings: Chili made with ingredients that include Old Chub Scotch Ale, Smiling Hara Tempeh (a Blue Ridge Food Ventures client), and local produce from Winter Sun Farms, the community supported agriculture program operated by Blue Ridge Food Ventures.
In addition, patrons can enjoy samples of 5th Sun Salsa, made at Blue Ridge Food Ventures, along with Riverview Farms homemade ice cream topped with Blue Blaze Syrup, also made at Blue Ridge Food Ventures. Musicians are urged to bring their instruments for the old-time and bluegrass jam.
Free shuttle available - seats still available!
A free shuttle to the event is available on the Oskar Blues trolley, with pickups at 4:30 p.m. from the Aloft hotel in downtown Asheville, and at 5 p.m. from Biltmore Park, returning when the taproom closes at 8 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: Reservations for the trolley can be made by emailing Kathi Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org BY 12 NOON ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, or simply show up at one of the two pickup locations for any remaining seats, available on a first-come, first-served basis until the trolley is full.
Blue Ridge Food Ventures is a program of AdvantageWest, the nonprofit, 501(c)(3) regional economic development organization serving Western North Carolina. Located on the Enka campus of A-B Tech Community College, Blue Ridge Food Ventures was the first facility of its kind in the state and remains one of the largest in the Southeast. Since its start in 2005, Blue Ridge Food Ventures has helped launch more than 230 businesses, many of which distribute products to retailers nationwide.
A diversity of well-known local products are made or got their start at Blue Ridge Food Ventures, from Lusty Monk Mustard to UliMana chocolate truffles, Buchi Kombucha, Threshold Energy Bars, Smoking J’s Fiery Foods, Sugar & Snow Gelato, Carolina Pig Polish barbecue sauce, Jack’s Nut Butter, BelloLea Pizza Kits, Vortex Doughnuts, No Evil Foods vegetarian products, Firewalker Hot Sauce, Imladris Farms jam, and countless others. Support of Blues3 at Oskar Blues will enable Blue Ridge Food Ventures to continue its work helping farmers and small businesses across Western North Carolina.
For more information about Blue Ridge Food Ventures, visit blueridgefoodventures.org or follow the organization on Facebook. To learn more about Oskar Blues, visit brew.oskarblues.com or follow the Brevard brewery on Facebook here.