The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project in Asheville is highlighting mountain trout this month. ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.
February mornings are a little too cold for most people to head out trout fishing in the North Carolina mountains. But luckily, local trout farmers are still suiting up and braving the extra-cold mountain water, which has been said to give the fish a desirable delicate flavor. To honor their efforts and remind that local foods are available year-round, ASAP highlights trout this month in their Get Local initiative.
To celebrate the fishy focus, Tupelo Honey Café-Southside, an Appalachian Grown™ partner and Get Local participating restaurant, will officially dedicate their February Tuesdays to trout. Each Tuesday, they’ll offer special dishes featuring fish from Sunburst Trout Farms in Canton. Proceeds from the dishes will benefit ASAP.
But they won’t stop there; the four celebrations will feature more than the trout itself. On February 7, Sunburst’s CEO, Sally Eason, and ASAP’s executive director, Charlie Jackson will speak. For Valentine’s Day, expect complimentary champagne. On February 21, kids 12 and under and a coloring contest will be the focus. And on February 28, the evening will include a silent auction for a private dinner party—with local trout, of course. Each evening will also feature drawings for exciting prizes. The specials and festivities run from 5 until 9 pm each Tuesday.
Tupelo Honey Café-Southside isn’t the only restaurant thinking trout now. The Morning Glory Café’s winter menu features the fish, also from Sunburst Trout Farms. Their kitchen offers local trout in traditional preparations, like pecan-crusted, but also more unconventional ways: you can pick trout as a premium pizza topping.
For more details about the initiative and upcoming Get Local events, visit ASAP’s community website FromHere.org. For a list of all the Appalachian Grown trout farms in the area, as well as more partner restaurants, browse ASAP’s online Local Food guide at www.buyappalachian.org.
To learn more about ASAP’s work, visit www.asapconnections.org.