Trial to Table

Food from our farm trials shared via the talented hands of local chefs
Chef Yunanda Wilson cooking taro at the utopian seed project taro pop-up

The Utopian Seed Project grows a wide range of crops and varieties with the aim of increasing agrobiodiversity into the food and farming system. We want more crops and varieties being grown and enjoyed (i.e. eaten!) in our regional. Our Trial to Table event series brings together talented local chefs to showcase the work we’re doing on the farm. Enjoy great food, learn about new crops and varieties, and get inspired for a better food system.

 Event schedule and tickets below. Interested in being a sponsor? We’re looking for cash, product and media sponsors.  

2024 Event Schedule

Chef Awo Amenumey presenting at Trial to Table event at The Mule, Asheville NC
Chef Luis Martinez and Chris Smith at Trial to Table tasting, The Mule Asheville NC
Chef Sunil Patel at Trial to Table Event, The Mule, Asheville NC
Board Member and Farmer, Jay Bost at Trial to Table, Asheville NC
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Season Pass (Transferable)

Attend all 5 Trial to Table events in 2024:

APRIL 27 • HICKORY NUT GAP FARM
MAY 18 • PLEB URBAN WINERY
AUGUST 17 • OLD NORTH FARM
SEPTEMBER 14 • IVORY ROAD
OCTOBER 12 • THE MULE

Can’t make a date? Transfer to a guest of your choice.

Original price was: $200.00.Current price is: $175.00.

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Trial to Table – August 2024

Aug 17 | Old North Farm, Cleveland County, NC

Greg Collier | Sera Cuni | John Fleer | Keia Mastrianni

Our Summer Celebration will take place at Old North Farm, Cleveland County, NC.

Ticket price includes two small plates from each chef (8 plates total) and drinks are inclusive. We’ll also be running a Utopian Seed Project tasting table to show off some of these ingredients in their pure form.  A note on pricing transparency: we want these events to be as accessible as possible and so have a flexible pricing policy, if you’re able to pay more than $50 then great, if you can’t then that’s great to.

Suggested Price: $50.00

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Trial to Table – September 2024

Sept 14 | Ivory Road, South Asheville, NC

Jill Wasilewski | Yunanda Wilson | Jamie Crone | Erica ‘Shorty’ Imhoff

Our September Celebration will take place at Ivory Road, South Asheville, NC.

Ticket price includes two small plates from each chef (8 plates total). We’ll also be running a Utopian Seed Project tasting table to show off some of these ingredients in their pure form.  A note on pricing transparency: we want these events to be as accessible as possible and so have a flexible pricing policy, if you’re able to pay more than $50 then great, if you can’t then that’s great to.

Suggested Price: $50.00

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Trial to Table – October 2024

Oct 12 | The Mule, Devil’s Foot Brewing Co., Asheville, NC

Eric Morris, Sheri Castle, Tie Whittiker

Our October Celebration will take place at The Mule (Devil’s Foot Beverage Company’s event space).

Ticket price includes two small plates from each chef (8 plates total). We’ll also be running a Utopian Seed Project tasting table to show off some of these ingredients in their pure form.  A note on pricing transparency: we want these events to be as accessible as possible and so have a flexible pricing policy, if you’re able to pay more than $50 then great, if you can’t then that’s great to.

Suggested Price: $50.00

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Minimum Price: $25.00

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Thanks to Our Sponsors

We are cultivating a community of engaged and educated folks interested in resilient and sustainable food systems. We attract people from different backgrounds, but they share a desire for deep, authentic connections. In 2024 we are seeking event sponsors of all levels as we continue to build an event series that benefits the community, the collaborators and chefs, and our sponsors. Huge thanks to our 2024 supporters:

Past Events

Meet the Chefs

Yunanda Wilson taro pop-up chef

Yunanda Wilson

Taro Pop-Up

Jeremy Salig - taro pop-up chef

Jeremy Salig

Taro Pop-Up; Collard Dinner

Beth Kellerhalls - Asheville pastry chef

Beth Kellerhalls

Taro Pop-Up

Ashleigh Shanti Utopian Seed Project board member

Ashleigh Shanti

Trial to Table (Fall 22)

Chef Terri Terrell - Board Member

Terri Terrell

Trial to Table (Fall 22); Collard Dinner

Jamie Swofford - Founding Board Member, Chef and Farmer!

Jamie Swofford

Trial to Table (Fall 19; Fall 22)

Brandon Ruiz, board member chef and farmer

Brandon Ruiz

Trial to Table (Fall 22)

Steve Goff - Trial to Table chef!

Steve Goff

Trial to Table (Summer 22)

Chef Mallory Foster - Trial to Table Chef

Mallory Foster

Trial to Table (Summer 22; Spring 23)

Chef Rakim Gaines - Trial to Table Chef

Rakim Gaines

Trial to Table (Summer 22)

Chuck Cutler-Gutiérrez

Chuck Cutler-Gutiérrez

Trial to Table (Summer 22)

Chef Michelle Bailey - Trial to Table and Collard Dinner

Michelle Bailey

Trial to Table (Spring 22); Collard Dinner

Chef Ophus - Trial to Table Chef

Cleophus Heathington (aka Chef Ophus)

Trial to Table (Spring 22)

Chef Erin Hughes

Erin Hughes

Trial to Table (Summer 22)