SUmmer Celebration

August 13, 1:30-4:00 PM at The Boathouse

Our Trial to Table events are a chance for us to showcase crops and varieties from our farm trials via the talented hands of local chefs. We challenge our chefs to be inspired by our farm trials and to be creative with their dishes. The food is always delicious and our hope is  that your experience something new and begin to rethink what our regional food system can offer.

AUG 13, 2022 | 4:00 TO 7:00 PM

Our Trial to Table events are fun and casual events, but arrive early to make sure you get to sample all the dishes.


The Boathouse is Smoky Park Supper Club’s beautiful riverside event space at 350 Riverside Drive, Asheville NC


We encourage you to bring your own fork and spoon and cup (bamboo and recyclable options will be available).

Ashleigh Shanti serving heirloom collards at our trial to table event in Asheville NC
Chef Yunanda Wilson cooking taro at the utopian seed project taro pop-up
Jamie Swofford, Old North Farm and Utopian Seed Project board member serves yard long beans for our crop trial taste testing
Trial to Table Event at The Boat House Asheville NC


Chuck Cutler-Gutiérrez

Sweet potato marinated in ají amarillo, grilled okra and green beans in huacatay and garlic sauce.

Mushroom and squash stew, taro and potato knödel.


Steve Goff

Warm long bean salad. Pasilla spiced yogurt. Fresh sweet peppers. Surprise pickle.

Griddled okra. Spiced yacon syrup. Spicy pecan romesco.

Mallory Foster

Cantaloupe and benne seed tart: Benne seed frangipane. Cantaloupe and benne jam. Whip. Cantaloupe chip. Sweet potato leaf and urfa furikake

Dahlia root chocolate cake: Dahlia root and ginger mignonette. Creme fraiche. Ginger air. Candied cocoa dusted crispy long bean.

Rakim Gaines

Stewed summer greens. Creamed sweet potato. Fermented hot pepper marinated and roasted squash flower.

Black garlic grilled okra stuffed with pasilla braised short rib. Yacon chutney.

Special Collaborations

Okra Ice Cream from The Hop

Okra Ice Cream

Brown Butter Okra Praline Ice Cream: a base of brown butter blended with okra and swirled with crumbles of toasted okra seed praline.

Salvadoran Fried Yuca

Salvordan Fried Yuca

Meet the Chefs

Chuck Cutler-Gutiérrez

Chef Chuck Cutler-Gutiérrez

Chef Mallory Foster - Trial to Table Chef

Chef Mallory Foster

Steve Goff - Trial to Table chef!

Steven Goff

Chef Rakim Gaines - Trial to Table Chef

Chef Rakim Gaines

Huge Thanks to our drink sponsors

Devils Foot Brewery Drink Sponsor
Botanist and Barrel drink sponsor
Burial Beer Co. drink sponsor