A beautiful picnic spot on the Biltmore Estate.
School is out for summer and that’s good news for teachers, of which I’m one, and students. I’m planning on making the most of my days off and working just a little bit as well. There are a few things I’ve been eyeballing for my summer adventure list.
The first is a cooking class with The Farm in Chandler, North Carolina. For $55.00 you get appetizers, wine, and dinner. Oh and you are also taught a variety of cookery skills by executive chef Mike Ferrari an A-B Tech culinary graduate.
The Farm in Candler, NC.
The classes are interactive as any good cooking class should be and they are fun and laid back. Having grownup on a farm with a big vegetable garden every summer and chickens and cows, the “Summer Cooking From the Garden” was my first pick. I’ll take pictures and let you know how it goes if I can get in on that one. Good news, I’m in and will be attending a class with them on Tuesday, June 21st. A new post will follow soon!
If not, there are quite a few more offerings such as grilling, Latin Cuisine and a wine pairing class. About two per month are offered. Plenty more to pick from if the summer vegetable class doesn’t work out.
The Farm also offers culinary weekends. You can rent a cabin for the night and have a marvelous meal prepared by Mr. Ferrari. A great way to relax in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
Another summer adventure goal is to visit all the great WNC wineries around my home town of Morganton, NC. There are several beautiful places right up from the school I teach at. The Silver Fork Winery in Morganton, NC is going to be my first mission.
They host some fabulous events including brunch, evening movie nights in the vineyard and even dance classes on Thursday nights. It’s the Sunset Ballroom Series. This Thursday is Fox Trot night. You can go single too and just dance with everybody there. It just sounds like too much fun!
Two other wineries close to my home are Belle Nicho Vineyard and Winery and South Creek Vineyards and Winery, both in Nebo NC. All the vineyards are close to the stunning Lake James. In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing my impressions of both. I spent my youth camping and water skiing there every weekend and it is still as gorgeous as it was twenty-five years ago but that is an entirely different blog post.
Entrance to the Biltmore Estate Winery.
Then, there is the grandest of them all, the Biltmore Estate Winery in Asheville, NC. It is included in a day ticket and being a yearly pass holder, I visit the estate a few time a month. There is a huge tasting room and a beautiful retail store where you may purchase your favorites. It is a wonderful experience in a beautiful setting with live music playing in front of the winery. Well worth the effort to visit. I’m enjoying a lovely Rose as I type.
Perfect picnic basket from the Biltmore Winery shop.
Live music pavilion at Antler Hill on the Biltmore Estate.
Which brings me to another idea, my family farm is no longer being used since my dad is eighty-four and gave up the cattle business. I wonder if we could start a winery there…
Now there’s a retirement plan!