We offer several options for enjoying your “catch of the day.” Our tours in Asheville, Charlotte, and Cashiers include a “forage-to-table” option: bring your finds to one of our partner restaurants and they will prepare a free appetizer to start off your meal. Our foraging and private tours also include a brief cooking lesson and tasting as well as an evening cooking class option. Finally, private tours can include preparing a meal together as part of the tour. For more info on each of these options, see below.
• Foraging & Private Tour
Simply drop off three wild ingredients from your tour and top Asheville chefs will turn them into a complementary dish to start off your meal. Here’s how:
After registering for a tour, choose where you would like to go to dinner. You can also go to lunch at Rhubarb or Sunday brunch at The Market Place. Just remember that tour locations are 15-45 minutes from downtown Asheville.
Make your reservation by phone or online. Just be sure to indicate that you’ll be foraging with us. If you have any food restrictions, let them know that too, even if you indicated that when you registered.
At the end of the tour, your guide will pack up three wild ingredients in separately labeled bags. Drop these off at the restaurant (or for Vue, at the concierge desk) immediately after your tour. Try to keep them cool on the way. When you return to the restaurant for your meal, your wild dish will be on the house.
For our private tour “Lookin-n-Cookin’” option, see here.
• Wild Food Stroll
After registering for the tour, make a reservation with the restaurant. You can make a reservation on Open Table or by calling 800-438-5800. Either way, you must specify that you will be coming from the No Taste Like Home tour.
If you have any food allergies, restrictions, or preferences, let them know that too, even if you indicated that when you registered.
Order whatever else you’d like; your wild dish will be on the house.
• Cooking Class
- groups of six or more can enjoy a short lesson and dinner at Hickory Nut Gap Farm
- smaller groups can prepare their dinner with Cottage Cooking Asheville
Both options run about 2.5 hours and the cost is $75 for adults and $35 for children 12 and under.
Note that if your tour is in the afternoon, we usually run from 2 to 5 pm. You will need plenty of time to travel back to town, shower, change, etc. as well as about 30 minutes flex time since we sometimes run over. That means that if you are on an afternoon tour, you will probably not be able to start your dinner class until 7 pm.
Your class need not be the same day as the tour. The Hickory Nut Gap class & dinner is available Wednesday and Saturday at 5:30pm, with reservations required one week in advance. Cottage Cooking is available any day of the week, usually at 6 pm, with no advance reservation requirement but is subject to availability.
After booking your tour, contact Hickory Nut Gap or Cottage Cooking to register. If you have any food allergies, restrictions, or preferences, let them know, even if you indicated these with us when you registered.
At the outing, your guide will set you up with labeled bags of three wild ingredients (here’s a gallery of what they might be). You will not need not drop your ingredients off beforehand; you can just bring them with you. If possible, however, do keep them refrigerated.
Please send us pictures, and bon appetit!