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Join us for a FEAST in the Sunny Point Garden on Monday, August 6, 2018, from 5:30-8:00pm to benefit FEAST cooking and garden education in Asheville area schools and after school programs.

Sunny Point Café, Riverbend Malt House, and Bountiful Cities are teaming up for a farm-to-table dining experience to benefit FEAST. Each $50 ticket includes a delicious dinner buffet featuring locally raised pork dishes*, farm-fresh sides, Sunny Point signature desserts and a selection beverages including beers from Archetype Brewing. all served in the middle of our own lush on-site garden!

This ticketed event is limited to 100 people, so we recommend you get your tickets online ahead of time at Eventbrite as we expect this event to sell out. Sales of tickets directly support FEAST in their mission to provide garden and cooking education for ALL!

*Vegetarian options available

This event is rain or shine. In case of inclement weather we will move onto the patio and inside the restaurant.


FEAST FEAST, a program of Bountiful Cities, empowers youth and families to grow, prepare and enjoy fruits and vegetables through hands on cooking and garden education. They work with 1,250 kids annually in the Asheville/Buncombe area at partner schools and after school programs. Learn more about FEAST.

Sunny Point Café is a family owned and operated independent restaurant serving upscale comfort food to neighbors and visitors since September of 2003. The on-site production garden provides super fresh ingredients for specials, a beautiful space to enjoy before and after meals, as well as an educational opportunity for garden enthusiasts.

Riverbend Malt House pledges to provide the area’s craft brewers with locally-farmed, artisan malts that bring depth and character to their passion, while greatly lessening the local industry’s impact on the planet. Learn more about Riverbend.

 
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The competition is tough for the Annual Stoobie Awards. No lie, we had fingers crossed in anticipation. Would we retain the title of Asheville’s Best Shrimp ‘n’ Grits?!? YEEEEESSSSSS!!! We are pleased beyond measure to win the praise of Stu Helm The Food Fan for one of our signature dishes.

2017 Stoobie Award: Asheville’s Best Shrimp ‘n’ Grits

“It’s like, the best thing ever, and is practically the entire reason I got into writing about food. No kidding. True story…. The sauce is something I could eat a bucketful of. The grits are perfect, maybe the best in town all on their own, the shrimps are BIG and sweet and cooked just right. The whole thing comes out piping hot, and oh yeah, good gahd that bacon is unreal….Thank you, Sunny Point Cafe, for being consistently awesome always, and for nailing my favorite dish every single time!” – excerpt from the 2017 Stoobie Awards, Part 2.

Read Stu’s full article >> 2017 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville Food Scene pt 2: THE SPECIFICS.

What is the secret of our Shrimp & Grits?
We start with a bowl of our creamy chipotle cheese grits. (Yes, they do have some spicy kick to them.) We top the grits with blackened shrimp, roasted tomatoes, a white wine Dijon cream sauce, and garnish with our crisp maple black pepper bacon.

Shrimp & Grits can be ordered anytime we are open, so you can enjoy them for breakfast, lunch, dinner or brunch.

See our daytime menu hereevening menu here.

 
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Sunny Point Garden TomatoesTomatoes! So many wonderful varieties.

Fresh tomatoes are one of the great joys of having a vegetable garden. Yes, the plants can be tricky to grow and take a lot of care, but when harvest time comes along it is all worth it. In our opinion, eating a fresh tomato is one of the defining tastes of summer.

Visitors to our garden remark on the wide variety of tomatoes we have growing, often in colors they have never seen. Each year we plant a different combination of tomato varieties and there are always numerous volunteer plants that come up around the edges of the garden. At harvest time, the spread of colors, shapes and sizes is beautiful.

Our recent harvest basket containing the following varieties, shown clockwise starting in the upper left: Egg Yolk (round, yellow), Indigo Cherry Drops (round, purple/orange), Blueberries (smaller round, purple/orange), Blue Beauty (large irregular, pink/blue), one of our volunteer plants (large round, red), Black Vernisage (medium round, striped red/green), more Indigo Cherry Drops and Blueberries, Black Beauty (medium irregular, deep purple), Atomic Grape (medium oblong, striped green/yellow), another volunteer plant (small oblong, red), and Micheal Palin (medium pear, striped yellow/green).

 
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What’s that white stuff on the plant leaves?

Visitors to our garden often ask us about the white powder on the leaves of various plants, and no wonder, it does look foreboding. But fear not, it is an organic insect repellent made from kaolin clay, a naturally occurring mineral.

We are using a product called Surround W.P. which is made from 95% kaolin clay. Mixed with water and sprayed onto plant leaves it dries to form a white film that repels bugs. Surround can help control a wide variety of pests on fruit trees as well as vegetables. In our garden we are using it on the cucumbers, squash, and bean plants.

Kaolin clay on the Sour Gherkins growing up the fence near the top of our garden.

The list of pests that Surround can help control is long and includes caterpillars, beetles, worms, and flies. The pests we have seen the most attacking our cucumbers, beans, and squash are Mexican Bean Beetles, Cucumber Beetles, Bean Leaf Beetles, and Squash Beetles.

Surround is not a pesticide, it doesn’t kill bugs, it repels them. It sticks to their body parts and encourages them to move elsewhere. At harvest time, the white film can be removed simply by rubbing it off or washing the produce.

We combine use of kaolin clay with good old bug patrol by our garden staff. Each day we look carefully on the underside of leaves for eggs and larva – squashing them as we find them. Adult beetles, which we squash as well, can be found on and under leaves, as well as along the stems of plants.

 

 

 
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SP-garden-squirrel-w-sunflowerIn one word, sunflowers.

We are often asked how we keep squirrels out of the garden. We don’t, instead we distract them. We have found that they absolutely love sunflowers, as do many visiting bids, bees and other insects.

Sunflowers are located all around our garden perimeter and periodically throughout the garden. They are terrific companion plants, attracting beneficial insects and have a long bloom season. They add height interest to the overall garden and the squirrels love climbing up the stalks to bite off a seed head and carry it away. The squirrels are happy, seldom bother other garden plants, and as they are messy eaters they spread seeds for next year. The large group of sunflowers near the greenhouse was entirely squirrel and bird seeded.

Having troubles with squirrels, plant sunflowers next year is our recommendation.