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Join us for a FEAST in the Sunny Point Garden on Monday, August 7, 2017, from 5:30-8:00pm to benefit FEAST cooking and garden education in Asheville area schools and after school programs.

Sunny Point Café, Oskar Blues Brewery and Riverbend Malt House 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 of Oskar Blues beers 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 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!

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. $50 per person – children 10 and under accompanying an adult are free.

Live music provided throughout the evening by members of Tellico. Tellico’s sound is a blend of traditional bluegrass and old-time material, along with original songs, combining to form an unique Appalachiacana sound.

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


FEAST is a nonprofit organization working within local schools to empower youth and families to grow, prepare and enjoy fruits and vegetables through hands on cooking and garden education. FEAST is working towards making ours a community where all kids eat fruits and veggies every day regardless of income level. 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.

Oskar Blues Bewery initiated the craft-beer-in-a-can craze in 2002, and has since grown to add a brewery to the hills of Pisgah National Forest in Brevard, NC and another in the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, TX. Cans keep beer fresher, longer by eliminating the damaging effects of light and ingressed oxygen while being infinitely recyclable and portable…taking them where your next soul saving adventure takes you. Learn more about Oskar Blues.

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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SP-headers-Shrimp-Grit-Stoobie-Award2016There are awards, and then there are AWARDS. The Stoobie Awards is one of the latter. Needless to say we were thrilled to receive…

2016 Stoobie Award for Best Shrimp ‘n’ Grits

“…if you want really good shrimp ‘n’ grits, you have any number of choices in Asheville, but if you want the BEST shrimp ‘n’ grits, you gotta go to Sunny Point Cafe on the West side of the river….” – excerpt from the 2016 Stoobie Awards, Part 1.

Read the full article in all its glory here.

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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SP-garden-bouncy-zooSP-garden-bouncy-duckIf you’ve walked through our garden the last couple years you have no doubt seen the playground bouncy animals located at the top of the garden nearest the restaurant. Those are on loan from Old Town Salvage, a terrific local business that dismantles old buildings and salvages the materials for reuse. One of the largest local projects Old Town Salvage took on was dismantling the old buildings on the soon-to-open New Belgium Brewing site. The New Belgium tasting room will include many of the materials salvaged from the old stockyard site. The bouncy animals didn’t come from there, but during that deconstruction process we became aware of Old Town Salvage and when we saw a posting about the bouncy animals on their Facebook page contacted them to see if they’d be interested in a loan arrangement.

We’ve had a few different animals make appearances in the garden”zoo” since Bradley, owner of Old Town Salvage, has quite a collection and comes by to rotate them out now and again. We think they add personality to our garden and definitely have made the wait for a table much more fun. Currently we have a duck, a horse and a caterpillar on site.

 
by in Garden.

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.

 
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SP-garden-3bluebottlesThroughout the garden there are many upside down glass bottles. What are they for?

The bottles in our garden are covering rebar which is inserted into the ground to prevent our garden staff from inadvertently dragging a watering hose across plants. Rebar alone would present a hazard, so the glass bottles provide a decorative way to safely cover the metal and as an added bonus the hose slides better across the smooth glass.

There are references to bottle trees in Southern folklore and literature as wards against evil spirits. Legend says that evil spirits are attracted to the glass shining in the sun, in particular blue bottles, and climb inside the bottles and are trapped. Many private gardens in our area have bottle trees, keep an eye out for them as you travel around. We think it is kinda cool that an effective practical solution to a problem turns out to be both attractive and has its own legend.

 
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July is when harvesting time really starts to take off in our on-site garden. We are so excited to see tomatoes ripening, pole beans covering our archways, cucumber vines loaded down and squash blossoms buzzing with bees.

As many of you wander through the garden you’ve noticed that we often grown unusual varieties of common vegetables. That is one of the great joys of having our own garden, we can experiment. Our harvest basket from yesterday showcases some of these unusual vegetables – just look at all the amazing colors!

SP-Garden-JulyHarvest-basket

Top row, left to right: Grey Griller Squash (partially in photo), Zucchini, Islander Lilac Bell Peppers
Center row, left to right: Dragon’s Egg Cucumber, Pencil Pod Bush Beans, Cherry Tomatoes, Bennings Green Tint Scallop Squash
Front town, left to right: Trionfo Violetto Pole Beans, Rattlesnake Pole Beans, Parisian Pickling Cucumbers, Mexican Sour Gherkins, Dragon’s Egg Cucumber