Today I’m delighted to offer you TWO GIVEAWAYS and tell you about my fantastic find…
The first giveaway is a $40.00 credit graciously given by CSN Stores. CSN sells nearly everything known to man, from office furniture to baby gear to heavy-duty kitchen appliances. If you need it, they have it. Make sure to check out their fabulous deals!
Giveaway #2 is for Asheville Locals! One lucky eater will win a $25.00 gift certificate to Fresh Wood Fired Pizza, a new local joint creating quite a buzz…
There’s an on-going argument in Asheville of who makes “The Best Pizza.” Several local pubs and Italian restaurants vie for this title, but of course “best” is an evasive concept. After all, perception is one’s reality. So let’s speak in terms of “special” instead of best, shall we?
One of my favorite hobbies is stumbling across new restaurants. I’m always on the lookout for something special, unique…inspired.
Not long ago, we stumbled into FRESH Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta in Black Mountain, NC, just outside of Asheville. This serene little village is known in our region for its pristine views, family values, and reverent support of local artists and entrepreneurs. Downtown Black Mountain consists of boutiques, ice cream parlors, wine shops and fantastic restaurants. It would appear Fresh owner, Mark Tomczak, chose the right place to settle!
Mark first moved to North Carolina to further his education as an artist. He attended our renowned Penland School of Arts and Crafts, studying pottery for two years with the dream of opening a gallery. He pursued this dream for 12 years in Old Fort, North Carolina before another dream emerged. After a trip to Rome with his wife, he discovered a new passion…the art of pizza.
September 2010, Mark’s two dreams collided at the grand opening of Fresh Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta. This casual pizza kitchen embodies his love for food and love for art. Complete with a wood-fire oven imported from Italy and an assortment of Mark’s pottery on display; this establishment is “hand-crafted” in every sense.
We walked in the door and were instantly greeted by the aroma of rising yeast and artisan cheeses wafting out of a massive fireplace. I watched pizza dough skillfully tossed in the air and then stretched as thin as a windowpane. The menu consists of pizzas with an unapologetic less-is-more attitude. Each pizza is layered with a few meticulously selected ingredients. After a trip into the fire, the pizzas arrived at our table piping hot with a blistered bubbly crust. I had to pause a moment to gaze at these glorious creations before devouring them. This was truly inspired pizza, made by the hands of an artist!
Mark not only has a strong culinary background, but his staff are masters of their craft as well. Baker Edward Clarey has been baking as long as he can remember and developed a spectacular gluten-free pizza crust that rivals the wheat crust. Every morning he bakes an assortment of hearty rustic breads for those that need a daily “Fresh” fix at home.
Fresh Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta is definitely worth a trip to Black Mountain. Mark Tomczak’s pursuit of simplistic perfection is a rarity to behold…and taste!
To Enter either GIVEAWAY: (Giveaway Now Closed!)
1. Leave a friendly comment!
2. For a second chance to win, SUBSCRIBE by Email, RSS, Facebook or Twitter.
3. For a third and fourth chance to win, Tweet this post or post it on your Facebook page. Leave a separate comment for each.
US residents only.
If you live within one hour of Asheville, mark your comment “NC” so you will be entered into BOTH drawings!
The winners will be selected by random drawing and announced February 27th.
The “Fun Guy” Pizza on a Gluten-Free Crust.