A Spicy Perspective

A Grand Party and 7 GIVEAWAYS!

Today, I present you with my FIRST giveaway and I’m SO EXCITED!!!

Last weekend a couple good friends and I went to the Asheville Food and Wine Festival sponsored by WNC magazine. It was belly-bulging day of tasting! We sampled regional wines, dishes from local restaurants, and many specialty food made right here in Western North Carolina.

The main event was the finale of the WNC Chef’s Challenge, a hometown rendition of Iron Chef America, where chefs faced-off to create the most lavish meal in one hour’s time. The competition progressed through the summer and the final two chefs battled for bragging rights Saturday afternoon. The finalists were Chef Rick Boyer from The Inn on Biltmore Estate and Chef Stewart Lyon from Curras Nuevo Cuisine.

In the end, Chef Boyer won the title. As I’m a little partial to Curras restaurant–I totally think it was rigged! But I do have to say, all the dishes looked excellent! Congratulations to both competitors for your valiant efforts!

Out of the 75+ booths, there were a few standout companies I’d like to share with you!

Winter Sun Farms~ Winter Share is a company that provides frozen fruits and veggies from local, organic, sustainable farms throughout the winter months. So if the produce is frozen, why wouldn’t you just buy it at the grocer, you might wonder? Let me repeat the LOCAL, ORGANIC, and SUSTAINABLE comment above. This means your produce was frozen at its peak and comes from small farms in your area. When you participate in the share, you are supporting your local farmers, helping the environment, and getting a healthier product! Plus, with every box of goodies you get recipes for using them. It’s brilliant!

Click the link to find out if Winter Share is available in your area!

Smoking J’s Hot Sauce Company is a family business in Candler, NC focusing on high quality “fiery foods.” They are best known for their Mango-Habanero Hot Sauce, but also produce fantastic BBQ sauces, salsas, and dry rubs! They grow most of their own crops on a small environmentally-minded farm and meticulously cook up their goodies in small batches.

The Habanero Sauce delivers a surprisingly delicate balance of flavors, not over powered by the habaneros. It’s one of those foods, that regardless of the heat, you just can’t stop eating.

As a true lover of spice, I think Smoking J’s Hot Sauce reigns supreme!

Imladris Farm is nestled in beautiful Fairview, NC and has been in the family for seven generations. Walter and Wendy Harrill hold themselves to a higher standard of sustainable agriculture. Their home-grown preserves are a testament to this philosophy and are featured in several area restaurants, including Sunny Point Cafe, Green Sage and Early Girl Eatery. The first time I tasted Imladris’ “Berry Best Jam” in a restaurant, I ran home to look it up. Yes, it’s that good!

Along with berries, Imladris farms goats, laying hens, and rabbits. Rabbit meat is highly praised in the culinary world for flavor, but also boasts:  Extremely low cholesterol and fat. A higher percentage of protein than beef, chicken, or pork. Rabbit meat is all white meat, and is suitable for most individuals with special dietary needs.

You can find the Harrills at the North Asheville Tailgate Market on Saturdays where they sell preserves, ice cream, rabbit meat, lamb or goat meat, and eggs!

French Broad Chocolate Lounge in the heart of downtown, has quickly become an Asheville icon. Specializing in ‘all things chocolate’ this cozy little den provides a vast array of cakes, cookies, chilled dessert, coffees and hand-crafted chocolates! The French Broad Chocolate Lounge is known as a favorite late-night hangout, and another example of  areas residents taking their passion for food to unbound levels of greatness!

Truthfully until the festival, I had never tasted Chocolate Lounge truffles! Of course, I had consumed nearly every other delicacy on their menu (the mocha stout cake multiple times), but hadn’t made it to the truffle case. Considering myself a truffle snob, I was thoroughly dazzled by the quality of the truffles–dense, devilishly smooth, and packed with flavor. I know exactly what I’m ordering on my next trip to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge!

Need a taste? The Chocolate Lounge SHIPS!

Blessed Botanicals makes the most glorious organic teas and culinary blends you’ve ever seen, tasted, or smelled! This small company in Burnsville, NC takes pride in careful attention to detail. Every herbal blend is perfectly balanced for flavor and health benefits. My favorite tea is the MY LAST NERVE blend, an aromatic culmination of mint, lavender and lemongrass (among other herbs) that is soothing after a long day and even offers headache relief! I drank more than my share of MY LAST NERVE when my kids were babies!

The spice rubs were new to me, and I was thrilled to find such superior quality culinary blends! They are marvelous for enhancing proteins, veggies, sauces, and dressings. A must-have ingredient for any kitchen!

And now for the GIVEAWAY!

I have SEVEN prizes to offer you!

4 winners will receive Smoking J’s Habanero Hot Sauce, Imladris Farm’s Specialty Preserves, and French Broad Chocolate Lounge Truffles!

2 winners will receive Gifts Bags from Blessed Botanicals including four culinary blends: Salt of the Earth, Planet Garlic, Clemon Celery Salt, and Lazy River Rub.

PLUS~ 1 local winner will receive a Free Farm Tour (for a family of 4) at Imladris Farm and Fresh Rabbit Meat (half a rabbit.)

To enter:
1. Subscribe to A SPICY PERSPECTIVE by RSS, Facebook, Twitter, or Email.
2. Leave a comment telling me how you subscribed AND if you live in the Asheville area!

*All participants MUST live in the continental U.S. and have a permanent address (No PO Boxes, please!)
*Readers may enter until 12 noon (EST) on September 1st, 2010.
*Winners will be selected by random drawing (involving an iridescent wizard hat and two cute giggling kiddos) and announced in an evening post September 1st.

*Once selected, participants will need to provide a shipping address to receive their winnings!
*If a winner does not respond by September 8th, 2010, a new winner will be selected.
*The local resident awarded the Imladris Farm tour and rabbit meat will receive further instructions for pickup. (No, I won’t be shipping rabbit meat…can you imagine?)

That’s it! Make sure to SUBSCRIBE and leave a comment!

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67 comments on “A Grand Party and 7 GIVEAWAYS!”

  1. that sounds like so much fun! I liked you on fb

  2. I'm going to sign up via e-mail now, b/c I love free stuff (smile). Stella

  3. I wish I lived nearby…what a great giveaway.
    I am following you via RSS feed.

  4. That looks like such an amazing event! I'm so glad you were able to go. What a fantastic giveaway as well! I follow you on facebook, and I'm loving all your ideas and recipes. I can't wait to try some of them out! Your little Italy burger may be dinner tonight :) (I do not live in the Ashville area.)

  5. What a wonderful event to be able to attend so close to home! I subscribed thru Google reader! September 1st is my birthday – would love to win any of the prizes!

  6. A nice giveaway!I have subscribed to your awesome blog through email!
    Hope to win:)

  7. such an awesome blog – i subscribed via facebook and twitter – not local but close , just over the mountain in knoxville :)

  8. Wow, that looks like a wonderful event…and great giveaways too :) Already follow on Facebook and Twitter… Glad you had such a great time!

  9. I signed up via RSS google reader. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. I subscribe by facebook and email! Love this blog!!!!

  11. I am sooo jealous that F & w came to Asheville! You lucky dawg you! What a great event and what a giveaway! This is truly sensational Sommer :)

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  12. I love events like this! Thanks for having the generous giveaway! I subscribe by e-mail.

  13. This looks like it was a fabulous event and a chance to get to know all your local growers. I love going to these kind of things…me and my camera.

  14. It looks like you had a wonderful time with all your local vendors and you have some great give aways! I am following on facebook!

  15. I subscribed to your Twitter and by e-mail… and I live in the Kansas City area. Keeping my fingers crossed! ;)

  16. I subscribe by RSS, and love your blog…always trying to get more spice in my life. I'm in California, so no rabbit for me!!!

  17. Local is certainly best and Asheville looks like such a nice place to visit for Foodies.
    I love events like the one you've just showcased so nicely. Thanks.

    Flavourful wishes,

    P.S. you're on my Favorites Blogroll ;o)

  18. What a wonderful experience you had! I love hearing about stuff around our state (I'm in Winston Salem). I'm not going to say that I follow anything because I just wanted to comment for the sake of commenting on a great blog. You don't have to include me in the drawing, ok? Thanks again. I'll have to try to make it to the festival next year!

  19. great website, Sommer! I found you on Examiner.com (I'm the Charlotte cocktails examiner). Can't wait to read more of your articles and blog.

  20. Wish I lived closer. You live in such a food mecca. I had no idea there was an inn on the Biltmore Estate. Once upon a time I did summer stock in Flat Rock, NC and visited. I know Asheville's changed but I even loved it "back in the day."

  21. wish I was local – rabbit sounds great! I subscribed by email.

  22. How fun! Besides eating, my favorite thing to do is walk around and look at food! ;-)
    I subscribed via RSS and facebook

  23. This looks like such a fun event! I want to go to that chocolate lounge!

  24. Oh Sommer!! This is the second fantastic giveaway I've seen this week, that I DON"T qualify for :((( *sigh*

    Anyway – best of luck with your giveaway. I wish lots of followers and entries for you :)

  25. Great coverage of a fabulous festival. Looks like you had a great time! I follow you via RSS
    What a fun give away!

  26. A terrific festival and awesome products! follow you via rss :)

  27. This sounds like so much fun, Sommer! We've already been thinking about moving back to the area and now I just can't stop thinking about it! You know I already subscribe via e-mail and RSS. ( :

  28. I wish I had known this was going on, it would have been worth the drive! I wanna take the local tour! My mom cooked us rabbit a few times growing up and I'd love to try it again, it's not that easy to find.

    Oh, and winter shares, definitely brilliant! I'll have to see if they have them here in Charlotte.

  29. Great giveaway! I subscribed via FB and Twitter!

  30. I subscribed via FB and email. Live in Sunny Southern California…and support my local growers! (But I travel a lot and love the local good of other cities as well! :-)

  31. I do live locally :) I responded to the link in your email! theses are great giveaways!

  32. I follow on twitter. Not in the area though

  33. Hi, I subscribe via RRS and Facebook and cannot wait to settle into my new home and try out some of your recpes!! From the NY area

  34. following on twitter (hapinspiration). Not in your area though.

  35. Love the post, love the blog. I subscribed via email, and I don't live in the area.

  36. How fun! The truffles sound SO GOOD! I subscribe via RSS and Twitter and don't live in the Asheville area.

  37. I subscribed on Facebook and to your Blog at blogspot.com. I live right around the corner from you. :D

  38. This is a wonderful giveaway and thanks…I am an email subscriber. I am from California and never visited Ashville and now I want to….


  39. Wow, what a fun event…the pictures are awesome. By the way, great giveaways :-)

  40. Wow, that sounds like so much fun! I liked you on fb!

  41. We are spicy – lovers at our house, so I am crossing my fingers. That hot sauce sounds yummy! I am excited to follow your blog, so many great posts!! See you on Twitter!! :)

  42. We love your blog at my house and have followed it since you started. Just got one of my good friends in Peru hooked on it as well. BTW is Charlotte NC considered local enough….lol

    Love yah Sommer and your food and creativity are outstanding!


  43. Not only did we subscribe, but we added a link from our blog to yours because we love your content and photos!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. I am looking to relocate to Asheville it looks like a great place to be! I subscribed via email. Thanks for the opportunity, what fun! Chantel

  45. Glad you had great time! I hated to miss the girls day out,but I had a wedding to attend! Fun giveaway Sommer! Can't wait to see who wins!

  46. Wonderful giveaway! Subscribed and don't live in Asheville but have been there and it's beautiful!

  47. Hi Sommer – Since I don't do Twitter looks like Facebook is the only alternative :-) So, I subscribed on Facebook. Makes me think I should do a Kateiscooking on Facebook too… So many things to do, so little time! Kate

  48. I'm following on twitter and reading your blog regularly! :)

  49. wonderful party!and the post!:))

  50. I subscribe by e-mail and am a fan on facebook. Love the blog Sommer, especially the dessert recipes! So excited about this giveaway!!! thanks!!

  51. Looks like a fun event and I do follow you on Facebook because I don't want to miss a post! Congratulations on your first give away:-)

  52. What a great event featuring lovely products, great giveaway, I have your feed..but not local. good luck to all who enter.

  53. I am already a fan on facebook and you I subscribe via RSS feed!! Love the blog–it really is FANTASTIC!

  54. I suscribe by E-mail and Facebook and I just added you to my iGoogle Home Page. I love your Blog, your stories, your photos and your food. You are headed for mega success. Keep it up.

  55. Very cool event. I love those things. Funny thing is I just signed up to follow you on twitter last night – lol..

  56. Very interesting article and event. Great gievaway. I am your latest fan on Facebook :)

  57. Of course! I should have driven out to Asheville to go to this with you. I'm out in the Piedmont – what a great event – Asheville does have an awesome food scene.

  58. Have been subscribing on Facebook for quite some time. =-)

  59. What a cool food festival this surely was!! A lot of fine drinking & savouring!!

    Thanks for sharing & good luck with the Give aways!! yeah! Too pity it isn't for Europe!

  60. That looks so inviting!!!!


  61. What an awesome giveaway – unfortunately, I don't live in the area. I subscribed on Facebook & Twitter :)

  62. Great festival, seems like loads of fun.

  63. This is a great giveaway. Thanks for the post…the pics made me feel like I was there. I subscribe by facebook and twitter…I hope it worked

  64. Lots of giveaways! Good luck!

  65. Cool event! I'm following via RSS. Definitely not local though…I live in Phoenix.

  66. What a cool event! I subscribed via FB and live in TEXAS! Yeehaw, y'all!

  67. How awesome! I love locally-owned food businesses! Always a pleasure!