Slow Food Foothills benefit dinner around the corner

Published 2:46 pm Monday, May 6, 2013

On Sunday, May 19 all are invited to join in a Slow Food Foothills aka “Slow Polk’s,” fundraiser at Overmountain Vineyards & Winery from 4-8 p.m.

Come for an evening of local wine, seasonal food and Americana music. Tickets for the event are available on Brown Paper Tickets (

Overmountain Vineyards & Winery ( is nestled at the gateway of the Blue Ridge Parkway on 75 beautiful acres. Originally a tobacco and cotton farm in the 1920s and 30s, the land was purchased in the early 1990s, and has now returned to its roots. Overmountain Vineyards was established in 2002 as a commercial vineyard in the foothills of North Carolina. They are recognized as one of North Carolina’s signature vineyards and wineries.

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Stone Soup Restaurant ( is also located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and owned by Suzanne Strickland. Strickland named the restaurant after the fairy tale story of a community coming together. She thought it was a perfect name for a restaurant that she hoped would become a gathering place for the community. Stone Soup will cater the May fundraiser with a seasonal, casual buffet highlighting local food.

Gigi Dover ( and her band, The Big Love, will provide the entertainment. The Big Love is primarily the creative partnership of singer/songwriter and guitarist Dover and multi- instrumentalist / magician Eric Lovell, whose bag of tricks includes vocals, guitar, pedal steel, sitar, tambura, melodica, ukulele, mandolin, even a glockenspiel. Together they weave a dreamy, quirky path that trips through styles, sounds and genres. It’s a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll and a whole lot of groovy, soulful and funky fun. Their new CD is expected to be released on April 20.

Our media sponsor is WNCW ( – our local public radio station. In 2011, WNCW was voted Best Local Radio Station of WNC. The station was also put into the Hall of Fame for the consecutive years WNCW has been voted with this great recognition.