TACS to host open-flame dinner with John Wilson

Published 12:58 pm Wednesday, March 6, 2024

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TRYON—Tryon Arts & Crafts School recently announced “Hearth & Anvil,” an open-flame dinner with acclaimed chef John Wilson, scheduled for Friday, March 22, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. 

This ticketed outdoor event invites members of the community to embrace the rich traditions of western North Carolina and Appalachian open-flame cooking. Combining the laid-back atmosphere of a casual mountain picnic with a touch of sophistication, the event will take place at TACS, offering attendees a unique and memorable experience.

Set against the backdrop of the scenic outdoors, long tables adorned with rustic linens will create the perfect setting for a communal feast. Wilson, a renowned chef from Rural Seed Restaurant, will showcase his culinary expertise with a curated menu featuring locally sourced ingredients, including both meat and vegetable dishes. 

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Notably, John will demonstrate open-flame cooking methods on TACS’ newly unveiled, custom-designed grill—crafted in the school’s forge and welding studios exclusively for this event. The grill also signifies a new avenue for culinary educational classes at TACS, currently being planned for a fall 2024 launch.

As guests dine beneath the open sky, skilled artisans will captivate with live craft demonstrations, showcasing the intricacies of blacksmithing and flame-based crafts. Renowned bladesmith Gerry Drew from G. L. Drew Knives will share his forging techniques, while TACS instructor Jim Cullen will showcase the fiery processes of live raku pottery. The ambient tunes of traditional music – presented by Will Trakas, Phillip Jenkins, and Eric Bradley – will elevate the overall experience and complement nicely with Biltmore Wines and locally sourced craft beer.

Combining casual elegance with the picturesque backdrop of the Blue Ridge foothills, guests are invited to immerse themselves in a perfect blend of culinary delight and artistic craftsmanship. 

Hearth & Anvil is a rain-or-shine event. TACS will provide enclosed event tents and heaters as needed for maximum comfort.

TACS extends its gratitude to Annual Sponsor New View Realty, event sponsors Biltmore Wines, WNCW, Caitlyn Farms, Anson Mills, Twisted Fork, Bunny’s Blooms, Mill Spring Farm Store, and event contributors Harmon Field, Town of Tryon and Tryon Mountain Farms.

For enthusiasts of local farms, fresh food, and crafts, reservations for this unique experience can be made by visiting https://tryonartsandcrafts.org/hearth-and-anvil/ or by contacting Tryon Arts & Crafts School at administrator@tryonartsandcrafts.org or 828-859-8323.


Submitted by Will Barclift