Farm-to-Table Dinner on the Quad

Photo of table with seed packets and place settings

Farm to Table Dinner: An Annual Event at UNC Asheville

Gathered around the table in the heart of our beautiful campus, we honor and celebrate the land that sustains us, the gardens and businesses that feed us, and our collective efforts to insure that our wider community is engaged and nourished. 

The intention behind this annual event is three-fold: To create a fall harvest ritual around food and farming on campus; To recognize and celebrate the efforts of our student gardeners, faculty and staff partners, and community collaborators, all of whom are working to manifest UNC Asheville’s sustainability values through our landscapes, our co-curricular programs, and our academic initiatives; and, To advance and accelerate our work together in the years ahead.

Fall 2018 we were happy to welcome Chef Michael Twitty as a guest and host of the annual Farm to Table Dinner. Michael Twitty is a culinary historian, living history interpreter, and Judaics teacher from the Washington D.C. area. He is the creator of Afroculinaria, the first blog devoted to African American historic foodways and their legacy. Twitty's 2017 book, The Cooking Gene, was recently honored with two James Beard Foundation awards for writing and for book of the year. 

ONE SOUTHERN FAMILY was the theme of our 2018 Dinner.

​I dare to believe that all Southerners are a family. We are not merely Native, European, and African. We are Middle Eastern and South Asian and East Asian and Latin American, now. We are a dysfunctional family, but we are a family. We are unwitting inheritors of a story with many sins that bears the fruit of the possibility of ten times the redemption. One way is through reconnection with the culinary culture of the enslaved, our common ancestors, and restoring their names on the roots of the Southern tree and the table those roots support."
- Michael Twitty, The Cooking Gene

Many thanks to our committed departmental sponsors for this visit: Student Environmental Center, the Office of Outreach and Engagement, OLLI, the Office of Sustainability, UNCA Dining Services, the Healthy Campus Initiative, Study Abroad, the Center for Jewish Studies, and Multicultural Affairs.


Be a sponsor for UNC Asheville's annual fall celebration! We welcome both cash and in-kind donations, at three different sponsorship levels. Stay tuned for information about sponsorship in 2019.

Many thanks!

2018 Sponsors:


A-B Tech Community College
UNC Asheville Dining Services


                           Office of the Chancellor

                              Office of the Provost

                         Healthy Campus Initiative

Sow True Seed               


JCC Asheville



Sundance Power Systems

Self-Help Credit Union


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