Like good food? Then you’ll love Asheville. The city’s locally owned and sourced restaurants make the Paris of the South well suited for an intimate gathering. Each of these eateries, in addition to incredible cuisine, also has private event space.
Smoky Park Supper Club
Located in the River Arts District and made entirely of shipping containers, Smoky Park Supper Club has a menu of wood- red, locally sourced American dishes. The restaurant has indoor seating, a patio and The Boat House— an open-air pavilion that can accommodate up to 200 for private events just feet from the French Broad River.
Buxton Hall Barbecue
Buxton Hall is located in a cavernous space that was a wood-floored roller rink in the 1930s and later became a boat showroom and then an auto shop. Feast on pitmaster Elliott Moss’ all-wood, whole- hog barbecue, but save room for sides like Green Beans Cooked Under the Hog and desserts from pastry chef Ashley Capps. A second- oor space called The Remingtin Room is available for private events with up to 30 guests.
Find an airy, private, second-floor space overlooking Lexington Avenue and seating up to 90 at Rhubarb. Chef John Fleer’s American menu changes often with local food that’s available, but items like strawberry rhubarb or chocolate pie by pastry chef Kaley Laird are staples. Consider this bright restaurant for a gathering earlier in the day and treat your guests to pastries and brunch fare from The Rhu, a cafe, bakery and pantry located downstairs.