by Sandy McLeod [caption id="attachment_540" align="alignleft" width="348"] The Chestnut is a new restaurant on Biltmore Avenue. Enjoy a prix fixe lunch or dinner there during Asheville Restaurant Week, Feb. 1-7, 2013.[/caption] Get ready for some delicious, locally sourced farm-to-table cuisine during the first ever Restaurant Week in Asheville, N.C. from February 1-7, 2013, with fixed price menus provided for lunch and dinner at participating restaurants.  This event is designed to showcase the diverse, world class cuisine Asheville restaurants have to offer.   February is a month for culinary adventurers. Mark your calendar now for February 26-28, 2013 – the dates of the Small Plate Crawl, a noteworthy event designed to highlight the tapas style cuisine made famous by the Spanish.   Asheville, affectionately dubbed a “Foodtopian Society” is home to 250 independent restaurants, 20 tailgate markets and a swelling list of regional craft breweries.  This Southern mountain town has garnered the attention of famous television chefs such as Anthony Bourdain, Rachel Ray and G. Garvin. Thanks to this type of exposure, Asheville is becoming a well-known destination for foodies.   Dining out at area establishments during Restaurant Week, participants can choose from a prix fixe two-course lunch for $15, or three-course dinner for $30. Couples can opt for a two-course meal for two at some select area restaurants for $30.  The Wild Wing Café and Moose Café are offering a $20 two-course dinner for two during Asheville Restaurant Week.   For those who want to attend a kick-off event, Bites…and Sips, will be held on January 31st  from 6-9 p.m. at University of North Carolina Asheville’s Kimmel Arena. Advance tickets are available for $50.  Eighteen restaurants and three breweries will participate in this dining extravaganza.  Troy & Sons Distillery is sponsoring the event, so come prepared to sample some of the area’s best (legal) moonshine.   [caption id="attachment_541" align="alignright" width="350"] The Corner Kitchen serves tasty seafood, chicken and steak, cooked to perfection with a touch of Southern flare.[/caption] Trying to decide which restaurants to sample? Stay for a few days and a select a few of the local favorites, and try some of the newest restaurants on the Asheville food scene, too.   For a complete, updated list of participating restaurants, visit the Asheville Chamber of Commerce website,   Asheville Restaurants:  Local Favorites The Corner Kitchen has been a local favorite since opening.  It is located in a turn of the century Victorian Home in Biltmore Village in South Asheville.  Enjoy a prix fixe lunch or dinner at the Corner Kitchen. Chef Joe Scully has been cooking up his cuisine for the locals for years, first at Scully’s and now at the Corner Kitchen. Expect meats and fishes cooked with a delightfully Southern flare, and some of the tastiest chowders and soups to warm the winter blues away.   [caption id="attachment_542" align="alignleft" width="462"] Sunny Point Cafe has a casual dining environment, with outdoor seating year 'round an a small indoor cafe - it's a neighborhood favorite.[/caption] Fig Bistro (South Asheville), Vincenzo’s Restaurant and Bistro (Downtown Asheville) and the Sunny Point Café (West Asheville) have been established for some time and are places ‘where the locals eat.’  Fig quickly distinguished itself as a restaurant that served the freshest local food with touches of New American and French cuisine and mouth watering seasonal dishes on the menu. Vincenzo’s is known as one of the finest Italian restaurants in Asheville. With elaborate décor and  live music during most evenings, the ambiance and cuisine is first class.  The Sunny Point Café boasts of a more casual environment, with a small indoor dining area and a large enclosed (heated) porch.  The menu is mostly fresh, locally sourced food, with vegetarian options and some traditional Southern fare.   New Restaurants in Asheville The Black Bird and the Chestnut, both located in Downtown Asheville on Biltmore Avenue, are some of the newest restaurants in town. The Black Bird is serving a prix fixe lunch during Restaurant Week. Chef Bobby Buggia’s style of cooking is rooted in the South with an emphasis on the best produce and livestock from local farms, fresh catches from the coastal Carolinas and slow cooked foods utilizing a smoker. Pastry Chef Roz Taubman has been part of the low country cuisine movement for over 20 years and her pastries complement Buggia’s Southern themed cuisine.   The Chestnut is also offering both lunch and dinner menus at a fixed price during Restaurant Week.  The building for the Chestnut was erected in 1924 and has been returned to its former brilliance by a meticulous renovation that emphasizes the carved, custom wood interior.  Lunch and dinner menus include fried green tomatoes and even some Creole influences. Expect locally sourced meat and produce and seafood from the North Carolina coast, as well as some tempting, inventive appetizers.   With an abundance of fresh, farm-to-table food and a vibrant restaurant scene, Asheville, North Carolina is a slice of foodie heaven. Come indulge the palate and sample the bounties of Foodtopia during Asheville Restaurant Week. Book a cabin in Asheville, close to all of the participnting restaurants.