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Small bites: A taste of Black Mountain

Posted by: vannoppen 2 years, 3 months ago

A new business is opening in Black Mountain that’s geared to foodies and history buffs of both the local and tourist variety: Creative Mountain Food Tours, owned by McDowell County residents Len and Sandi Eskew, will offer three themed tours that allow participants to do small-plate tastings at at least five restaurants, pubs and breweries while burning off those calories strolling through Black Mountain’s picturesque downtown.

A total of 13 carefully vetted, locally owned eateries and watering holes are participating, say the Eskews, who moved to a log home in McDowell County three years ago from West Virginia and have grown to love Black Mountain. At each stop, restaurant owners and chefs will greet and chat with tour participants behind the scenes about local culture, history and cuisine, they explain. Theme options are: Dessert Tour, Ultimate Food Tour and the Pub and Grub Crawl.

The Eskews came up with the business idea while on on a food tour in Asheville last year. “We saw this as something we can do together,” says Sandi Eskew. “Len always says that Western North Carolina draws creativity out of you that you never knew existed. … It’s all about creating experiences for people that they will remember for years to come.”

The tours launch on Friday, June 20, and are scheduled for 2-5 p.m. on select Fridays and Saturdays through November. Space is limited to 12 guests per tour. Cost ranges from $30 to $40 per person. Tours are open to all ages — except the Pub and Grub Crawl, which is only for ages 21 and older.

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