Inside Red Fiddle Vittles, a gourmet restaurant in Asheville

Inside Red Fiddle Vittles September 22, 2022.

ASHEVILLE – A shared love of food brought together a local couple who now use food as a vessel to reach their community center.

In February, Red Fiddle Vittles opened at 1800 Hendersonville Road in Asheville. Appalachian Kitchen & Gourmet Grocery offers food service, hot meals and packaged products.

However, that wasn’t the plan of chef, owner and husband and wife team Matt Farr and Erica Beneke.

In 2018, the two launched a business focused on small-scale private kitchen services. It has grown into event dining and more recently as a gourmet retail outlet.

“With the coronavirus, a lot of things have changed. People are doing things differently. The foodservice landscape has changed dramatically,” Farr said. “We’ve heard from people that they’re looking for restaurant-quality food that doesn’t necessarily have to go to a restaurant. That’s where it comes from.”

Inside Red Fiddle Vittles September 22, 2022.

The retail side features refrigerators and shelves stocked with locally and regionally made items from farms and producers, as well as other small gourmet businesses.

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“A lot of the products here are things you can find at farmers markets,” he said. “We offer local eggs, local sausage, pecan nut products, cheese and deli.”

Other regional brands include Shanti Elixirs, DJ’s Pickles, Lusty Monk mustard and Dare vegan cheeses.

Red Fiddle Vittles stocks ready-to-eat meals and other items made in-house and prepared at home, including frozen cookie dough and cookie dough, soups, macaroni and cheese, and best-selling chicken tenders.

Dinner specials change weekly.

Inside Red Fiddle Vittles September 22, 2022.

One dish in the rotation was Peanut Butter Chicken Satay, inspired by Farr’s travels in Asia and made with Beneke’s Peanut Butter — which Farr says is one of the many reasons he got a wife.

In addition to private dinners and event catering, chefs provide party platters, picnic supplies, bar snacks, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pickups, weekly take-home meals, wholesale, holiday meals, and more.

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