Help Save a Life

Please join us for the 12th annual Dining Out For Life® benefit at Zia Taqueria Asheville on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 and 20% of your bill will be donated to the Western North Carolina AIDS Project. Since 1986 WNCAP has worked to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in our region, while improving the lives of individuals and families living with AIDS.

Asheville is one of 60 cities across the country raising funds for a local AIDS Service Agency making Dining Out for Life® the single largest AIDS Fundraiser in the country. Last year over $157,000 was raised locally to fund the mission of WNCAP and helped us expand our services to 18 counties of WNC.

This year, all you have to do to support a great cause is simply go out to eat! Enjoy a great meal and help save a life.

  Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP)    Zia Taqueria Asheville   521 Haywood Rd  Asheville, North Carolina 28806  (828) 575-9393

Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP)

Zia Taqueria Asheville

521 Haywood Rd

Asheville, North Carolina 28806

(828) 575-9393

Culinary Connection

Asheville is turning its culinary connection to Charleston, S.C., into a boon for Western North Carolina food.

Not only do local chefs say they share ideas with Charleston culinarians on a regular basis, but Charleston eateries also look to Asheville for expansion — and vice versa.
— Mackensy Lunsford, Citizen-Times

Barbacoa Nachos

Grant recommends the barbacoa nachos, which come with with jalapeño relish, guacamole and crema, or the portobello mushroom tacos with avocado and black beans.

Other menu highlights include entree-sized salads, tacos al pastor (complete with their authentic pineapple trappings) and an array of margaritas from house-made sour mix, a mixture of fresh-squeezed lemon, lime and orange juices.
— Emily Patrick, Mountain Xpress
 “It’s a menu that Grant knows well. He owns another location of Zia Taqueria in Charleston. (He co-owns the Asheville eatery with Robert Tipsword, who lives here in town.)”  Kevin and Robert  Photo:  Mountain Xpress

“It’s a menu that Grant knows well. He owns another location of Zia Taqueria in Charleston. (He co-owns the Asheville eatery with Robert Tipsword, who lives here in town.)”

Kevin and Robert

Photo: Mountain Xpress

Franti and Spearhead Love

Nancy Griffith from The Bridge at 105.5 was traveling from the radio station after an interview and recommended that they pick up some food before heading back out to the Coliseum. They ordered some food to go and ate some chips and salsa while waiting. Minding my own business and concentrating on my own lunch, I was not immediately aware that Michael Franti was at Zia. After coming to my senses, I got the nerve to go outside and introduce myself. We talked about the first Spearhead show I went to in 1998 at the One Love Music Festival in Crested Butte, CO. I was surprised to realize that concert was over 12 years ago. He said he loved the salsa and complimented how wonderful the place looked. They got their to-go order, I got a quick photograph, and off they went.

 

They really enjoyed their food and the band manager contacted me to see if I would be interested in trading some tacos for some tickets and backstage passes to hang out with Franti and Spearhead after their show. Full of excitement, we made all the arrangements and a serious taco party was set in motion for the rest of the band and John Mayer. The show was great, with seats just to the right of the stage: Super high-energy with about four or five new tracks.

After their set we headed backstage, called up the manager Catherine, and she took us to meet the rest of band. Everyone was excited about the food and in high spirits. The acoustic version of  “Hey Hey Hey” in the dressing room was the most intimate musical experience I have ever had, it’s wonderful to know it was captured and placed up on You Tube.

 

From show #4 in Charleston, SC

(Zia shout-out around 4:15)

 

Amazing experience. What else is there to say?