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The inaugural Hendersonville Restaurant Week is set to bring visitors to downtown Hendersonville in March and showcase the city’s burgeoning restaurant scene while supporting a local nonprofit.

Produced by Carolina Epicurean, the week will put Hendersonville and Flat Rock restaurants in the spotlight. Part of the proceeds will benefit Dandelion, which provides internships for Safelight clients.

The 10-day event — from Thursday, March 15 to Saturday, March 24 — will offer specially prepared prix fixe menus, or multiple-course meals with a fixed price and pre-selected items. Meals are set at $10 or $15 for a two-course lunch or brunch and $20, $30 or $35 for a three-course dinner.

Laura Huff, Carolina Epicurean publisher, says the event has been in the works since the middle of last year. The hope is that the event will bring in visitors to get to know Hendersonville.

The city offers top-quality restaurants with no shortage of diversity, she said, from Thai to Italian, sushi to Irish pub fare.

“I think if people are not familiar with Hendersonville, they will be surprised at the number and quality of restaurants within walking distance and just a little bit out of town,” she said, noting that some Flat Rock restaurants are also in the lineup.

Another benefit is Hendersonville’s accessibility, offering those restaurants without having to fight heavy interstate traffic or compete for limited parking, she said. The restaurants provide fantastic food, wonderful shops and a great small-town feel.

So far, the website lists six restaurants signed up to participate: Brooks Tavern, Flat Rock Wood Room, Hannah Flannagan’s, Never Blue, Postero and Season’s at Highland Lake. Two more are ready to be added to the list, Huff said, and she expects more to come.

Interest has been snowballing for the event, she said. A couple weeks prior, bloggers, journalists and influencers will descend on the restaurants to try out the menus, hosted by the event’s lodging partners that are offering deals to any out-of-town visitors heading to Hendersonville for the event.

Huff expects a sizeable turnout, with lodging partners such as the 1898 Waverly Inn, Highland Lake Inn and Resort, Cascades Mountain Resort, Bed and Breakfast at Tiffany Hill and A Country Retreat at Clear Creek Cabins on board.

Sponsors like Foodservice and Restaurant Supply, Sysco, AmeriPride, Hendersonville, Eleven Creative and the CurEat app are helping out the restaurants, offering things like a drawing for kitchen equipment, free services and more.

By: Derek Lacey,
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