Today, instead of giving you a recipe, I thought I would take you out to lunch! A good friend of mine spends the winter in a warmer climate. When she comes back in the spring it has become almost a tradition that we go out to lunch and then do a little antiquing. My friend Penny is a wonderful cook and has a cooking blog called Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen. One of our favorite restaurants to go to is Fig Bistro, set in the historic Biltmore Village in Asheville, NC. Fig Bistro’s website describes their restaurant as follows:
“FIG bistro is an intimate neighborhood restaurant featuring casual interpretations of New American and French cuisine. Our menu features an array of seasonal dishes, along with daily chef’s specials inspired by the fresh local ingredients available here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The FIG staff is friendly, engaging, and knowledgeable and it is our sincere desire to offer you a genuine and memorable dining experience.”
Fig Bistro’s brochure goes on to say, “Fig’s commitment to quality and excellence is readily apparent in the seasonal masterpieces created by the fig culinary ream. As staunch supporters of local, organic and sustainable agriculture, we are continually developing relationships with Western North Carolina farmers. This insures that we have access to the freshest and finest and finest ingredients available.”
You know that is what my blog is all about. Fresh, local, seasonal cooking. I am fortunate to live in an area that many of the restaurants feel the same way.
After we received our lunches, as food bloggers, Penny and I both started taking pictures of our beautifully plated dishes. One of Fig’s employees, Heather Masterson, affectionately know as the Den Mother, came over to make sure things were fine. When we explained we were food bloggers and were going to feature Fig Bistro on our blogs, Heather spent some time with us, talking about the seasonal dishes. It is obvious that Heather and all of the staff at Fig Bistro take pride in the restaurant.
So, what did we have for lunch?
My friend, Penny had a quiche and side salad.
I chose one of the day’s specials. Seared scallops with baby ramps, radishes and baby pea shoots, served with a beurre blanc sauce and chopped chives. Ramps, pea shoots and radishes…you can’t get more seasonal that that!
Both meals were delicious. If you are ever in the Asheville area, I highly recommend you try Fig Bistro. The food and the service is stellar. You won’t be disappointed.