The Bent Creek Bistro will officially open at The North Carolina Arboretum on Friday, March 30. The North Carolina Arboretum Society has selected The Colorful Palate, Inc., as its new culinary partner for the Bent Creek Bistro.
Bent Creek Bistro, which is located in the Arboretum’s Education Center, offers indoor and courtyard dining from March through November, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays, as well as for the Arboretum’s annual Winter Lights event from mid-November to the end of December.
Based in Asheville, The Colorful Palate is a renowned catering company co-owned by childhood friends Ragan Evans Lewis and Tara Letts. Since 2002, the company has earned a stellar reputation for preparing food that is “deliciously unpretentious” with a focus on high-quality, locally-sourced, customized menus. The Colorful Palate serves an extensive client list and thousands of people annually, including catering services for weddings, family gatherings, networking events, corporate luncheons, conferences and other special events. In addition, the company is a frequent food sponsor for many local non-profit fundraising events.
“Our goal was to find a company that would provide our members, visitors and staff with excellent customer service and a menu for the Bent Creek Bistro that supports the Arboretum’s interest in promoting good health,” said Drake Fowler, the Arboretum’s chief financial and operations officer. “In our selection of The Colorful Palate, we found a partner that brings all these things together with an abundance of creativity.”
“For sixteen years, our mission has been to feed the bodies of our neighbors, so that they can feed each other’s minds and spirits,” said Lewis and Letts. “Now we have the opportunity to do that six days a week, not just when we are hired to cater an event. We are very excited to have the opportunity to work at The North Carolina Arboretum, and we are thrilled to be able to share our fun, healthy, creative menu, filled with all of our favorite locally produced foods.”
Bent Creek Bistro represents a new name for the Arboretum’s primary dining option, replacing The Savory Thyme Café name, which the Arboretum has used for more than a decade. “The new name and logo bring positive attention to the Arboretum’s beautiful setting in the Bent Creek watershed,” added Fowler.