On Sunday, Aug. 11, foodies can enjoy a truly unique dining experience at the expert hands behind the restaurant Curragh Chase, the brainchild of chefs Brittany Kroeyr and Matt Brown, whose combined experience includes Curate, Restaurant Daniel, Eleven Madison Park, Next and Alinea, Gramercy Tavern, Untitled at the Whitney and Agern.

Curragh Chase is a pop-up restaurant that combines the conviviality of a classic pub with a commitment to the highest level of culinary craftsmanship. The food highlights the abundance of amazing produce that WNC has to offer, and our pop-up serves as a showcase of our commitment to hospitality and the community it creates.

Their time in those kitchens has given them an understanding of how an unwavering commitment to excellence allows great restaurants to create experiences for their guests that go beyond food and drink, and they have dreams of opening a restaurant in Asheville that is an expression of the invaluable education those restaurants provided.

In the meantime, they’ve been hosting memorable pop-up experiences, most recently with a residency at local brewery Brouwerij Cursus Keme.

This unique gourmet cookout Sunday, Aug. 11 from 6-9 p.m. will take place in the whimsical backyard under twinkling lights at Mad Genius Studios, a new event venue based out of a converted caboose located 15 minutes from downtown Asheville in Candler.

“We are excited to showcase the best produce of the season in a unique, outdoor space. Our menu reflects our commitment to simplicity and deliciousness, as well as a sort of luxury derived from comfort and great ingredients. We want our guests to not be able to tell if the event is a dinner party that thinks it’s a tasting menu, or a tasting menu that thinks it’s a dinner party,” Brown said.

These expert chefs will serve up courses family-style with two beverage options: help yourself to a potluck of tasty assorted beers for $75, or opt for the $95 option which includes a mix of wines, beers and spirits tailored to the food.

Guests can kick back and play lawn games or relax by the fire in between waves of these unique courses:

• Flounder and pine skewer with green tomato dipping sauce

• Honey-glazed ham with melon

Peak of the season tomato dressed in strawberry vinegar with bush basil and olio verde

• Grilled flatbread with smoky eggplant, farmer’s cheese, and fermented honey

• Beef short rib served with charred lettuces and torn herbs

• Popcorn custard pie with bourbon-blueberry sauce

“We want to give our guests a “night out” experience that is casual yet thoughtful and we felt like the caboose would be a great fit. We are excited to use the best ingredients from Appalachian producers to create dishes like, smoked eggplant with house-made farmers cheese and fresh grilled pita,” said Kroeyr.

The evening will be a very unique way to enjoy two of Asheville’s rising culinary stars in an intimate, relaxed setting. The property’s classic red-and-white barn will transform into a tavern for the evening with darts and ping pong.

Guests will get a true insider’s experience as seating is limited to 20 and tickets can be purchased at https://www.curraghchasenc.com/tickets/curragh-chase-pops-up-at-mad-genius-studios.

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