Musical Feasts

Welcome to the Asheville Symphony Guild’s 2013-2014 season of Musical Feasts!  Musical Feasts are “parties with a purpose” that give us all opportunities to attend very special events while we assist the Guild with its largest annual fundraising effort.  Musical Feasts, hosted by Guild members and local businesses are open to anyone wishing to attend.  Reservations are handled on a first-come, first-served basis and can be made by mailing a check, payable to the Asheville Symphony Guild to:

Yolanda Hall
1611 Olmsted Drive
Asheville, NC 28803

For further information, please contact:

Olivia Zahler



September 3rd               6:00pm            $40
A Modern Day Chili Cook-off – Sample then vote on your favorite chili recipe in the beautiful outdoor party area at Southcliff in Fairview. Enjoy the chili, salads, desserts and drinks as well as musical entertainment this summer evening.

September 7th               7:00pm                        $77
Kinky Boots at the “Drive-in” – Remember drive-in movies? After a gourmet meal, settle down and enjoy a backyard movie on the outdoor screen. The “Kinky Boots” movie spawned the Tony-winning Broadway musical. For an evening of laughter, good food and fun, head out to Jill and Joe Lawrence’s.

September 15th             6:00pm                        $75
Salute the New Season! – Come to the home of Koni and Cary Findlay in The Cliffs at Walnut Cove to salute the new season at this gala affair. Feast on an elegant buffet of sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and listen to Daniel Meyer’s preview of the programs and artists for the coming year.

September 24th  *           7:00pm                        $75
Fitzgerald at the Grove Park Inn – It’s Scott Fitzgerald’s birthday and you are invited to be a guest at a first class party. Get in the spirit of the “Roaring Twenties” and join us at The Fitzgerald for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and birthday cake.

October 1st                   6:00pm                        $65
White Lightnin’ Strikes Again – Don you blue jeans and rev up for a truly “down home” evening of moonshine, barbecue and old-timey mountain music. Troy Ball invites you to tour the Troy & Sons craft distillery and learn more about this remarkable Asheville product.

October 12th *                5:00pm                        $50
A Mountain Man & His Music – Come to the home of Karen and Don Woodard for an evening of great mountain culinary favorites followed by some toe-tapping, hand-clapping, soul-stirring music and story-telling by J. Keith Shuler.

October 18th  *               5:30pm                        $60
Cabin Fever at Beaverdam Run – What a way to spend a glorious autumn evening in the Valley of Beaverdam! Listen to Robin Russell Gaiser’s dulcimer music, enjoy a delicious gourmet dinner, and revel in the beauty of the historic log cabin and the surrounding mountains in all their fall splendor.

October 23rd                 11:30am          $40
Bridging the Gap –“Dummy Bridge” is back on the agenda – a gathering of people who would like to spend a social afternoon playing bridge just for the fun of it! There is no better way to enjoy your day than a visit with friends and lots of fun and laughter.      

October 31st   *              Noon               $60
Has O. Henry Left the Indigo? – You will find out only if you attend this outstanding event! Suzanne Rosoff invites you to her home in the boutique Hotel Indigo for a fall luncheon on Halloween. And Chip Kaufmann will certainly entertain you with stories of O.Henry’s years in Asheville. 

November 1st                       5:30pm                                    $75
The Fourth “B” – Bartok, Bach and Beethoven will be featured in the upcoming concert, but the uniquely architectural home and the delectable dinner prepared by Don Brannon will more than entertain you. Add featured Table Wine selections and Celtic music by Beth and Jim Magill, and you will experience a delightful evening.

November 10th               5:00pm                                    $55
Making Music Happen – Join four symphony orchestra musicians as they magically demonstrate how they collaborate to get ready for a performance. Music and autumn views pared with a delightful supper in a beautiful Reynolds Mountain home                   all combine for an outstanding evening.

December 6                          5:30-7:30pm      $45
Asheville Sparkles After Dark – Begin your evening downtown in a luxury two-story penthouse as lights begin to twinkle in Asheville and across the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hearty horsd’oeuvres welcome you as you browse the extensive art collection and the spectacular views.

December 15th                    5:30pm                                    $45
A Classical Christmas Continued – You have just witnessed the amazing classical performance of the symphony and chorus so bring your festive spirit to the Briedis home to celebrate with friends. “Christmas Cheer” will abound with toasts, hors d’oeuvres and dessert in this brilliantly decorated home.

January 1st                             11:30am               $50
A Toast to the New Year! – The perfect way to kick off 2014 with friends and food! Babs and Ned Guardenier invite you to their home for a Southern style brunch to enjoy as you listen to the sounds of pianist Patrick Boland.

January 6th                           10am to 2pm     $50
Relax, Refresh and Renew – Ladies, this treat is planned for you. After the hectic holidays, gather with your friends as you spend the day at this rustic elegant Inn at Wintersun. What could be better than being motivationally inspired, hiking outdoors, or visiting before a roaring fire?

February 18th  *                                     10:30am               $40
More Moog Magic – A chance to visit the Moog factory that is housed in Asheville starts your morning. After your tour, travel to the Arnold’s home on Kimberly for a luncheon buffet. Learn more about Bob Moog’s life and his influence on the world of electronic music.

March 1st                               6:30pm                                    $125
In a Decade of Decadence – Enter the Biltmore Forest home of Steve and Suzanne Hageman as you return to an elegant era in the spirit of the Roaring Twenties. Master Chef Steve with prepare the gourmet meal for the Gatsby era dressed guests.

March 13th                             8:00pm                                    $100
Chocolate Keys – Days before the symphony concert you will be a part of small recital with renowned pianist Alon Goldstein. And after this “up close and personal” performance in the lovely Loomis home, enjoy a decadent reception featuring Asheville chocolate delicacies.

April 5th                                                      6:30pm                                    $75
Cookin’ Cajun – Join Louisiana native Maddy Edwards along with husband, Gene, as they introduce you to the delights of Cajun cuisine. Rich sauces, spices and fresh seafood enhance the menu combining French and Southern cuisine and customs.

April 29th  *                             7:00pm                                    $40
From Cava to Rioja – Once again Josh Spurling at Table Wine will serve as our tour guide – this time in Spain as we sample six wines from the country’s most famous regions. Enjoy hors d’oeuvers that will complement the tasting during this educational and informative evening.

May 3rd *                                  6:00pm                                    $125
Springtime in Normandy – Explore France in Asheville! Chef Steve Hageman prepares a five course, five star dinner to be served in the historic home of Ann and Jerry McLellan in Kenilworth. Champagne and selected French wines complement the evening.

May 11th   *                             11:30am               $75
The Morning After – Enjoy Mother’s Day reliving the previous evening’s concert with Daniel Meyer and Mary Persin. Olivia and Gary Zahler invite you to their home for brunch with great friends, great views, and great conversation.

May 12th                                  9:00am                                    $35
Blue Ridge Rhapsody – Marilyn Kolton and Lou Dwarshuis once again invite you to join them for a hike along a beautiful ridge trail. When you arrive at the Mt. Psigah picnic area, you will be treated to a springtime lunch and then a serenade by Michael Lancaster accompanied by Linda Lancaster.

May 24th   *                             6:00pm                                    $75
Sustainable Sustenance – A true farm to table dinner at the home of Zoie and Jonathan Hoppe is the feast for this evening. All of the meal’s organic ingredients come from their seventeen acre estate. Mary Byrd Daniel’s students will perform musical treats as they share their talents during the evening.

June 13th    *                           5:00pm                                    $50
Deconstructing Mozart – David Whitehill promises to guide you through a novel look at the iconic Mozart Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major. And Jane and Ed Eudy will entertain you with a delectable cocktail buffet before you view his woodworking shop. Two “crafts” in one evening.
*Waiting List = There is a short waiting list for this event.
(We often have cancellations during the season that allow wait-listed guests to attend events.)