Chamber to host Melange of the Mountains culinary gala

By Haywood County Chamber of Commerce | Mar 29, 2013

Mélange Weekend Area Events Schedule

Friday, April 12

Farm to Fork Dinner

Frogs Leap Public House

Time: evening

$50++ per person

Reservations recommended



Saturday, April 13

Hands-on Biscuit Making Demonstration

City Bakery


$10 per person

Join Pastry Chef Brooke in the kitchen for a hands on biscuit making demonstration. 452-3881


Saturday, April 13

Champagne & Caviar Tasting

Sunburst Market on Montgomery


$15 per person

Caviar appetizers prepared three ways, paired with champagne and Rose



Saturday, April 13

Beer & Cheese Tasting Event

Classic Wine Cellar


$10 per person

Gourmet Cheeses paired with Bearwaters Craft Beer



Saturday, April 13

Farm to Fork Dinner

Frogs Leap Public House


$50++ per person

Reservations Recommended



Saturday, April 13

5-Course Wine Dinner

Herren House Bed & Breakfast


5 course wine dinner with the Classic Wineseller



The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will be holding its ninth annual Mélange in the Mountains event throughout the weekend to offer the finest culinary treats the county has to offer.

The gala event from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. April 11 at The Laurel Ridge Country Club will give residents and visitors a chance to taste a little bit of everything while giving area chefs an opportunity to showcase their talents.

Some of those participating include Sunburst on Montgomery, The Gateway Club, The Sweet Onion, Frog's Leap Public House, City Bakery, Harrah's Cherokee Casino, Laurel Ridge Country Club, Waynesville Inn, Pisgah Inn, Lake Junaluska, The Herren House, Bocelli’s and more.

Contest participants will be recognized for the top three placements in each category, an award for overall culinary excellence and a people's choice award.

To further promote Haywood County as a culinary destination, the Gala event will extend into a culinary weekend filled with a wealth of specialty dinners, culinary demos, tastings and pairings hosted by Mélange of the Mountains participating restaurants and vendors.

These ticketed, reservations-required and specially created events provide attendees the opportunity to further become acquainted with their favorite restaurants over the weekend, April 12-13. For a full list of participating restaurants and vendors, visit

Sunburst on Montgomery, a specialty food market, will not be a part of the competition but will be holding a Champagne & Caviar Tasting from 3-5 p.m. April 13 for $15 a person.

Manager Katie Hughes said the sampling would include Infinito Italian rossi and Shelton Vineyard sparkling white wine along with a small tasting spoon with a dollop of original caviar, cucumber slices with Spinning Spider Goat Cheese. The market also will be sampling blood orange infused caviar, creme fraiche on cornmeal blini, purple onion, capers and hickory smoked caviar.

Frog’s Leap Public House will be participating in the event for the third year. Last year, Frog’s Leap chef Kaighn Raymond was one of the judges during the competition. He has been an executive chef for more than 20 years and worked at numerous restaurants in Atlanta before relocating to Waynesville.

“It’s a great event and allows chefs to showcase themselves and their restaurants,” he said. “We need to build on the event to bring more people to the area and make it a destination — the more the better.”

Since Frog’s Leap is a farm to table restaurant, Raymond said he is waiting for the freshest ingredients available for the Mélange event.

“I hope to have spring ingredients but the recent weather may change it,” he said about the menu.

Frogs Leap will be holding a Farm to Fork dinner on Friday, April 12 for $50 per person. To make reservations, call 456-1945.

The Herren House owner Michelle Briggs said she would be hosting a five-course wine dinner on April 13 with the help of The Classic Wineseller. To make reservations, call 452-7837. During the event she will be serving homemade pimento cheese paninis, chocolate truffles and curried shrimp.

In addition to all the food, local breweries Bearwaters, Frog Level and Tipping Point Tavern will be on hand to offer samples of their frothy creations.

Tickets for the gala are $35 for Chamber members and $40 for non-members. The Chamber will also have VIP upgraded tickets, available for $60, which includes early entry into the competition to view the chefs in action. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Ticket availability is limited. Visit, call 456-3021 or email for additional information and to purchase your tickets today.