Article Published: Aug. 30, 2012 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2012
High Country foodies can enjoy three days of special small plate menus next week in Boone, Blowing Rock and Valle Crucis, Sept. 4 to 6, lunch-time through dinner-time (times vary by restaurant), with the first ever High Country Small Plate Crawl.
Chefs from 15 area restaurants will be showcasing their cuisine and talent. Diners can view interactive and printable maps ( http://platecrawl.com/maps
) of restaurant locations and take a look at menu offerings ( http://platecrawl.com/restaurants
) from the various participating restaurants to get their appetites ready.
For the occasion, participating restaurants each have several special offerings on their small plate menus, ranging in price from $3 to $8.
A sample $3 small plate menu offering by Char in Boone is summer bruschetta: crostini layered with blackberries, arugula, goat cheese and mint with a balsamic reduction.
From The Table at Crestwood Resort & Spa for $6: fried duck legs tossed in blackberry barbecue sauce and chopped pecans with mint ranch.
From Town Tavern at $5: four ribeye Philly sliders featuring tender and lean chopped ribeye steak and premium melted white American cheese on an Italian roll with or without peppers, onions and jalapenos, served with a side of fries.
There is also a $2.39 option from the Sunrise Grill: four wedges of its famous artisan cranberry walnut bread on top of a drizzling of raspberry coulee garnished with a fresh fanned strawberry.
Other participating restaurants include Makoto’s, Joe’s Jazzed Up, Boone Bagelry, The TApp Room, Vidalia, Joy Bistro, The Gamekeeper, Casa Rustica, Simplicity at The Mast Farm Inn, Pepper’s and Red Onion Café.
Event organizers encourage diners to grab their Small Plate Crawl Passport and join in the fun. The passports are not required, but are needed to enter the prize drawing. Prizes are listed on the crawl website, and participating diners should present their passports when purchasing small plates for validation. Patrons must buy a small plate at five or more restaurants to qualify for a prize drawing.
They may also include a Valle Crucis or Blowing Rock restaurant in the “five or more” category to double their prize-winning chances (meaning the passport is entered into drawing twice).
Qualifying restaurants are indicated on the passport. When through, patrons should drop the completed passport off at any participating restaurant. Winners will be contacted by email.
Nonperishable food will be collected at each restaurant during the crawl for the Hunger and Health Coalition.