FRESH’s Head Chef Mark Tomczak and his wife, Courtney Smith have always enjoyed entertaining guests with great food and music. So it was no surprise that FRESH’s One Year Anniversary Celebration was a big hit for hungry regulars and first time customers alike.
“The celebration was a weekend of customer appreciation,” says Mark. “We wouldn’t have made it through our first year successfully unless people kept coming back. We’ve had a great first year and it’s because of local folks who are spreading the word, and visitors who leave and send friends our way.”
Throughout the weekend, 50 names were drawn for free t-shirts and FRESH mugs. There was also a drawing contest for kids. “Pizza maker CJ Minton drew a fantastic Halloween-ish Pizza Delivery character and we selected a grand prize winner and four runners up,” says Courtney. The winners will all receive a free t-shirt and our Grand Prize winner will have his photo on our webpage and get a t-shirt and a free pizza:
Grand Prize Winner: Cayden Bemis, age 10; Black Mountain Elementary
Rachel Hutchins, 9 years old; Pleasant Gardens Elementary School (McDowell Co.)
Emma Turner, age 9; ArtSpace Charter School (McDowell Co.)
Also featured was a design-your-own pizza contest. “The competition was fierce,” says Mark. “The kitchen crew narrowed our 40+ entries down to 10 and from those we picked four winners.” Each winner receives a pizza and a t-shirt from FRESH and each pizza will be featured for a week as a special in October and November.
The pizza contest winners are:
The Harvest Moon Submitted by: Marsha Crites, Jackson County
White pizza with butternut squash, caramelized onions, goat cheese and rosemary.
The Pear-A-Sciutt(o) Submitted by: Mary Jo Hogan and Ed Manning, Buncombe County
White pizza with virgin olive oil, goat cheese, prosciutto, roasted garlic and pears.
The Chicken Coup Submitted by: Marrion Ward, Swannanoa
Pesto base with chicken, bacon, spinach and mushrooms
Pommes de Terre Submitted by: Trent Smith and Tiffany Anderson, from Black Mountain
Pesto base with onions, gorgonzola, potatoes, ricotta and basil
The weekend celebration started on Thursday with the new menu. New features include the already popular, “Sicilian” pizza featuring capicola (a thin-sliced ham). The Amore sandwich at lunch will become a family favorite with house-made meaty sandwich dipped in an egg batter and pan-fried. We have also expanded our gluten-free options to include bread for sandwiches.
Friday night, Old Fort bluegrass band “Free Range Chicken” played to a packed house. Courtney jumped in to play a fiddle tune or two in between seating customers and drawings for free t-shirts and mugs. Bass player Elise Fuller said, “We’ve got a tailgate party going on out here,” in reference to a family who brought their elderly German matriarch and patriarch’s down to listen and have pizza in the back of their pick-up truck since inside seating was packed.
“We plan to have a customer appreciation weekend annually,” says Mark. “It’s a great way to give back to the customers who have supported us so loyally throughout the year.”
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Congratulations to all our winners!
And thank you to all of our patrons.