ASHEVILLE– The local food scene has really embraced farm-to-table dining.
One entrepreneur however, thinks street-to-table dining may be Asheville’s next fad in food.
Andy Bevridge, a 26-year-old chef, whipped up dishes on the hot asphalt of a mostly empty Patton Avenue K-Mart parking lot Saturday.
“This is a very exciting time in Asheville dining, first food trucks, now asphalt cuisine,” said Bevridge.
“The idea started when people started saying ‘It’s so hot you could cook an egg on the sidewalk.’ And I said why not?”
Bevridge, a culinary graduate of McDonalds’ Hamburger University, has been a star of the Asheville food scene working as a chef at Sonic, Wendy’s, and even did a one-year apprenticeship under the Chihuahua at Taco Bell, learning how to prepare non-authentic Mexican inspired cuisine. Beveridge hopes his asphalt pop-up will make people more aware about how their dining choices impact the environment.
“My method of cooking is clean as a whistle because it just utilizes the sun,” said Bevridge.
“Other restaurants in town are powered by coal-powered power plants, which release CO2 in the atmosphere. CO2 causes global warming, which has been causing these record hot temperatures we’ve been having.”
Beveridge plans to be dishing up his signature dish of black scrambled eggs every time the day’s temperature surpasses 96 degrees, which he expects to happen more often in the future due to global warming.
But one of Beveridge’s customers doesn’t think asphalt-to-table dining will take off.
Tom Stern, a 38-year-old Asheville resident, who camped out at K-Mart all day Saturday to escape the heat of his non air-conditioned apartment, tried Beveridge’s black scrambled eggs.
“The eggs tasted like shit,” said Stern.
“They weren’t even cooked all the way through and let’s just say the dirt on the street is not a substitute for pepper. I appreciate what he is trying to do for the environment, but somebody needs to call the health department.”
The Buncombe County Health department is currently investigating the matter.
“What they need to be doing is investigating those coal plants,” said Beveridge.
“My food doesn’t contain any more carcinogens than those coal plants emit into the atmosphere.”
Weather permitting, Beveridge plans on setting up his restaurant next weekend at the K-Mart parking lot on Hendersonville Road.
“You can always plan on K-Mart parking lots being mostly empty,” said Beveridge.
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