THINGS TO DO IN ASHEVILLE - Cherokee Elder Explains Traditional Native American Food at Book Signing

Downtown Asheville art gallery, Mountain Made presents cookbook author and Cherokee food expert, Johnnie Sue Myers at the signing of her first book, “The Gathering Place”

Online PR News – 20-October-2010 – – Asheville NC: Let’s face it Asheville is “foodie” kind of town. The last time I tried to count there were over 100 different restaurants within a half hour drive of each other. If you want, we’ve got it – that is except for the food of the people who are the “true natives” to Western North Carolina: the Eastern Band of Cherokees.

Cherokee cooking is an often overlooked local cuisine that few people get an opportunity to taste or learn about. Many of the old recipes and traditional ways of preparing the various wild foods have been slowing dying.

That was until Johnnie Sue Myers.

Johnnie Sue Myers is a Cherokee Elder who has a passion for preserving and protecting her Native American culinary heritage. As a result of this desire, she has recently published her first cookbook: “The Gathering Place: Traditional Cherokee Dishes & Southern Appalachian Cooking.

In celebration of this wonderful achievement, the MOUNTAIN MADE art gallery will be hosting an afternoon book signing for Ms. Myers on Saturday October 23th, 2010, from 1PM to 3PM inside the Historic Grove Arcade in Downtown Asheville NC.

Johnnie Sue’s Native American cooking accomplishments were first nationally recognized during the filming of the “Appalachia” episode by the cast and crew of The Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods”.

TV host, Andrew Zimmern wrote in his blog, that his trip through WNC was “Amazing”, “But not as awesome as spending a day on a trout stream with the lads from the local fly fishing school and then taking our catch up the hill to Johnny Sue Meyer’s house for a real Cherokee feast with roasted bear, sumac tossed sauteed trout and chestnut bread.”

So if you have ever wanted to learn more about true Native American cooking, especially the traditional foods, wild game recipes and preparation techniques then you should make time and visit the gallery this Saturday, speak with Johnnie Sue and grab an autographed copy of her book.

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Mountain Made is a project of Mountain BizWorks, a local not-for-profit organization, and features the works of regional artisans, writers and musicians.

The MOUNTAIN MADE art gallery and gift shop, as well its proceeds, will further support entrepreneurial development in our Southern Appalachian Mountains.

For more information on this event, contact store manager, Melinda Knies, at
828-350-0307 or e-mail staff[at] or visit (Interviews available on request)


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