During my last trip to Asheville, NC, I made it a point to check out at least of few favorite local eateries since I missed out on the experience before.
I was delighted that my first experience would be The Market Place, headed by Chef /Owner William Dissen. The Market Place is known for its farm-to-table concept, something that was established by its previous owner, Chef Mark Robenstein and is carried out still and continually improved by Chef Dissen.
In speaking with Chef Dissen during my visit, his passion and commitment to stay local were clear even if, he admitted, this required more time and attention to guarantee that what he serves his guests is the best the local farmers and food purveyors have to offer. But, he also added, it helps build and solidify his relationships with local farmers, people he relies on to always keep him informed and connected with the very best there is, which he can then help bring to the table for our enjoyment.
The restaurant was undergoing a slight renovation when I visited, but the bones of the place were pretty impressive and made for a relaxing, comfortable environment. Various local artistic pieces are seen throughout, either hanging on the wall, or off of light fixtures. One can see that Chef Dissen, originally from West Virginia, has embraced the beauty, people, and overall community of Asheville.
The service was friendly and personal. Our waiter was not only very much committed to delivering the best service, but had a great amount of knowledge about every dish he served us. A waiter that is passionate about the food he serves is a rarity indeed, and a huge compliment to any dining experience to say the least.
I did not get enough of The Market Place. The food was incredibly prepared, fresh and of course, perfectly in season. All items on the menu are gathered from within 100 miles of the restaurant and changes quite regularly to meet the supply that is available and attainable. Which makes it more exciting to think that a regular visit would feel like a new one each time.
I highly encourage a visit to Asheville, NC in general. Such a beautiful destination and while there, take a moment to enjoy the experience that is The Market Place. I love what they are doing both in and out of the kitchen, and applaud Chef Dissen and his team for staying true to what this Asheville staple has stood for over the years.
The Market Place * 20 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 28801 * Phone: 828-252-4162