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Cashiers Valley Nosh Mob

by Stephanie Edwards

Throughout the calendar, there’s always time to enjoy a sumptuous meal or a quick bite on the Plateau.

Nosh Mob – noun, a large group of delightful foodies; verb, to crowd a specific Chamber Member Restaurant and enthusiastically appreciate a locally prepared meal.

Throughout a beautiful winter evening in February, the Greystone Inn’s new Mansion Bar & Restaurant was filled to capacity with animated Cashiers Area Chamber members and friends dining as part of the organization’s “Nosh Mob” calendar.

The event series is designed to promote the many restaurants across the Plateau that are open 12 months a year but may have a slower pace when the temperatures drop during the Plateau’s “Secret Season.” The Chamber encourages its members to congregate as a “Nosh Mob” on what would typically be a slower night for the eateries as a gesture of appreciation for their ongoing hospitality to the community.

Nosh Mobs are a derivative of the nationwide, dancing “Flash Mobs” (recall the Highlands Main Street Halloween flash mob zombies of recent years), which spurred “Cash Mobs,” similar spontaneous-like gatherings to support local retailers, events that are now locally organized to promote Chamber business members.

Featured restaurants were Lake Toxaway’s recently-renovated Greystone Inn (under energetic new ownership), Sapphire’s Library Kitchen + Bar, and Zookeeper Bistro on Slabtown Road in Cashiers. During the year, the Chamber also hosted special events at other year-round venues, including The Orchard Restaurant & Events Barn and Whiteside Brewing Co. A newcomer to the winter scene is Cashiers’ popular Randevu Restaurant, which is under new local ownership. Mica’s Restaurant continues its seven-day a week service next door to the active ski slopes of Sapphire Valley. January through December dining also is served at venerable favorites Chile Loco, Cork & Barrel Lounge, Slab Town Pizza, Subway, Table 64, The Blind Mule, and The Ugly Dog Public House in Cashiers and Highlands.

When spring arrives in March, the open-air Cornucopia Restaurant bustles with patrons, followed soon thereafter by Canyon Kitchen, Paoletti’s, and the Cashiers Farmers Market’s On the Side BBQ.

And, of course, nearly every single day of the year, you can enjoy a hot cuppa’ joe, frozen smoothie, and light bites at Buck’s Coffee Café at the Crossroads. For scrumptious desserts, try a sweet treat at nearby Cream & Flutter and Sugar Cloud Baking Co.

The Plateau is indeed a foodie destination in every season! For more information on these and other local businesses, visit CashiersAreaChamber.com.

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