Asheville, NC is known for its astounding food scene, so be sure to try some of the local cuisine while you are visiting. You can find everything from Korean rice stone bowls to Indian to rustic French with an American twist. Also, don’t forget breakfast – Asheville has some incredible breakfast spots! There’s so much good food, it’s hard to choose.


To start the day, check out these breakfast spots to get you going:

Sunny Point Café – A quaint café that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but the highlight is breakfast. They source many of their vegetables from their own garden on site, which you can stroll through while you wait for a table or after your meal. Best Huevos Rancheros in North Carolina! And the infamous “Our Favorite Breakfast Sandwich” is a delectable medley of roasted tomatoes with thick, juicy bacon, creamy yet sharp melted cheddar in between a fluffy omelet, chipotle aioli that is to die for, all nestled between a flaky, buttery croissant. You’ll want to take one back home with you. Menu at

Over Easy Cafe – Another cute little breakfast joint that serves imaginative, fresh food, Over Easy Café is a downtown Asheville staple. The “Seasonal Hash Bowl” is a selection of crispy roasted root vegetables and brussels sprouts (delicious in this dish even if you don’t like them!), with an over easy egg and gouda cheese topper. Sounds simple, but tastes like a dream. Other unique dishes include the Apple-Miso glazed Duck Leg with celeriac puree and sweet potatoes topped with an over easy egg, and Winter Veggie Omelet with shitake mushrooms, leeks, beets and kale. Menu at


Mid-way through a day of browsing the many boutiques and art galleries, you’ll probably start wondering what’s for lunch:

Stone Bowl Korean Restaurant is the ideal place to grab a healthy, well-rounded lunch. You’ve got to try one of their name sakes – the stone bowl. Choose a protein (fish, pork, tofu, chicken, etc.), and leave the rest to them. Your bowl will arrive sizzling, with a variety of vegetables, your chosen protein, and an over easy egg on top that beautifully mixes in with your rice, which is literally cooked to crispy perfection by the bowl it’s presented in. Menu at

The Southern Kitchen and Bar – If it’s warm enough you’ll want to sit outside so you can people watch at this no-nonsense café. Have a cocktail or one of Asheville’s many craft beers while you watch the parade of artists, musicians, and tourists on their journey up and down one of downtown Asheville’s busiest streets, Lexington Avenue. The food is simple, but delicious. Try the pork belly slider with Korean slaw or the mac and cheese (or both!). And if you haven’t had a Sloppy Joe since 5th grade cafeteria lunch, revel in The Southern’s yummy version of this nostalgic sandwich. Menu at


Dinner in Asheville is its own occasion. Boasting arguably some of the best restaurants on the East Coast, you will probably want to make a reservation, especially on the weekend.

The Bull and Beggar – Walk in the door and you may not expect rustic French cuisine when you see the industrial, no frills décor and service staff decked out head to toe in denim, but that’s what you’ll get. The raw bar is unparalleled, boasting a daily selection of oysters and other hand-chosen “fruits of the sea” that vary depending on availability. Enjoy a tapas style meal by ordering from the small plates menu. Charred octopus steals the show, served with a romesco that you’ll want to bottle up and take home with you, and veal sweetbreads are decadent paired with chanterelle and figs. On the entrée menu you’ll find a filet mignon with madeira sauce that you’ll never forget. On the lighter side, the whole sea bass with summer squash, fennel and pistou is an elegantly balanced dish with fish cooked to utter perfection. Menu at

Chai Pani – If you’re in the mood for something different and a little more laid back, check out the rolls at Chai Pani. Indian dishes like Chicken Tikka Masala are rolled up in hot buttered nan bread and topped with slaw, onions and chutney. Don’t forget to order one of their imaginative cocktails to work up your appetite, like The Pani, a refreshing blend of elderflower, lime, cilantro and sparkling wine. Arrive early, as their kitchen closes at 9:30pm during the week or 10pm on weekends, so you’ll have to head over to MG Road Bar & Lounge, their sister restaurant, for more unique cocktails once dinner is over. Menus at and

We hope you get a chance to visit these restaurants during the 2019 SMPS SERC.

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Are you a seasoned marketing leader who is a dynamic story teller? We are looking for engaging speakers to share market trends, best practices, and marketing strategies with our attendees. This is your opportunity to share your experience and RESHAPE THE LANDSCAPE at the 2019 SMPS Southeastern Regional Conference in Asheville, North Carolina.


We carefully review each submission to offer attendees the best content possible. Sometimes the best doesn’t fit into a specific category. We are looking for new perspectives, latest trends, and best practices. Topics should address one or more of SMPS’ Six Domains of Practice: market research, marketing planning, client and business development, proposals, promotional activity, and management. We strive to provide programming for all levels of experience, from entry level to the C-Suite. We will accept lecture style presentations, panels, and workshops, BUT are also open to unique ways to present great information.


If you are interested in presenting at the 2019 SMPS Southeastern Regional Conference, proposals must be received by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, September 14, 2018. Proposals will NOT be accepted after this date and time.

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  • August 8, 2018: Call for Speakers opens

  • September 14, 2018: Deadline for session submissions

  • October 22, 2018: Speakers selected and notified

  • November 5, 2018: Speakers confirmed and publicized

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Save the date for March 18-20, 2019 as the SMPS Charlotte Chapter prepares to host a destination conference in the classically historic and vibrant city of Asheville, North Carolina, a city that has reshaped its landscape with the awe-inspiring backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. “Foodtopia” is what the locals call their community of culinary collaborators crafting an experience to nurture your soul. Restaurants run the gamut from four-star cuisine to down-home cooking and are complemented by the most breweries per capita in a U.S. city. The vast 19th-century Biltmore Estate displays artwork by masters like Renoir, while the downtown Arts District is filled with more contemporary galleries and museums for all to enjoy.  Established in 1784, Asheville is a remarkably intact and lovingly restored city marked by a sprawling community of creativity and innovation.

Perhaps Asheville’s greatest “claim to fame” is its unique, natural beauty as the city is cradled in a sweeping curve of the Blue Ridge Parkway, a project that began in 1935 to connect the Great Smokey Mountains National Park in North Carolina and the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Funded by Congress in 1933 as part of the National Industry Recovery Act, the Parkway was an engineering marvel as the longest road ever to be planned as a single unit at that time. Construction spanned over 52 years, but even long before it was complete, with 469 miles of roadway, 26 tunnels, numerous culverts, bridges, and viaducts, the Parkway lent well to the time-honored tradition of “taking a Sunday drive,” providing motorists with one of the most diversified roadway experiences in the world. Today, the Blue Ridge Parkway remains the most visited National Park in the U.S., with more than 20 million visitors each year.  All of this activity highlights a deep appreciation for the area’s classic scenery, while so many visitors also present new opportunities for change and growth. Please join SMPS SERC this year as we plan to unlock the secrets to Asheville’s storied past, enjoy the dynamic community of today, and discover how the A/E/C industry continues to reshape the landscapein 2019.

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