Tag Archives: Leaf Festival

The Zookeeper Bistro at Leaf Festival

Tanya and John Sapori of the Zookeeper Bistro in Cashiers invite you to once gain enjoy their delicious crab cakes at this year’s 3rd Annual Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival.

In a scant three years, Tanya Walker and John Saporito have turned their Zookeeper Bistro into something of a Cashiers institution.

Part of that is the wonderful breakfast, lunch and dinner menu.

That menu boasts unforgettable favorites that John learned over the years in the kitchens at such storied restaurants as The Mansion in New Jersey and The Buena Vista Palace at Walt Disney World.

One of Zookeeper’s favorite dishes will be served up at the Cashiers Leaf Festival, being staged this month in Cashiers. This particular savory dish was offered last year at the Festival’s Inauguration and proved so popular that throughout 2011 festival veterans were showing up at The Bistro asking if this is the place where they “could find those crab cakes.”

With the Dinner Season winding down at the end of October, Tanya is anxious to remind her customers that The Zookeeper Bistro offers a remarkable Breakfast menu throughout the morning (and even into the Lunch hours).   You’ll find hearty favorites like pancakes, omelets, and Eggs Benedict – a marvelous way to set the course of your day.

But as irresistible as the menu is, that’s only part of The Zookeeper’s formula.

John and Tanya themselves are the other half. They’ve created a warm, inviting space where confidences are exchanged and the news running through the Cashiers community is shared.

“We’ve come to know and treasure the people who make this such a great place – both the locals and the summer people,” says Tanya. “We’ve enjoyed meeting everyone and getting to know them – I guess that’s one of the great things about an intimate restaurant – you can’t help but get close to your diners.”  

The Zookeeper Bistro is open Tuesday through Saturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner (although dinner disappears for the season at the end of the month)  and on Sundays for brunch.  It’s located in the Mountain Laurel Shoppes on Slabtown Road in Cashiers.

by Luke Osteen

The Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival

The tri-venue Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival is a Fall treat for arts and crafts shoppers, music and entertainment lovers, food mavens and even energy laden kids! This three day event, October 7th – 9th is a festival that promises and delivers something for everyone

The three Festival villages, Cashiers, Glenville and Sapphire, are in the heart of North Carolina’s mountain/lake region. Each village brings their own character to the festival while businesses and shops throughout the Cashiers Valley welcome festival-goers, visitors and local residents with fitting shop and roadside décor. Many compete in the “Scarecrow Contest” where judges will select the best scarecrow of all prior to the Festival.

Festival core-venue, the Cashiers Village Green and Commons, located at the Cashiers Crossroads, is Festival Headquarters.  Here music and performance-lovers enjoy all-day theatrics and diverse music entertainment on two stages.  Booths showcase carefully selected juried artisans and a variety of vendors. The food court offers fare from local restaurants and a spot to relax and observe all the “goings-on”. As an add-on advantage for festival-goers, merchants throughout the Cashiers Village feature sales and specials all weekend in their shops. Kids with excess energy, needing active time, can play at the state of the art permanent Village Green playground and for quieter time visit the kids craft tent to create their own tribute to Fall.  

Glenville Village, about five miles north of Cashiers Village on the shores of pristine Lake Glenville, offers more folksy fare in a local artists tent highlighting remarkably talented area crafters and artists ranging from potters to woodworkers. This is the spot to wet whistles and curb appetites with apples, cider and hot dogs with trimmin’s while listening to blue-grass, banjo and a bit of gospel entertainment.  And, there’s even more to do at this eclectic village… pick-a-pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch, visit a Christmas tree farm for a pancake breakfast or cruise Lake Glenville on a pontoon boat to view Lake Glenville’s wooded shoreline, stunning waterfalls and hear a bit of lake-lore.

Moving east from the Cashiers Crossroads on Highway 64 you will find shops and eateries at Sapphire Village. Sapphire is the home of the Festival’s “Big Cup Golf Tournament” on October 8th.  Prizes for “tournament” winners include beach resort stays and choices from many local merchants and restaurants. 

Come give yourself, family, group or organization a treat at this fun-filled Festival. You’ll be glad you did!

The Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival is a family and community event organized by the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association. For additional information call (828) 743-5858 or (828) 743-1630, email greatercashiersmerchantsassoc@yahoo.com or go to www.cashiersvalleyleaffest.com