(historic Sky Club)
News Release: Monday, September 16th, 2019
About: Italian Cocktail Party
Please join us for "Buona Sera" at The Sky Club on Wednesday, November 6th from 5:30 to 7pm. Hosted by Kelly Hull for Ciao Asheville, the event includes high end Italian wines paired with appetizers selected by Chef Marcus Day formerly of Jargon and The Vue at Grove Park INN.
Guests will include Marla Hardee Milling, author of "Legends, Secrets and Mysteries of Asheville" and Andy Hale of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines.
Wines will include 2017 Girolamo Russo Nerina Etna Bianco from Sicily, 2016 Dessimis Pinot Grigio, an "orange wine" served to great accolades at ChowChow, 2010 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino that received 93 points from Wine Spectator and 94 Points from Robert Parker, and 2014 Luigi Einaudi Barolo!
The Sky Club has a long history and remains the subject of speculation at cocktail parties! Starting as a restaurant and dance club operated by German-Americans Gus and Emma Adler atop Beaucatcher Mountain called The Old Heidelberg Supper Club. Opened in the late 1930s, the club changed its name in 1942 in response to anti-German sentiment.
After Gus' death in a fire in 1952, Emma continued the club, hosting celebrities such as Grace Kelly and Robert Mitchum, in town to make movies. "Buncombe County did not allow sales of liquor," historian Sharon Fahrer writes. Sky Club patrons "would bring their own bottles ... They were also charged a dollar for a bucket of ice." The Sky Club "was known for ... strip steaks and shrimp cocktail," as well as for views, Rick McDaniel writes in his book "Asheville Food."
In 1957, Castle in the Sky purchased The Sky Club from Emma Adler for $65,000, with much more later spent on renovations. The corporate treasurer was Fred Seely Jr., E.W. Grove's grandson. The president, William Conrad of New Jersey, revived the panoramic third floor dinner-and-dance hall as The Satellite Club. The Sky Club was later sold and converted to condos.
"Join us as we bring an Italian touch to The Sky Club!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "The history continues."
Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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