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12 Baskets Cafe

It is the time you have wasted

for your rose

that makes your rose

so important.                                      

-Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince

Join us for a Feast of Community.

OPEN:  Monday - Friday from 11:00-1:00 for lunch.   

Location:  12 Baskets is located at Kairos West Community Center

610 Haywood Rd

beneath Firestorm Bookstore - entrance is in the back. 

Reducing Waste!  Feeding and being Fed by Community! 

The 12 Baskets Cafe receives donations of already prepared food from local organizations currently being thrown away.  Quality food pulled from nightly hot bars, buffets, displays in grocery stores, etc, is picked up by an API companion and delivered to our Cafe to be re-purposed and shared.

Folks from all walks of life are invited: those whose hunger is physical as well as those who hunger to help.  We all hunger in some way -  we, at API, hunger for community.  

We share this feast Cafe style.  It is free.  Folks are are greeted and invited to Table.  

Folks are welcome to donate to help cover the cost of rent and materials (pans we give to restaurants in which we collect and transport donated food) - Even more - with enough donations API hopes to use this cafe model for job training for those interested in seeking jobs in the food industry.  Partnering with local restaurants and hotels, "12 Baskets"  can be a direct feeder to employment.

The world can change by simply sitting and eating with someone you might otherwise never bump into.  Stereotypes are dismantled.  Fear is reduced.  Hope empowers. 

Anyone interested in getting involved: we offer a companion orientation every Tuesday of each month at 10:30am at the Cafe

Please use street parking. DO NOT park in the lot outside our entrance. We want to be good neighbors! 

You can also email us at to learn more about how you can help pick up donated food from our partners.

Phone Number: 828-232-2149

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Shifting from a "volunteer" model, "12 Baskets" offers opportunities to meet and learn from those society often only recognizes as "the poor".  Charity is one way of helping, but rarely invites transformation.  In our companion program we are intentional about listening to and learning from those most impacted by poverty.  It's an effort to recognize the gifts and wisdom of each person in our community. 

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Thank you to all our partners:  Kairos West, Asheville Youth Co.,  Earthfare (Westgate), Morrison's at Mission Hospital, India Garden, Mela's,  Bean Werk's, Family Dollar (Haywood Rd), Chedder’s, Pizza Hut, RHA, West End Bakery, Northstar Bakehouse, and Village Potters who handmade all of our beautiful dishware just for this cafe!  What a gift!