Bob’s Birthday Salute Celebrates Impact of Creativity on Local Community

Asheville’s Early Girl Eatery Supports BMF with Birthday Salute

In the years before his passing, Bob Moog often dined at Early Girl Eatery in downtown Asheville with friends and family. The owners, Julie and John Stehling, counted him among their most cherished customers. Now they are giving back on the pioneer’s birthday by donating 20 percent of all sales from breakfast, lunch and dinner to the namesake Bob Moog Foundation.

The Early Girl Birthday Salute to Bob Moog takes place on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012. Doors to the restaurant open for breakfast at 7:30 am and close for dinner at 9:00pm.

Additional funds for the Bob Moog Foundation will be generated during the day through a raffle. Customers who make a contribution of at least $1 while dining at Early Girl on the 23rd will be entered into a raffle to win one of several prizes, including Bob Moog Foundation merchandise, one of three limited edition SynthArt posters and a pair of tickets to see a show at the Orange Peel.

Julie Stehling, co-owner of the restaurant with her husband John for the past 10 years, reflects on Moog’s importance in the Asheville community,

“I see Bob Moog as the father of Asheville’s vibrant creative community.  His influence on the world of music is impossible to overstate. The Bob Moog Foundation’s current creative influence on Asheville and our children is at the top of my list of why we are so proud to run a business and raise a family in WNC.”

As part of the day’s celebration, the Bob Moog Foundation’s resident synth guru, Marc Doty, will perform short sets of original music in the restaurant on vintage synthesizers, including a Minimoog Model D from the 1970s. To spur a Moog-y creative vibe, the Foundation will encourage diners to create custom pieces of Moog-inspired art on the kraft paper table liners that cover the tables at Early Girl. Submissions of Moog table art will be hung on the walls of the restaurant throughout the day.

Funds raised during the birthday salute will be used to enhance the Foundation’s three projects: Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, which teaches kids the science of sound through the magic of music, the preservation of Bob Moog’s Archives and the planned Moogseum.

Early Girl Eatery takes pride in serving local food with a southern twist. They are located at 8 Wall Street in downtown Asheville. Their hours are Monday 7:30-3:00, Tuesday-Friday 7:30-9:00, Saturday and Sunday 9:00-9:00. Reservations can be made at 259-9292.

Please join us for a special day celebrating great food, an inspirational legacy, a non-profit that’s igniting creativity in future generations and a community that gives back!

One Response to “Bob’s Birthday Salute Celebrates Impact of Creativity on Local Community”

  1. Mike MacBurney

    Hi. In 1975, as a recent graduate of SU, I interviewed with Bob for an electronic engineer position. He and another took me to lunch at a Friendly’s nearby the small factory in upstate NY. What a great day that was to meet him and see where these synths were built as I was a huge fan of Moog synths and electronic music and wanted to make a career of it. Prior to that memorable event, I had the privilage to play the synth in JC Superstar for 3 weeks in Syracuse. I also taught some middle schoolers in Syracuse for a one day synth class. That was fun. I wish I could join in your breakfast, but it’s too far away. What you’re doing with this foundation is great. Keep up the great work. -Mike

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