Thanks to Chowhound, my dining companions and I discovered a little place called Cúrate in Asheville. It was relatively new, having opened in March of this year. And we scored the last available reservation for that evening on OpenTable. Despite the late time of 9:45, we still had a short wait when we arrived, perhaps attesting to the popularity of this elegant tapas bar. The hostesses were quite congenial though and while we waited, we were able to observe the fast-paced action in the open kitchen, including the preparation of some of the dishes we ended up ordering.
Once seated, we settled on a broad cross-section of the menu.
My dining companions and I were delighted to have found such a sophisticated, fun restaurant preparing high-quality food in Asheville. Some have criticized it for being pricey. Coming from New York there's not much sticker shock, but I can see how the people of the area might be unaccustomed to it. But there's definitely quality to back it up; this would fit right in to any major city with an acclaimed dining scene.