Blue Ridge Dining Room, Grove Park Inn, Asheville
This restaurant has a "farm to table" buffet. I can say, unequivocally, that almost everything that was available was truly awful. Even the Italian deli meat was awful.
How is that possible? One doesn't have high expectations for a buffet, and, of course, some thing are bound to be better than others. But it is quite a feat to have countless options consistently barely edible.
sounds par for my grove park course. buffets were awful the two times i've tried them (mother's day brunch a number of years ago was horrific and uber expensive). restos never reached above mediocre. sure think a lot of themselves price-wise, though. it's very average hotel food, and nothing more. pretty place to visit. much better food and accommodation values in asheville. i sum up the grove park as being for those with more money than taste.
To echo the others, and as a local who has to eat at the GPI for work functions throughout the year (across several of their dining rooms - buffet, Horizons, the Blue Ridge), I've found the food at GPI to be horrible and incredibly over-priced. Tourists, save your money and enjoy all that downtown Asheville, West Asheville and Biltmore Village have to offer!
This will not answer your question as to how it's possible that your food was awful at the buffet, however, I can tell you that the next time you want to have enjoyable gourmet cuisine for less than 30 bucks a head, there are countless independent restaurants that gather their wares from many local farmers that will knock your socks off. Now, I strongly suggest that, if you plan on staying at the Grove Park - which, by the way, has several great restaurant choices other than the buffet - check out the threads on chowhound that give, in great detail, wonderful insight into the culinary extravaganza that
Asheville has to offer. And, it's a mere shuttle or cab ride away. In other words, if you're gonna shell out thirty bucks a head on a meal - do it at an indy haunt.