This week’s food & drink news round-up (via Twitter)

Lexington Avenue Brewery finally opened

— photo by Lydia See

• Sitting next to the LAB brewmaster, I could kiss him for the white ale and chocolate stout. Fries are mmmm too. chaoslost200 Jan. 9
• At #lab, yummy grilledcheese + tomato soup, but why so little soup? alli_marshall Jan. 10
• LAB’s got a pretty decent burger. Bluecheese, caramelized onions, au poive sce. Mine’s a lil’ overdone…but still. mackensy Jan. 13
• The LAB is Open for Your Mad-scientist Pleasure http://bit.ly/78pTCX bruisinales Jan. 14
• New post with photos of the Lab up http://bit.ly/6lVKB5 lydiasee Jan. 14
• Sampler at The Lab in Asheville, NC. Good stuff. http://twitpic.com/y3yg4 terrhorn Jan. 14

Savoy closes — but will reopen as…
• Savoy: The Story of a [soon-to-close] Asheville restaurant, from @AshevilleFoodie: http://bit.ly/8LWw9Z mountainxpress Jan. 9
• New ventures! Same location, yes? RT @Savoyrestaurant: Vinnie’s to have average entree prices @ $15 bruisinales Jan. 13
• Full Gastronomic Tilt on “Savoy’s transition and the F word” www.fullgastronomictilt.com mxcalendar Jan. 10

Goodbye, Caffiend, again
• Tonite is the last cup of Caffiend. We have to close Caffiend’s Garage location. http://bit.ly/8Bb8Gu GarageatBiltmor Jan. 16
• Sad news: Caffeind (The Revival) closing its Garage @ Biltmore location , last cup tonite http://bit.ly/8yo5wC mvwilliams Jan. 16
• With Caffiend going out of business, are there any 24-hr coffee shops in Asheville? mountainxpress Jan. 16

Curras resurrected
• New Post: Curras Customers & Friends Raise Phoenix From Ashes http://ow.ly/16kP7h BlogHville Jan. 14

Goodbye, Stovetrotters
• Good luck to Stovetrotters (now closed & for sale) owner/Chef Jenny Kommit on new venture! injeanius Jan. 11
• Ashvegas reader says Stovetrotters restaurant in Biltmore Village is closed. http://www.ashvegas.com Ashevegas Jan. 11
• I was hoping to try them this week! Aargh! RT @Burgermeisters: @AIRasheville Stovetrotters is closed & for sale. jonathanammons Jan. 11
• Economy, weather doomed Asheville restaurant Stovetrotters http://ow.ly/16kv4T citizentimes Jan. 13

New stuff & news
• The owners of Nona Mia have confirmed they are opening a new place on Haywood Rd. Pizzeria Ritrovo will open in March. bullheaded82 Jan. 15
• Pizzeria Ritrovo will serve woodfire pizza, salads, artisan breads & gelato. Local brewery #beer on tap. bullheaded82 Jan. 15
• Izzy’s owner Amber Arthur says rumors of a planned new bar by her are untrue, at least for now. mountainxpress Jan. 15
• Creme celebrates their 1 year anniversary on Merrimon till 6pm http://twitpic.com/xeqai AshevilleNews Jan. 9
• Tupelo Honey South – Feb 2nd Opening Planned http://ow.ly/16kHYD BlogHville Jan. 14
• Greensboro franchise Cook-Out opens fast-food outlet in former IHOP on Tunnel Rd. Cit-Times: http://bit.ly/4mVoKJ fobes Jan. 11
• New equip being delivered to Papas & Beer on Hendersonville Rd (which will be opening soon) according to @monkpub fobes Jan. 15
• Season’s at Highland Lake Inn: New Winter Menus Announced http://bit.ly/63I6j2 HvilleEpicurean Jan. 10
• Just heard that IHOP is opening in weaverville in March; people can apply starting in Mid feb weavervilleguy Jan. 16
• GPI’s Horizons Restaurant offering 20% discount to Buncmbe, Haywd, Hendersn & Transylvania cos; on Mons & Weds http://bit.ly/8ObYAi fobes Jan. 16
• Chai Pani has New Winter Hours: Tues-Sunday 11:30am-4pm & 5-9pm. And NOW OPEN Mondays for Lunch 11:30am-4pm! chaipani Jan. 9
• Good Korean market in Asheville found (kim’s) … http://twitpic.com/xo1a0 FarmersDaughtr Jan. 11
• Check out local restaurants by all stages of dating by @Mackensy Lunsford! http://bit.ly/5TSO6H WNCmagazine Jan. 12
• How to Support Local Restaurants … http://bit.ly/8DKCOR AshevilleFoodie Jan. 13
• Carolina produce in season http://bit.ly/2jeajy (right now, apples ‘n’ taters) BlogAsheville Jan. 16

Sweets news
• Bacon Cupcakes at Short Street Cakes. Just sayin’. http://bit.ly/64iDvT mountainxpress Jan. 15
• Moving SugarMommas to new location. Cookies made in Garage greenroom by FB Brewery. 251-7277 topfloorstudio Jan. 16
• Good news for cupcake lovers. RT @shortstreet: Short Street Cakes now at @LuellasBBQ ! edgymama Jan. 13
• New Post: 2nd National Truffle Festival 2/25-2/27[at Grand Bohemian in Avl] http://ow.ly/16kvav BlogHville Jan. 13

raves & reviews
• Hey people. @chaipani has really killer green tomato pakoras today. India meets the deep south. Namaste, y’all. mackensy Jan. 9
• Chameleon Soul Food Restaurant the “Best Ribs, in Asheville NC, they say. [...] ChameleonAVL Jan. 9
• Admiral review from Mac & Cheese blog http://bit.ly/5Hv4qQ BlogAsheville Jan. 13
• Can people get a table at the Admiral sans a reservation anymore? ayanaberry Jan. 10

Parent/child cooking class at Terra Summer

Learning sauce bechamel from the master, Mark Rosenstein, at Terra Summer cooking class. — photo by tbeckett

• Cooking class at Terra Summer http://bit.ly/7Bd5uV http://ff.im/-ep3Z7 AskAsheville Jan. 16
• Parent/child cooking class at Terra Summer: from the master. photo: http://bit.ly/5j04QO tbeckett Jan. 16
• Rosenstein: how to make a roux. – photo at http://bit.ly/8m9VMI tbeckett Jan. 16
• Blanched vegetables & bechamel: Mark Rosenstein introduces the – photo http://bit.ly/5WXdT8 tbeckett Jan. 16
• Kids making crusts. – photo at http://bit.ly/68rSF5 tbeckett Jan. 16
• Sybil Fix, founder & visionary of Terra Summer. – photo at http://bit.ly/8jnpdJ tbeckett Jan. 16

Other cooking-class news:
• Swell Retro Log Cabin Cooking Classes!.. just announced by Barbara Swell … http://bit.ly/7DKlQP HvilleEpicurean Jan. 11
• New Post: Kids Chocolate Class [being offered at] Terra Summer jan 30 http://ow.ly/16ka61v HvilleEpicurean Jan. 12
• Theresa Green of UliMana chocolates leads a cooking class for kids in Asheville January 30th! http://bit.ly/4MZs9h tenamoore Jan. 13
• AB Tech Culinary Arts Dept will start serving lunches to public Jan 21 http://bit.ly/7AU3ec fobes Jan. 15
• RT @MattG180: to do my culinary internship for AB-Tech MattG180 Jan. 16

Beer news
• Congrats @craggiebrewing for being the first official draft beer of @PacksTavern ashivNC Jan. 11
• Monday at the Monk (south) about to take flight. 1st is Pisqah Schwarzbeir, next…? RedStagGrill Jan. 11
• Say, @edgymama, In SC you can fill a generic growler with any beer. In NC, you can only fill it if it is yours. PisgahBrewing Jan. 12
• PSA: Don’t forget Stranahan whiskey aged Old Chub at @monkpub on Thurs. Do not miss!! Trust me. PisgahBrewing Jan. 12
• Walked through @Packstavern today working out directional signs. That place is going to be awesome. BigBridgeAd Jan. 13
• A rarity! Thirsty Monk will tap a cask of 90 Minute IPA dogfish beer primed w/ sucanat Thurs, Jan 21 fobes Jan. 15
• At Craggie Brewing sampling the flight. The Seasonal Pale is easily my fave. alli_marshall Jan. 16
• Tried FrenchBroadBrewery’s Altbier for the first time today. Subtle, full-bodied amber ale, floral accents. I liked it. sav1028 Jan. 10
•    An Asheville Brewery index — for Beer City East http://www.ashevillefoodie.net/Asheville_Breweries___Beer_City_East.html     AshevilleFoodie   Jan. 15

Wine news
• Biltmore Estate wines win 9 awards (7 with Biltmore designations) in SF Chronicle Wine Competition http://bit.ly/5LG4f0 fobes Jan. 12
• Biltmore Estate has Red Wine & Chocolate seminar~focus how 1 brings out the best in the other BiltmoreEstate Jan. 13
• Can you tell the diff between chard & pinotgrigio?  How about cab & zin? Free Sat. Blind tasting starts NOW-6pm! winestudio Jan. 16

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About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism.

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