Biltmore releases annual Christmas at Biltmore wines

PRESS RELEASE from Biltmore Wines Asheville, N.C. – Biltmore announces the release of its annual Christmas at Biltmore Wine featuring label artwork designed by Swannanoa resident Terry Owensby, winner of Biltmore’s wine label design contest. This year’s Christmas at Biltmore Wines are limited release white and rose blends. Both wines are aromatic, refreshing and slightly […]

CHILI CHAMPS: From left to right, 2013 chili champion Jerry Hubbard,   who placed third in this year's Chili and Cornbread Cook-off , is pictured with second-place chili winner Colleen Harris and this year's double winner, Robert Duncan. Photo by Jackie Kitchen

Swannanoa cook-off names chili, cornbread champ

Swannanoa native Robert Duncan nabbed both of the top prizes in Swannanoa United Methodist Church’s second annual Chili and Cornbread  Cook-off on Saturday, Nov. 8, according to a press release from event organizers. Colleen Harris of  Black Mountain won second prize in the chili category and third prize went to Jerry Hubbard  of  Hendersonville, who won last […]

NUTRITION ON WHEELS: Olufemi Lewis at the wheel of the Ujamaa Freedom Market, the rolling produce store she operates with partner Calvin Allen. Ujamaa recently received a grant from Whole Foods Market's Whole Cities Foundation. Photo by Cindy Kunst

Ujamaa Freedom Market wins grant from Whole Foods

Whole Foods Market Asheville announced on Thursday, Nov. 6, that local worker-owned mobile produce vendor Ujamaa Freedom Market was among 12 nonprofit organizations in the Southeast tapped to receive grants from Whole Foods Market’s Whole Cities Foundation. The grants were funded by money raised during the company’s quarterly 5% Day community giving event on Aug. 19. Ujamaa […]

Sunburst Trout Farms wins Made in the South Award

PRESS RELEASE from Garden & Gun CHARLESTON, SC – (November 7, 2014) Garden & Gun proudly announces the winners of its fifth annual MADE IN THE SOUTH AWARDS, celebrating and encouraging Southern craftsmen making products in five categories: Food, Drink, Style & Design, Outdoors, and Home.  Garden & Gun unveiled the winners at the first-ever Made in the South Awards […]

Rhubarb offers anniversary dessert to benefit Rainbow In My Tummy

PRESS RELEASE from Rhubarb Rhubarb is celebrating one year in Asheville’s Pack Square by offering an exclusive dessert available throughout the month of November to commemorate the milestone. The dessert from pastry chef Ashley Capps is a cocoa brioche with milk chocolate rum ganache, caramelized banana ice cream and cocoa berry confetti and ribbons. A […]

FAMILY-STYLE: Kevin Lee (second from right) runs Happy Jack's with the help of his family, from left, daughter Laura Thorpe, son Michael Lee and wife Betty Lee. Photo by John Coutlakis

Welcome to Happy Jack’s: New Tunnel Road restaurant dishes up solid breakfast options

The bright yellow sign in front of Happy Jack’s bills it as a biscuits-and-gravy joint, but this description doesn’t tell the whole story. While there are definitely both biscuits and gravy worth bragging about at the Tunnel Road breakfast-only restaurant, it seems likely that owner Kevin Lee lavishes just as much attention on Happy Jack’s other offerings. […]

JOBS ON TAP: Sierra Nevada is hiring for front-of-house, back-of-house and supervisory positions at its new taproom and restaurant, slated to open this winter. Photo by Thom O'Hearn

Sierra Nevada announces plans to hire 150 for taproom, restaurant

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Mills River announced today that it’s readying for a major hiring push to staff its new taproom and restaurant. According to an email from the company’s beer ambassador, Bill Manlely, the Chico, Calif.-based brewery is seeking to fill at total of 150 slots. “We’re looking to add an additional 150 staff members in both front-of-the-house, back-of-the-house and […]

Tickets on sale for WNC Cheese Trail’s Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest

PRESS RELEASE from WNC Cheese Trail Tickets for the WNC Cheese Trail’s first annual Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest are on sale starting today through the Festival website  Adult tickets (ages 13+) will be $12.00 and children under 13 are free.  The fest will take place on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Highland Brewing Company […]

WLOS: Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing considers building Asheville facility

From WLOS By Kimberly King   ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Joey Redner, founder of Cigar City Brewing talked with News 13 Monday night, just days after visiting Asheville.  Redner visited four properties in and around Asheville as well as potential sites around Greenville. The company is considering building a 20 to 25-million-dollar brew plant. “We actually […]

Short Street Cakes announces 6th annual Dias de los Muertos Fundraiser for immigrant rights

  PRESS RELEASE from Short Street Cakes Asheville, NC, October 15, 2014:  Short Street Cakes, Asheville’s from-scratch, all-natural, Southern-style Cake Shop, celebrates the Mexican holiday of Los Dias de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) by creating authentic Mexican Sugar Skulls for the Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 holidays. Starting on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and continuing through […]

The Fresh Market to hold Wine Gala benefitting Asheville Symphony Guild

PRESS RELEASE from The Fresh Market Wine and Dine with The Fresh Market at Wine Gala Benefiting Asheville Symphony Guild Tasteful Event at Neighborhood Grocer to Raise Funds for Local Nonprofit Organization The Fresh Market on 1378 Hendersonville Road invites Asheville’s community members to raise their glasses for a feel-good food and wine event. The […]

COMING SOON: Chef Patrick O'Cain hopes to open his new Asian restaurant, Gàn Shān Station, this winter. Photo by Tim Robison

Co-executive chef named for Gàn Shān Station

Patrick O’Cain has chosen a kitchen co-conspirator for Gàn Shān Station, his new venture on Charlotte Street. On Tuesday, O’Cain, owner of the soon-to-open Asian-themed restaurant, announced that Charleston, S.C., chef Chris Hathcock will join him in the role of co-executive chef at the eatery, which is slated to open later this year in the old gas station at […]