Architectural rendering of  view from front entrance of Catawba Brewing at 32 Banks Ave.

Preview of Catawba Brewing’s new South Slope brewery

Catawba Brewing Co. announced today that construction has begun on its new property at 32 Banks Ave. in Asheville’s South Slope area. The new brewing facility and tasting room will be housed in the old Standard Paper building along with Vortex Doughnuts and soon-to-come businesses Buxton Hall Barbecue and the Public School bar. Catawba Brewing, […]

AS SEEN ON TV: Lex 18's new "Downton Abbey" dinner events will allow diners to experience a vintage banquet complete with butlers, footmen and interactions with a few characters from the popular British television show. Photo by Hayley Benton

Small Bites: Downton Abbey in downtown Asheville

The new year will bring a fresh dinner theater experience to Asheville — one that will be of particular interest to fans of the British television series “Downton Abbey.” On Sunday evenings starting Jan. 4, downtown restaurant Lex 18 will offer live viewings of the popular BBC program while re-creating an aristocratic 1920s meal in […]

sweetFrog yogurt shop features Christmas choir performance, fundraiser

PRESS RELEASE from sweetFrog Enterprises sweetFrog Enterprises, named by The Daily Meal as America’s Best Frozen Yogurt, has has invited local choirs into locations nationwide to create a Christmas spectacle. On Tuesday, Dec. 16, each participating store will have a choir performing Christmas favorites, including Deck the Halls, at 6 p.m. Asheville’s sweetFrog location is […]

Delivery of New Belgium Brewing vessels may cause January street closures

PRESS RELEASE from New Belgium Brewing Asheville, NC, December 9, 2014 – New Belgium Brewing’s Brewhouse vessels start rolling into their new home on Craven Street in Asheville, NC, the second week in January. New Belgium’s 200 hectoliter Brewhouse system departed from GEA Brewery Systems (GEA) in Kitzingen, Germany in mid-November to arrive to the […]

Cheese Store of Asheville and Divine Wine offer class on holiday entertaining

PRESS RELEASE The Cheese Store of Asheville at Weinhaus Who:          The Cheese Store of Asheville and Divine Wine and Beer What:         Holiday Entertaining – Creating a Festive Cheese & Charcuterie Board Paired with Wine and Beer  When:       Saturday, Dec. 13, 2 p.m. Where:      Divine Wine and Beer, 1011 Tunnel Road, Asheville Tickets:     $25/ person Find […]


Oakley residents organize to discuss proposed apartment complex

People in the Oakley community are raising concerns about a new 300-plus-unit apartment complex planned for the East Asheville neighborhood. A group of more than 20 people gathered Tuesday evening, Dec. 2, in the basement fellowship hall at Oakley United Methodist Church to hear news about the project from David Ankeney, whose home sits on nearly 2 […]

Season’s at Highland Lake to host annual Holiday Brunch Buffet, Dec. 7

Flat Rock, NC – Season’s at Highland Lake will start the holiday season in grand style with their annual Holiday Brunch Buffet 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Soup selections will feature sweet potato and cardamom bisque and a hearty white bean and kale soup with smoked ham. Season’s salad bar, elaborate fruit display and house-smoked […]

Season’s at Highland Lake to hold winter cooking class, Dec. 13

PRESS RELEASE FROM SEASON’S AT HIGHLAND LAKE Flat Rock, North Carolina – December 1, 2014 – Season’s at Highland Lake announces the December Cooking Class, “A Hearty Winter Menu,” to be held Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. at the restaurant. The cooking classes at Season’s are presented in a relaxed and informative format, and feature delicious dishes paired […]

Cataloochee Ski Area to host Can-U-Ski Food and Coat Drive, Dec. 7

PRESS RELEASE FROM CATALOOCHEE SKI AREA Maggie Valley, NC – Cataloochee Ski Area continues its tradition of holiday giving with their 14th Annual Can-U-Ski Food and Coat Drive for Haywood Christian Ministries, on Sunday, December 7.  Record numbers turn out each year for this event as guests are given a free lift ticket valued at […]

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 […]