ON THE ROAD: Chai Pani chefs Daniel Peach and James Grogan traveled to India with owner Meherwan Irani to create the culinary documentary Cutting Chai.

Chai Pani announces online release of culinary movie Cutting Chai

PRESS RELEASE from Chai Pani Restaurant Group: ATLANTA & ASHEVILLE (February 14, 2017) – This morning, two-time James Beard Award nominee chef Meherwan Irani and the Chai Pani Group creative team officially debuted the online release of the first three episodes of their culinary film, “Cutting Chai.” First premiered in March of 2016 at Ponce […]

BOWLED OVER: Cúrate and Nightbell chef and co-owner Katie Button says that being able to customize her dinnerware was a major factor in choosing to work with Alex Matisse and his Marshall-based East Fork Pottery.  "We can talk about the type of food we have and the types of colors and textures and things we're looking for in the restaurant, and he makes it happen," says Button.

Home plates: Asheville restaurant­s set the table with locally crafted ceramics

Restaurateurs have long supported neighborhood artisans by enlisting them to create their signage and décor. But the ceramic vessels that hold Asheville’s locally sourced works of culinary art have largely remained standard-issue, industrially produced dinnerware. While many chefs would undoubtedly prefer to present their fare on unique, handcrafted dishes, there are plenty of reasons — […]

Asheville chef Justin Burdett collaborates on seafood dinner at Piedmont in Durham

PRESS RELEASE from Local Provisions: [Durham, NC] – As a longtime supporter of small, North Carolina growers, Piedmont has remained equally committed to being a good steward of the sea. Each season, Piedmont invites chefs, fisherman, and organizations supporting sustainable seafood to collaborate on their Seasons of the Sea dinner – a multi-course dinner showcasing […]

TOP TEAM: A-B Tech’s Student Culinary Team with their winning plates at the American Culinary Federation’s Southeast Regional Competition. Members of the team are, from left, Emma Wieber, Habiba Smallen, Nina Patterson, Jessica Olin, and Emily Welch.

A-B Tech culinary team wins regionals, heads to nationals

Press release from A-B Tech Community College: A-B Tech Community College’s Student Culinary Team won its 10th regional title after competition January 13-14 at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte. Team members were Emma Wieber, Jessica Olin, Habiba Smallen, Nina Patterson and Emily Welch.  Max Theofrastous serves as team alternate. Chefs Chris Bugher and Bronwen McCormick […]

MetroWines offers Stag’s Leap wine dinner at the Grove Park Inn, March 7

PRESS RELEASE FROM METROWINES: Please join MetroWines for a Stag’s Leap Wine Pairing Dinner at Vue on March 7th from 6:30 to 8:30 at Grove Park Inn. Featuring five stunning wines from the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, including the 2012 Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon, this five-course dinner crafted by Executive Chef Jake Schmidt and Vue 1913 […]

Zaxby’s to celebrate grand opening of new Marion location, Dec. 12

WHAT: A Southeast favorite for chicken fingers and wings, the newest Zaxby’s in Marion is opening on Monday, December 12 at 1192 W. Henderson Street.Open 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, this location will be the 2nd Zaxby’s store for licensee, Gary Reffit. With seating for 72, the 3,800-square-foot farmhouse-style location reflects Zaxby’s commitment to […]

Komen Northwest NC Board Members Roberta King Latham (chair), from left, and Alisa Plymale celebrate a successful “Cookie for a Cure” campaign over cookies with SUBWAY® Operations Manager Brenda Metcalf of Asheville at the sub shop at Furnitureland South. Western North Carolina SUBWAY® restaurants contributed $3,000 of the total $28,525 raised statewide to the local Komen affiliate.

North Carolina Subway restaurants donate to Susan G. Komen affiliates

Press release from Subway: JAMESTOWN, N.C., December 2, 2016 – SUBWAY® restaurant owners from across North Carolina had the recipe for success: caring people and a community cause, combined with a sweet treat. The 2016 “Cookie for a Cure” campaign yielded $28,525 for the state’s Susan G. Komen® affiliates to help in the fight against cancer. […]

Photo courtesy of MANNA FoodBank

Lighting of the 24th annual Ingles Giving Tree scheduled at Asheville Mall, Nov. 21

  PRESS RELEASE from MANNA FoodBank: Asheville, NC (Nov. 8, 2016) – Ingles Markets and MANNA FoodBank invite the community to attend the 24th annual lighting of the Ingles Giving Tree at the Asheville Mall on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. The Giving Tree is a 10-ton construction of non-perishable food items donated […]

Belly Up food truck and Catawba Brewing Co. present Wild Asheville foraged food event, Nov. 16

PRESS RELEASE FROM BELLY UP TRUCK: Wild Asheville: An Artful Pairing of Foraged and Farmed Foods. November 16th at 7:00 PM in the Rickhouse Bar at Catawba’s South Slope Brewery Join us for a monthly, seasonal exploration of Asheville’s natural edible landscape in a five course meal at the Rickhouse bar inside Catawba’s South Slope […]

Urban Orchard Cider Co. hosts Halloween party, anniversary celebration, Oct. 29

PRESS RELEASE from Urban Orchard Cider Co.: Urban Orchard Cider Co. celebrates its third year in operation and Halloween on Saturday, October 29th  from 12pm-1am (entertainment beginning at 7pm) at the Cidery, located at 210 Haywood Rd.  Each year Urban Orchard throws a free admission party that includes: creepy dance tunes by Asheville’s DJ Malinalli, […]

Photo of John Bausone by East Branch Photography

Buffalo Nickel names John Bausone executive chef

  PRESS RELEASE from Buffalo Nickel: ASHEVILLE, NC (Oct. 25, 2016) — A new team member has joined Buffalo Nickel, the West Asheville restaurant which opened in March 2014 and was recently featured in The New York Times. Owner Lynn Foster has brought on-board John Bausone to serve as the restaurant’s executive chef. Prior to joining Buffalo Nickel, Bausone spent the […]