Know your status: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day reminds locals to get tested

Although National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day occurred on Feb. 7, a local agency says HIV education and testing in the African-American community remains a priority throughout the whole year. “The day is a symbol,” says Jeff Bachar, executive director of the Western North Carolina AIDS project. “It's a good symbol to and a way to […]

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Putting housing first: Champagne bar hosts benefit today to end homelessness

While sipping on a glass of wine or grabbing a late night coffee, residents can help fund an organization working to end homelessness locally and stopping people from spending the night in the harsh winter weather.  “Every time it is cold and I go into my own house, I think, ‘It is not OK that people in our community are sleeping outside tonight,” says Emily Ball, director of community engagement at Homeward Bound of Asheville.

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Crafty: AWE teaches women artisans business savvy

Western North Carolina is no stranger to the craft biz: We have more crafters per capita than almost any other region in the country, and an Appalachian tradition that pairs creativity with hard work. But how does that passion for crafts translate into good business practices? Regional nonprofit Appalachian Women Entrepreneurs provides a helping hand.

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Show up to showdown

There are as many pizza preferences as there are toppings: thin crust, deep-dish, N.Y.-style, Napoli … pocket. But it seems that when a slice is just right, all denominations are satisfied. Cue the Asheville Pizza Showdown, happening Aug. 12 at Toy Boat Community Arts Center, hosted by the Garage at Biltmore. “Hot pizza, cold beer and great times: that’s what we’re trying to make and put the recipe together to create this event and make it extremely successful,” says Gary Charles of G Social Media, who is helping plan the event.

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New café brings a taste of Biltmore Estate to downtown Asheville

The Biltmore Coffee Co. opened on Aug.1 at 1 N. Pack Square, on the ground floor of the I.M. Pei-designed building that houses Biltmore’s corporate offices and Merrill Lynch. “What makes us unique is everyone here worked at the Biltmore Estate,” says Clorietha Fenton, the café‘s general manager. “We brought our quality and our standards and our hospitality to downtown Asheville.” (Pictured, left to right: Cloreitha Fenton and Robert Bickford, manager.) Photo by Megan Dombroski

Tomato, Tomahto: ASAP and the Market Place team up to host celebration

From the press release: Tomato lovers have, without exaggeration, nearly 1,000 varieties from which to choose a favorite—there are thought to be 600+ heirloom varieties alone. While every single one isn’t available locally, tomato month in ASAP’s Get Local initiative presents the opportunity to buy and taste an impressive number. Tomatoes will abound at tailgate […]

Grand Bohemian Hotel’s Red Stag Grill offers dishes to raise money for local children’s wishes

From the press release: Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville – a Kessler Collection boutique hideaway in Biltmore Village – invites guests to experience a special three-course menu this summer at Red Stag Grill, benefiting Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina. Granting Wishes with Three Dishes will be available now – October, during the Biltmore Estate outdoor […]

Photos by Megan Dombroski

Zumba!

One recent Sunday afternoon, dance music pulsed from Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. The event: Zumba in the Park, a two-hour, jump-on-in event staged by The Asheville Breast Center and aimed at raising awareness about early detection and the link between staying active and preventing the disease. Many participants wore pink — the acknowledged breast-cancer-awareness […]

Asheville Chocolate and Arts Festival accepting applications for vendors

From Heather Cohen, Creative Director of Asheville Chocolate and Arts Festival: Call to Artists: The Asheville Chocolate and Arts Festival is looking for arts and crafts vendors for our December Festival at the Asheville Civic Center. For more information contact heathercohen16@hotmail.com. website: sacredcelebratoionsproductions.com. We are accepting applications until Nov 1, 2012.

Friends of MANNA FoodBank receive discount on pizza showdown benefit tickets today

From MANNA FoodBank: Special Friday, July 27 to Monday, July 30, friends of MANNA can purchase tickets for $25 each (a $5 discount off the regular price.) Ticket quantities are limited at this price and you must use this link: http://askwesternnorthcarolina.blogspot.com/2012/07/manna-food-bank-asheville-pizza.html Back by popular demand, the Asheville Pizza Showdown, which is the evolution of Asheville […]

ASAP hosts recipe contest using seasonal produce from tailgate markets

The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project challenges the public to submit their favorite recipes featuring their current seasonal veggies, particulalrly okra, garlic, summer squash, tomatoes and eggplant. CONTEST: If you’re thinking that all the ingredients mentioned above go well together, you’re right! Tailgate markets have everything you need for a delicious local ratatouille except the recipe. […]