Get growing: ASAP and Market Place to host homegrown tomato contest this August

From the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project: Tomato plants are now in the ground of Western North Carolina’s farms and gardens. Unfortunately, ASAP and the Market Place restaurant can’t do anything to speed up the growing process. But, they can offer news to keep excitement of the summer favorite’s arrival building: advance tickets are now on […]

Greensboro News & Record Editor wishes Asheville could bottle its “vibe”

Allen Johnson, the editorial-page editor of the Greensboro News and Record, blogged about his recent trip to Asheville. Johnson came away with the impression that downtown Asheville is a diverse place full of great restaurants, brewpubs and a colorful street scene with “an ambiance and vibe rarely matched in other places we’ve been.” Then he […]

Putting on the pig: Pisgah’s Blind Pig porter will debut at Pisgah Brewing Company on Sunday, June 3.

Food fight at Pisgah

Engines revving, Asheville food trucks are idling at pole position. Fighting an eventually successful campaign to vend downtown may not have been enough to satisfy the food-truck owners’ taste for racing, it seems. Not content to quietly feed tacos, barbecue sandwiches and falafel to the masses, they’ve turned on each other. In a test of […]

CNN Travel names Asheville one of best places in the world to celebrate gay pride

From CNN.com: “Politics will mix with partying this Pride season as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their allies around the world celebrate President Barack Obama’s support for same-sex marriage and protest North Carolina’s passage of constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions. When planning a Pride vacation, pick a destination where the scale of the […]

Man shoots himself near Haywood County line after police chase this morning

The details are scant, but here’s the report from the AC-T: “Smoky Park Highway near the Haywood County line was shut down this morning as deputies investigate a chase. Authorities said officers with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office pursued a man driving a pickup truck around 11 a.m. The driver stopped, and as officers approached […]

Adam Dalton Distillery owner under investigation for hallucinogenic mushrooms found on property

The owner of Adam Dalton Distillery on Biltmore was charged with possession of a controlled substance — psilocybin mushrooms — this weekend. The bar owner maintains that the mushrooms in question did not belong to him. According to the Citizen-Times report, the distillery and bar is “operating normally.” However, warrants indicate Dalton received an Alcoholic […]