Although Smiling Hara Tempeh products have tested positive for salmonella and have been voluntarily recalled by the company, the Buncombe County Health Department cautions that we aren’t out of the woods yet. Health Department and Smiling Hara Tempeh officials confirm that tempeh made some time between Jan 11 and April 11 is contaminated with salmonella. […]
From a Blue Ridge Food Ventures press release: “Smiling Hara, which is under investigation as a possible link to the salmonella outbreak in Buncombe County, manufactures and packages tempeh in bulk at Blue Ridge Food Ventures, a shared-use food production facility in Buncombe County. The company supplies frozen tempeh to local restaurants and stores. It […]
Smiling Hara Tempeh has recalled its retail products in response to its tempeh testing positive for salmonella. The press release is below: “Tests by the NCDA&CS have confirmed that [Smiling Hara Tempeh has tested] positive for salmonella. Chad Oliphant of Smiling Hara Tempeh says that the company is initiating a voluntary recall of their retail […]
Several local food-service operations are aiding in the search for the cause of a salmonella outbreak. Some local restaurants are also voluntarily working with health department officials to educate their employees about the bacteria and how to keep it from spreading. Though the source remains undetermined, a local tempeh company, Smiling Hara, has decided to […]
The Charlotte Observer visited the Laughing Seed, Jack of the Wood and the Thirsty Monk, among other area eateries and business. Here’s what they had to say: “Asheville (www.exploreasheville.com) is a funky, cultured, gastronomically sublime alt-universe whose laid-back vibe filters through the mountains that ring it and infuses smaller arts-and-crafts havens nearby, like Black Mountain, […]
The BCHD official news release: “The Buncombe County Department of Health reports that 5 more cases of Salmonella Paratyphi B were identified over the weekend, bringing the total to 34, as of Monday, April 30, 2012. The local health department is working with NC Department of Public Health, Center for Disease Control, US Department of […]
Vijay Shastri’s new restaurant, which he’s opening with general manager Holly McFarling and with the assistance of sous chef Gustavo Villota, hosts a series of soft openings before throwing open the doors in earnest this weekend. (Photo by Max Cooper)
Fresh from City Hall, here’s some food-policy news you really ought to know.
After much planning and an epic amount of hard work, the Carolina Ground mill is operational. The mill, located at Annie's Naturally bakery in West Asheville, enables the production of flour made from regionally grown hard and soft wheat and other local grains. An Asheville-based mill, processing North Carolina hard wheat, finally means truly local […]
From WLOS: “Vandals have targeted a downtown Asheville restaurant for a third night in row. Someone smashed in a window at Havana Comida Latina overnight, spreading glass and debris through the dining area. They also unlocked the businesses front door. Owners say nothing appears to be missing … Jonathan Jones [who] works at the restaurant […]
A new website, Baby Takeout, takes some of the guesswork out of going out to eat with kids and babies. A helpful guide shows which restaurants, both chains and independent, offer amenities like changing tables and kids menus — and which don’t. Here’s some info from the site: “Especially as a new parent, dining out […]
From the Asheville Citizen-Times: “The city of Asheville has issued a request for proposals seeking an experienced food service provider to lease and operate a cafe inside City Hall. The city is looking for someone to operate a cafe, canteen or sandwich shop in a 756-square-foot space that’s been home to snack shops and sandwich […]
A Green Restaurant Initiative has sparked collaboration between local eateries in the continued greening of Asheville’s dining scene. A new video detailing the process, produced by a local production company, has drawn the attention of the Huffington Post and other media outlets, helping to get the word out on a national level. The video can be viewed after the jump.
From the Huffington Post: While restaurants in western North Carolina have long been in the forefront of the local foods “farm to table” movement, a unique collaboration between the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute (BRSI) and the Asheville Independent Restaurant (AIR) Association places North Carolina’s popular mountain town into the front ranks of “America’s Greenest Dining […]
From the press release: “Bill Klein, formerly of Fig in Biltmore Village, is Biltmore’s new chef at the Bistro. Bringing classical French technique and nearly twenty years of professional culinary experience to the table, Chef Klein offers a new perspective to the Bistro’s commitment to serve guests a seasonal, farm-fresh menu that honors the traditions […]
Madison worked at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse in its early days and was a founding chef at Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, Calif., one of the early Bay Area restaurants to have a farm-driven menu.
From TriCities.com: Officials with the popular Tupelo Honey Café chain visited downtown Bristol Wednesday during a tour of the Tri-Cities, which is being considered as a possible site for a future restaurant. “I thought the visit really went well,” said Bristol Chamber of Commerce CEO Lisa Meadows, one of several city officials who met with […]
Urban hydroponics is a growing field. New York City boasts the nation’s first commercial urban greenhouse, Gotham Greens. Covering just 15,000 square feet in an area where space is at a premium, the greenhouse efficiently cranks out produce, providing local grocers and chefs with fresh goods year-round. Asheville has its own hydroponic grower, Fresh, located […]
A new pho restaurant comes to Asheville, plus a cake walk in the park and wine dinner at Posana.
Graham Averill, who blogs at daddy-drinks.com, has a rather funny recap of the April 10 WNC Chefs Challenge between the Grand Bohemian’s Red Stag Grill and Sunburst Trout Farm’s food development team. Sunburst Trout was victorious by a tiny margin — in fact, the group of professional judges scored both teams at a dead tie. […]
Boone is creating an independent restaurant group, Boone Independent Restaurants (BIR) which they say they’re modeling after Asheville’s AIR. From the Mountain Times, based in Boone: The newly formed organization called Boone Independent Restaurants was created by the owners of two well-known local establishments, Casa Rustica and Pepper’s, which have existed in the High Country […]