This year’s fundraising dinner — prepared by Michael Marshall of the Renaissance Hotel with pours from Biltmore Wines — will enable the Literacy Council to secure volunteer tutors for some 350 locals lacking reading, writing and language skills.
With one in six people in Western North Carolina lacking consistent access to food, MANNA FoodBank and its partner agencies are uniting to host hunger-awareness events and initiatives in September for national Hunger Action Month. MANNA also hopes to wrap up its Space to Erase Hunger capital campaign this month, allowing for crucial expansions to the organization’s capacity that will impact hungry families in 16 counties.
Good food doesn’t have to be expensive. That’s the message of Leanne Brown’s new cookbook, Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day, which is aimed at empowering people on very tight budgets to cook food they love. Brown visits the Asheville area on Friday as part of MANNA FoodBank’s calendar of Hunger Action Month events.
Feasting for FEAST fundraiser will help organizers educate more local youths on the wonders of fresh, homegrown veggies. Meanwhile, Hops & Vines is offering a cider making class, and Thirsty Monk, Table and Wicked Weed have planned specialty food and beer events.
BaconFest 2015 took over the meadow at Highland Brewing Co. Saturday with local vendors serving samples of their most creative — and occasionally outrageous — swine-based dishes. Click through for a photo gallery from the event by Cindy Kunst.
Food festival season is upon us, with Organicfest, BaconFest, MusicFest and CiderFest NC just around the corner. Plus, the French Broad Vignerons have named the best wines from the Asheville Wine & Food Festival.
Burgers are big in WNC. Event organizers estimate that more than 1,000 people turned out for Sunday’s WNC Battle of the Burger in the River Arts District.
A standing-room-only crowd was on hand Saturday to watch four top local chefs battle to impress judges at the 2015 Asheville Wine & Food Festival’s Chefs Challenge. A photo gallery by Cindy Kunst shares scenes from the competition and the festival.
Webo’s BBQ moves to River Ridge, the Asheville Wine & Food Festival dishes out its annual carnival of edible delights, Mela opens a new restaurant at UNC Asheville, The Fresh Market celebrates Hatch chiles and the Henderson County Cooperative Extension offers a workshop on preserving tomatoes.
With the cool crispness of fall nearly upon us, two Marshall artisan businesses — Smoke Signals wood-fired bakery and Sketchbook Crafts — are partnering to celebrate the shift of seasons with food, friends and art.
When the fourth annual Lambstock festival happened last weekend in Virginia, a team of Asheville chefs were on hand to cook up a feast for the foodie revelers.
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue hopes its inaugural Asheville VeganFest will offer opportunities to change minds and diets.
“The idea is to provide hot, fresh, home-cooked meals to people on the go,” says Mela co-owner and operations manager Julie Loveless. “As a UNCA alumna and a gluten-free vegan, I am well aware of the shortage of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options on campus.”
The Mountain Jewish Festival kicks off in Hendersonville, workshops are offered on fermented foods and foraging for mushrooms, Black Mountain Ciderworks celebrates its second year, ASAP hosts its Local Summer Cookout and food writer Jonathan Ammons talks about Nightbell’s unique take on the classic deviled egg.
Stop by the new shop on Weaverville Road for hand-dipped, gourmet chocolates and truffles, chocolate-dipped fruits and nuts, house-made marshmallows, cherry-coconut bombs, hot chocolate, coffee and more.
Every year, Portland, Ore. cycling company Chris King Precision Components and Chefs Chris DiMinno and Robert McSpadden ask the public to join fellow cyclists “for a day of food and riding from five beautiful locations around the world.”
This year, one event is being hosted in Asheville.
Slip-and-slides, water balloon games, crazy sprinklers, food trucks and live music take over Hall Fletcher’s activity field on Saturday, Aug. 8.
Chef Patrick Abernathy has spent the past 15 years working at a variety of notable Asheville eateries, but he recently rolled out his first solo project with the opening of Chupacabra Latin Café in Reynolds Village.
The agriculture department has released a master plan for the WNC Farmers Market calling for everything from LED fixtures and improved signage to a new brew pub, outdoor dining and increased rent for businesses leasing space from the state-run facility.
Black Mountain’s annual Sourwood Festival was named for the area’s high-quality honey, but in its 38th year, the weekend-long celebration also offers local arts and crafts, music, games and, of course, plenty of festival food.
WNC beverage enthusiasts are harnessing the kick of ginger in their alcoholic and nonalcoholic brews.