CHILI CHAMPS: From left to right, 2013 chili champion Jerry Hubbard,   who placed third in this year's Chili and Cornbread Cook-off , is pictured with second-place chili winner Colleen Harris and this year's double winner, Robert Duncan. Photo by Jackie Kitchen

Swannanoa cook-off names chili, cornbread champ

Swannanoa native Robert Duncan nabbed both of the top prizes in Swannanoa United Methodist Church’s second annual Chili and Cornbread  Cook-off on Saturday, Nov. 8, according to a press release from event organizers. Colleen Harris of  Black Mountain won second prize in the chili category and third prize went to Jerry Hubbard  of  Hendersonville, who won last […]

NUTRITION ON WHEELS: Olufemi Lewis at the wheel of the Ujamaa Freedom Market, the rolling produce store she operates with partner Calvin Allen. Ujamaa recently received a grant from Whole Foods Market's Whole Cities Foundation. Photo by Cindy Kunst

Ujamaa Freedom Market wins grant from Whole Foods

Whole Foods Market Asheville announced on Thursday, Nov. 6, that local worker-owned mobile produce vendor Ujamaa Freedom Market was among 12 nonprofit organizations in the Southeast tapped to receive grants from Whole Foods Market’s Whole Cities Foundation. The grants were funded by money raised during the company’s quarterly 5% Day community giving event on Aug. 19. Ujamaa […]

FAMILY-STYLE: Kevin Lee (second from right) runs Happy Jack's with the help of his family, from left, daughter Laura Thorpe, son Michael Lee and wife Betty Lee. Photo by John Coutlakis

Welcome to Happy Jack’s: New Tunnel Road restaurant dishes up solid breakfast options

The bright yellow sign in front of Happy Jack’s bills it as a biscuits-and-gravy joint, but this description doesn’t tell the whole story. While there are definitely both biscuits and gravy worth bragging about at the Tunnel Road breakfast-only restaurant, it seems likely that owner Kevin Lee lavishes just as much attention on Happy Jack’s other offerings. […]

Noble Cider's Blue Bard is fermented with blueberries, rosemary and honey. Photo by Kat McReynolds

In photos: CiderFest NC

On Sunday, Nov. 2, cider makers and cider lovers gathered at the Western North Carolina Farmers Market for an al fresco tasting event. Despite the chilly weather, hundreds of attendees meandered from booth to booth, sampling classics and seasonal flavors by more than a dozen NC-based cideries and several producers from further locales. Windy Hill […]

JOBS ON TAP: Sierra Nevada is hiring for front-of-house, back-of-house and supervisory positions at its new taproom and restaurant, slated to open this winter. Photo by Thom O'Hearn

Sierra Nevada announces plans to hire 150 for taproom, restaurant

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Mills River announced today that it’s readying for a major hiring push to staff its new taproom and restaurant. According to an email from the company’s beer ambassador, Bill Manlely, the Chico, Calif.-based brewery is seeking to fill at total of 150 slots. “We’re looking to add an additional 150 staff members in both front-of-the-house, back-of-the-house and […]

Chef Scott Osterander worked in award-winning kitchens across the nation before taking the executive chef position at Asheville's Red Stag Grill. Photo courtesy of the Zimmerman Agency

Red Stag Grill welcomes executive chef Scott Ostrander

With a resume that reads like a Food Network roundup of the best Southern-inspired restaurants, chef Scott Ostrander will feel right at home as the newly ordained executive chef in the Grand Bohemian Hotel’s restaurant, Red Stag Grill. “With chef Ostrander at the helm,” says Grand Bohemian’s general manager John Luckett, “guests of the restaurant […]

During grape harvest season, Michele D'Aprix is inseparable from her tractor, which she uses to work the soils, tow wagons full of grapes and "drag things around." Photo courtesy of D'Aprix

5 questions with Bordeaux winemaker Michele D’Aprix

Michele D’Aprix fell in love with winemaking in the late ’90s. Now, armed with a University of California-Davis degree in enology and viticulture, years of hands-on winery experience and an attitude that mixes equal parts charisma and quick wit, D’Aprix makes the perfect American ambassador to France. D’Aprix, currently the only female American winemaker in […]

Special delivery: A big ol’ basket of veggies may not be the ideal gift for most kids on your list, but plenty of adults we know would love a CSA subscription for Christmas. Photo courtesy of ASAP

Huffington Post: Asheville is one of the ‘Greatest Destination Food Towns in America’

Asheville made Huffington Posts’s list of the “13 Greatest Destination Food Towns in America.” “Asheville is having a major ‘moment,’ most notably for its handfuls of breweries and a used book exchange that pairs wine with literature,” reports the popular national online outlet. “Everything is innovative here — you’ll find snacks like house-made potato chips […]

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New Belgium releases video series spoofing political ads

New Belgium Brewing has released a series of entertaining short videos that spoof political attack ads to promote its beers. The Fort Collins, Colo.-based company is in the process of building a major new brewery in Asheville. Watch the series of videos below, embedded via the New Belgium YouTube channel.

READY TO COOK: Jaime Hernandez, second from left, owner and chef of Jaime's Creole Brasserie in Brevard, with his crew of sous chefs. From left are Paul Runge, Nick Seale, Alfonso Vazquez and Bruce Lafone. Photo by Kaelee Beeson for Kaelee Denise Photography

Beignets come to Brevard

If a Creole-inspired, French-named restaurant in a small town in Western North Carolina needs something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue for a lasting union, Louisiana-born chef Jaime Hernandez is covering all his bases. Pieces of painter’s tape — something blue — wink from every gleaming surface of Hernandez’s open-concept kitchen at Jaime’s […]