Ashevilleans, more so than residents of many other cities, know where their food is raised, grown or picked and can often participate in the process with little effort. This reverence for cuisine afforded Asheville the honor of hosting Food Blog Forum’s 2014 conference, a three-day networking and educational event for 120 food bloggers from across the nation.
Expect wood-fired pizza, pressed sandwiches, salads and polenta bowls — all with an emphasis on heirloom grains and seasonal produce — in the former home of the Silver Dollar Restaurant on Clingman Avenue.
Brothers Matt and Ted Lee will visit Tupelo Honey Cafe and Malaprop’s Bookstore to promote their latest cookbook, The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen.
Dough on Merrimon Avenue anticipates a quiet opening in early February and a grand opening celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 12. In Woodfin’s Reynold’s Village, Livi’s Pantry will open around the same time.
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.