“Everyone’s been helpful, generous and very understanding. It really is a community.”
Organizers say Mountain Sports Festival is a come-one-come-all event and that attitude is echoed in the multitude of nonsports attractions — in addition to extensive athletic programming — for participants and spectators of all backgrounds.
It took a hearty debate and an amendment to a city ordinance, but after being given approval last fall, Brevard’s mobile food vendors are shifting into high gear for the summer season.
The floods of 2004 brought 8 feet of water into the building — previously a bar built in 1948 — sealing its fate after already being shuttered for five years. Slowly, the space hobbled back into the world of commerce as a small produce stand, but it’s now being primed to return to its former glory as a social hub, family gathering place and food spot.
Asheville’s second Food Truck Showdown is rolling into downtown. About a dozen mobile eateries will compete for the title of “Best Truck in Asheville” on Saturday, March 14. In addition to food, the family-friendly event offers face painting, a live DJ set and free puppy snuggles.
Since 2012, the Asheville Street Food Coalition has rented and managed The Lot at 51 Coxe Ave., where assorted food trucks dole out delectable edibles to several hundred customers a week. But as of Oct. 1, Johnny and Susan Robinson, who own the lot along with Johnny’s two siblings, have taken over its management.
A dinner with author Robin Rose Bennett at Over Easy Café, new tabletop grills at Korean House, changes in the food-truck scene, a class on the science of cooking with Mark Rosenstein and a coffee IPA tasting event are all in the news this week.
Ten food trucks are lined up at the lot at The Masonic Temple, 80 N. Broadway, for the Food Truck Showdown to compete for the title of Asheville’s best food truck.
Donations of canned goods for MANNA FoodBank and pet supplies for Asheville Humane Society are encouraged.
Last spring Canadian television show The Illegal Eater filmed an episode in Asheville that is set to air Jan. 28 on Canada’s Travel+Escape channel. Jeff Anderson, marketing and creative director at Urban Orchard Cider Company, served as the production assistant on the two-day shoot. “I had a blast,” Anderson says.
Look for the latest food-truck option in downtown Asheville today, with more coming next week: The Masonic Temple will hosts such local faves as Gypsy Queen, El Kimchi and newbies 3 Suns Bistro.
The truck, which will also visit The Lot, serves an idiosyncratic mash-up of global cuisines and novelty meats.
The owner of the food truck Ceci’s Culinary Tour has converted her commercial kitchen into a snug, neighborhood eat-in at 961 Merrimon Ave.
Greg & Andi’s Curbside Coffee — a coffee truck on Charlotte Street — has closed at the end of a non-renewable 180-day permit. Photo by Ayana Dusenberry.
The food trucks keep rollin’ on, a new one set to open on April 4th according to the sign on the truck
Phoyabelly Vietnamese food truck sets up a regular schedule starting next week.
A new food truck, El Kimchi (photo by Bill Rhodes), starts serving in downtown Asheville in the next few weeks. Another one, Phoyabelly, will start selling Vietnamese food early next year.
Food truck owners prepare lot for customers.
Xpress food writer Mackensy Lunsford reports on A Taste of Asheville, coffee trucks, the growing use of matcha (green tea) in local foods, and the expansion of the Asheville Pizza Company to a third location.
Xpress food writer Mackensy Lunsford talks about a dining experience involving plenty of strange dishes—including bull penis—an upcoming visit to Asheville by famed chef Anthony Bourdain and the ongoing issues with local food trucks.
A month after food trucks were approved for downtown, many vendors can’t find a place to park.
In this edition of the Mountain Xpress’ local news podcast: Jake Frankel on the most recent Buncombe County Commission meeting; Susan Andrew with the latest on the CTS cleanup; Tracy Rose on the Women In Business supplement and David Forbes on the Asheville City Council meeting about downtown food trucks.