BOUCHON EAST: With his recent purchase of the former Fellowship Free Will Baptist Church on New Haw Creek Road, restaurateur Michel Baudouin plans to  open a version of his popular downtown eatery, Bouchon, that will cater to East Asheville locals. The steeple has been removed from the church as part of renovations for the soon-to-come restaurant.

Bouchon part deux: Bistro announces East Asheville location

Michel Baudouin, owner of downtown Asheville restaurant Bouchon, plans to open a second Bouchon location in East Asheville’s Haw Creek community. The announcement comes just months after Baudouin’s Cajun/Creole restaurant concept, Lafayette, closed after less than a year in business. The new eatery will be at 184 New Haw Creek Road in the former Fellowship Free Will Baptist Church. […]

AIR FORCE: Michel Baudouin was instrumental in organizing local restaurant owners to form Asheville Independent Restaurants. Photos by John Coutlakis

Asheville’s food pioneers: An interview with three of the founders of Asheville Independen­t Restaurant­s

One of the most notable aspects of Asheville’s culinary community is its focus on camaraderie rather than competition. Tangible proof of this phenomenon is the success of Asheville Independent Restaurants, an organization formed in 2002 by a group of local chefs and restaurant owners who joined forces to create a united front for the betterment of Asheville’s […]