DESSERT ON THE MOVE: Black Mountain Bakery is one of the stops on Creative Mountain Food Tours' Sweet Tooth Dessert Tour. Photo by Kathy Mundy

Small bites: A taste of Black Mountain

A new business is opening in Black Mountain that’s geared to foodies and history buffs of both the local and tourist variety: Creative Mountain Food Tours, owned by McDowell County residents Len and Sandi Eskew, will offer three themed tours that allow participants to do small-plate tastings at at least five restaurants, pubs and breweries while burning off those calories strolling through Black Mountain’s picturesque downtown.

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Show up to showdown

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.

New Heights: Mixologist Noah Hermanson has brightened up Vinnie’s cocktail menu. photo by Max Cooper

Small Bites: Vinnie’s steps up its bar game

Many Asheville restaurants are ratcheting up their cocktail menus. It may seem natural that restaurants such as Table, the Magnetic Field and the Junction — venues that focus on seasonal, eclectic and ever-changing fare — would have mad scientists behind the bar house-carbonating cocktails and making fancy cordials and bitters. Vinnie's Neighborhood Italian restaurant on […]

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New café brings a taste of Biltmore Estate to downtown Asheville

The Biltmore Coffee Co. opened on Aug.1 at 1 N. Pack Square, on the ground floor of the I.M. Pei-designed building that houses Biltmore’s corporate offices and Merrill Lynch. “What makes us unique is everyone here worked at the Biltmore Estate,” says Clorietha Fenton, the café‘s general manager. “We brought our quality and our standards and our hospitality to downtown Asheville.” (Pictured, left to right: Cloreitha Fenton and Robert Bickford, manager.) Photo by Megan Dombroski