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

How sweet: Anna and Joshua Sachar have your sweet treats. Photo by Max Cooper

Small Bites: Laughing Mask Candies comes to Lexington

Laughing Mask Candies, a classic by-the-pound candy shop, recently opened on Lexington Avenue. Husband-and-wife proprietors Anna and Joshua Sachar stock Jelly Belly jelly beans in every imaginable flavor, classic hard candies and taffy, too. They also stock sweet-and-sour pops and jawbreakers, and suckers worthy of the Lollipop Guild’s head honcho — even if he’s into […]

Small Bites: Foodwire

You may still get your queso on La Carreta, the Mexican restaurant on Merrimon Avenue next to Greenlife Grocery, is being forced to close to make way for the building of a Trader Joe’s at 120 Merrimon Ave. For those who might be saddened by the future shuttering of the restaurant (and missing all of […]

Small Bites: Foodwire

Feast for FEAST On Saturday, July 14, join Slow Food Asheville for beer and barbecue-studded fun at Highland Brewing Company from 4 until 8 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for Slow Food's FEAST program, an effort geared toward empowering school-age children to make healthy eating decisions through free cooking classes.  Enjoy Highland’s famous brews, […]

Apple of my eye: Kids learn to peel apples in a FEAST class. Slow Food is hosting a barbecue fundraiser for FEAST at Highland Brewing this weekend. Photo courtesy of Slow Food

Small Bites: Foodwire

Feast for FEAST On Saturday, July 14, join Slow Food Asheville for beer- and barbecue-studded fun at Highland Brewing Company from 4 until 8 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for Slow Food's FEAST program, which teaches school-age children to make healthy eating decisions through free cooking classes.  Enjoy Highland’s famous brews, plus plenty of […]

Homespun: Robyn Jasko holds her new book, Homesweet Homegrown: How to Grow, Make, and Store Food, No Matter Where You Live. Photo by Jodi Rhoden

Small Bites: Home sweet home(grown­)

Across the country (and in plenty of cities), people are growing and canning vegetables, learning to make jam and even raising chickens, for Pete's sake. Inspired in part by pushing back against a persistently sour economy, a growing portion of the population values good old-fashioned know-how. The DIY movement (or "knowing how to do important […]

Small Bites: Foodwire

Salmonella victim sues According to a press release from PR Wire and court documents obtained via Food Safety News, a lawsuit has been filed against Smiling Hara LLC, a local tempeh maker. Earlier this year, Salmonella-tainted tempeh from the company sickened at least 89 people in several states, including North Carolina. The lawsuit is filed […]

Juicy: Chris Barlas, one of the owners of Juicy Lucy’s Burger Bar and Grill with the eatery’s mascot. Photo by Max Cooper

Small Bites: Juicy burger news

Juicy Lucy's Burger Bar and Grill will open this summer in the former Provence 620 restaurant at 620 Hendersonville Road. The local, independent group opening the restaurant also owns Cornerstone Restaurant on Tunnel Road and Stone Ridge Tavern on Brevard Road (and owned Province 620 before giving the restaurant a major overhaul). The 200-seat eatery […]