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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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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 […]

Estate-driven: Chef William Klein comes to Asheville via Vermont, France, San Francisco and, most recently, Fig in Biltmore Village. Photo courtesy of the Biltmore Estate

Small Bites: Big moves at Biltmore

The Biltmore Estate is making notable culinary changes. As you may recall, Damien Cavicchi, former chef/owner of Sugo, is now the executive chef at Biltmore, overseeing all of the restaurants there. Also, the estate will be opening the Biltmore Coffee Company at 1 N. Pack Square in the next few months, which will serve a […]

Daily bread: Area farmers markets offer baked goods, like this bread at the Wednesday Montford Farmers Market. Photo by Mackensy Lunsford

Small Bites: It’s tailgate time (and actually has been for a bit)

No, it’s not just your imagination. Area farmers tailgate markets are opening earlier than ever before. It’s all about demand, says Peter Marks, ASAP’s program director. ASAP runs the Asheville City Market, and coordinates the Mountain Tailgate Market Association, a collaborative group of tailgates in WNC. “It takes a critical mass of vendors to hold […]