Asheville-area restaurants, breweries, bakeries and wineries are dreaming up Valentine’s Day offerings to satisfy a smorgasbord of sensibilities and budgets.
Luella’s Bar-B-Que will duplicate its pork-purveying efforts with a new location in Biltmore Park; Asheville Wine & Food Festival has announced its first Asheville Cocktail Week; Local Provisions is serving Italian wines with the flavors of winter at a pairing dinner; and The Hop Ice Creamery is celebrating its first year with free kiddie scoops for all.
At Filo’s cocktail lounge, bartender Courtney Nelson brings together cigars and fine liquors for a unique learning (and tasting) opportunity the last Wednesday of each month.
Tips are highly encouraged at this competitive bartending event, not only to raise extra funds, but also because the celebrity guest with the most overflowing jar will be crowned the Mardi Gras King or Queen. The benefit night is at various bars on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 9.
As Asheville’s craft cocktail scene gradually comes of age, some local bars are focusing on building sizable and varied liquor selections.
Shortly after opening, West Asheville newcomer Arancini morphed from a fast-casual Italian eatery to a wine bar; Fifth Season Gardening Co.’s event schedule now includes Friday evening beer samplings plus monthly fundraisers for local nonprofits; Living Web Farms’ Patryk Battle teaches gardeners to increase tomato yields through grafting; and Isa’s Bistro offers a beer dinner and weekly discounted wines.
From sipping chocolates to cayenne-infused coffees, Asheville businesses are whipping up warming drinks to chase away the winter blues.
Sethi’s book warns readers that a slow erosion of food biodiversity could affect beloved staples like coffee, chocolate, wine and bread. The author returns to Asheville, where she interviewed several members of local food-supply chains, for two tasting events during her book release tour.
The number of craft distilleries is growing in North Carolina, with a few artisans just outside the Asheville area producing aged spirits that are finding their into WNC cocktail bars.
The two-story descent of a golden, illuminated beer keg will help ring in 2016 in South Asheville.
A silent auction at Appalachian Vintner raises money for local charities; a grant allows the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project to coordinate a conference on farm-to-school programs; the Biltmore Estate adds a new restaurant; and Season’s at Highland Lake offers a Christmas Eve buffet.
Some of Asheville’s best craft cocktail artists provide inspiration for festive tippling.
A plant-based community potluck party on Christmas Day aims to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere for those in need of holiday cheer.
Whether your preference swings to white or red, four Asheville oenophiles have suggestions for perfect wines to grace the Thanksgiving table.
Asheville Independent Restaurants presented its annual foodie kick off to the holiday season Thursday with the 2015 Taste of Asheville.
Asheville and environs have seen considerable change in the 77 years since Wolfe’s death, yet many of the aspects he wrote (and sometimes fumed) about seem uncannily familiar. And as current residents ponder the challenges the city faces today, a look at several of the celebrated author’s key themes might prove instructive.
Oskar Blues’ CAN’d Aid Foundation is seeking competitive talents for its chili cook-off in Brevard. Meanwhile, FEAST and Asheville Middle School team up for a pie fundraiser; MetroWines’ Anita Riley invites two women behind Hi-Wire Brewing’s branding to the shop; Smiling Hara Tempeh’s Hempeh makes its way to grocery shelves; and Lex 18 hosts an Appalachian-themed evening.
Alcohol Law Enforcement and the Asheville Alcoholic Beverage Control board have been in the spotlight in recent months due to high-profile stories that centered around citations issued at local beer festivals and breweries. Take a closer look at these agencies and their respective roles.
CiderFest brings local and regional hard ciders together for a third year. Plus, Ashley English stops into Asheville to lead a lesson on DIY dairy; The Hop West celebrates five years with free ice cream for all; and Season’s at Highland Lake welcomes executive chef Steve Boeger to the kitchen.
In a recent blind tasting, two panels of judges from the French Broad Vignerons determined the top hard ciders for this year’s CiderFest NC competition.
Urban Orchard Cider Co. hosts a free Halloween celebration with entertainment, a costume contest and a special flight of spicy ciders.