What’s new in food: Tahini Jar rolls in with vegan Middle Eastern cuisine

Ron Jimenez had a literal eye-opening epiphany. “I woke up one morning a couple years ago with an out-of-the-blue conviction to become a vegetarian,” he recalls. “From that day forward, I stopped eating meat and cut back on all animal products.” Raised in Asheville, Jimenez later relocated to Florida to pursue his culinary education before returning to […]

What’s new in food: Food Connection introduces Fran the mobile meals truck

Flori Pate, Food Connection’s founder and current leader of community engagement, wants the communities it serves to be on a first-name basis with the nonprofit’s newest venture, a mobile meals truck. “An anonymous donor gave us $55,000 to help commission the truck, and his only request was we name it Fran,” Pate explains with a […]

Asheville FM’s Record Fair and record release set for Sept. 10

Press release from Asheville FM: Continuing on the success of their previous Record Fairs, 103.3 Asheville FM announces the return of their annual event, partnered with the release of a local music compilation EP on a vinyl record. On Saturday, September 10, 2022, Asheville FM will host the Record Fair at Harrah’s Cherokee Center – […]

What’s new in food: MANNA FoodBank hosts latest Outpace Hunger campaign

“MANNA is serving an average of 100,000 people per month through our network of 200-plus partner agencies,” says Kelly Schwartz, MANNA FoodBank’s special events manager. “With the rising cost of groceries, the need is still critical, especially for working families, seniors and veterans on a fixed budget.” With that in mind, MANNA is preparing for its […]

What’s new in food: Lucky Coffee introduces rock ‘n’ roll flavors to Sweeten Creek Road

A pessimist might say including the word “Lucky” in your business name is an invitation to trouble. But when entrepreneur Savannah Logan purchased a horse trailer on April Fool’s Day 2021 and converted it into a mobile coffee cart, she named the shop Lucky Coffee after her beloved childhood rescue dog. Launched in Wilmington, Logan […]

Opportunity Appalachia announces 9 projects to bring development to WNC communities

Press release from Mountain BizWorks: Opportunity Appalachia and Mountain BizWorks today announced the selection of nine projects to participate in a program to bring jobs, business support, and investment to the Appalachian communities of western North Carolina. The selected projects propose to create nearly 350 jobs and attract nearly $70 million in financing, and range from […]

The Blood Connection, Asheville Tourists partner to encourage blood donation

Press release from The Blood Connection The Blood Connection, the nonprofit community blood center, and the Asheville Tourists are proud to renew their partnership to support the local blood supply in the Western Carolinas while bringing baseball fun to blood donors across the region. The Asheville Tourists are a longstanding member of the Lifesaver League […]