Asheville resident Jasmine George knows firsthand that mold in your home means something’s wrong. When she returned from a four-day Thanksgiving visit with family a few years ago, the walls of her trailer were warped and covered in a slime-like mold. (Photo by Megan Dombroski)
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Homeward Bound: Local nonprofit helps area’s homeless find long-lasting solutions
“Every time it is cold and I go into my own house, I think, 'It is not OK that people in our community are sleeping outside tonight,’” says Emily Ball, director of community engagement at Homeward Bound of Asheville. With 482 people already housed and an 89 percent retention rate, Homeward Bound uses the housing-first […]
Know your status: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day reminds locals to get tested
Although National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day occurred on Feb. 7, a local agency says HIV education and testing in the African-American community remains a priority throughout the whole year. “The day is a symbol,” says Jeff Bachar, executive director of the Western North Carolina AIDS project. “It's a good symbol to and a way to […]
Putting housing first: Champagne bar hosts benefit today to end homelessness
While sipping on a glass of wine or grabbing a late night coffee, residents can help fund an organization working to end homelessness locally and stopping people from spending the night in the harsh winter weather. “Every time it is cold and I go into my own house, I think, ‘It is not OK that people in our community are sleeping outside tonight,” says Emily Ball, director of community engagement at Homeward Bound of Asheville.
Know your status: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day reminds locals to get tested
Today may be National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, but a local agency says HIV education and testing in the African-American community remains a priority throughout the whole year. (Photo from HIV/AIDS Awareness Walk in November 2011 by Megan Dombroski)
Crafty: AWE teaches women artisans business savvy
Western North Carolina is no stranger to the craft biz: We have more crafters per capita than almost any other region in the country, and an Appalachian tradition that pairs creativity with hard work. But how does that passion for crafts translate into good business practices? Regional nonprofit Appalachian Women Entrepreneurs provides a helping hand.
Crafting business: Amy Brandenburg gets fired up about making jewelry in Asheville
After moving to Asheville, Amy Brandenburg found what she always wanted – a home where she could sit on her porch, drinking her morning coffee, surrounded by nature and her garden. She also found the inspiration to pursue her passion and skills with jewelry as a career.
Fundraiser will determine the ‘Most Epic Tempeh Reuben’ in Asheville
From MANNA FoodBank: It started like all great ideas start: with too much coffee. One morning not too long ago, Tyler Hallock, owner of TopFloorStudio, June Thomas, a partner in Nine Mile Restaurant, and J. Clarkson, a staff member at MANNA FoodBank, were exchanging caffeine-laced messages on Twitter about their love for, and skills at […]
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 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
Tomato, Tomahto: ASAP and the Market Place team up to host celebration
From the press release: Tomato lovers have, without exaggeration, nearly 1,000 varieties from which to choose a favorite—there are thought to be 600+ heirloom varieties alone. While every single one isn’t available locally, tomato month in ASAP’s Get Local initiative presents the opportunity to buy and taste an impressive number. Tomatoes will abound at tailgate […]
Tupelo Honey Cafe announces new Tennessee location
From the press release: Tupelo Honey Cafe, a fixture in downtown Asheville since 2000, will open a new restaurant in Johnson City, Tennessee, in the historic train depot, according to the restaurant’s owner Steve Frabitore. The target date for opening the new downtown Johnson City venue is fall 2013. “We are very excited to open […]
Riverbend Malt House welcomes new assistant maltster to meet demands
In order to handle the recent influx of orders, we’ve recently hired Craig Weitzel as assistant maltster. Some of you may already know this gentlemen as a member of the Bruisin Ales team here in Asheville. His interview and subsequent job offer stem from a casual conversation at the shop and within a few short […]
Grand Bohemian Hotel’s Red Stag Grill offers dishes to raise money for local children’s wishes
From the press release: Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville – a Kessler Collection boutique hideaway in Biltmore Village – invites guests to experience a special three-course menu this summer at Red Stag Grill, benefiting Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina. Granting Wishes with Three Dishes will be available now – October, during the Biltmore Estate outdoor […]
One recent Sunday afternoon, dance music pulsed from Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. The event: Zumba in the Park, a two-hour, jump-on-in event staged by The Asheville Breast Center and aimed at raising awareness about early detection and the link between staying active and preventing the disease. Many participants wore pink — the acknowledged breast-cancer-awareness […]
Asheville Chocolate and Arts Festival accepting applications for vendors
From Heather Cohen, Creative Director of Asheville Chocolate and Arts Festival: Call to Artists: The Asheville Chocolate and Arts Festival is looking for arts and crafts vendors for our December Festival at the Asheville Civic Center. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. website: sacredcelebratoionsproductions.com. We are accepting applications until Nov 1, 2012.
Local Bar of Soap featured in national list of top bars to grab canned beer
From CraftCans.com: 5. Bar of Soap | Asheville, North Carolina: It seems only fitting that one of America’s top beer cities (it tied for Beer City USA this year) should posess a laundromat that also just so happens to have a pretty amazing craft beer selection. Asheville, North Carolina’s Bar of Soap is also probably […]
Friends of MANNA FoodBank receive discount on pizza showdown benefit tickets today
From MANNA FoodBank: Special Friday, July 27 to Monday, July 30, friends of MANNA can purchase tickets for $25 each (a $5 discount off the regular price.) Ticket quantities are limited at this price and you must use this link: http://askwesternnorthcarolina.blogspot.com/2012/07/manna-food-bank-asheville-pizza.html Back by popular demand, the Asheville Pizza Showdown, which is the evolution of Asheville […]
ASAP hosts recipe contest using seasonal produce from tailgate markets
The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project challenges the public to submit their favorite recipes featuring their current seasonal veggies, particulalrly okra, garlic, summer squash, tomatoes and eggplant. CONTEST: If you’re thinking that all the ingredients mentioned above go well together, you’re right! Tailgate markets have everything you need for a delicious local ratatouille except the recipe. […]
Local sake company seeks funding to open brewery
According to the company’s kickstarter campaign, Blue Kudzu Sake Company would be only the fourth micro-brewery in the US and needs support to get started. Sake is brewed similarly to beer, but packs the punch of an alcohol content more similar to wine. It is also gluten and sulfite free, vegan, and kosher. From the […]
Video: Local potter throws herself into the creative
Lori Theriault of The Village Potters demonstrated throwing a pot and discussed how she left her office job to pursue a career in crafts. Theriault did demonstrations at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands all weekend.