Buncombe County Health Dept: Tempeh recall doesn’t stop the outbreak

Although Smiling Hara Tempeh products have tested positive for salmonella and have been voluntarily recalled by the company, the Buncombe County Health Department cautions that we aren’t out of the woods yet. Health Department and Smiling Hara Tempeh officials confirm that tempeh made some time between Jan 11 and April 11 is contaminated with salmonella. […]

Blue Ridge Food Ventures releases a statement regarding local salmonella outbreak

From a Blue Ridge Food Ventures press release: “Smiling Hara, which is under investigation as a possible link to the salmonella outbreak in Buncombe County, manufactures and packages tempeh in bulk at Blue Ridge Food Ventures, a shared-use food production facility in Buncombe County. The company supplies frozen tempeh to local restaurants and stores. It […]

Tempeh tested positive for salmonella, says Smiling Hara Tempeh spokesman

Smiling Hara Tempeh has recalled its retail products in response to its tempeh testing positive for salmonella. The press release is below: “Tests by the NCDA&CS have confirmed that [Smiling Hara Tempeh has tested] positive for salmonella. Chad Oliphant of Smiling Hara Tempeh says that the company is initiating a voluntary recall of their retail […]

Local food company reacts to salmonella search with voluntary recall

Several local food-service operations are aiding in the search for the cause of a salmonella outbreak. Some local restaurants are also voluntarily working with health department officials to educate their employees about the bacteria and how to keep it from spreading. Though the source remains undetermined, a local tempeh company, Smiling Hara, has decided to […]

The Charlotte Observer calls Asheville a “gastronomically sublime alt-universe”

The Charlotte Observer visited the Laughing Seed, Jack of the Wood and the Thirsty Monk, among other area eateries and business. Here’s what they had to say: “Asheville (www.exploreasheville.com) is a funky, cultured, gastronomically sublime alt-universe whose laid-back vibe filters through the mountains that ring it and infuses smaller arts-and-crafts havens nearby, like Black Mountain, […]

Nice buns: Cathy Cleary of the West End Bakery holds cinnamon buns made with Carolina Ground Flour. Photos by Max Cooper

On Carolina ground

After much planning and an epic amount of hard work, the Carolina Ground mill is operational. The mill, located at Annie's Naturally bakery in West Asheville, enables the production of flour made from regionally grown hard and soft wheat and other local grains. An Asheville-based mill, processing North Carolina hard wheat, finally means truly local […]

Vandals repeatedly strike Havana Comida Latina in downtown Asheville

From WLOS: “Vandals have targeted a downtown Asheville restaurant for a third night in row. Someone smashed in a window at Havana Comida Latina overnight, spreading glass and debris through the dining area. They also unlocked the businesses front door. Owners say nothing appears to be missing … Jonathan Jones [who] works at the restaurant […]

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Asheville’­s independen­t restaurant­s celebrate Earth Day — every day

A Green Restaurant Initiative has sparked collaboration between local eateries in the continued greening of Asheville’s dining scene. A new video detailing the process, produced by a local production company, has drawn the attention of the Huffington Post and other media outlets, helping to get the word out on a national level. The video can be viewed after the jump.

Huffington Post touts Asheville as a green dining destination

From the Huffington Post: While restaurants in western North Carolina have long been in the forefront of the local foods “farm to table” movement, a unique collaboration between the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute (BRSI) and the Asheville Independent Restaurant (AIR) Association places North Carolina’s popular mountain town into the front ranks of “America’s Greenest Dining […]

Biltmore’s Bistro finds a new chef in William Klein, formerly of Fig

From the press release: “Bill Klein, formerly of Fig in Biltmore Village, is Biltmore’s new chef at the Bistro. Bringing classical French technique and nearly twenty years of professional culinary experience to the table, Chef Klein offers a new perspective to the Bistro’s commitment to serve guests a seasonal, farm-fresh menu that honors the traditions […]

Green scene: Dr. Robert and Phyllis Sweeney stand among the herbs.

Getting Fresh

Urban hydroponics is a growing field. New York City boasts the nation’s first commercial urban greenhouse, Gotham Greens. Covering just 15,000 square feet in an area where space is at a premium, the greenhouse efficiently cranks out produce, providing local grocers and chefs with fresh goods year-round. Asheville has its own hydroponic grower, Fresh, located […]

Boone creates independant restaurant group using AIR as example

Boone is creating an independent restaurant group, Boone Independent Restaurants (BIR) which they say they’re modeling after Asheville’s AIR. From the Mountain Times, based in Boone: The newly formed organization called Boone Independent Restaurants was created by the owners of two well-known local establishments, Casa Rustica and Pepper’s, which have existed in the High Country […]