Asheville-area breweries have taken numerous precautions to ensure responsible reopening.
Farewell coffee shop was open only two months before it was forced to close by COVID-19. But the owners saw the store’s roll-up window as an opportunity to stay in business.
Bread maker Eli Je Bailey debuted his business, Hominy Farm, at the River Arts District Farmers Market in February.
Jargon and Biscuit Head are navigating the restaurant shut-down by trying new concepts.
Local brewpub owners discuss the safety precautions they’re taking prior to reopening.
“A lot of my work right now is in helping people organize themselves and understand how they might create collaborative means of accessing meat,” says author, butcher, chef and instructor Meredith Leigh.
The impacts of COVID-19 on demand, supply and distribution for local hunger relief organizations were immediate and profound, thrusting MANNA FoodBank and its smaller partner agencies into a triage response.
A range of online events are planned May 22-31 in lieu of in-person gatherings.
New products continue to enter the market as local breweries strive to remain innovative.
Across the Asheville area, brewery figures are struggling with quiet taprooms and other significant changes to the industry.
As retailers face potential shortages of large-scale commodity meats, Asheville consumers look to local farms and butchers.
“It was an extremely tough decision,” says Chow Chow board of directors president Katie Button. “We’re determined to be back better than ever next year.”
“I think it’s hard for people who are used to doing it for a living, where you have to be fast,” says Sand Hill Kitchen owner and chef Jamie Wade. “I’ve really had to work on my patience, but we have a lot of time on our hands.
The more collaborations, the better for everyone,” says The Hop co-owner Greg Garrison.
“The face shields are a necessity for people putting their lives on the line,” says Refined Designs Chocolate owner Timothy Maguire. “The chocolates are a morale booster, and we’re happy to do what we can.”
Asheville’s smallest brewery and the taproom/bottle shop in which it’s housed are the first brewing industry businesses to close as a result of COVID-19 repercussions.
Initially seen as a lifesaver, the Paycheck Protection Program has instead become a lead weight around the necks of many independent restaurants.
For 18 years, the Western North Carolina Aids Project has counted on the generosity of local, independent restaurants to fuel its annual fundraiser. With those restaurants struggling to stay afloat, WNCAP is hoping to return their kindness with a COVID-19 twist on Dining Out for Life. “Typically, the event model is based on participating restaurants […]
With taprooms closed and critical draft accounts on hold, many area breweries are bringing beer directly to customers’ doorsteps.
Numerous Asheville-area breweries are finding ways to support local residents affected by COVID-19.
The owners of WNC’s independent restaurants have faced the complex question of whether to shutter entirely or devise a transition to takeout.